Our Club is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.                                                Grand Junction was a stop on the historic
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad


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The Museum of Western Colorado.



        GRAND VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB              P.O. Box 4101 Grand Junction, CO 81502 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Club was formed in 1987. We are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, registered with the IRS and the State of Colorado. Our members, along with volunteers and  businesses of the community built our thirty by sixty foot building at Cross Orchards in 2000.



Our Business Meetings are held at Cross Orchards at 7:00 PM the second Monday of each month EXCEPT December.                Work Night - is every Thursday at 7:00 PM,  and                 Work Day is the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM.  All activities are at our Cross Orchards building.

 VISITORS are always welcome

OUR OPEN HOURS (when we are operating for public viewing)- Our hours are NOT the same as those of   Cross Orchards. We are usually open when they have SPECIAL EVENTS.

GRAND JUNCTION is located 32 miles east of the Utah Colorado state line on Interstate 70. We are on what was the the mainline of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW), now the Union Pacific. It's mainline ran from the Mile High City of Denver, CO to Salt Lake City, UT.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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as the area is known, got its name in the early days from the river GRAND that flowed through the area. Today that river is the COLORADO. The communities in the valley are Palisade, Clifton, Grand Junction, Fruita, Loma and Mack. The Gunnison River flows into the Colorado River within the city of Grand Junction.

Mack, this community may sound familiar because it is the town where the D&RGW connected with the Uintah Railway, a narrow gauge line that ran north up over Baxter Pass to the community of Watson, Utah. It was known for its steep grades and sharp curves. The commodity it carried was Gilsonite, from the mines along its tracks.                                Much of the old roadbed remains today as a BLM road over Baxter Pass.   Click on photo of the Uintah Railway to learn more about the Uintah.                                                                                  Photo from the National Archives



Our construction is progressing very well. We are now constructing the Montrose Island which will include narrow gauge and some standard. 

We have just completed a Winery/Vineyard on the layout. Palisade, a town just east of us, known for its famous peaches has in the last few years become a famous wine producing area as well.

We are now working on getting the dispatch computer all set up, making sure it operates properly.

Our second layer (the Leadville mine and smelter district)  plate on the back wall is in place and is operational.

Mt Garfield, a prominent landmark in the valley was named after President Garfield. It is in the Bookcliff Range of the  Colorado Rockies. Since it is so visible ( just a few hundred feet north of I-70), we thought it only fitting that it be a part of our layout. Below is a photo of the Mt. Garfield on our layout.



                                                                              The photo to the right is a birds-eye view of        our HO layout.        






2017 / 2018
      Tentative dates, hours and admission

Usually the last three weekends of Dec. 
and the first weekend of Jan.

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day
ADMISSION   child $1.00,   adult $4.00,   family $7.00

At our club's building at Cross Orchards


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Last updated Jan. 7,  2017