Everything a train fancier could want, from Lego trains to smartphone-controlled realistic models, will be on display in Westminster.
The Youth in Model Railroading Club is putting on a model train show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the …
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The Youth in Model Railroading Club is putting on a model train show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Westminster Grange Hall at 3935 W. 73rd Ave.
According to club founder Larry Price, members will bring varieties of model trains.
“The HO trains will be running off smartphone technology,” Price said. “We will have Lego trains set up, O gauge, small N scale and a hands-on O gauge layout that the public can push buttons and run the trains.”
Model trains are classified by their scale compared to a full-size train. The smallest models are given a T rating, meaning the model is 1/450th the size of the real train it represents. The largest are given the G gauge scale, which means they are 1/22nd the size of an actual train.
The small N gauge trains are made to 1/160th size scale while the O gauge trains are made to a 1/48th size scale.
The most popular scale model is the HO gauge, meaning they are 1/87th the size of a real-world train.
Cooper Brasen, 14, a club member since he was 8 years old, said it’s a good chance to meet people who share his fascination.
“I’ve always loved trains,” Cooper said. “I enjoy running trains, of course; but I also just love the fact that I get to interact with other ‘train-crazy’ people my age.”
For the train show, Cooper modeled a section of track on one of the O-scale modulars.
“I built a mountain area with a large waterfall, a raging river and cave,” Cooper said.
The Bund brothers Joey, 14, and Anthony, 10, also enjoy being members of club.
“We get to run trains and build scratch models,” Joey said. “It also teaches us about trains, electricity, computers and art/modeling.”
The brothers built a diorama of a train going over a creek for the train show.
Price started the club in 1997 because his son enjoyed model trains, but “the adult club I was involved in was not kid-friendly,” he said.
Skills, history and fun
YMR is the only model train club exclusively for children in the U.S. It is open to children from ages 8-18.
“YMR is to introduce and get young people involved in model railroading,” said Price. “We teach modeling skills, model train operations, a little history, a little about real trains.”
“Colorado has a lot of train history,” he said. “We take the members to the local train museums.”
That includes Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Forney Transportation Museum in Denver and The Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley.
“We also like to go on historic train rides such as The Georgetown Loop Railroad in Georgetown, Royal Gorge Route in Canon City and Pikes Peak Cog on Pikes Peak,” he said.
William Gant, a former YMR member, is now an engineer and mechanic for the Georgetown Loop Railroad. He visited his future employer with the club back when he was member in 2004.
“I loved going to train shows,” Gant said. “I loved getting together with everyone and setting up and running trains for a weekend. That was a blast.”
Suplus sale and Train Shoppe
During the train show there will also be a surplus sale of extra pieces and trains the club doesn’t use or need. All funds from the surplus sale are used to help support the club.
The club runs the Train Shoppe, located at 3975 W. 73rd Ave in Westminster. They sell new and used model trains and other train-related items. The Train Shoppe is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To learn more about the train show, Train Shoppe or the YMR club, contact Larry Price at 720-397-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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