All Aboard

Harry Huckemeyer

The Short Line Model Railroad Club is rapidly tracking into the second half of the 2022 season anxiously with a heavy load and an expectation of some fun times, as there are some busy times not too far ahead. This is the time of the year when our area shines, as many of our friends are returning. And for many, it is a pleasant place to visit with all that this state has to offer and, of course, the weather to add to the enjoyment. Whether you enjoy the crisp air off the ocean breezes or are a seasoned skier, there are opportunities within reach not too far away, and this is always a nice base to return to at this time of the year.

To start out the month of October on the right foot, the City of Scottsdale is once again hosting its Railfair at the McCormick Ranch Railroad Park. This is a park located off Indian Bend Road and the 101, just running a little east of Scottsdale Road. It’s a must-see, especially if you have little ones around, as there is a carousel and a train that will take you on a scenic ride around the 30 or so acres of its landscape. Admission is free, although there is a minimal charge to ride the carousel and the train. There is a wonderful train museum there you’ll want to visit, a food court, and a number of model railroad clubs from around the Valley area who travel here to participate in the two-day event. Also in October, check your local publications and calendars, as many of the communities have their Community Days where you can meet your neighbors and friends and check out all the tables that are out on display showing the work of some local vendors, plus the many clubs where their members would be happy to talk to you.

Just up the road a bit off Ryan and Arizona Avenue you will find the Arizona Train Museum. On Nov. 12, they will have an open house with, I believe, free admission where you can take a few moments to relive a little of the past. Some model trains will be running in a variety of areas that you can observe while having the thrill of walking through some passenger cars, sleepers, and even (if you’re lucky) meet up with the owners of privately owned cars that would be happy to chat with those of interest. I believe it will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There also will be a food court available, plus a shop where you may find something of interest from another era that might have some parts that are hard to find for those in the hobby.

As a club, we are always looking for new members who may have an interest and are willing to sacrifice a few hours a month to become an active member. If you think you need a little more information, don’t just  call; send me a text on how I can reach you, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. My cell number is 480-600-1349, or I can be reached by email at [email protected].

You all have a great day, and stay safe and healthy.