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Sunrise Division Meeting Jul 09 Minutes
Volume II     Issue 4                             RMR Division 2                             Aurora, Colorado                             July 2009

NMRA Notes

Member Information
It was noted at the Convention that e-mail addresses that are obsolete can only be corrected by the NMRA member. NMRA officials have no authority (or ability) to update member's e-mail addresses for them. As such, obsolete e-mails are continously fed through national distribution lists to your local officials.

Please carefully review and update your NMRA renewal forms, and please remember to check that your e-mail address is current on the Renewal form.

Rocky Mountain Region Notes

Company Store

  • Don Francis reported that Jack Sousa is doing a fantastic job generating a lot of money for the Region, making quite a bit at the Greeley Convention.
  • The Company Store is making appearances at Train Shows up and down the state, and it is a great way to sell some consignments, with 20% going to the Region. This gives Jack more and new items to sell, saves time and expense for the individual seller that doesn't have a lot to sell, and helps out the Region as well.
  • Kudos to Jack for all the great work!

    2010 Convention

  • Arkansas Valley Division is putting together a basic train ride convention (similar to Dick's Chama Convention in 2006).
  • Fred Carlson was heading this up, but he is looking for someone to take charge as he recuperates from his cancer surgeries and treatments.
  • The train ride is the Rio Grande Scenic RR from Alamosa over La Veta pass.

  • Sunrise Division Notes

    General Business

  • Introductions
  • Attendance
  • Sunrise Modular Group - No update.
  • Local Items of Interest Lakeside Amusement Park has their railroad up and running again.
    The Denver Zoo has a train ride with a Mason-Bogey replica.

    June Meeting
    Stewart Jones did a clinic on installing decoders. A pdf of Stewart's write-up for "Modified Slanser Ground Throw Switchstand" is available on the clinics page. The theme for Show & Tell was freight car open loads.

    May Meeting
    Jack Getz did his "Art of Model Railroading" clinic. Show & Tell theme was cabeese.

    Web Updates

    Jerry Brooks sent in some updated photos of his layout, see the Members' layouts page.
    Send in some photos of your layout to be added to our site!

    Upcoming Events
    For details and more events, check our home page calendar and on-line at: 2009 Calendar (

  • Monthly Meeting Show & Tell Themes
    Jan*HOLIDAY BREAK*JulBuildings
    FebPassenger CarsAugSteam Locomotives
    MarDiesels & ElectricsSepVehicles
    AprTrack StructuresOctMOW Cars
    MayCaboosesNovFreight Cars (Closed Loads)
    JunFreight Cars (Open Loads)DecPhotos/Slides/Videos

    2 July 2009 Meeting Activities

    Following the Show & Tell, we watched a video on a spectacular narrow gauge layout from the Portland Oregon area.

    July Show & Tell: Buildings
    (Click on Image for Enlargements* Photos by Alex Myers)
    Dick Hunter's Jim Bowie Jct from the 1977 National Convention. TT
    would work if electrified (& rails fixed). Was used in diorama.
    Campbells Tobacco Shop, Speeder Shed and Plumbing Supply. The guy
    in the red shirt is winning at checkers and has one king.
    Gary Myers' Woodland Scenics
    white metal "Guns & Tackle"
    and Wild West Scale Models
    "Earl Lee Store". A gray
    cat is about to pounce the
    unsuspecting calico.
    Alex Myers' Wild West Scale
    Models "Zeke's Cabin" and "2
    Story Outhouse". Bragdon's
    Wood Wizard and powders.
    Glen Sponholtz's N-Scale Louisville Mill, built from Historical Society
    photo & personal photos, & friend's 1903 plans (originally for wagons and not
    built for trucks - so a little cramped!)
    Rob Slattery's C&S Jefferson
    Depot, as originally built. It
    had the platform on the freight
    side but not trackside. Made
    own plans & built from scratch,
    wood, plastic, paper shingles.
    Tom Frerich's "1 evening special"
    Walthers N-Scale Two Stall Engine
    Steve Schweighofer's N-Scale Crested
    Butte Early West store. Paper & wood
    from Structures if the Early West plans.

    May Show & Tell: Cabooses
    (Click on Image for Enlargements* Photos by Bill Johnson)
    On3 D&RGW #0574
    Mike O Neill
    Sn3 C&S #1006
    Glenn Sponholtz
    HO UP #3721 & #9023225
    Bill Johnson
    HO Boreas & Saguache
    Stewart Jones
    HO GN X242
    Don Francis
    HO UP #2656
    Don Francis
    HO Drover
    Dick Hunter

    Attendees: 17
    Nate, Don, Tom F, Dick, Albert, Stewart, Mike, Glenn, Larry, Jerry, Bill, Gary, Alex, John K, Byron, Steve, & Rob.

    NEXT MEETING: August 6th
    Clinic: Weathering Locomotives with Don Meeker.
    Show & Tell Theme: Steam Locomotives.

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    Last modified 1 August 2009