Calendar of events for the Pikes Peak "N"Gineers 2008

February 2008
February 1, 8, 22, 29: Friday Work Sessions 7 – 9 pm.
February 2, 9, 16, 23: Saturday Work Sessions Run Trains 9 – 11 am.
February 4: Board Meeting – Howard’s Pit Barbeque – dinner at 6:30 p.m. – meeting at 7:30 p.m.
February 5, 12, 19, 26: Tuesday Work Sessions 7 – 9 pm
February 15: Business meeting at D&RG Depot 7 pm.
February 22: Load MTL around noon and head to Denver to setup for the GTE show.
February 23, 24: GTE Show in Denver - 10 am to 4 pm both days
March 2008
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Saturday Work Sessions / Run Trains 9 – 11 am.
March 3: Board Meeting – Howard’s Pit Barbeque – dinner at 6:30 p.m. – meeting at 7:30 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25: Tuesday Work Sessions 7 – 9 pm
March 7, 14, 28: Friday Work Sessions / Run Trains 7 – 9 pm.
March 14: Load MTL and head for Garden City Show 9 am?
March 15, 16: Garden City Show
March 17: Head home from Garden City Show
March 21: Business meeting at D&RG Depot 7 pm.

2008 Dues Are Due
As most of you know the 2008 dues are do. For those paying for the whole year in advance to receive the 1-month free you need to have your dues in by February 29. Those of us paying by month there is no change.

Club Name Tags & Shirts
As of this writing we have a request for 10 name badges. Mike is still taking orders for those who wish additional tags. There was some interest in club shirts. As of this writing we have two XXL Polo’s in stock. If other sizes are required please let Mike know so he can get an order put together. The club does polo and T-shirts so let him know your preference. Mike will be checking with the vendors on pricing for both shirts and nametags.

GTE Show
Meet at the storage unit around 12 noon on Friday February 22. We will load the MTL then go and get a bite to eat and head to Denver to setup. Show hours are from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday. Club members should be there around 9 am each day to clean track and do any maintenance needed. Tear down will begin at 4 pm on Sunday and we will load and head to storage and get a bite to eat for those who wish to.

Garden City Show
For those of you who are going to the Garden City, KS show you need to call and make hotel reservations. The motel in Garden City is the Continental Inn. For Reservations only call 1-800-621-0318. For regular business the number is 1-620-276-7691. Call to make your own reservations. We need to get a head count for all club members going to make sure there are enough people. As of this writing there are two confirmed members going. We need at least 5. Be sure to let a board member know if you are going and have not been to any of the business meetings.

Club Train Trip
At January’s business meeting some discussion was brought up about train trips. Three of the proposals are the Cumbres & Toltec, Leadville Colorado & Southern, and the Colorado Ski Train. The price of tickets is as follows C&T RR $ 62 to $76 for adults and $31 to $38 for children 2 through 11. If this trip is selected I’ll check to see what is the best price to go with. The LC&S RR $28.50 for adults and $16.50 for children 4 to 12 there is a group rate for 20 or more. The ski train is $44 per person, $39 for groups of 12 or more, seniors 62 & older, and children 12 and under. Children under 2 are free if they ride in a parents lap. Attend February’s business meeting with your vote.

Club Field Trips

During the summer months some of the club members take a one-day or camping trip to see old railroad lines and buildings that are still around. Some of the ideas for this year are to try and cover the DSP&P from about Morrison to Como. Go to the Pueblo train Museum. Drive Gold Camp (CS&CCD) then come down Phantom Canyon Rd (F&CC) then head home. Go to Alpine Tunnel (DSP&P) this should be a camping trip. Go the Cheyenne UP roundhouse again. If you have thoughts on a field trip bring you ideas up at a business meeting or send them to Mike.

Club Layout
The club layout is coming right along. We have one module that still needs the track laid for the three main lines. Once this is completed we wire those modules and start running trains. We will be adding the mountain line after the main lines are running. For those of you who want to learn how to lay track this is a good time to show up at the club and assist. At this time we are using two methods one is using caulk and the other is using nails. The next procedure will be wiring then ballasting. Come down and see what’s going on.

The club used to do clinics after each business meeting but do to the small space and members various schedules, we have decided to schedule clinics on two or three days to give everyone a chance to attend one. As soon as a schedule is made it will be posted at the club and in the Railhead. Hopefully for the March issue.
Proposed clinics are track laying, wiring, ballasting, scenery, tree making, mold making. If there are other clinics you would like to have please tell a board member so we can schedule it and find someone to teach it.