Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Tuesday July 9th

Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Eldorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop. Located in the old depot building.

July 9th — Ed Aneshensel on the railroad museum and operation at Essex, Connecticut.

August or September — Chuck Cover on designing his HO Pennsylvania RR Shamoki Branch.

Unless otherwise stated, meetinhgs are held on the second Tuesdays of each month.


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

Summer Train Shows
August 31st, September 1st, 2nd
Location: El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe

Winter Train Shows 
National Model Railroad Month 
Open House events in Santa Fe

The 2019 Holiday Trains 
First National Bank 1870
Main Office on the Plaza

Meeting dates for monthly meetings in 2019

Second Tuesday of Each month unless otherwise stated

Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. 
Open to non-members

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 June 11, 2019 SFMRRC meeting

1. Welcome. Tony Balano, executive committee member, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. We had 15 members present.

Haber thanked Phil Haworth for hosting the June meeting.

2. Meeting Coordinator needed. Balano reminded the members present that the Club is still looking for a Meeting Coordinator to line up meeting sites, hosts, and programs. Ed Aneshensel stepped forward and said he would take on the job. Thank you Ed.

3. Reports on Club activities.

A. Summer Picnic plans. Dave and Susan Staples are coordinating this year’s picnic.

Date and time: Saturday, August 3, 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Place: Eldorado Community Center courtyard and Gazebo

Food: Catered, BBQ brisket, chicken, sides, condiments, light dessert items, $25 per person

Member Cost: $10 per person, Club treasury subsidizes the rest.

Volunteers: Dave asked for helpers to set up and clean up at the picnic.

B. Fall Show plans: Show Manager Ed Williams was not present, but Assistant Show Manager Dave Staples reported that plans for the Fall show are going smoothly.

Schedule: Thursday, August 29 and Friday, Aug. 30, Setup Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Aug 31, Sept. 1 & 2, open to the public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, Show teardown

Staples noted that most of the activities for the Second Annual New Mexico Railroad History Month will be held at el Museo Cultural in the Railyard. This is a change from 2018, where presentations were scattered around downtown.

Staples added that no N scale layout is planned, and that Bill McSweeney has stepped forward to head up the G scale layout. Gary Lee asked if we would again be running a separate G scale layout in the Violet Crown movie theater? Staples relied that will depend on whether we have enough people to man it.

Bill Dunning reported that he is putting together newspaper articles and posters to publicize the show, but was deeply disappointed to find nothing on the NM RR History Month web site concerning the Club’s participation in the show. Dick Haber asked him to call Ed Williams to find out who to contact to get information on adding the model railroad show information to the web site and other event publicity.

Dave Staples concluded by asking members for suggestions on improving the visibility of our collection boxes for donations.

C. New Mexico History Museum layout. Jeff Taylor reported that there was still no news about installing the ex-Lamy Museum HO layout at the new downtown site.

D. Web site: Webmaster Bob Dolci reported that he plans to shift the web site from Google to Wix, which will improve its operation. Gary Lee said that he has concerns about operating the bank layout signup list using the new provider. Dolci promised to resolve this.

E. Estate Committee. Bob Hayden reported that the Estate Committee continues to sort through donations. The Club has agreed to purchase Paul Enstrom’s trailer, which is fitted out to hold show materials, including modules.

4. Future meeting programs:

July 9 — Ed Aneshensel on the railroad museum and operation at Essex, Connecticut.

August or September — Chuck Cover on designing his HO Pennsylvania RR Shamokin Branch

5. Other business. Balano asked for questions, comments, and ideas for the good of the Club.

Dave Staples reported that the ski lift on the FNB 1870 bank layout is broken and probably needs to be replaced entirely. Dick Haber suggested that the cost to do so should be reported to the bank.

Ed Aneshensel, November Open House Coordinator, asked for suggestions on the weekend for the event. He said he was leaning toward the first Saturday in November, the 2nd, but that the 9th or 16th would also work. He added that this year’s event could comprise visits to four layouts versus the five in 2018, since attendance seemed to fall off in the afternoon. Ed welcomes your comments via e-mail ( or phone (946-7513).

The business meeting was over at 7:20 p.m.

6. Presentation: Bob Spude entertained us with an excellent behind-the-scenes show on the National Park Service’s re-creation of the May 10, 1869 joining of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. His details included how the Park Service historians determined how the temporary settlement looked when the joining ceremony took place (a spruced-up row of tents), and what some of the tents contained. Thank You Bob!

Next Meeting: July 9, Eldorado Community Center. Host: Jeff Taylor. Program: Ed Aneshensel on the railroad museum and operation at Essex, Connecticut.

HOSTS NEEDED for the September meeting and beyond. PLEASE VOLUNTEER!

Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary.

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