Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Tuesday March 12

New meeting day - Tuesday March 12th
at 6:30 p.m.
New location
Eldorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop. Located in the old depot building.


Old Las Vegas Highway or I-25N to US 285S
Turn right at Avenida De Amistad (first Eldorado light)
Continue to Hacienda Loop on the right

2019 Schedule

May or June
Spring Train Show 
Location to be announced

Model Trains at the Santa Fe County Fair 
Santa Fe County Fairgrounds
Annual Santa Fe Model Railroad Show 
Santa Fe County Fairgrounds 
National Model Railroad Month 
Open House events in Santa Fe

The 2018 Holiday Trains 
First National Bank 1870
Main Office on the Plaza

Meeting dates for monthly meetings in 2018
Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. 
Open to non-members

January 8
February 12

The Club is building a layout in the Santa Fe Southern depot creating an HO Model of the Santa Fe Railyard, c 1938. Click here to see pictures of the progress.

Minutes of the most recent meeting


Brief Instant Minutes of the February 12, 2019 SFMRRC meeting

1. Welcome. Tony Balano, Dick Haber, and Rodney Roof, executive committee members, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. Haber thanked Vic Thomas for being our host and arranging for snacks and beverages. We had 17 members and 1 guest present.

Haber asked our guest to introduce himself. Kirk Canada told us that he lives in Santa Fe, is an HO railroader, and was curious about the Santa Fe Depot layout project. Haber welcomed him.

Haber concluded the introductions with thanks to Jeff Taylor for researching and purchasing a digital projector for the club. He added a plea for hosts to step forward for coming meetings. The March meeting is still host-less. Remember, the Club pays for the snacks and drinks, so the main job of the host is a trip to the grocery store.

2. Reports on Club activities.

Haber reported on recent Club activities.

Meeting Coordinator: The Executive Committee is still seeking someone to serve a one-year term as Meeting Coordinator. Duties: confirm meeting site, recruit hosts and program or clinic presenter. Estimated time commitment is 30 minutes per month. Vic Thomas is doing the program/clinic part of the job for this year, and the Eldorado depot is confirmed as the meeting site through November, so the job comes down to lining up one host per month. Please volunteer!

Show plans: Haber reported that Steve Meyer made a contact through the Kids’ Program who has a connection to the Santa Fe Outlet Mall on the south end of Cerrillos Rd. This person suggested that the Club might use a vacant storefront in the mall for model railroad shows. Show manager Ed Williams met with mall management and conducted a walk-through of the proposed site.

The former Nike store has 5,000 square feet, and the mall would offer it to us free of charge, including utilities. Memorial Day was suggested as a weekend for a spring show, and the mall could provide publicity and even food trucks during the show.

Show managers Williams and Dave Staples strongly recommended against putting on a spring show. The venue is a great offer, but they cite lack of N and G layouts and general lack of manpower for setup, operation, and tear-down as reasons to cut back to one (Fall) show per year.

Neil Wenthe asked what was needed to set up and run the G scale layout at our shows. He noted it is always a real crowd pleaser, especially for the kids. Haber responded that our G scale contingent consists entirely of Paul Enstrom, who is on the mend from medical problems. Roger Kopp was our other G scaler, but he passed away unexpectedly in December.

Rodney Roof added that a major difficulty with setting up the G gauge is that it is on the floor, which is hard on the knees and back. This prompted Bob Dolci to suggest recruiting young people from the Santa Fe County Boy’s & Girl’s Club as helpers on the G gauge. A brief conversation followed, with questions about insurance liability, which Dolci felt would be covered by the B&G Club’s policy. The topic is open pending input from Enstrom.

Neil Wenthe asked that the dates for our Fall Show at El Museo be posted to all members as soon as possible so they can reserve the weekends on their calendars.

Wenthe also asked whether the Club had considered changing the HO modular layout from one loop of DC and one loop of DCC to all DCC. Bob Hayden responded that this came up 8 or 9 years ago, and the decision was to keep the DC loop as we still have many members who bring their DC trains to the show and enjoy running them. He added that the rest of us enjoy watching them, too.

Estate Committee: Hayden reported that the Club continues to receive donations, which vary widely along the spectrum from Treasures to Trash. He added that he will convene an Estate Committee meeting early in March to select 20-25 items for a silent auction at our March 12 meeting.

Webmaster: Bob Dolci reported that he is learning the ropes of running the web site. He plans to add a section on members’ layouts, and to update the content. All present thanked him for taking on this important task.

Special Projects: Haber noted that the Lamy History Museum Layout was disassembled by Club members Balano, Haber, Hayden, Roof, Spude, Staples, Taylor, and Williams on January 11, as planned. The six large sections are now in storage at the New Mexico History Museum, which owns them.

Hayden reported that the layout in the Santa Fe Depot is progressing slowly. Erich Brock is putting down HOn3 track and setting up the backdrops painted by Bob Dolci. Club Members will be called upon when it comes time to build the scenery, which needs many hands.

Kids’ Club: Steve Meyer reported on the Kid’s program at the Children’s Museum. They are meeting one Saturday a month, serving five boys ages 8 and up and one parent. Next meeting is Saturday, March 9, and volunteers are needed to help with DC and DCC wiring. Meyer added that a minor problem is that the Children’s Museum’s Programs are focussed on ages 8 and under, while the model railroad club serves older kids.

3. Future Meeting sites: Jeff Taylor reported that the Genoveva Chavez Community Center has meeting rooms available at $60 and $80 per hour. Haber added that Bill Gould had reported that there is a community room at DeVargas Mall. Roger Moose noted that a realtor friend told him that several Santa Fe public libraries have meeting rooms.

4. Other business. Haber asked for questions, comments, ideas for the good of the Club.

AT&SF 2926 Restoration: Gordy Miller reported that a group of private car owners set up a meeting to resolve technical issues concerning future operation of the locomotive in excursion service.

Caputo Yard Sale: Jeff Taylor will host a garage sale at his place for Dave Caputo’s HO trains on March 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. SFMRRC members and guests only. Jeff plans to circulate lists and photos of the sales items to club members, and added that Caputo is considering a donation to the Club after the sale.

Program Coordinator: Vic Thomas reported that he has presenters lined up through the June meetings, and asked for volunteers for July and beyond. Slide shows, how-tos, and historical material all welcome, and if you can entertain your fellow railroad enthusiasts for 10 or 15 minutes, that’s enough.

Meeting night poll: Roger Moose noted that the second Tuesday is becoming a conflict for him and fiancé Roxey Westdyke and others, asked asked the club to poll members to see if there is a night when more can attend. The Executive Committee agreed to do so. If you’re still reading this after all this verbiage, send an e-mail to your Secretary stating (1) whether you can’t make meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, and (2) when you can make it.

The business meeting was over at 7:15 p.m. Haber asked those present to help clean up the meeting room.

5. Presentation: Roger Moose entertained and informed us with 20 minutes of photos of the B&O Railroad Museum and some sites along the old B&O. Thank you Roger!

Future programs: March 12 — Jeff Taylor on Navajo pictorial rugs portraying trains, which are on display at the Colonial Williamsburg Museum

April 9 — Bob Mizerak on The Lonesome Railroad Whistle

May 14 — Bob Spude on the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah

June 11 — Ed Aneshensel on the railroad museum and operation at Essex, Connecticut..


Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary

SFMRRC hompage slideshow