Moffat Road Railroad Museum houses an incredible model train display and Christmas Village.
Christmas and trains are a thing here in Colorado, and the Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby has a huge display of model trains dedicated solely to the Christmas season.
The model railroad takes up 1,100 square feet; has five model trains running, at the same time; a ski mountain with two working lifts; a Christmas Village; interactive features; tiny people; a Polar Express model line; and the Hogwarts Express replica train to create a miniature holiday world. This is the 11th year in a row for the model train display, which was built by the Grand County Model Railroad Club.
The museum is open year-round, but stays open five days a week for the holiday season. Right now, the hours are Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, from 12–4 p.m. Then, from November 29 to January 10, the museum will be open Wednesday through Saturdays, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, from 12–4 p.m.
The model railway display has become a holiday favorite for locals and gets a lot of attention around the holidays, with hundreds of visitors stopping by every year. There's just something about model trains that takes everyone back to the magic of childhood, and this display is one of the best out there!
Photo by Jim McKinney, Courtesy of moffatroadrailroadmuseum.org
The Moffat Road Railroad Museum is located at 555 Park Avenue in Granby, just west of the Kaibab Park ball fields. The museum describes itself as a "work in progress" with historic pieces of railroad equipment on display, an Interpretive Center that is growing, and an ongoing project to move the historic Great Western Depot building from Loveland to become the official Moffat Railroad Museum building. The building will be taken apart, moved, then reconstructed. The museum is also renovating the Wedding Chapel from Heritage Square as the new museum Visitor Center and Gift Shop.
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