Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Tuesday April 9th

Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m.
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

Summer Train Shows
August 31st, September 1st, 2nd, 7th & 8th
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 March 12, 2019 SFMRRC meeting

1. Welcome. Tony Balano and Rodney Roof, executive committee members, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. We had 20 members and 1 guest present.

Balano asked our guest to introduce himself. Carl, a friend of Ed Williams, said he has a longtime interest in Navajo rugs.

Balano repeated the usual plea for hosts to step forward for coming meetings. The May 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.

Meeting Coordinator needed: Balano added that 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!

2. Reports on Club activities.

Balano reported on recent Club activities and announcements.

Club members were saddened by the recent passing of Ann Dunning, and Balano expressed that sadness to members Bill and Carl Dunning, who were present.

Paul Enstrom reports he is recovering from a recent illness, and while his activities will be curtailed, he may be able to direct other members willing to set up and operate his G scale trains at our Fall 2019 show. New member Kirk Canada said he would be interested in helping with this. Neil Wenthe asked if Enstrom agreed that young people, perhaps Boys and Girls Club members could help with this, and Hayden replied that Enstrom liked it. Bob Dolci said he would continue to look into this idea.

Show plans: Show Manager Ed Williams reported that our Fall 2019 show will be at El Museo Cultural, on the 3-day Labor Day Weekend and the following 2-day Fiesta weekend.

Schedule: Friday, Aug. 30, Show setup

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Aug 31, Sept. 1 & 2, open to the public

Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7 & 8, open to the public

Monday, Sept. 9, Show teardown.

Williams added there is a big need for members to set up and run the HO modular layout. Just volunteering for a few hours of train running will help keep this layout going.

He also noted that our show will be part of the second annual New Mexico Railroad History event, and there is a possibility that an N scale modular group from Albuquerque will join us.

Estate Committee: Bob Hayden reported that the Club continues to receive donations, which vary widely along the spectrum from Treasures to Trash. He noted that 25 of the Treasures were on display in the meeting room for a Silent Auction after our meeting. The Club took in slightly over $200 on this sale, and many members went home with a Treasure under their arms.

Webmaster: Bob Dolci reported that he is gradually updating the content of the Club web site and hopes to and new features.

Kids’ Club: John Harnisch reported on the Kid’s program at the Children’s Museum. The program is limping along, with two youngsters in the 12-13 age range. They are rehabilitating a 4 x 8 HO layout which is fun for the kids, and Jeff Taylor has agred to help with the electrical work. The Museum’s CEO stopped by recently and discussed selling brass engines donated to the Museum on eBay.

Balano congratulated Harnisch for his cameo role in a YouTube video show at and around Amtrak’s Lamy depot. The star of the show was the depot cat, Harvey, but John and his wife appeared in supporting roles.

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

AT&SF 5030 painting: Bernie Brock said that Santa Fe locomotive No. 5030 in Salvado Perez Park is once again in need of a paint job; at the very least the lettering and numbers need new aluminum paint. Bernie said that he may have the paint that was used more than 20 years ago. He also suggested that the Club may have an ownership interest in the big 2-10-4: He recalled that someone said the City sold the engine to the Club for $1. The Executive Committee will look into this.

Club Picnic: Balano asked for volunteers to plan the 2019 Club picnic. Jeff Taylor, who took on the job last summer, said it wasn’t much work and that he would be glad to serve as advisor to this year’s volunteer.

The business meeting was over at 6:55 p.m. Haber asked those present to help clean up the meeting room.

5. Presentation: Jeff Taylor presented a brief history of Colonial Williamsburg and showed details of some of the Navajo Rugs preserved there that feature railroad themes, using the Club’s new digital projector. Thank you Jeff!

Future programs: 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.

Next Meeting: April 9, Eldorado Community Center. Hosts: Karen Sloan and Tony Balano. Program: Bob Mizerak on The Lonesome Railroad Whistle, Railroads in Popular Music.

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

Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary

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