Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Next SFMRRC Event

Saturday August 3rd- Club Picnic

Meeting Time: 1:30 5:30 p.m.

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

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

Trainsactions for July 9th

1. Welcome. Dick Haber, executive committee member, welcomed everyone to the Eldorado Community Center, the former AT&SF Kennedy, NM depot, in Eldorado. We had 14 members and one guest present.

Haber thanked Jeff Taylor for hosting the July meeting. He also thanked Ed Aneshensel for this month’s presentation and for taking on the Club’s Meeting Coordinator job.

Haber asked our guest to introduce himself. Jerry Spray explained that he grew up in Santa Fe, and had travelled widely, including substitute teaching in Hawaii. Now back in Santa Fe, he is still interested in model railroads but lacks the space to build a layout.

2. Club Activities.

A. Summer Picnic. Haber presented information from Dave and Susan Staples, who are coordinating this year’s picnic. This information was sent to all members on July 8 via e-mail:

Date: Saturday, August 3rd

Time: 1:30 – 5:00 PM

Food Served 2-3PM

Location: El Dorado Community Center Courtyard

1 La Hacienda Loop

Menu: Catered by Uncle DT’s Smokehouse

Sliced Smoked Brisket

Smoked Chicken

Cowboy Pinto Beans

DT’s Killer Corn Bread

DT’s Killer Slaw

DT’s Killer BBQ Sauce


Ice-Tea & Lemonade


Cost: $10.00 each for Club Member and 1 Guest (Additional Guests $25.00 per person)

RSVP to Susan Staples by JULY 24th at 214-693-5451 or

Mail checks payable to SFMRRC to Gary Lee, 14 Loma Blanca, Santa Fe NM 87506 by JULY 31st

Dave needs 2 or 3 volunteers for set-up at 12:30 and clean-up after picnic. Please contact him at 214-707-6990 or if you can help

B. Fall Show plans: Show Manager Ed Williams reported that plans for our Labor Day 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

Williams 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.

He added that this will be a smaller show for us than in 2018. Fred Sunderman of El Paso is unable to attend due to scheduled heart surgery, and Roger Moose and Roxy will be attending the National Narrow Gauge Convention, which makes the On30 layout iffy.

No N scale layout is planned, and Bill McSweeney will coordinate the G scale layout, and Bob Spude will help coordinate the HO. The separate G scale layout in the Violet Crown movie theater will operate as in 2018.

Parking for Club members will be the same as in 2018: $1 with your ticket punched in the show space. Steve Meyer’s crew will be hired to help with unloading and setup on Thursday and the reverse on Tuesday. Ed added that we need plenty of Club members on hand Friday to help with the detail work of setting up modules and getting them running. Having sufficient operators for the HO module setup remains a concern.

Ed is asking members to sign up for one of the three 2-hour time slots on each day of operation.

Ed concluded with a story about Thomas the Tank engine. The NM RR History committee looked into getting one of the Thomas the Tank engines for the show, as it is a huge draw for kids. The asking price was a $200,000 guarantee, with the event committee selling tickets to recover the cost. No, thank you.

C. Estate Committee. Bob Hayden reported that the Club has purchased Paul Enstrom’s trailer and contents, which is fitted out to hold show materials, including modules. All three of the trailers now owned by the Club are stored temporarily at Bill McSweeney’s place and the Club owes a huge thanks to Bill for doing this.

Ed Williams said that his Show Committee will meet at McSweeney’s on July 22 to assess their condition and survey the contents. He expected their recommendation will be to sell one of the trailers. Hayden agreed, and noted that these trailers are used to store our show materials. If we didn’t have them, we would be faced with renting storage units instead.

3. Club excursions. The executive committee has discussed a suggestion that Club members might enjoy day trips on the NM Rail Runner or the Santa Fe Southern. Planning such trips would be a simple matter. Haber asked for a couple of volunteers to help make this happen; October would be a good month.

4. Future meeting programs. Haber explained that the only item of business for the August meeting (the picnic) will be any final details on the Labor Day Show.

Program for the September 10 meeting will be Chuck Cover on designing his HO Pennsylvania RR Shamokin Branch.

Ed Aneshensel reminded the members that he needs presenters for the October meeting and beyond, and he needs a host for September. ( or phone (946-7513).

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

Ed Williams reported that there is a new caretaker at the Santa Fe Childrens’ Museum, who is starting a new G Scale outdoor layout.

Ed also reported on a recent trip to Durango, where he met with Cheryl Payson, who is working for the Durango & Silverton, and Joyce Kopp, who has a home there.

He learned that the D&S has been fined $25 million for setting fires along their tracks in 2018 but may appeal. He also learned that the D&S is converting two standard-gauge diesels to 3-foot-gauge and is also converting at least one steam locomotive to oil fuel.

The business meeting was over at 7:40 p.m.

Presentation: Ed Aneshensel provided history and slides of the railroad museum and operation at Essex, Connecticut. This entertaining talk included details from Ed’s participation in the museum’s “Hand on the Throttle” program, where novices have a chance to run the steam locomotive (under very close supervision!).

Ed encouraged Club members to present short shows on their travels to railroad museums and similar attractions. You don’t need a long or polished program to entertain us!

Thank You Ed!

Next Meeting: Aug 3. PICNIC, Eldorado Community Center. Host: Dave and Susan Staples.

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

Submitted by Bob Hayden, secretary

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