Sunday afternoon we took a drive over to Evanston, Wyoming for the annual Roundhouse Festival and model train show. I look forward to this every year as summer starts to wind down. We usually go on Sunday since Saturdays are busy for us and the festival is probably a lot more laid back and quiet as well on the last day.
As usual the nice folks at the entry give you a few raffle tickets for free. They also have a donation box on the next table, which we always throw a couple bucks in to, to help with the further restoration of the entire roundhouse facility. This year the rest of the roundhouse is already in various states of renovation, which is awesome. I had read that a brewery will be in a new section soon, but who knows. Anyway, there were several train layouts and vendors in both the machine shop building and roundhouse. It seemed there were a bit less of each than previous years, but then again the layouts change in shape and size depending on model railroading club attendees.
While J and V were off wandering around the grounds, a few of us were talking with a club member all about real life railroading and all the goings on in day to day operations and a bit of history. I don’t know much about trains other than I like them, so it was cool to hear all about that stuff from someone totally into railroading.
Afterwards I shot some more photos and checked out more layouts and vendors in another building. Some of these vendors brings tons of train parts and accessories, so much to look at. At one point I wandered outside and to the front of the roundhouse where the roundtable is. The operator was still giving 360 degree rides, so I hopped on for a trip around the track. There was a huge collection of used train trucks (wheels and axles) lined up just on the other side of the fence separating the roundhouse grounds from the active rail line. Also while going around the roundtable, you could really see all the new renovations going on inside the unfinished parts of the roundhouse.
While looking around for J and V, I wondered out past the power station building and back into the machine shop. After shooting a few more photos I started to get hungry and texted them to meet me for some chili dogs. The local boy and girls club were selling all kinds of yummy snack bar food, so we grabbed some lunch. While eating lunch the show was coming to an end and they announced the last raffle numbers. Win didn’t win anything, bummer.
After the show, we gassed up the car and headed back home. Another fun time at the Roundhouse Festival, can’t wait to go back again, only 364 days to go.