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bh4rnnr
12-10-2011, 01:33 PM
Just now found out about this:

Denver Society of Model RailRoaders. (http://denveroscaleclub.org/our-history)

:beer:

Red_Chili
12-10-2011, 02:50 PM
Sweet! I am years away from clearing out the basement for a layout... but it is the perfect basement for one.

So my lovely Moffat Mallets with sound, digital controller, D&SL rolling stock, hand-built kitbashed D&SL caboose, and Pullmans remain in cardboard and foam...

:( :gaah:

Hope it never comes to just divesting myself of them...

Myredyota
12-10-2011, 10:44 PM
There is a model railroad club that meets at the Forney Museum. They have a huge display in the back room. Give them a call for details.

http://www.forneymuseum.org/

DanS
12-11-2011, 02:02 PM
Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden also has a pretty big HO scale model railroad in the basement....

PhatFJ
12-11-2011, 03:09 PM
Sweet! I am years away from clearing out the basement for a layout... but it is the perfect basement for one.

So my lovely Moffat Mallets with sound, digital controller, D&SL rolling stock, hand-built kitbashed D&SL caboose, and Pullmans remain in cardboard and foam...

:( :gaah:

Hope it never comes to just divesting myself of them...

You too?? I put my model railroading in box's about 16 years ago.. Another hobby on the back-burner, you gotta love em.. :D

Groucho
12-11-2011, 08:03 PM
The DSMRR's is a good bunch of guys. I have been in Union Station many times, and always in amazement to what they keep doing to add to that layout. I would never join, because that is a hobby I could never afford. Not that the hobby doesn't have affordable parts, but my interests are On3 and 1-1/2" gauge live steam.

I love the idea of having a basement big enough to do what I want with it when I can afford it, but to be able to fit the entire state of Colorado from Winter Park south and the northern part of New Mexico in ones basement to scale would be really hard.

Maybe some day live steam will be where I can enjoy and reminisce the life I lived for a few years a long time ago.

The first picture is on the loop in Antonito after along day firing from Chama.
The second picture is me training a new student fireman. Something completely out of whack with the way it was, the student was in his 60's and I was in my 20's. He didn't last very long. :beer:

Inukshuk
12-11-2011, 08:26 PM
I put my HO equipment in a box Sophomore year of HS - 85? - and kept it because all the older guys I knew lamented having gotten rid of theirs. I was in a club with a huge basement layout in an apartment building Queens, and they had just torn it down to rebuild. I just googled and found it - http://www.empirevalleyrr.org/history.html - sure enough in 1985 they took down the layout. All the new track was to be hand laid - individual ties, spiked rails. I still have a scratchbuilt switch I was building.

I guess I have always loved to share my hobbies in groups.

Perry - thanks for being my inspiration to look up the old club.

If I am ever so old to need a sedentary hobby, that will be it.

Friday Dec 30, 7-9PM Open house. Who is in!

nakman
12-11-2011, 09:52 PM
I hear there's a cool museum in Buena Vista. One of these years on our way through there we need to stop.. we were looking at the trains at Hobby Town USA last weekend, I think in another year or so I can get my old HO stuff out again, the kids will be into it.

Caribou Sandstorm
12-12-2011, 10:53 AM
I got my Dad's HO set back a few years ago, it was given to me when I was probably 5-6. The engine is from the late 40s or early 50's I think.

I used to love to watch it go around the x-mas tree. It has a milk car that wips out the milk cans.

My Ben is way to young now but hoping in a few years we can start that tradition going again.

wesintl
12-12-2011, 11:08 AM
you gotta go O Scale for the kids. HO always drove me bonkers setting it up and taking it down at xmas. Constantly fighting repairing engines and tracks so it would go around. O is awesome.

bh4rnnr
12-12-2011, 09:08 PM
I put my HO equipment in a box Sophomore year of HS - 85? - and kept it because all the older guys I knew lamented having gotten rid of theirs. I was in a club with a huge basement layout in an apartment building Queens, and they had just torn it down to rebuild. I just googled and found it - http://www.empirevalleyrr.org/history.html - sure enough in 1985 they took down the layout. All the new track was to be hand laid - individual ties, spiked rails. I still have a scratchbuilt switch I was building.

I guess I have always loved to share my hobbies in groups.

Perry - thanks for being my inspiration to look up the old club.

If I am ever so old to need a sedentary hobby, that will be it.

Friday Dec 30, 7-9PM Open house. Who is in!

Was already thinking of heading down there on the 30th:hill:.

And I didnt realize there was so many fans of Modle Railroads in the club:). Dont kneed another hobby, hopefully it's a fun spectator sport:p:.

:beer::beer:

Uncle Ben
12-12-2011, 10:41 PM
I'm not a choo choo kinda guy but the Model Train shop here in Louisville is pretty well known in model railroading circles! I have been in there to get tiny screws and electricle contact pins for other projects and I can vouch for the stock. Not much for a display but support of the hobby and availability of equiptment both inexpensive all the way to :eek: keeps this old guy on the Thomas Radar!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hanks-model-trains-louisville

Red_Chili
12-13-2011, 06:18 AM
Our own Caboose Hobbies is pretty cool for displays. Can be expensive to go there. That's where I first found out about the Moffat Road, years ago, looking at this really cool used brass Mallet, articulated front engine, short length, tall boiler, lotsa wheels and Walschaerts valve gear... very entertaining.

I found this pic of her in D&RGW livery, as she would have been ca. 1947 or so:
http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/data/1132/adp.jpg

And as she was delivered, 1908:
http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr1199/dnwp200.jpg

Boys like watching moving parts... :lmao:

Oh, and for the kids... LGB scale is very hard to beat. Great Christmas tree train. Good for outdoors too.

[edit: Walschaerts animation: http://home.roadrunner.com/~trumpetb/loco/rodsr.html ]

Groucho
12-13-2011, 09:07 AM
Speaking of Caboose Hobbies, My wife and Emilee were at a baby shower so Jonah and I were all by our man-selves on the weekend of Dec 3rd. We went to Caboose hobbies, and I don't think Jonah ever kicked and screamed like he did when we left! We were even going to the CRRM to see #346. It was a good father-son day!

Red_Chili
12-13-2011, 11:31 AM
My lovely bride just informed me she is taking me on the Georgetown Loop Christmas Cheer train this Saturday for a Christmas present!

I might kick and scream a little when we leave too! :lmao: