Programs 2017

January 31, 2017
Program – “Shoot Out at the Superior Depot”
On November 28, 1911, John “Dude” Searcy was shot to death at the Colorado & Southern Depot in Superior, Colorado and the town marshal was put on trial for Searcy’s murder. In this program, Historian and DGRS member Larry Dorsey tells us why …?

February 28, 2017
General Meeting and our Annual Winter Swap Meet. Members may Buy – Sell – Trade their Trains, Structures, and Accessories. Start looking now for items you wish to offer for sale or trade.

March 28, 2017
John Manion, Colorado Exhibit Coordinator for the Rio Grande Modeling and Historical Society, will present a program on his organization and the history of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Their organization has published The Prospector since 2002 which covers the history of the D&RGW, its equipment and modeling.

April 25, 2017
Youth in Model Railroading (YMR) is the only national model train club solely dedicated to children. For 20 years, our organization has helped educate and support the next generation of rail enthusiasts by teaching techniques in modeling, electronics, and the artistry of model railroading. YMR helps foster interest in the hobby while providing members a common outlet for sharing their passion for trains with like-minded peers. This presentation will provide an overview of the club’s activities and initiate a discussion on ways YMR and the Denver Garden Railway Society can work together to increase interest and exposure to G-scale modeling to the younger generation.

May 23, 2017
Annual Presentation at O’Tooles Garden Center in Littleton

June 17, 2017
DGRS Annual Picnic and Swap Meet at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Members may Buy – Sell – Trade their Trains, Structures, and Accessories.

July 25, 2017
David Winger will present the topic for our program on Tuesday, July 25. This will emphasize petite plants that don’t require much water and how and where to buy them. He’ll also talk about irrigating efficiently without getting your train tracks and houses wet and cover weeding without killing yourself.
Meeting will be at the home of James Mackay and Debbie Knapp

August 29, 2017
DGRS Annual Ice Cream Social – at the home of Larry & Barbara Foos

September 26, 2017
The Colorado Railroad Museum – a Presentation by Donald Tallman. Donald begins his 10th year as the Executive Director at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Active in the community, Donald currently serves on the Boards of the Association of Tourist Railroads & Railroad Museums and Golden Visitor Center and is a member of the City of Lakewood Budget and Audit Committee. As a professional singer, he performs throughout the Denver area, and regularly performs the National Anthem at civic and professional sporting events. Donald is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, and enjoys mountain-climbing and cooking. He and several of his favorite recipes are featured in the recently published cookbook “Denver Men in the Kitchen.”

October 24, 2017
Kevin Ruble develops conscious, employee-owned organizations as an active equity investor and principal, with a primary objective of making a significant positive impact in the world. His current venture is Caboose, Ltd., formerly Caboose Hobbies, Inc., an iconic retailer doing business in Denver since 1938. Prior to acquiring Caboose, Kevin was founder and CEO of Marquette Rail, the world’s only majority employee-owned railroad. He previously served as a consultant to employee-owned emerging growth companies, focusing on the development of highly effective ownership cultures. Kevin holds a BBA-Economics from Sam Houston State University and an MBA-Finance and Marketing from the University of Dallas. Kevin’s presentation covers both the Marquette Rail and Caboose ventures, which are sure to interest rail enthusiasts from all walks of life.

November 28, 2017
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, presented by Tim Tennant, President and CEO, of  “Friends of the Cumbres Toltec Railroad”

The Friends of the Cumbres Toltec Railroad is a non-profit membership organization that envisions another century of narrow gauge steam, with the C&TS being widely recognized as: 1) one of the world’s premier “living” museums for historic, steam railroad operation, preservation and interpretation and industrial heritage; and 2) one of the world’s best and most popular tourist steam railroad experiences. Responsibility for and leadership of the historic preservation and museum functions of the C&TS will rest with the Friends, to be known and respected internationally as the best non-profit, historic railway preservation/museum organization in the world.

December 2017
DGRS Holidays – Members – follow your Newsletters for Information


Program Chairman – Erlene Finch contact via