COLORADO & GREAT WESTERN

MODULAR RAILROAD CLUB

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Club BOD Meeting
April 12th Noon
TBD
Club Meeting
April 19th Noon
1701 Wadsworth Lakewood, CO.
Train Show Schedule
Rails In The Rockies 2014
Feb 16th - Feb 17th, 2014
Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show
Mar. 1st - Mar. 2nd, 2013
Denver Merchandise Mart
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General Information 
Club Officers:
     
President: Brent Rush
     
Treasurer: Bill Nagel
     
Secretary: Dennis Moe
Board of Directors
     John Lewin
     Mike Clark
     Will Lohmann
     Gene Shilling 

 
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Here we see an overhead shot from the Nebraska West-Central Division Train Show of of our layout configuration on the right hand side.  This configuration requires a 32'x32' square area to setup.
About Us

Thanks for your interesting in considering our club for your railroad event.  We wanted to give you as much information about us so that you can evaluate if we are able to help make your event a success.  We encourage you to take a look at the rest of the website along with this information.  The Colorado & Great Western Modular Railroad Club is non profit club located in Westminster, Colorado.  The purpose of our club is to enjoy model railroading and share our hobby with the public.  We are a dynamic group of modelers trying to raise the standard of modular railroading. Our goal is to become regionally and nationally recognized for our work.

Our History

The Colorado & Great Western Modular Railroad Club started in 1998 by three HO scale model railroaders living in the Denver area. Those original members were interested in constructing modules that could be interconnected to form large operating layouts for the pleasure of display and operation.  They built four corner modules as common club property in order to accommodate the various modules planned by the individual club members displaying for the first time in 1999. Today the club has grow to include 20 active members.  In a typical year we attend five to six events in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Our Layout

We can display our layout in various size configurations.  Our smallest configuration is 20'x24' and our largest 48'x 50'.The layout features two mainlines which give us the ability to run up to four trains at the same time along with switching trains along several modules.  

Here is an example of our layout's "Baby L" configuration that requires a 32'x32' square area to setup

What We Need To Know

There are a host of factors we used as a club to evaluate if we can attend a train show event.  The main criteria we consider in our decision are:

  • The Length of the Event We prefer minimum a two day weekend events and generally will not attend single or half day events simple because the level of effort transport and setup the layout does not make the show an effective use of our time.  Typically our layout takes up to 4 hours to setup for our full 48' x 50' configuration.  Considering the time needed to setup we prefer the day before a show and similar time to tear down at the completion of the show. 
  • Electrical Needs We require a standard electrical connections at the event facility in close proximity to our location on the show floor to provide power for our layout operations
  • Tables and Chairs We require a half dozen tables and a dozen chairs at the event facility for members of the train club to sit and stage our model collections to run on the layout
  • Security for the event facility The club requires information on the security that will be provided during non-show hours in the event facility.  Like any hobby or collectible we have invested thousands of dollars into our layout and would like ensure its safety when the event is closed between show hours
  • Parking and Trailer Storage The club requires information on parking and storage of our club trailer.  Also any information security of the parking area.
  • Admission Information to the Event
  • Accommodation Information Suggestion on hotel accommodations and any discounts associated with the event
 
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