By CGWRR
Monday - July 31, 2017 12:58 pm
Tom &Kip working on the module frame
Tom &Kip working on the module frame
The group had a great work session this past weekend at the storage unit.  Thanks to Dennis, Dino, Braemon, Dave, Bill, Tom, Scott, Mike, Kip, Gene for showing up and digging into the projects.  Despite some periodic rain sprinkles we were able to start the frame construction of the replacement of Clark’s Bridge module, finish up ballasting the Canyon corner.  Kip continued to troubleshoot the DCC bus issues and take in a little lunch break at Luna’s.
This month will keep building on the momentum with a club meeting & work session planned for 12th this month to keep working on the projects.  Please plan on joining us for the session this month.
By CGWRR
Saturday - June 17, 2017 9:40 pm
Thanks go out to  Kip, Dino, Dennis, Shane, Braemon, Stephanie, Shane, Tom & Wilbur for coming to the work session today. The group helped organize the storage 10’ x20’ unit as a viable work space for the summer.  We were able to unload the first set of modules we’ll be focusing on for routine maintenance, took a break for lunch at Luna’s and finished up the session working.  Here are some of the highlights of the things worked on today:
  •  DCC Signal BUS troubleshooting  - Last two shows we’ve encountered a brief loss of the DCC signal bus with affects our ability to control the trains from the DCC throttles.  There are several areas where that might be causing this.  The range from the Lenz DCC overheating and shutting down to a bad wire in one of the modules.  Kip has been troubleshooting starting with the wiring harness from the control box to the layout.  As the summer progresses and we pull each module to make repairs we’ll also be troubleshooting the wiring.
  • Canyon Corner (Hydro Dam) track work and re-ballast work.  Tom Joined us in the afternoon to fix some of the alignment issues we had on one end of the Canyon Corner.  We removed the tan ballast and replaced with the club standard grey salt N pepper mixture.
  • Stanchion Rope Reel – We started working on the replacement reel that will replace both black rope reels used previously.
  • Clark Bridge Module Replacement -  Tom detailed his plan for building the replacement frame for Clark Bridge module.  The plan is to have the frame components ready for assembly during one of the sessions before August
  • Signaling Project – Scott Coleman has been working hard to finally address programing the signals logic for our signaling in and around the yard corner and inside yard.  Scott is ready to program the double-headed mast on the outside mainline directing WB traffic.
Look for a notice for the next work Session in early July.
By CGWRR
Friday - May 19, 2017 6:42 pm
The Sherman Hill Annual Model Railroad Show: The club will once again have our layout at the annual show which is held each year 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
 
Click Here For Show Flyer
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By CGWRR
Friday - March 31, 2017 7:00 pm
ScaleTrains let us play with samples of their new ES44-AC
ScaleTrains let us play with samples of their new ES44-AC

In 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.