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Setup Sherman Hill Annual Train Show
May 19th, 2017 Noon,
Frontier Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Sherman Hill Annual Train Show Hours
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-4pm

Club Work Session Meeting
June
17th, 2017 1pm-4pm, Location TBD
Club Meeting
June
17th, 2017 Noon,
Bennett's BBQ Arvada, CO.
Train Show Schedule
Sherman Hill Annual Train Show
May 19th - 21st, 2017
Frontier Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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The Sherman Hill Annual Model Railroad The Club will once again have our layout at this annual show in conjunction with Depot Days on May 19th-21st in Cheyenne Wyoming.  We are exciting to be participating in our 7th trip to be part of the show and hope folks locally can make a trek up to Cheyenne to take in a true unique railroading event.

The following other events in Cheyenne Held in conjunction with the show will be on Saturday and Sunday only:

Depot Days  The Cheyenne Depot Museum will also have exhibits and vendors.  Depot Days takes place at the Cheyenne Depot Sat & Sun, May 20th (9am-4pm) & 21st (9am-3pm), with exhibits and tours of the historic UP roundhouse and WASATCH RR Contractors. A trolley will escort people to and from the steam shop, with departures scheduled every 30 minutes from in front of the Depot. Union Pacific Steam Shop is open for public viewing. 

Union Pacific Steam Shop Open House See Union Pacific Big Boy 4014, as well as 844, 3985 and the rest of Union Pacific's historic equipment. Tour the working shop and roundhouse. Transportation to and from the other venues is provided.

Dates & Times
Friday, May 19, 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, May 20, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, May 21, 9am - 4pm

Admission $10 for adults, children 12 and under free.  Includes admission to all venues on Saturday and Sunday, including the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Union Pacific Steam Shop and Wasatch Railroad Contractors. Transportation is included to all the sites via busses and trolleys.

Parking There is plenty of Parking at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall. Ride the trolley or bus downtown to the other venues, which is included with the cost of admission.  The Sherman Hill Model Railroad Show is at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall, Fri-Sun.

Location

Frontier Park Exhibition Hall
1312 W. 8th Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

 

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Club Rocky Mountain Train Show March Show Recap
Train Show at Denver Merchandise Mart
Published: March  31, 2017
ess44In March the club set up at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Train Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart (March 4th-5th).   The show has truly become a national event with a further expanded presence of national manufacturers.

There were a number of new items from manufacturers on display at the show this year. Athearn was previewing a new genesis loco, Intermountain had their new N scale sound SD-40's, tooling samples of their HO GP-16's and N scale Coalporters, and production samples of their GP-10's, while TW TrainWorx announced two new limited edition structures at the show.

​ScaleTrains.com was showing off their new products and gave our club  the opportunity to demonstrating two factory samples of their new Tier 4 GEVo diesels locomotives on the layout the entire weekend.  Both got lots of run time on various trains including these promo shots like this one on the left that ScaleTrains posted to Facebook..

The show bolstered over 30 clinics and presentations scheduled over the two days of the show, including a Union Pacific Steam Program update by Ed Dickens, a presentation by Jim Wrinn, editor of trains magazine entitled "Railroad at a Crossroads in the 21st Century" and a presentation by ColoRail on the reboot and history of the Ski Train. There was event a film crew interviwing and capturing video for a new NetFlix series.

For our part in the our layout setup Friday went great actually finished early by 5pm since we had a great turn out from the members, operation during the show didn't have any major issues and tear-down was smooth.
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Club Readies For 2017 Season
Club Announce Show Schedule thru June 2017
Published: January  3, 2017

The Club has been gathering momentum for the 2017 season.  We've been working on the calendar of events and activities since mid October.  Among the plans are is new module construction, refresh and replacement of others, a group outing this spring to the Royal Gorge and of course which trains shows we will be setup at in 2017.  We've planned four shows in the first half of the year along with other activities which we are announcing here.

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Caboose Hobbies Rebirth
Hobby Shop Fixture In Denver Now Will Reopen Under New Ownership
Published: November  15, 2016
Many of us this summer we shocked to learn that Caboose Hobbies would at first be moving then later closing altogether.  The story starts back on July 18th when the store was informed by the building ownership they would be selling the property and that Caboose needed to move and quickly. Caboose announced a moving sale on everything in the store.  Then just a month later on August 17th the owners of Caboose Duane and Johanna Miller announced the decision to retire instead they intended to close the doors of the hobby store altogether on the September 25th.  Ultimately the store closed its doors early at the Broadway location on September 11th.

At this point it certainly seemed like a sad ending with no model train store in Denver, then took a surprising twist on September 22nd.  On Caboose Hobbies Facebook page a post eluded to an exciting announcement.  Caboose Hobbies had a new owner and a new name Caboose which would reopen in a new location (we know now its at 10800 W Alameda Ave Lakewood, Colorado) and it slated to open before the end of the year.  It remains to been seen at this point if the club will have an opportunity to renew its long-standing sponsorship by Caboose under the new ownership.  But everyone is just excited to see that the store will still be around.
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2016 Rocky Mountain NRMA Convention Show Recap
Train Show in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Published: October  15, 2016

The club wrapped up our setup at the 2016 Rocky Mountain NMRA Regional Convention at the Hotel Escalante in Colorado Springs, Colorado this past weekend.   The convention was a week-long event culminating with the train show the last three days of the event.  There were over 14 events in addition to the train show.  Our layout setup, operation and tear-down was super smooth thanks to a full compliment of members for this local show.

The convention was surprisingly lightly attended but had good attendance from train show open to the public on Friday and Saturday to the public. Many of the members attended several of conventions modeling seminars and the rock carving of injected foam board seemed to be the most enlightening session.

There were a couple of highlights for the layout. Brian Bates bought some of his latest Modern Missouri Pacific painted locomotives, a full set of GP60s painted in his modern interpretation of the MoPac running an priority piggyback train.  We staged several photos and video of trains entering and exiting the layout staging yard of the layout.  Brian has since posted them to his Modern MoPac Facebook page.  Its really an interesting concept to model in the hobby and has been getting a lot attention as of late.  You can check it out his concept of proto freelancing of the Missouri Pacific fallen flag railroad
here.

For the first time in about two years we had included the Webster Caterpillar modules into the floor plan.  Damage in transportation after the 2014 Sherman Hill show sidelined the modules until repairs and renovation of the parking surface of the Byers Transfer facility were prioritized and completed.  The modules includes to large industries on the CGW layout highlighted by a full-service Caterpillar dealership.

You can check out the full photo album from the  Rocky Mountain NMRA Regional Convention on the club's Facebook page
here.
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