Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Tuesday May 14th

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

Host: Edward Aneshensel. Program: Bob Spude on the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah


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 April 9, 2019 SFMRRC meeting

1. Welcome. Rodney Roof, executive committee members, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. We had 24 members and 1 guest present.

Roof asked our guest to introduce himself. He turned out to be Bob Spude’s brother, visiting from far away.

Roof thanked Tony Balano and Karen Sloan for hosting the April meeting. He added repeated the usual plea for hosts to step forward for coming meetings. Edward Aneshensel volunteered to host the May meeting. June and beyond remain 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: Roof 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. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Gary Lee distributed copies of the current Club treasury ledger, and reported that there have been roughly a dozen transactions in the account since January 1, 2019. The income has matched the outgo, so the balance in our treasury is about the same. Gary asked for questions; Vic Thomas recalled that the Club had conferred emeritus status on Bill Flounders last year, so he need not be listed with the names of members who are delinquent in their dues.

3. Reports on Club activities.

Estate Committee: Bob Hayden reported that donations are still trickling in, and that the March Silent auction added $226 to the Club treasury. The two trailers owned by the Club are stored at Bill McSweeney’s ranch in Pecos. Paul Enstrom’s trailer, which also includes show items, is stored at Paul’s daughter’s place in Santa Fe.

Fall Show plans: Show Manager Ed Williams was not present. Repeating the schedule information from the March meeting, 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.

Gary Lee asked whether the HO modular layout requires an extra day — Thursday — for setup and troubleshooting. This probably depends on how big the layout will be.

Neil Wenthe asked that the hours for the show be added as soon as available. He also asked about the status of the Club’s HO setup during the County Fair.

Bob Hayden responded that the County Fair setup was based on the Club’s informal affiliation with the 4H Club. The 4H Club has been struggling with declining membership, and without that connection we don’t get an invitation from the fair. Webmaster Bob Dolci added that Ed Williams had asked him to remove the County Fair Show from our activity listing on the Club web site.

Kids’ Club: John Harnisch reported on the Kid’s program at the Children’s Museum. The Museum has a new leadership team, and at least two of the new officers like trains. They have asked for more support for the Kid’s Club program. John concluded that "things are looking up,” and added that the Kid’s Club will have an HO layout for the fall show.

John also thanked Jeff Taylor for all his work in rewiring the Kid’s Club’s HO layout, which turned out to be quite complex.

Club Web site: Roof expressed appreciation to Webmaster Bob Dolci for his work on the web site. Dolci encouraged members to visit the site, which includes a new section on Club Members’ layouts.

Santa Fe Depot Layout: Dave Staples reported that the layout was briefly on hold as a result of Erich Brock’s hospitalization for appendicitis. Dave has

designed the wiring setup to run the trains — two separate loops, with the controls identical to the Lamy layout — and needs approval to order the required


Gordy Miller asked that work sessions on the layout be announced by e-mail early enough that members can plan to attend.

4. Club Picnic: Roof again asked for volunteers to plan the 2019 Club picnic. Jeff Taylor said it wasn’t much work and that he would be glad to serve as advisor to this year’s volunteer. He expects to be out of town.

5. Future meeting programs:

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.

Program Coordinator Vic Thomas is looking for presenters for July and beyond. The idea is to share: You don’t have to be a professional public speaker, and even a 15-minute program is long enough. A simple show-and-tell with some of your old — or new — trains is fine, and will be enjoyed by everybody.

6. Other business. Roof asked for questions, comments, ideas for the good of the Club.

Vic Thomas reported bumping into Cheri Payson in Durango and conveyed her "hello” to all her friends in the Club.

Gordy Miller announced that the 75th anniversary of AT&SF No. 2926 is coming up. (A notice was e-mailed to Club members.) Work is ongoing on the

locomotive, with electrical and brake systems at the top of the list. Hydrostatic tests are scheduled for the coming weeks.

Bob Dolci announced that he is considering having an open house for his Fn3 layout at the end of May. Bob Lives near Ojo Caliente, which is a nice drive from Santa Fe.

Edward Aneshensel reported that he received three large boxes of early 1950s Lionel trains and accessories from a Mr. Bill Harris who approached him during operation of the bank layout in December. The newspapers used to wrap the trains are from 1952 and 1956, and the trains are in near-perfect condition.

They will be turned over to the Estate Committee.

Neil Wenthe asked if the Harris trains might be used on the bank layout? Vic Thomas replied that the bank owns all the trains used on the layout. Gary Lee added that there is already too much equipment for the bank layout, and that he has suggested that the bank dispose of some of it.

Dave Staples reported that he is working on replacing the track-power toggle switches on the bank layout. A couple of them failed this past December.

Bill Dunning called attention to the local “Corridor” magazine that has a great story on the restoration of D&RGW 4-6-0 No. 168. The locomotive has been rescued from a park in Colorado Springs, moved to the Cumbres & Toltec shops in Antonito, and is expected to run on the C&TS this season. Hooray!

Dunning also asked whether the event listing he provides to the Eldorado community newsletter should include the Club’s website address or a contact phone number. The general consensus was either or both, and Hayden volunteered to be the contact.

The business meeting was over at 7:10 p.m.

7. Presentation: Bob Mizerak entertained us for almost an hour with his talk on "The Lonesome Railroad Whistle, Railroads in Popular Music.” He explored the social and cultural import of the hundreds of popular railroad songs, and played several of them for us. For this reporter the highlight of the evening was a ballad about a Mormon Rio Grande engineer in Utah who had a wife in every town his train passed through. If you missed this talk, whatever you were doing wasn’t nearly as much fun. THANK YOU BOB!

Next Meeting: May 14, Eldorado Community Center. Host: Edward Aneshensel. Program: Bob Spude on the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah

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

Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary

Thanks to Bob Dolci for posting these minutes on the club web page,

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