January 2024 Newsletter

Durango and Silverton No. 473 Mikado leads us into this month’s newsletter.  Built in 1923 for the Denver and Rio Grande Western by American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, New York, the K-28 is a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement locomotive.  The chassis is an outside-frame design with the drive wheels placed between the two main frames and the steam cylinders and running gear (cranks, counterweights, rods, and valve gear) to the outside. This design enables operation on D&RGW’s 3’ narrow gauge network.  D&SNGRR maintains two additional K-28 locomotives (No. 476 and No. 478) as well as four K-36 locomotives (No. 480, No. 481, No. 482, and No. 486) built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Club Business
Updates to Previous Topics
·     The Oil Town USA Lionel railroad and the refurbished N scale switching layout were sold in December with proceeds added to the Club’s treasury for future layout construction.
·       Annual Layout Tour – 4,172 total visitations
·       CCMRRC winter social event has been postponed until further notice.

January Luncheon Dates
January 5th and January 19th - Bloomington Country Club at 11:30am.  If you plan to attend, contact Bryan Enarson (bryanlax@aol.com) no later than January 3rd and January 17th.  NOTE:  Unlike a typical restaurant which welcomes any number of patrons anytime during business hours, the country club arranges tables and chairs specifically for our luncheons.  Again, if you plan to attend, contact Bryan at the email above.

2024 Club Dues
Larry Schneider has begun collecting club dues of $25 for 2024.  Be certain to make checks payable to Color Country Model Railroad Club.  Dues can be paid by regular or electronic check and sent to the address below.

Larry Schneider
1681 Garnet Ridge Dr.
St George, UT 84790-4922

Once Larry has recorded your dues you will receive an email confirmation. If you don't receive the email confirmation, it means Larry either did not receive your check or he doesn't have your correct email address. The process for mail generally takes 5-7 days to be delivered.  If you decide to mail a check, please notify Larry at 435-688-1150 of your payment.  You can also give your check (or cash) to one of the SunRiver club members at lunch who will forward the payment to Larry.
Member Railroads
As previously reported, the last operating session of Jim Harper’s O scale railroad was held during our November Layout Tour.  With help from Jim Allen and Bob Jarvis, Jim disassembled his exquisite layout in preparation for transporting to Eugene, OR.  Beverly Harper took these photos during the disassembly process to share with club members.  Note:  Jim has various items (lumber, fluorescent fixtures, among other things) available to club members.  Contact him at harperj1233@gmail.com to arrange a visit to Jim’s house to review the items.

Dale and Karyn Angell (Toy Man TV) visited several club member layouts during the November tour.  Last month you might recall their video of Jim Harper’s railroad was featured.  Over the past few weeks, videos were posted on their YouTube channel of these layout visits.
·  Amy Myers, Larry Schneider, and Dean Odenwalder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAZVrzw-jg
·        Al Thorne, Bob Mallory, and Richard Schacht https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUoUGxzjcOo
·        Bryan Enarson and Terry Schramm
·   Bob Jarvis (Ron Mitchell and Jim Allen also interviewed)

Upcoming Train Shows
TECO Model Train Show
January 27-28, 2024
Colorado Springs Event Center - Hall B
3960 Palmer Park Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Kanab Train Show
February 9-10, 2024
Kanab Center Ballroom
20 N 100 E
Kanab, UT  84741 

Railfanning News
·      Ed Dickens - A conversation about Big Boy with the UP's steam executive
·      Travel Town
·        Behind the Age of Streamliners
Prototype News
·        Locomotive Winterization: Avoiding Ice, Ice, Baby https://www.railwayage.com/freight/class-i/locomotive-winterization-avoiding-ice-ice-baby/
·        Bay Area's new all-electric train is also going to be 10% faster https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/caltrain-2024-schedule-electrified-trains-18547762.php
Thanks Bryan Enarson for this story about Walt Disney.

Happy New Year everyone and until February,
All Aboard !!
Lloyd Thomson