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Bridge 9 Coming off the Missabe Range with 80 loads of iron ore, westbound Train 251 with BN C-636 4360 in the lead, crosses Bridge 9 deep in the sce- nic Chewaucan River Can- yon between Dog Lake and Sycan. After a flat spot at Dog Lake, Train 251 starts to dig into the 1.1 percent grade that continues for the next 35 miles.


sy M1a 4-8-2 pulling a mixed freight, or even an Erie Lacka- wanna


consist heading merchandise freight through the mountains of southcentral Oregon!


Volunteers The museum has a few paid employees, but volunteers per- form the vast majority of the work on the layout and equip- ment. The pool of volunteers is quite varied, including not only model railroaders, but also ac- tive and retired railroaders, as well as many volunteers who just love trains. One volunteer is a retired engineer who started his career on the Pennsy firing steam!


There is a dedicated loco-


motive team that services and maintains the locomotive fleet, as well as people responsible for the rolling stock. Each Mon- day is a “work session,” where wheels and track are cleaned, and maintenance is carried out


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on areas needing attention. In addition, there are dedicated volunteers who handle changes and upgrades to the electric as- pects of the layout, adding and repairing scenic details and weathering rolling stock. Volunteer hours are tracked,


and awards are given at 500; 1,000; 1,500; and 3,000 hours of service with 23 volunteers having logged more than 2,000 hours — that’s pretty much a full-time job for a year! For those in the Denver/Greeley area, you are welcome to become a vol- unteer and assist with the op- eration and maintenance of one the finest model railroads in the world. The museum is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Other Museum Exhibits Of course, the model railroad


layout is the museum’s star at- traction, but there are also many real railroad artifacts displayed,


including that 1:1 C&S wood caboose on its own track that connects to the Great Western Railway through an overhead door at the rear of the Museum, a 1:1 boxcar painted in the blue OC&E livery (that’s outside), a working semaphore signal, a working Wig-Wag crossing sig- nal, lanterns, switch keys, rail- road passes, timetables, a large display case filled with some rare Lionel trains and even a col- lection of Pullman hand towels.


Come Visit! The Colorado Model Railroad


Museum is open year-round Fri- days, Saturdays, and Sundays, except major holidays. During the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there are additional hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Complete information is avail- able on the Museum website: www.CMRM.org.


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