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The Pikemasters Model Railroad club of Colorado Springs was founded in 1988 as an HO scale model railroad club.
We were located in both the Boulder Cresent and Colorado Springs City Auditorium with large permanent layouts until we lost our space in 2021.
In the process of looking for a new home, we decided to re-imagine ourselves as a modular Freemo model railroad club.
With our new focus as a modular group, this has allowed us to spread out and visit other shows and venues, even combining with other freemo based modular groups in places like Garden City, KS.
While we were saddened by the loss of our large space at city auditorium, we're also excited at the prospect of a fresh start!
What is Freemo?
Freemo is a modular standard that encourages prototypical styled modules on a free flowing design format, hence "Freemo". Our modules can be built to any length, angle, and track configuration. The only requirements being the module endplates and electrical connections conform to the standard of freemo.
Our members each build modules that are strung together at train shows and other venues to create a large layout that is capable of operating trains in prototypical fashion. Unlike other module standards, freemo standards specify broad curves (42" minimum mainline radius") and large switches to allow large equipment to operate on the layout.
The freemo standard also allows us to be very flexible in our setups, as we do not need to form a complete "loop", we can create a long linear layout, or fill the shape of a box, hexagon, or any other space available to us. We are also able to easily adjust layout plans for last minute cancellations and problems.
Freemo modules also require less of a commitment than standard modules to the membership. On a modular standard that must form a complete loop, every member needs to plan on attending all the shows or the layout plan must be tailored to account for their absence. Freemo requires no such commitment, building a module just adds another building block to the pikemasters quiver of available modules and does not require the module to be at shows.
For more information on Freemo, visit the Official Freemo Website
Pikemasters Freemo Standards
Here you will find any of our upcoming events the club plans on attending. We tenatively have meetings the 4th Friday of every month at 7pm, locations vary from members houses to restaurants.
-April 29th, 2023 10am to 3pm. Setup at the 21c Libary in Colorado Springs for Makerfair.
This event will feature a small L shaped layout utilizing the Pikes Peak division NMRA's return loops and will be an exploration into the hobby of model railroading.
-October 14th and 15th, 2023; Pueblo Model railroad associations Railfair in Pueblo Colorado
-November 2023; Train Collectors Association show in Loveland, CO
-February 3rd & 4th, 2024; Train Expo Colorado show in Colorado Springs.
Be sure to check this space often for updates! Some of our members may visit other Freemo get-togethers without the club itself neccesarily attending.
If you have any questions about the club or would like to join, please Contact Us.
Last updated April 3rd, 2023.
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