Incorporated in February, 1998, we are an adult organization comprised of Lockheed Martin employees, retirees and family members. We are modeling the Denver & Rio Grande, circa 1926-1955, through the Royal Gorge to Salida, Colorado, where the narrow gauge rails climbed into the mountains up to Monarch, over Marshall Pass to Gunnison and on to Crested Butte.
We model the steam era through early diesel period of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, standard and narrow gauge, featuring the dual gauge rails in Salida.
Train order operations are geared to run a specific year in the fall, utilizing an inventory of locomotives & rolling stock, with minor scenery modifications to best model a different year of the Rio Grande. The layout is approximately 1/3 standard gauge and 2/3 narrow gauge with many long runs. Standard gauge operations originate from Pueblo (staging), through Portland, the Royal Gorge, Parkdale, Cleora, Salida, Tennessee Pass and terminate in Grand Junction (staging). Narrow gauge operations feature mining, stock, passenger, and locals from Salida through West Salida, Poncha Jct, Mear's Jct, Grays, Marshall Pass, Shawanno, Tank 7, Parlin, Gunnison, Cimarron to Montrose (staging), with branches from Poncha Jct to Monarch (CF&I limestone mine), Parlin to Pitkin staging (C&S branch), Gunnison to Crested Butte (CF&I anthracite mine), and Gunnison to Baldwin staging.
We operate a Digitally Computer Controlled (DCC) layout, with a Digitrax Chief System with infra-red and radio remote throttles.