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Sunday, June 02, 2002

A Visit to the Slim Gauge Guild Model Railroad Club

Today we headed off to Pasadena to check out the club's Open House. They open up their layout to the public twice each year, in June and November. There is still a chance to check it out, though. The Open Houes continues this Tuesday, June 4th, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

The Slim Gauge Guild is housed in the basement of the China Factory office building at 300 S. Raymond Street in Pasadena. After you view the trains, it is an easy walk to Old Towne Pasadena to have a snack or dinner. We had an excellent lunch at the Crown City Brewery which is located in the same building as the club.

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The club's space is around 2000 square feet and encompasses many interlocking train layouts. The layouts are exquisitely designed and decorated. In some cases, they replicate actual locations along the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and the Rio Grande Southern. The club members have a wide variety of rolling stock including detailed engines, box cars and passenger coaches. There were 4-5 trains running nearly all the time during the open house.

We all had a grand time, especially Joseph, There is a certain inherent fascination with model trains and the Slim Gauge Guild certainly catches and holds your attention. The club members were fun and engaging and always willing to discuss both their trains and the history behind the Denver and Ro Grande railroad. This is a wonderful (and FREE) event that can be equally enjoyed by both children and adults.


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