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.
â€‹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.
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.