Grand Valley Model Railroad Club
Grand Junction, Colorado
- Interested in how a real railroad runs trains? Come see us run operations on the fourth Saturday of every month as our yards and towns become teeming with mainline and switching activity for our Saturday Work Days and Farmer's Market shows.
The city of Grand Junction, which we call home, is located in a region called the Grand Valley. The Grand Valley got its name in the early days of our settlement in the 1880s from the Colorado River, which was called Grand River at the time.
Grand Junction, Colorado, was a stop on the historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW). The D&RGW ran from Denver, the Mile High City, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Here at Grand Junction the D&RGW had a full repair and build facility: a dual facility handling both narrow gauge and standard gauge equipment. The D&RGW's historic Union Station in Denver, Union Depot in Grand Junction, and a few other original buildings still stand today in Grand Junction and other stops along the Rio Grande railroad.
The Grand Valley holds the towns of Palisade, Clifton, Grand Junction, Fruita, Loma and Mack, where the Uintah Railway was located, among other towns. Grand Junction itself was named for the union of the Grand and Gunnison Rivers.
About Our Club
The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club attempts to model the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and other Colorado railroads, circa 1950. We are located at the Museum of Cross Orchards, a member of the Museums of Western Colorado organization, on 3073 F Road.
This Club was formed in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) organization, registered with the IRS and the State of Colorado. Our members, along with volunteers and businesses of the community, built our 30x60-foot building, which houses our HO and N Scale layouts, at Cross Orchards in 2000, while our G Scale layout has been at its location since around 1968.
All events are located at Museum of Western Colorado's Cross Orchards on 3073 F Road.
We do not share hours with Cross Orchards. We are usually open when Cross Orchards has a special event, such as Fall Day and Spring Day on the Farm, and other events we are specifically requested to participate in, such as F.A.R.M. Farmer's Market. Typically our special events include the G Scale, HO Scale, and N Scale layouts unless otherwise specified.
While many of our more popular dates are explained below in detail, please refer to our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Spring Day on the Farm
May 2nd 9 am - 3 pm
Cross Orchard's Spring Day on the Farm is very similar to Fall Day on the Farm. It marks the beginning of planting season at Cross Orchards. While Cross's locally famous apple cider isn't sold during spring, all the other attractions, including blacksmiths, carpenters, and bakers, are still usually here.
Visit Museums of Western Colorado • Spring Day on the Farm for more information.
Saturday F.A.R.M. Market
June - October
4th Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
F.A.R.M. is a farm and ranch market located at Cross Orchards. The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club has been asked to be open during some of the markets, and a small show (typically a railroad operation) is put on, very different from our other shows.
Visit Museums of Western Colorado • F.A.R.M. for more information.
Summer Train Show
June ? - ?
While we had major shows in the winter for Christmas, spring for Spring Day, and autumn for Fall Day, there was a severe lack of major activity for the summer. For this reason, at our suggestion to Cross Orchards, the Summer Train Show, dedicated entirely to the railroad features at the museum, was born. The Museum's Uintah cars, the largest collection on this side of the Rockies, can be explored.
Visit Museums of Western Colorado • Annual Special Events for more information.
Fall Day on the Farm
October ? - ?
Cross Orchard's Fall Day on the Farm marks harvest season with baked cookies in the historic bunkhouse, blacksmiths firing up the forge, and their fresh, hand pressed apple cider. The cooler fall weather makes it a great time to visit the G Scale layout.
Visit Museums of Western Colorado • Fall Day on the Farm 2019 for more information.
Annual Christmas Show
Dec. ? - ? ? - ?
The Christmas Show serves as the club's annual fundraiser. Our members bring out their best models and trains to create an event great for all ages which harkens back to the days when train displays were put in shop windows to attract children inside their store.
One of our most recent additions to the Christmas Show are miniature Christmas lights. They are strung across our model of the historic Union Depot, a farm house in Palisade, and the town of Glenwood Springs.
Money from the show goes towards general maintenance and improvements around the layout.
Our 32nd annual show will be sometime in December 2020.
The club gets together regularly to work on various projects or just have fun running trains. Visitors are always welcome any time we are open; but we highly suggest you come at one of our shows for the best experience. Please view our list of upcoming dates and see details about each event below.
Please note that during our Christmas Show we do not have any of our regularly scheduled events unless otherwise specified. Refer to our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
HO Work Night
Thursdays 7 - 9 pm
On Thursday nights, the club does general work, repairs, and landscaping as needed. For fun, sometimes we run operations in a fashion similar to the way real railroads do.
We do not have Work Nights in December due to our Christmas Show.
G Scale Work Night
Summer – Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm
Winter – Thursdays 2 - 4 pm
During the warm season, the G Scalers work, build, and run trains while it's still cool in the morning. When the weather cools down, they move their schedule to later when it's warmer.
We do not have Work Nights in December due to our Christmas Show.
4th Saturday 9 am - 12 pm
On the fourth Saturday of every month, we have a work day. While similar to our Work Night, it takes place in the morning to cater to different members who work on various types of projects.
Our Work Day often coincides with Cross Orchard's F.A.R.M. Farmer's Market and we usually have a small show if that is the case.
We do not have Work Day in December due to our Christmas Show.
Monthly Business Meeting
2nd Monday 7 pm
Our business meetings are held on the second Monday of every month. All members are welcome to attend and, in most cases, vote on issues. Meetings are run by our board members and the president may call a board meeting at any time, if necessary.
We do not have a business meeting in December due to our Christmas Show.