Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Next Meeting: Tuesday June 14th

Meeting Time: 6:30

Location: Eldorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop. Located in the old depot building..

Presentation: Bob Hayden on “The Magic of Model Railroading" movie

Hosts: Tony Balano & Karen Sloan

Covid rules: Vaccination and booster required, masks optional.

Unless otherwise stated, meetings 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

Train Shows - TBD


National Model Railroad Month

No event scheduled


Christmas Train

Not currently scheduled

Meeting dates for monthly meetings in 2022, second Tuesday of each month starting in May

Meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Open to non-members

Minutes of the most recent meeting

Santa Fe Model RR Club Trainsactions

Instant Minutes of the May 10, 2022 SFMRRC meeting

1. Welcome. At 6:48 p.m. Gary Lee, executive committee member, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center for our first meeting since August 2021. We had 16 members and guests present.

Lee thanked Vick Thomas for hosting the meeting, and Bruce Williams for volunteering a presentation. He asked new members to introduce themselves.

Bob Meals lives in Eldorado, after dwelling in Bozeman, Atlanta, Seattle, and other places. An HO modeler, his interests include Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, and Virginia & Truckee. All present welcomed him aboard.

2. Moment of silence. Lee asked for a moment of silence to mark the passing of Club Members Bernie Brock, Larry Fearns, and Carol Kellerman. He recalled that Fearns always showed up first and left last when there was Club work to be done.

Jeff Taylor and Vick Thomas added remembrances of Fearns’ contributions at shows at the rodeo grounds, First National Bank, and DeVargas mall, as well as layouts constructed at Lamy and in the Railyard.

3. Treasurer’s Report. Jeff Taylor announced that the Club is solvent, with $4,136 in the checking account and another $2,000 in CDs. No dues will be required for 2022, and Taylor will collect 2023 dues in the fall. He has paid the Club’s insurance and state filing fees.

Taylor also reported that the Estate Committee had given him a check for $554 for items sold on eBay, and that Vick Thomas had refused reimbursement for tonight’s meeting drinks and snacks, preferring to absorb the expense as a donation to the Club. Thank you Vick!

4. 2022 Holiday Bank Layout. Gary Lee has contacted the bank – twice -- and asked for their plans. He feels that the bank trains will be a go unless something bad happens. Stay tuned.

5. Train Shows. Lee reported that Ed Williams has checked in with el Museo on venues for 2022 or 2023 train shows.

Williams could not be present at the meeting, but Lee reported he has floated the idea of a smaller show than the Club has produced in the past, possibly as soon as October or November this year.

Such a smaller show would include the O scale modular layout and a much-reduced HO setup, but no G scale. Bob Spude noted that with the loss of more than a dozen key HO modules, the HO setup would be quite small.

Lee reported that Balano has volunteered to coordinate the O layout, but needs help. Likewise, the HO layout, if included, will need a coordinator and volunteers. No volunteers, no shows.

6. Club Express Management system. Lee reported that investigation into this had been tabled during the Covid pandemic. Realistically, he added, we need to know just what the Club will be doing before we can move forward with a new web site, dues collection, and other administrative details.

7. Club Picnic. Lee said there was still time to organize a Club Picnic if we want one. Last Picnic was in 2019, at Eldorado. Volunteers needed.

8. Club Excursions. Vick Thomas recalled that we were discussing a Wednesday excursion on the Rail Runner before the Covid shutdown. Neil Wenthe noted that the trip to Belen and back would take from, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and would be a good bet in September or October. Thomas still plans to look into this, but will be busy with other things for at least a month.

Bob Hayden said he would help with excursion planning, and added that Sky Rail, the latest incarnation of the Santa Fe Southern, is now up and running. He suggested we might be able to combine a Club trip on that line with a picnic in September or early October, and added that the last time we did that was 2014.

9. Club name badges. Gary Lee admitted that he is now serving as the badge guy:

10. Meeting hosts and programs. Tony Balano and Karen Sloan volunteered to host the June meeting. Need program.

11. Comments and questions for the good of the Club.

The meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m., followed by a presentation by Bruce Williams on his beautiful HO layouts (two of them!). His large “railfan” layout has a Southern Pacific flavor and some of the most convincing New Mexico scenery ever, and his Los Angeles switching layout combines superb modeling with Film Noir themes. Great modeling, great photos, and Thank Uou, Bruce!

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Community Center.

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

Submitted by Bob Hayden, Secretary