Mar 17

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2017

By Lester:

Greetings to all,

We had another successful Estes Park Train Show a few weekends ago, and I would like to thank all those who came up and helped with it. A total of 12 people had something to do with the show; some couldn’t make it, but sent their items with someone else. With the loan of track and base plates from Duane and Mark, we had one heck of a track layout with a large switchyard. The layout was in a U shape with two trains running on each side, Jim’s monorails on each side, plus the moving parade. It was like having 7 trains running the whole time. It really impressed people who attended as well as the train people. The weather was great this year, no snow or high winds. It did rain a bit in the afternoon on Sunday, but very light. I talked to one of the organizers of the show and they said attendance was great this year, but un-sure how many attended the show. Partly due to their new entry fee, so there were a lot of people showing up for both days on the same ticket.

The parade side of the layout:
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The Switchyard area:

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Eric’s buildings:

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The moving parade:

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As usual , we talked about next year’s show, and have decided to do the theme of Circus. Circus trains, circus parade, maybe a big top (not sure how), side shows and a caravel. Oh yes, on another section of the lay out, Jurassic Farm. Start thinking of ideas for next year, what can you build?

Thanks again everyone for you help.

Lester

Feb 14

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2016

Rails on The Rockies 2016

February 13th and 14th

The Rails on The Rockies held annually over President’s Day Weekend in Estes Park was another fun filled weekend of model trains, LEGO, and Lester coming up with an idea out of the box. This year’s display theme was “Islands”. A train track was laidout out around various islands created to be humorous and practical, that had boats and ships that ran around them on the track. There was a kitchen island, Gilligan’s Island, Desserted Island and many more types of islands. A small amusement park had a standard train running around it and other city buildings. The “train” ships were something new and were quite popular amongst the crowd. Thanks to all the builders, about 13, who participated in a unique display layout.

SAM_1019Duplo blended well with the theme of islands. Just need to watch out for Captain Hook and Peter Pan. And when you have a volcano, you might as well toast a marshmallow too.

SAM_1020A popular island by Lester.

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Desserted Island is filled with yummy goodness created by Nancy

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Scooby Doo wouldn’t be out of place with a Skull Island build by Stuart, Monster Mystery Machine by Jim.

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Samantha went all out for Gilligan’s Island. SKIPPER!

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Art’s boardwalk was a great addition to the islands. It’s a very busy place to be.

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Art added a beach with a bar, rock concert, surfin’, and muscle beach. Inside Tip: Almost everything Art builds, there’s his signature concert scene.

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The smallest amusement park set up by Jim. Push buttons again were popular.

SAM_1069Nikoli’s “Penguin Island”. CoWLUG’s youngest builder keeping things cool.


SAM_1072Chris’ “Pirate Cove” is filled with many wonderful details you had to see it in person. The sails on the ships were custom made and well done.


SAM_1082A tug boat and garbage barge with a raptor drinkin’ by Lester. Michael and Meghan’s Viking ship, a classic set.

SAM_1084Some small islands by Lester and Bill. Boat races and Bat Boat, which runs on the tracks, by Lester.

SAM_1015Jim’s “Battle For The Witches Gold”. A chaotic scene featuring pirates, orcs, trolls, dinosaurs, various soldiers, a few ninjas and some wizards battling for gold.

Another fun year and can’t wait to see what Lester has planned. Thanks to: Lester, Art, Jim, Bill, Sam, Meghan, Michael, Nikoli, Nancy, Peter, Chris, (anyone I missed let me know). Early word for next year is “Steam Powered” not “SteamPunk”.

Oct 11

NoCo MiniMaker Faire: 2015

NoCo Mini-Maker Faire 2015

About 10 builders made the trek up to Loveland for the NoCo Mini Maker Faire over the October 10th and 11th weekend. The display was filled with a large variety of builds. Being a Mini Maker Faire, creativity and making things was full on with the builds not only from CoWLUG but the rest of the event. It was a fun event for the builders as well. 

12088490_1099989543354081_5023588736951208732_nLester brought some of his finds, a 2001 remote control Bionicle called Manas.  

12105778_1099988123354223_4251575649928876169_nJeff made his I-Rex from Bionicle parts and did a pretty nice job too. 

12107068_1099988200020882_1178855251732586665_nLester’s steam punk AT-AT is always a crowd pleaser. 

12107080_1099988266687542_2671269194927629640_nChris bringing some Star Wars fun to the build with a base of operations. 

12143070_1099988676687501_7791443254631318072_nBionicles and Bionicles. Each creation have an individual look for their characters. 

12116013_1099988660020836_7798996118225756367_nEric’s buildings. Each building is getting better and the details are fun to look at while trying to figure out the technique used. 

DSCN0488Joe and Doug’s fantasy area. They finish building it as the days go on. Need some lanscaping ideas, look closely.

12072728_1099988723354163_8003649267969260335_nDonnie has a few things going on. First on the left is an X-Men -vs- Sentinels battle, then a Star Wars Imperial Hanger. Off to the right, the Joker -vs- Batman scene. 

12115850_1099989686687400_5746544513110328671_nOh look, Jim’s amusement park operated by pushbuttons. The train has camera on it that gives a view of riding the rails around the park. 

12108988_1099988610020841_5959673959619595783_nRyan has a collected the various colors of LEGO parts used over the years. It’s neat to see them all together in one place. 

DSCN0510A cool battle scene, the landscaping and scenery are quite impressive and should be looked at to see what can be done.

Thanks to Doug for organizing the display. Photos courtesy of Eric Neuman and Doug Cloud. Thanks guys.