The purpose of the club is to enjoy model railroading and share our hobby with the general 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
To honor Bob Drake passing, Warren Mizell retired
the beloved stole from the back of the store and the club honoring his
impact and dedicated service commissioned the first club business car
using the HO scale Kato business car.
Painted in club livery and name it Robert
You can see the car in service on the
layout at shows with a representation Bob in his pilotís uniform on the
The Colorado & Great
Western Modular Railroad Club was founded in 1998 by four model
railroaders (Bob Drake, Rex Bevan, Jim Archer and Ashley Warren)
all members of Colorado Rail Link club at the time.
The four were frustrated with the
state of modular railroading.
They felt that visual experience of
modular railroading was missing continuity and a high level
They decided to start their own
club and began planning the construction of modules that could
be interconnected to form large operating layouts showcasing the
visual continuity of modular display and operation they desired.
started in spring of 1998 in Rexís garage building four corner modules
as common club property in order to accommodate the various modules
planned by the individual club members. The four next built their
individual modules adhering to the tenant of visual continuity for the
clubís first show (Great American Train Show) in 1998.
Other modules quickly followed like the
canyon, farm and city and the layout began to grow.
Over the years we continued to add modules
until we are able to display a layout in various configurations in
excess of 20' X 80'.
By 2000 Rex and Ashley had left the
club but the club continued to see steady growth in its membership
bolstering 12 members with only two (Bob and Jim) of the founding
With the larger group we started to
formally organize monthly club meeting.
Those monthly club meeting were held in
various locations and eventually held regularly at the Stanley Lake
branch of the Jefferson County Library.
The End of the Golden Era
In the spring of 2002 Bob Drake
died from complication of a heart-attack.
Bob was the driving force and guidance for
all of us in the club.
His fatherly wisdom, mastery of model
railroading was an inspiration to all.
Bob was the face of the club and his impact
cannot be overstated in getting the club going.
Working at Mizellís Trains Bob personally
recruited everyone into the club in those early days from his stool in
the back of the store.
passing marked the end of the golden era of the club.
Westminster Mall Era
2006 was a major growth year for the club, transportation
needs led the club purchased a utility trailer with monies raised by all
the members to transport the ever growing layout to train shows. We also
were able to secure a permanent club space in the old Champ Sports space
in Westminster Mall with the assistance of club member Mark Kramer whose
landscaping company takes care of the grounds surrounding the mall.
With the permanent space at the mall
the club saw a large influx of new members and a space in which to
finally construct an inside yard module allowing the club
Becoming a Member
In 2008 the club saw the last of the
founding members leave the club.
Jim Archer up to that point was the only
Club Treasurer the club had ever had.
Jim was the stabilizing element to a club
that had far outgrown expectations
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to share his or her interest in the world of HO model trains. For an annual membership fee of $100.00, a new member receives a one year membership, a club name badge and a set of our module and club standards.
Perspective members are invited to get involved with the club by joining us in our activities attend a few meetings and observe the us first hand. This is the best way to introduce yourself and evaluate your interest in joining the club while giving both sides an opportunity to interact with each other. Interested persons should contact Club by clicking the link below
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