Some of the members of Colorado O Scale Modelers met at The High Plains Route in Boulder Thursday evening the 2nd of September for a pre-show season discussion and meeting.

In attendance John Johnson, Bob Hiller, Erik Lindgren, Bob Kjelland, Vance Federigi, Mike Flauding, & Jeff Macdonald.


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Jeff the owner of the amazing High Plains Route demonstrated hand laid turn-outs using Right of Way and Micro Engineering products. Thank you Jeff for the great demo.

John Johnson, COSM chair made reference to a need of a trailer to transport the Longmont Terminal & Northern model railroad. John notes that if we grow at all the COSM will need to make the investment into transportation. The van John generously provides is now at capacity and after the first of the year he can no longer provide this transportation. Discussion was made and a decision to rent a trailer for each upcoming event after 1/17 will be a viable solution until the COSM can become an LLC and purchase a trailer. Erik and John have both been researching trailers and have found a solution. Fund raising for a trailer will become a challenge for the COSM in 2017.


In the coming year COSM will make some further additions to the Longmont Terminal & Northern model railroad including a bridge and switching for industry with COSM member Bob Hiller’s oil depot.

Bob Hiller was very helpful in developing the newly planned bridge module. Erik Lindgren will be using his Overland Models brass pin connected bridge.




This is a seriously big structure! 43″ long and about 17 pounds all made of brass in Korea for Overland Models.


Bob noted some authentic improvements to Erik’s conceptual drawings.


As they progressed through the planning phase Bob Hiller noted some logical engineering points.


The final proposal for the 6′ long module

The LTN will be on exhibit at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland on Saturday, October 22. Also at the Boulder Model Railroad show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds December, 11/12. In 2017 we will start the year off with the RMD/TCA’s Rocky Mountain Train Show in March. Also on tap for 2017 is the Denver National Narrow Gauge Convention in September. We have been invited to exhibit the LTN during the week of the convention. We extend a special thank you to the folks at the NNGC committee. Jeff’s High Plains Route model railroad will also be on the tour of the NNGC.


Bob Hiller relaxes while we operate on the High Plains Route. Behind Bob is Jeff’s OMI pin Connected bridge the same type of model Erik will be using on the new addition to the LTN.


The theme for the nights operations was the Rock Island in the west. The Rocky Mountain Rocket passes up a long freight. Both models are Key Model brass imports.


A string of passenger cars, scratch built, Pecos River Brass, and Fine Art Models cars makes up the 1940’s era Rocky Mountain Rocket.


Speaking of seriously big structures, Jeff’s Overland Models coaling tower is amazing!




We had a great meeting and enjoyable evening. Thank you Jeff for opening your beautiful layout for our discussion and most of all seeing some beautiful trains run!


Erik’s recently completed 1950’s era McDonald’s in business on the Longmont Terminal & Northern.