As a real estate agent here in Denver I needed a hobby, something to take my mind off the days events. Fishing was a good idea but it took an entire day, and the river kept trying to knock me down and drown me!
Golf was less time consuming but I found I spent more time & money with the chiropractor than on the golf course. I am an “intense” golfer.
And both of these took me away from the house and our girls. So I chose model railroading.
I was first infected with the Colorado Narrow Gauge when my then 11 year old daughter and I made a trip from our Highlands Ranch home to Mesa Verde. After two days we decided to ride the train and that stack music invaded my soul. I did have a little background having had a 4 X 8 layout given to me by Dad in 1961.
Still, trains were a major part of Colorado’s history where today many of the back country roads were originally roadbeds for a railroad. Even some of our highways have old spikes buried in the dirt, but do not try to dig them up! Personally, I have never heard music as sweet as the “stack music” coming from a steam locomotive. I hope you get to experience it soon.
Here are pictures of my railroad layouts…
- The Seattle Terminal Railroad District
- Holy Cross & Crystal River Railroad
- Mount Akinbach Railroad
- The Great Northern
- MY ANNIE KITBASH
- My Connie Kitbash (Old #45 and her story)
- Big Trains Backshop Gondola
Watch Some Train Videos
- Watch as a sulphur train wreck in Littleton Colorado gets cleaned up
- Watch the Union Pacific #844 steam through Littleton Colorado
For more history see the Colorado Railroad Museum.