The main Museum building, completed in 1959, resembles an 1880-era small town railroad depot. Typical architectural features include wide eaves to protect waiting passengers from weather, and large bay windows so the station agent can observe activity on the boarding platforms. The yellow and brown paint reflects standard building colors for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
The Depot Museum houses the museum’s two changing gallery spaces featuring the colorful stories of the railroads serving Colorado for over 125 years. Guests can view introductory videos to the museum in the museum’s upper gallery and enjoy hands-on activities downstairs in the museum’s lower gallery.
EXPLORE MORE OF THE MUSEUM
Now Open – Included with admission
Experience our current which shines a spotlight on how railroaders have communicated over the years using sight, sound and code. Located in the Museum Depot’s Upper Gallery, the exhibit is aimed at engaging all ages, with kid-friendly content included. There’s also a video you can watch online to learn more!
Voltaw Scale Model Trains
Herbert W. Voltaw built a series of 1-inch scale locomotive and railroad car models in the 1940s, 50s and 60s using aluminum, steel bar, soft and hard woods, plastic, and glass. The Museum displays a number of these intricate works of art in this gallery.
This diorama shows a typical telegraph office that could be found at a train depot in the early 20th century. It comes with a working “sounder” encouraging visitors to decode and send messages coming over the wire.
Wheels of Mis/Fortune: Pullman’s Legacy of Innovation, Idealism and Exploitation
Now Open – Included with admission
Did you know that following the Civil War, George M. Pullman spent time right here in Golden, Colorado, building his fortune before he founded the visionary Pullman company? Here’s your chance to learn about this Colorado Connection, along with lots more to help stimulate your interest in one of America’s best-known but perhaps least-understood railroad personalities and the company he founded!
Featuring original objects, photographs and more, the new exhibit traces this storied company and its founder (George M. Pullman) through good and bad, from its 19th century inception to its 1980s ending. The exhibit examines the subject from several viewpoints, highlighting the company’s many innovations along with aspects such as its founder’s idealistic but sometimes oppressive treatment of workers—including Pullman’s African American workers, and the Civil Rights legacy which resulted.
Colorado’s rich railroad heritage has many stories just waiting to be shared. Here at the Colorado Railroad Museum, we’re delighted to bring new takes on old subjects to life! We invite you to experience this all-new exhibit about the Pullman company—and to consider the many points of view that are present in most every story throughout history.
Denver HO Model Railroad Club Layout
Located in the lower level of the main building, the Denver HO Model Railroad Club is one of the oldest and largest model railroad clubs in the Rocky Mountain region. The Club’s operating layout replicates the various types of Colorado mountain railroading in HO and HOn3.
HO scale is 1/87th of the real size of standard gauge trains and track. HOn3 is the same scale, but designed for narrow gauge trains and track.
Members of the Denver HO Model Railway Club maintain and continue to improve the layout throughout the year. Guests can insert quarters (available in the Depot Store) to make a train operate and also to power the scale amusement park on the layout! For more information, visit DenverHOModelRRClub.org.