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February 12th 10am-2pm
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Club January Meeting
February 11th Noon
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Rails In Rockies
Feb. 18th - 19th, 2017
Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain TCA Spring Show
Mar. 4th - 5th, 2017
Denver Merchandise Mart
Sherman Hill Annual Train Show
May 19th - 21st, 2017
Frontier Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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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.

Our first train show of 2017 will be the Rails In The Rockies train show in February.  The annual train show in Estes Park in mid-February is still one of club favorite train show and great weekend show at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park. The show is in a new and larger venue this year, Itís at the Estes Park Event Center on the Stanley Fairgrounds you might recall passing by as you come into Estes Park on Highway 36 from the east.   The club will be setting up a larger layout floor plan then we been at the last four Rails In The Rockies train shows.

Two weeks later in early March the club will be setting up at the Train Collection Association (TCA) show at the Denver Merchandise Mart.  The show is the largest show each year in Denver and many vendors attend the show.

The Club still needs to finalize whether we are attending the Nebraska West-Central. Western NMRA divisional show in North Platte in April so check back here for full details as that time frame gets closer.  The Club's last confirmed show before June is the Sherman Hill annual show in Cheyenne, Wyoming in May.  As we get into summer and fall there are a couple more opportunities to add some shows like the TECO show in Colorado Springs.  The Club will be announcing the second half of the 2017 show schedule in early June.

2017 also marks the 18th official year for the train club, over the course of the spring we'll be posting a series of articles here on the website recalling even more of the club's 18 year history as part of a "from the archive" feature.  We also planned to update the club website this spring which fell into some real disrepair in 2015 after some upgrades by the Club's website provider broke a lot of the website content from publishing.  We've resolved all the issues and again this site should be a source or news and activities for the club.  The new website will also be friendlier for tablet and mobile devices and easier to navigate.  We'll be sharing a preview of the new website in late May will the new look website and feel going live in mid-June. 

As always in conjunction to the information here be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news, pictures and activities.  Should be an exciting year and hope to see you at one of our events.

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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.

Fore 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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