Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Tuesday February 12

New meeting day - Tuesday
Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.
New location
Eldorado Community Center  1 Hacienda Loop


Old Las Vegas Highway or I-25N to US 285S
Turn right at Avenida De Amistad (first 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 January 8, 2019 SFMRRC meeting

1.Welcome. Bob Hayden, and Tony Balano, executive committee members, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. Hayden thanked Roxie Westdyk and Roger Moose for being our hosts and arranging for snacks and beverages. We had 14 members and 4 guests present.

Hayden asked our guests to introduce themselves. Patsy Daley told us that several years ago she made an elaborate quilt that was used to raise money for the then-new Lamy Railroad History Museum. She said that she had been promised an antique print on display in a back room of the museum, but that she never got it. Hayden suggested that she join the wrecking crew at the Museum on Friday, January 11, and talk to the past and current owners.

Blane Gutterman said he is working on an old N gauge layout with German equipment from the 1960s, and needs wiring help. He also has some HO parts and pieces. He said he would join the Club.

Don Davis was a guest of Bob Mizerak, and introduced himself as a steam engine guy.

Hayden concluded the introductions with the usual plea for hosts to step forward for the Feb, Mar, and April meetings. 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.

Hayden reported on recent Club activities. Ed Aneshensel coordinated the November Open Houses on Saturday November 17 , and approximately 25 members and guests had a great time. Thanks to all layout owners for opening their railroads to us, and for Ed to making the schedule and providing directions.

Thanks to Treasurer Gary Lee, the Club Holiday Party at Arable on Dec. 9 was a good time, with great food.

Also thanks to Gary Lee, the First National Bank Holiday Trains had another successful year. Note that including setup and teardown, the Club devoted almost 200 hours to this effort in December. Hayden asked all members who participated in any of the sessions to stand. It was just about everybody present.

Gary Lee, who couldn’t attend the meeting, provided an annual Treasurer’s Report. Hayden circulated 10 copies. Gary included a note that we still have about a dozen members who have not sent Gary their dues.

Ed Williams and Richard Moeller reported on the Kid’s program at the Children’s Museum. They are meeting one Saturday a month, and have a few older boys participating. Moelller and Steve Meyer set up a Lionel layout at the Railyard on December 15 that served about 300 kids who helped run the Polar Express train.

Williams also reported that the Executive Director of the Museum wants to sell some G gauge trains that have been donated to the Museum.

Erich Brock sent a report that the Depot Layout Project is making progress. Track lines for two loops have been drawn, and he has put in a bottom for the Santa Fe River. A source for the hard-to-find HOn3 trains has been identified.

3. Current officers. Hayden read a list of who is running your Club right now, and added that need your help, too. Sign up for a job as assistant to one of the officers or council members, to learn the ropes. The Club's philosophy is to spread the work thin enough that no one has too much to do.

Executive Committee

Tony Balano, Dick Haber, Rodney Roof


Treasurer – Gary Lee, Secretary – Bob Hayden

Council Members, all of above plus:

Show Manager – Ed Williams

Web Master – Bob Dolci

Estate Committee Chair – Hayden

Meeting Coordinator – TBD. 1-year term, 30 minutes a month: site, hosts, programs

The Council is seeking a member to serve a 1-year term as Meeting Coordinator. Duties: confirm meeting site, recruit hosts and program or clinic presenter. Estimated time commitment is 30 minutes per month.

4. Lamy layout. Jeff Taylor reported that disassembly of the Lamy Museum HO layout Begins at 9:00 a./m. THIS Friday, January 11.

Hayden asked for a show of hands from those who planned to help. Taylor said it might be possible to accomplish the whole job Friday morning, with a session scheduled after lunch or on Saturday if needed.

5. Hayden and Balano asked for Member thoughts about Eldorado meeting venue. Should we do 10 meetings a year here? The response was very much in favor.

6. Hayden announced that the Estate Committee is planning our third Silent Auction for the March meeting. There has been some interest by Club Members in offering their extra model rr items for sale. Please talk to Estate Committee members about this: Roof, Dolci, Haber, and Hayden.

Hayden asked for questions, comments, ideas for the good of the Club.

Jeff Taylor reported that former SFMRRC member Dave Caputo has moved to South America and wants to sell his HO trains. Taylor said he planned to host a garage sale at his place for the Caputo material, SFMRRC members only.

The meeting was over at 7:30 p.m. Balano and Hayden asked those present to help clean up the meeting room.

5. Future Meeting Hosts. Vick Thomas volunteered to host the February 2019 meeting, with a program on the B&O Railroad Museum by Roger Moose. Tony Balano and Karen Sloan volunteered for April.

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

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

Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary

SFMRRC hompage slideshow