NEWSLETTER OF THE PIKES PEAK "N"GINEERS MODEL RAILROAD CLUB
Calendar of events 2008
Oct 4 & 5: Depot Days Pueblo Railroad Museum – go on your own
Oct 6: Board Meeting – Maggie Mae's – dinner at 6:30 pm – meeting at 7:30 pm
Oct 3, 10, 24 & 31: Friday work session – 7 to 9 pm
Oct 4, 18 & 25: Saturday work session or run trains 9 to 11 am
Oct 7, 14, 21 & 28: Tuesday work sessions – 7 to 9 pm
Oct 11: Club Anniversary Pot luck at the Peck's – see story below
Nov 3: Board Meeting – Maggie Mae's – dinner at 6:30 pm – meeting at 7:30 pm
Nov 1, 15 & 22: Saturday work session or run trains 9 to 11 am
Nov 4, 11, 18 & 25: Tuesday work sessions – 7 to 9 pm
Nov 7: Load MTL around noon and head to Denver for setup
Nov 8 & 9: GTE show in Denver – 9 am to 4 pm both days
Nov 14 & 28: Friday work session – 7 to 9 pm
Nov 28: Setup for club show after 5 pm
Nov 29: Club train show & swap meet – show time 10 am to 4 pm – then tear down & clean up.
Dec 1: Board Meeting – Maggie Mae's – dinner at 6:30 pm – meeting at 7:30 pm
Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Tuesday work sessions – 7 to 9 pm
Dec 5, 12, 26: Friday work session – 7 to 9 pm
Dec 6, 13, 20 & 27: Saturday work session or run trains 9 to 11 am
Dec 19: Corporate Meeting & Election of Officers
Club Anniversary PartyI got in such a hurry to get the September Railhead out I forgot to put this article in. Well here goes, Mary decided on doing a baked ham for the entre. Everyone else will need to bring side dishes, salads, desserts and hors d'oeuvres (horse's ovaries) and drinks. We'll have coffee and iced tea available.
A.R.M. ConferenceWe met at the storage unit around 2 pm and loaded the MTL and headed for the Crown Plaza Hotel. Once we found where we were to setup we found that we had to share the space with a band. After some discussion we went with the 14'X14' configuration. It turned out for the best as conference people were able to put some other vendors next to us for the rest of the week. Wednesday evening and Saturday morning we had the most people the rest of the time we had 4 or 5 to run trains daily. It was kind of nice to have a show with such weird hours that fit our member's schedules so they could run trains. Members that were able to participate were Lester, Rick, John, Steve B, Terry, Paul, Chris, Steve T, Mike & Mary. There were several other conferences going on at the same time and several of them would walk by, see the trains and come in and watch. We had a few Marines and Air Force personnel come in and chat.
Cumbres & Toltec ExcursionThe only organized part of this trip was the tickets and hotel rooms, everything else just happened. Steve and his nephew Dan left sometime around 10 am. I picked up my brother at 10 am met Rick at the house and we dropped off Sally and were headed out of town at 12:15. We took our time and didn't get into Chama till sometime after 8 pm. Rick & I did get some night shots. We got up early and went next door to eat and I went to the depot at 8 to get our tickets. We boarded the bus for Antonito. We arrived in plenty of time to shop and walk around a little. The train crew was waiting for the train from Alamosa to arrive with other passengers. We left a little late.
The South Park part IIWe begin part II at South Platte were the Nighthawk branch line connected to the DSP&P main line.
We could have spent more time at the South Platte location. As we approached South Platte we crossed a new highway bridge but the grade went to the right. We parked on a wide spot on the other side and took the above photos. Rick & I walked down the old grade a few hundred feet and took more pictures which will follow. We were trying to find where the spur line and main line merged. We think we found it but will have to come down the other side of the river to see if we see any bridge foundations as there. was too much under growth on the side we were on to see anything.
As you can see from the photos the area is heavy in undergrowth. My plan is to go back sometime in the early spring before the trees leaf out. I will walk down the branch line section next time as there was less underbrush to contend with. My goal is to see if I can find any remains of the bridge abutments.
Club ShowWe need help with passing out the fliers for the show. Pass them out to friends and others, help get the word out. We are looking for vendors as well. As of this writing we have four confirmed, we need more.