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Denver Visit
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:47:17 PM »
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Hey Everybody, I'll be in Denver next week for my sister's wedding. Seeing that I'll be in town, I was wondering if a visit to N Scale Supply would be worth it? I've seen that they have recently moved and opened up their warehouse to the public. Is it a great place to peruse around or should I stick with Caboose Hobby? Also are there any model or real railroad must-sees that could be doable in mid-afternoon or early morning hours?
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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 01:49:50 PM »
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Sat. October 13th is when N Scale Supply has a warehouse sale of stuff that is not listed on their pre-owned or regualr web page. If I lived in Denver, I would be there!

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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 02:09:33 PM »
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We're also having a show down here on the north side of Colorado Springs the 13th and 14th at Chapel Hills Mall.  Last year I showed my N scale Colorado Midland layout there but this year I'll be running HOn3 with SlimRail.
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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 02:16:25 PM »
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I went to one of the garage sales and here's my take away.  If you're mostly looking for new locomotives and rolling stock, it might not be worth the trip.  Being a warehouse, most of that stuff is stacked on shelves and no easier to look at than just going on-line.  Smaller parts and details are in bins you can rummage through or some are even hanging and easy to view.  If you have any interest in used stuff, then it's certainly worth it.  He has it all out like a flea market and some stuff that's not even on the website.

Other things in and near Denver include -

Forney Transportation Museum.  They have a Big Boy and other displays (train and non-train).  They also have a large N scale club layout but I don't know when it operates.

Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley.  Large HO layout.

Colorado Railroad Museum.  Prototype awesomeness and an HO layout in the basement of the depot.

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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2018, 03:02:49 PM »
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I think Jason summed up the N Scale Supply warehouse pretty well. I had a few friends attend the last one and they said the same thing. I'm not impressed with the new Caboose, the best part is seeing @ednadolski old layout in there; but even with that, when I was in there they had a lone engine circling, not even a train.

If you'd like to see the Forney layout, I have contacts to the guys that run it and could figure out when they'll be there. It's big, but in the back warehouse where it's very dusty and lighting is poor. The workmanship on the layout leaves a lot to be desired; it's been a couple years since I've seen it though.
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Railfanning the Denver and Rock Island is enjoyable if you like industrial switching. A lot of their trackwork is easily accessible so you can get up close, within reason, and not upset the employees. They are on they north side of I-70, just east of I-25.

You can also get very close to UP's North Yard. There is an overpass you can walk across that puts you above the south throat, tower and engine facility. You can also stand under the overpass and be right next to their drill track, however, the tower is also right there so mind your position.

The BNSF yard isn't very accesible.

Denver Union Station is neat to visit if you like modern architecture. I was part of the structural engineering team on that. They put restaurants and a hotel in the station, so only the outside resembles it's former self. They also removed the clubs from the basement.

Lastly, there is a lot of switching and industrial trackage in the area around I-70 and I-25 that is very easy to access and railfan both UP and BNSF locals. I don't know the schedules though.

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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2018, 04:55:19 PM »
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The BNSF yard isn't very accesible.

I've eaten lunch out of the back of the car here a couple times.

https://goo.gl/maps/LNLarmEu4TU2

Only good if they are sorting cars though.

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Re: Denver Visit
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2018, 05:20:21 PM »
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I've eaten lunch out of the back of the car here a couple times.

https://goo.gl/maps/LNLarmEu4TU2

Only good if they are sorting cars though.

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Yea, we've watched from there as well. The same can be seen on the other end of the yard from the McDonald's and the neighborhood to the west.

We used to hang out on the other side of the river where you could watch them sort cars, watch the mainline and wye, and see the engine terminal. The commuter rail has ruined that side...

This is the location of the Denver and Rock Island. We've gotten lucky to watch their SW1500 switch all along National Western Drive. We even came across the BNSF transfer there one day and they had a couple SD40-2's idling on the side of the road next to the old stockyards.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//39.787862,-104.9717539/@39.7868327,-104.9732351,382m/data=!3m1!1e3

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