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Please enjoy our Club Members' Railroads shared with us over the years. 

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

Owner: Kyle & Reba McLennan
Scale: F

This F-scale indoor railroad was originally designed and built by Tom Miller ( previous owner) in 2004, along with a large beautiful new building to accommodate it. Artists recreated actual models of the mountains and scenery for sections of the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad (Rio Grande) under steam power. The model scenery is detailed to look like the prototype. Lights in the building were installed so that the lighting can simulate a 24-hour day of daylight, evening, semi-darkness, and dawn. In the middle of the building, is a large viewing platform in order to better see the breathtaking effect of the F-scale railroad. The many details and dioramas are visually overwhelming.

Handicapped accessible.

Denver & Rio Grande Western RR Summit Branch

President and Chief Operating Officer: Bill Dippert
Treasurer: Jean Dippert
Scale: 1:22.5
Power: Track and Battery/RC

This narrow gauge branch represents the fictional Summit Branch of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. The main motive power consists of a fleet of 2-6-0 steam engines, some powered by track power and others by battery. Seven towns are arranged along the 100 by 150 foot “L” shaped layout that contains 1,000 feet of track and 45 switches (turnouts as we call them). Landscaping is mostly mature, with a wide variety of plants, ranging from miniature ground cover, plants, and miniature trees to larger azaleas, rhodies, and evergreen trees.

Limited handicapped accessibility.

G&G Railroad

Host: Gary Garnas

The G&G Railroad has one of the Club’s smaller track layouts. It is a dual track over and under of approximately 260 feet with a 60 foot trestle and 20 foot turnout. The main railroad was built 14 years ago and the trestle added last year. The railroad sits on fairly steep slopes. The severity was lessened somewhat with cuts into the hillsides and retaining walls built with over 1100 bricks. Both narrow gauge and diesel locomotives in all G-scale sizes are run using either track or battery power. Rolling stock consists of both passenger and freight cars. There are a minimal number of buildings and other accessories so as not to detract from what is a true garden railroad with emphasis on the surrounding plants and shrubbery.

Not handicap accessible.

G&J Garden Railway

Owners: Garry and Judy Jantzen

We built an elevated railway in an existing garden, working with existing trees and plants. It is an example of what can be done in a very small space with only about 200′ of track. It consists of two loops at either end connected by a single line track. The “Garden Loop” has a waterfall, trees, small river, bridges, village and a wye connected to the main line. The other end also has a wye, turntable and railway yard. Two engines, (Iuki) live steam 0-4-2 “Plantation” pulling Isle of Man prototype coaches and wagons. Thomas the Tank (battery power) pulls two coaches and occasional LGB wagons. Remote control for both the steamer and Thomas is via a spread spectrum 2.4 GHz analog controller using off-the-shelf (cheap!) airplane/car/boat components.

The garden is an accessible, flat, paved surface. No toilet facilities.

High Cascades Railway

Hosts: Bob and Ellie Hutton

This railway integrates rockwork, tunnels, bridges and wide sweeping curves to traverse its natural Cascade Foothill setting. More than 700 feet of track grading takes advantage of abundant on-site volcanic basalt rock to achieve a maximum 3% grade. The railway compliments the Douglas Fir shaded landscape while navigating a real ten-foot drop between remote mountains and lower elevation lakes. Features include an under-driveway tunnel, a spiral helix, and snaking descents from rocky ridgetops through rugged canyons to tranquil lakes. Unique accents of cascading waterfalls and massive boulders are intermixed with blueberries and flowering plants. Current and historical western US passenger, freight, and logging trains run on battery and track power with layout expansions under construction.

Limited sight-distance from driveway entrance onto steep county road; parking only along driveway; limited handicap access on mowed lawn, paths and driveway; no restroom

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