Feb 20

Rails in the Rockies 2018

This was our 8th year of doing “Rails in the Rockies” and we still make an impression on them with a different themed display each year.  This year was “Camping.”  There were a number of campsites as well as different RV’s and campers on the roads.  There were 15 people who contributed to the display, and I want to thank every one of them for their help in making our display a success once again.  We were thanked many times by Estes Park Train Club members for being at their show, as it draws the families in.  I could not get a full count on how many people attended the two day event.  But one ticket taker told me on Sunday afternoon, she counted over 180 people through the doors in the past hour.  (So at least 2,000 people in the 2 days the show was open.)

This year we cut down on the number of city buildings and went more for the outdoor look.  Duane made an impressive mountain using his and Joel’s mountain parts.  Jim’s amusement park is always a big hit with the kids.  They love to push those buttons to see the rides move.  Meghan and Jim’s Jurassic Farm had the kids looking for all kinds of dinosaurs.  Samantha’s Handicapped Camp got a lot of comments about the wheelchair jousting and other little scenes here and there.  Sandra made a very nice Indian Village scene.  Kathy’s woodland display had many people trying to guess how many animals were on it.  Lester’s different camp sites got a number of laughs, as well as his resort.  In the small city section, we had some outstanding buildings done by Eric, Meghan, Rhonda, and Stuart.  In the city section was the New and Used RV & Camper Sales lot.  Michael brought some of his newest rolling stock which could have passed for regular model trains.  Many could not believe they were made of Lego.  And if it wasn’t for Mark and Duane’s track, we wouldn’t have that big of a layout.  Thanks again everyone, and see you at next year’s Rails in the Rockies.  The theme for next year will be Cowboys & Aliens.

(Text and pictures courtesy of Lester.)

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:

The Switchyard area:


Eric’s buildings:


The moving parade:


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.