By CGWRR
Saturday - January 20, 2018 5:39 pm
Rails In The Rockies Show Flyer
Rails In The Rockies Show Flyer

Clanging bells, tooting whistles, and blaring horns will fill the Estes Park Events Complex as trains from the steam age to the present time roar along tracks of model railroad layouts at the annual "Rails in the Rockies" exhibit on February 17-18, 2018.  Come and join the Colorado & Great Western Modular Railroad Club at the show organized by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders.

The show will feature more than 16,000 square feet of space that will house 20+ model train layouts and displays from 28 vendors. We will be on of the working layout exhibits include models of trains from many regions of the United States as well as selected models of British railroads, all of which have been crafted in detail by dedicated model railroaders from all over Colorado. Children will enjoy the "Kids Layout" where they can actually operate model trains themselves.

Exhibit hours for the show are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 17th and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 18th. Admission is $7 per person, although children under 12 get in free with an adult.

Club Members we will be covering all the details for the show including transportation & setup logicstics during the club meeting on the 10th.

By CGWRR
Thursday - January 18, 2018 9:39 am
Map to Meeting @ Bennett's BBQ Arvada
Map to Meeting @ Bennett's BBQ Arvada

Bennett's BBQ Arvada

Date
January 20, 2018
Location
7490 W 52nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80002 (just north of Wadsworth & I-70) get directions by clicking this link  http://binged.it/1PAG4dC
Time
Noon

Agenda

  • Rails In the Rockies Train Show Prep
  • December Meeting Minutes
  • Financials/Membership Update
  • DCC Overview Seminar

Club Seminar Series: DCC Overview

In our first installment of the Club Seminar series (see story here) announced for 2018 we'll be providing a DCC Overview following our January club meeting on the 20th that will provide an overview of how to use the Lenz DCC system on the layout.  If you are still struggling or new to using the club's Lenz DCC system at a show this session will be ideal. 

We'll cover the basics of using a LH-100, LH-90 tethered throttles and our CVP RF1300 wireless throttles to runs trains during a show.You will gain an understanding how the DCC system works.  We'll contrast some of the similarities between Lenz, Digitrax and NCE as a reference. 

You'll learn troubleshooting step along with best practices in taking care of the throttles and tethered plug locations in the modules.  We'll also cover how to double-head and consist locomotives how to operate switches and how to program a locomotive on the programming track. At the end of the session we'll have a hand-on demo and field any Q&A that the members have.

By Brent Rush, Club President
Wednesday - January 17, 2018 10:24 am
We are just a month from the show in Estes Park.  The next couple of work sessions will be focused on getting us ready for the show. Remind for those going to get your hotel reservations in as soon as possible.

The Rails in the Rockies show is a premier model railroad show event developed and hosted by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders in Estes Park, Colorado.  It takes place on President’s Day weekend in February.  This year they are celebrating their 21st Anniversary.  It will be our 17th appearance in the show.

Show Details

The show is at the Stanley Fairgrounds on the east side of Estes Park on Highway 36 as you pass the lake. The address is 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, 80517. Turn off 36 at the Estes Park Museum onto Fourth Street. We are in the Estes Park Event Center which is the large building in front of the show venue last year.

Set up times will begin at Noon on Friday, February 16. We have set up time through 8:00PM on Friday evening. Set up time is also available at 7:30AM Saturday, February 17. The Show opens at 9:00AM. Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 9 – 4. Watch for Club Members helping in the parking lot. Club members and others will be available to help you unload.

  • There will be dedicated parking for us and the trailer on the east side of the building or in the parking lot by the grandstand. There are two overhead doors, one on the east side and one on the north side, which will be available on a first come, first serve basis. There are many regular doors around the building.
  • The show has a number of security people that will be moving about during setup, the entire show, and during teardown. If you have safety or security concerns, please contact Laura Trump, Show Director or Mike Moon, Security
  • The table/display placement is to comply with the Estes Park Fire Code and Safety Regulations and provide better traffic flow. Please do not move from your assigned locations without permission from Laura Trump.
  • There will be food available in the show area, but they are only able to take cash. No credit cards or checks. There is an ATM available at the show in the lobby by the ticket table.
  • The Show closes at 4:00PM on Sunday.

Rails in the Rockies 2019….Always on President’s Day Weekend in February!

By CGWRR
Friday - January 12, 2018 10:05 am
In 2018 we are going to host a seminar conjunction with our planned club meeting or work session each month.  Inspired by questions from members this is a chance to share and learn techniques with each other  on various topics related to the hobby. 

If you're interested in leading one of these sessions please let us know.  Here is the full list of seminars planned for 2018:
  • January 20th -  DCC Lenz Overview
  • February 10th - Locomotive & Freight Car Standards
  • March 17th - Simple Freight Car Weathering
  • April 7th - Train Cases
  • May 12th - DCC Decoder Install
  • June 16th - LED Lighting & Sound
  • July 7th - Model Rockets Diversion
  • July 21st - DCC Decoder Programming
  • August 25th - Operating with Signals
  • September 15th - Weathering Locomotives
  • October 13th - Potential with 3D Printing
  • November 17th - Operations 101
  • December 15th - Xmas Special