Western Colorado Chapter

of the National Railway Historic Society

Museum Projects

 

Museum Projects

 

After many delays in obtaining a lease, we had an opportunity to tell Union Pacific's "head brass" about our project: check out how we met the UP Board of Director's Special on Sept. 28, 2000 (click on UP Special).

 

When the lease arrived from Union Pacific, we were pleasantly surprised to find they had leased the entire east wing of the Depot to us!  In addition to the Waiting Room, we have the Motorcar/Express Room and have used it to house a Rio Grande (Fairmont A-6) motorcar, donated to our Chapter by Union Pacific.  A 7.5" gauge live steam model of a 4-6-2 Pacific class locomotive also shares that room, along with an assortment of trackside Rio Grande semaphore signals (from Glenwood Canyon).

 

Since signing the lease, we've been renovating the two rooms which had serious plaster, floor and electrical problems. Much of the work was done by volunteer members, though we were able to hire some professional help when we received the gift of a Great Northern passenger car. The sale of "Litchfield" brought enough cash to almost complete the remodel of the Ladies Waiting Room and open the Glenwood Railroad Museum.

 

In November of 2005, the local Comcast Cable office adopted our museum for their "Comcast Cares Day" project. Most of their staff joined WeCo members in cleaning, painting and generally sprucing up GRM.

 

In the Spring of 2006, we completed Phase 1 of the entryway arch. Using original oak doors from the depot, we constructed a new entrance wall. Phase 2 will be the re-creation of the graceful arch, above the entrance wall.

 

If you are interested in helping with this project, contact our chapter president or send us an email (click on Contacts).  The Western Colorado Chapter of the NRHS is a 501c3 organization so your donations would be tax deductible.

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A teacher from Sopris Elementary school reads to her kindergarten-through-3 grade students, inside the train