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Old 07-24-2015, 12:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Eric, Joseph, Kevin, Todd, Henson, and Noel! Yes, I have more photos...many, many more!

Here's the next batch, Day 2 (Wednesday):

Layout #10: JFF & FnE Railroad
To be honest this wasn't my style of garden railroad as there wasn't much landscaping, but there were lots of things to entertain the kids. And one thing I can admire is that it was absolutely pristine! I have to wonder if the rock was very new, or if they know something I don't!
See all the photos on Flickr.

Layout #11: Big Blue Spruce Railroad
This was a beautiful railroad in a nice yard. There's an interesting track plan, plenty of detail items, lots of different textures and colors of plants of landscape materials.
See all the photos on Flickr.

Layout #12: Unnamed RR
I enjoyed seeing the big modern mainline freight here, and my kids did as well (as this is what they are growing up with). This railroad is under construction but it looks great already! As an Espee fan, the UP patch on the SP Dash 9 made me laugh... and cry!
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Layout #13: Eastlake Loop Railroad
This railroad provided a good variety of trains, structures, and other details, with a place to sit and watch the trains go by. The connected train shed probably makes running frequently very convenient.
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Layout #14: The John Galt Line
With the modest tour book description of "this is our first attempt at a G-Scale train" I expected something pretty basic. Actually, we almost skipped this one (we did on Wednesday, but it was open again on Saturday). But this railroad was a pleasant surprise! Highlights include a really nice water feature, just the right amount of detail items (some humorous!), and a full-size '51 pickup to match the theme. The owners were exceptionally welcoming, and own an organic seed company, Botanical Interests, which we often buy!
See all the photos on Flickr.

Layout #15: Colorado & Northwestern Railroad
You get started here seeing both sides (with a mirror) of a very detailed station building, and that's just the beginning. There's a variety of everything here, with trains meandering around the whole yard, pathways to along closeup views, and lots of variety of colors and textures with plants and landscape features.
See all the photos on Flickr.

Layout #16: Denver, Superior & Western Railroad
This is a cute little railroad in a small yard. Unfortunately Murphy was visiting at the same time as us (and we had to leave first), but we got to admire the right-of-way with just about everything a railroad needs (including a nice scratch-built trestle and tunnel portal).
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Layout #17: The Red Rocks Route Railroad
We really enjoyed seeing the passenger trains, going opposite directions on a double track mainline. The water feature and bridges looked great too. The whole layout also seemed very well maintained.
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Layout #18: Rocky Mountain Railroad
It's hard to pick a favorite out of so many railroads which are all so different, but this would be in the running for both my wife and I. We both loved the elevation change and color across the hillside, and well done hardscape. And I loved the mainline trains with wide curves and excellent track work. The Mallet with the Harbor Models smoke unit is particularly impressive, especially as it went through a tunnel! The owners are also incredible people who I got to talk to more in the vendor hall at their Rocky Mountain Locomotives booth.
See all the photos on Flickr.

Layout #19: The Cascade and Silverton
Indoor railroads are few and far between in this scale, and ones of this caliber are even more rare. It's just incredibly detailed in every way. I'd compare it to Tom Miller's "Little Colorado Railroad" (, just in a smaller space. It's very creatively stuffed into a basement, with a track going through the stairway! Everyone has different preferences though, as this was my wife and kids *least* favorite railroad (too high up for the kids to see, and no garden for my wife)! But there's no question that as a model railroad this one is in a league of its own, and my photos don't do it justice.
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Layout #20: Cherokee Western Railroad
This was our first stop Wednesday where we enjoyed the variety of trains (Mallets are always a bit hit with my 5-year-old) and the well-executed farm and village scenes. The rotary snowplow was also a highlight for us. I also enjoyed seeing two beautifully restored Model A Fords in the driveway.
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- Ben -

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