Museum renovation full steam ahead
July 27, 2017
Last week, after nearly two years of preparation and waiting, the entrance building for the Moffat Road Railroad Museum was placed on its foundation at the site of the future museum facility.
Now that the building has been placed, organizers are looking to the future and preparing for construction and renovation work that will allow the long-awaited historical institution to formally open to the public later this year. Museum Board President Dave Naples outlined the future steps.
"Our most immediate priority now is finishing the model railroad module," Naples said. "We want it finished completely so we can accept the public the day after Thanksgiving for the Christmas Trains Display."
Naples said work on the Christmas Trains Display will kick off on Sept. 15. Naples added the Grand County Model Railroad Club, the nonprofit entity establishing the Museum, is always looking for volunteers to help with the labor-intensive construction of the Christmas display.
"Anybody that wants to help can just can call me," he said.
Museum organizers will focus most of their attention this fall on the module building. Along with work on the model train display the club will also be connecting electricity, running gas lines, getting a heater up and running, and digging water and sewer lines. They will also dedicate some effort towards the entrance building, which will need either a permanent or temporary roof before the winter snows start falling.
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The entrance building the museum is using was originally the Blue Bell Wedding Chapel at the Heritage Square Amusement Park in Golden. According to Naples the building was set to be scrapped but was offered to the Museum at no charge, though the museum had to pay roughly $6,000 to have the building moved up to Granby in 2015. It has sat dormant for the past two years as the museum raised funds for a foundation.
Technically speaking the Moffat Road Railroad Museum will open once the Christmas Trains Display is ready for the holiday season. The model railroad will be one of the museum's primary exhibits and will transition from a Christmas-themed display to a traditional model railroad after the holidays are over. Museum officials say they will keep the model train display open on weekends throughout the winter under the guise of the museum.