April 2023 Newsletter

Spring Break, Daylight Saving Time, NCAA March Madness, and MLB’s Opening Day… all signs spring should have arrived by now.  This year however, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature as rainy weather is lingering a bit longer than usual around these parts.  Mind you, with much needed replenished reservoirs we’re certainly not complaining.  Views of the snow-covered Pine Valley Mountains and water flowing over Gunlock Falls remind us of the beauty Spring brings to Southwest Utah.

Club News
The SunRiver group is building up a head of steam for a terrific Model Railroad Open House and Tour. The largest turnout we’ve ever had with Bob Mallory, Victor Lorch, Larry Schneider, Werner Balsterholt, Byron Rasmussen, Dan Mangiaracina, Joe Adair, Keith Johnson, Dick & Evelyn Wilson, Richard Schacht, Eldon Chouinard, and Bryan Enarson operating multiple scales for the public to enjoy on Saturday April 29th from Noon to 4PM.  Come join us to enjoy the greatest hobby in the world, model railroading.  Click HERE for all the details.

Luncheon Dates
April 7th and April 21st - Bloomington Country Club at 11:30am.  If you plan to attend, contact Bryan Enarson (bryanlax@aol.com) no later than April 5th and/or April 19th.  NOTE:  Unlike the typical restaurant which welcomes any number of patrons, the country club rearranges their tables and chairs specifically for our luncheons thus the exact count of attendees is important.  Again, if you plan to attend, contact Bryan at the email shown above.
Oil Town USA
Al Thorne, Bryan Enarson, Jim Clark, Bob Mallory, and Dan Mangiaracina are nearing completion of the Lionel Group's project railroad.  Recent work included mixing and pouring two-part Enviro Tek resin for the waterway, adding small rocks and twigs to simulate debris in and around the stream bed, and adding black ground cover for roadways.  Click HERE and scroll down to the April 2023 Update for photos. 
CCMRRC Marketplace
Club member Dick Gibbons has 40+ bottles of Vellejo Model Air and Poly Scale paints along with a large bundle of O scale strip woods which he’s offering to club members at no charge.  Reach him via email at gibbons@infowest.com.
Susan Seder is liquidating her late father’s HO scale railroad items.  Included on the spreadsheet (HERE) are locomotives (brass and plastic), rolling stock, building kits & scenery items, numerous parts, and a complete SP Daylight passenger consist.  Firm prices on some items have been established (brass, for example) but values on other pieces are negotiable.  Members can reach her at susan.seder2014@gmail.com.     
Modeling News
Renowned HOn3 modeler and fine artist Malcolm Furlow passed away in March 2023 at 77 years old.  Read about his life and accomplishments in model railroading HERE.   
Upcoming Train Shows
Rocky Mountain Train Show
April 1-2, 2023
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO  80216

Texas Express - Supercharged, High Speed, and Streamlined
August 20-26, 2023
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
Rocky Mountain Region Convention - Rails Along the Rio Grande
November 9-12, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

Prototype and Railfanning
Ed Dickens, Senior Manager of Heritage Operations for Union Pacific takes us on a tour of the Cheyenne Engine Shop in this video.  Click HERE to download and view the video.
From Werner Balsterholt comes this article on the Alaska Railroad.
Depot Days in Cheyenne, WY is scheduled for May 20-21, 2023.  Featured are tours of the Union Pacific Steam Shop and Roundhouse.
Heber Valley to Bring ‘California Zephyr’ Dome Home to the Rockies
To be certain all visitors are directed to our website instead of GoDaddy, both addresses colorcountrytrains.org and www.colorcountrytrains.org are now functional.

Until May, All Aboard !!
Lloyd Thomson