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RMGR Newsletter

G-Gauge Gnus
Editor: Ross Crain, Bx 29 Site 3 RR 2, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T0M 1T0
phone: 403-845-2527 email:

Spring 1997

Club News and Notes
HOWDY! - and welcome to this edition of the G-Gauge Gnus, the official publication of the RMGRS.

The RMGRS had a great display at Sunnyside Garden Center over Christmas and a roomful of trains and track at SuperTrain at Memata Armoury in February. Supertrain had more than 6000 visitors and everyone of them was crowded into our display at one time or an other - or at least it seemed like it. Our display had better scenery than past events, and this fact was widely appreciated.

Thanks to all the members who volunteered their time and equipment for these events. The whole community is better off by your efforts.

We have a great program planned for this summer so bring your friends and family - see Coming Events column for details.

Several very productive work sessions were held to upgrade our display materials and get ready for the summer season. Again, thanks to all who took part.

Public model railway events are not everyone's cup of tea - but don't despair. There is more to RMGRS than running trains at shows. If you need help with getting started, assistance with maintenance, advice on modeling techniques, or helpful hints for both indoor and outdoor operations, call one of the other members. They are bound to know who has special skills or reference materials that could be useful.

Enthusiasm for any phase of our hobby is always welcome. Project this to others and you'll probably find kindred spirits amoung your friends and acquaintences. Happy railroading this summer.

Low Cost Motor Vehicles
The Bburago 1:24 scale automotive models are on sale at Toys R Us for $9.95. The normal price is around $30. Watch out for 1:18 scale models on the same shelf that are still $30. Cars vary from 1928 Mercedes SSK to 1995 Testarosa, so you should find something of interest.

RMGRS Coming Events
  • 24-25 May 97 Irricana Pioneer Acres Toy and Train Show, RMGRS display
  • 07-08 Jun 97 Big Train Show, Long Beach, CA.
  • 21 Jun 97 Chestermere Show, RMGRS display
  • 21-22 Jun 97 Heritage Park Railway Days, full size live steam, special RR events
  • 20-22 Jun 97 4th Annual Hobo Gathering (Large Scale Train Meet), Durango, CO.
  • 29 Jun 97 Open House at Irv and Shirley Jalving 1 PM to 5 PM - see a real outdoor garden railway and visit RMGRS members and friends
  • 01 Jul 97 Fort Calgary Fireman's Games and Steam Days, RMGRS Display
  • 01-06 Jul 97 13th Annual GR Convention, Arlington, VA
  • 18-20 Jul 97 West Coast Regional Meet, Seattle Puget Sound GRS, pre-registration required
  • 01-04 Aug 96 G-Gauge Daze 3rd Annual Campout and Picnic @ Ross Crain's. Visit for short time or stay a night or two or three. Nearby hiking, fishing, boating, Historic Park, Leslieville Antique Days (live steam Royal Scot, steam tractors), circle tour to Jasper or Banff. Swap table space available free. 28x40 indoor G-Scale RR - runs rain or shine. Wheel chair accesible. Rocky Mpuntain House, AB. See map attached.
  • 03-07 Aug 97 LGB Convention, Ft Lauderdale, FL - it will be cooler at Rocky Mountain House
  • 20-23 Aug 97 Narrow Gauge Convention, Cincinnati, OH - great displays and tours
  • 08 Sep 97 CMRS Annual Meeting, Calgary - Be there and show that G-Gauge is alive and well
  • TBA Open House in various backyards. Watch this space for details.

    If you would like to announce an open house for RMGRS members, call the editor. There will be more newsletters.

    Note: Openhouse and campout events are for RMGRS members, potential members and invited guests. RSVP to the host is appreciated before the event. Phone numbers and addresses of members are on the back of the this newsletter. Other events listed are open to the public and are presented here as a service to members and friends.

    Products of Interest
    HMK Specialty Products is importing a new line of G Scale Figures. They have great detail and interesting poses and colours. Prices are very reasonable (eg C$7.00 per head). HMK also has a selection of 1:25 vehicles and replica tin toys on offer. Call Harold or Mary Lou at 403-352-9983.

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