About Rocky Mountain Rails
Rocky Mountain Rails is a private adult outdoor model railroad club for people who enjoy building and/or riding 1/8th and 1/12th scale trains. A major role of the club is to construct and maintain a tracksite for the enjoyment of our members. As a club, we enjoy many activities at our tracksite including run days, work days, pot lucks, picnics and other social gatherings.
Our members have varied hobby interests and skills, even beyond railroading, which makes belonging to our organization fun and educational. In addition to our tracksite activities, our quarterly newsletter and members-only website provide opportunities to support one another and share information.
Our tracksite is located on a private, secluded 10-acre site in the southwest part of metropolitan Denver, Colorado, near Chatfield State Park. The property is ideal for building a model railroad and will provide us with all the space we need for many years.
We are located adjacent to the scenic foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Nearby are Chatfield State Park, Waterton Canyon Nature Trail and Roxborough Park. Camping with full hook-ups is available at Chatfield State Park. Motels and restaurants are only a short drive from our tracksite.
Our tracksite currently has about 5,300 feet of dual gauge mainline trackage in operation. Track gauges are 7 ½ in. and 4 ¾ in. and we adhere to International Brotherhood of Live Steamers (IBLS) track gauge standards. Besides the mainline trackage, our layout includes several bridges and curved trestles, passenger loading and train parking sidings, and many working switches. Maximum grade on the mainline is 1% and minimum curve radius is 60 ft.
The steam-up area includes a turntable, ample steam up bays, and hydraulic unloader/transfer table. A large concrete apron adjacent to the steam-up area provides for convenient loading and unloading of equipment from nearly any type of vehicle, truck or trailer. Electricity is available at the steam-up area, and a water tank is located trackside, providing water for locomotive steam boilers.
A large open-air picnic pavilion provides a comfortable shaded place to socialize and picnic. To support our events we have cooking facilities in Al’s Cook Shack. All water for human consumption must be carried in, but portable toilets are available on site.
As a club, we practice SAFETY FIRST in all our activities.
For the Live Steamers, Rocky Mountain Rails requires a current valid boiler inspection certificate to operate a steam locomotive at our track site. We do accept valid boiler inspection certificates from other railroad clubs.
Our members have varied hobby interests and skills, even beyond railroading, which makes belonging to our organization fun and educational. As a club, we enjoy many activities at our tracksite including run days, work days, pot lucks, picnics and other social gatherings. We welcome families of members and guests.
Rocky Mountain Rails members have unlimited usage of the club facilities all year long. Often, our members use the tracksite as a place for a quiet picnic or just to get away from the crowds at other local recreational areas. We have a beautiful picnic pavilion with lots of picnic tables for gatherings. Many of our members own locomotives and riding cars, but this is not a requirement for admission to the club.
We elect officers to do the club’s bidding, and all members have a say in the operation of the club. Our organization includes numerous committees and groups who plan and execute the different tasks needed to build, operate, and maintain a model railroad facility. All members are encouraged to participate in the club according to each members’ abilities and interests.