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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2016 12:06 am
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Run Down And Poor Lumber Company
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For those of you who plan on attending the 2017 Narrow Gauge Convention here in Denver Colorado Next year, You can scratch going to Caboose Hobbies off your list.!!! After being in business for almost (80 years) the store lost their lease from the land owners and the store will be closing down by Oct 1, 2016 of this year. This store was a staple in Metro Denver and will surely be missed.

Been working on a "New Layout" !! And sell items on EBay.

Ronnie D.:cb:
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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2016 12:42 am
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I've read elsewhere that they're not going out of business, but moving instead. Let's hope that's the deal.
I only went there once, back when Gary Coleman was still working there (but not there the day I went), and never ordered anything from them. But I remember the place well and was saddened that the 'golden era' of it seems over.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2016 09:16 am
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I've also heard that the store will be moving.  So I guess if you live in the Denver area and have a storefront ready for lease, give them a ring.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2016 07:01 pm
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It's been over 40 years since I was in Caboose Hobbies, then a small store on Broadway. Friends have been there recently and told me how large it is/was and all the stuff they had...sort of sensory overload! Back then, I wasn't modeling but working and raising a kid by myself-no time to play with trains. My best memories are visiting the Denver Public Library's Western History Collection. Now THAT is really the place to hang out!
I imagine that CH will find a new home, it is an "institution" for model railroad fanciers. I wish them luck.
BTW...Howdy Ronnie. I ain't heard from you in a while, how's it going?

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 Posted: Sun Aug 14th, 2016 01:15 am
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Hi Woody,
Great to hear from you.!!! Haven't posted a thing on free rails in a long time. I've been raising a 12 year old selling a lot of stuff on EBay and building The "New On30 R&P Lumber Co. Layout" in my garage. Trying to get this thing built before the 2017 Narrow Gauge Convention hits town next year.

Hope all is well with your layout. !!!
I will post photos of the new layout later as progress comes along.

Best Regards:
Ronnie D.:cb:



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 Posted: Sun Aug 14th, 2016 07:12 am
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My first train set came from Caboose Hobbies in 1971 as a Christmas present from Santa. The store back then, was located in downtown Denver, they moved to the current South Broadway store in the early 1980's. There was another store that opened nearer my house and next door to the place I was taking guitar lessons, Hi-Country Brass, (now long gone), that is where I saw and heard my first PFM sound system, the shop workers built a couple of very super detailed layouts and included the PFM sound on them. My first time seeing what really could be done, I was hooked, but just couldn't afford Brass Locos at $2-5K back then. I purchased scenery stuff and a few bluebox kits from them, but most of what they sold was way out of a high schooler's income bracket.

In 1986 I started working just down the street on South Broadway from Caboose Hobbies latest and last location, and once again stopped by often on my lunch break, as it was only 2 blocks up from the store I was working at. Sad to see them going out of business there. Hopefully they can secure another building to move into, though the way rents are in Denver right now, that's pretty tough going. At least I here they will at a minimum get a warehouse and continue with mail order and internet selling. They are my main go-to hobby shop even after moving away.

I'm hoping to make my first Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver next year!



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The new caboose hobbies is fairly nice.

They have the usual things and some extras.

Sadly very little in those obscure Narrow Gauge items. I did see some RTR hon3 locos and cars for sale.

No S scale, it's the dead scale it seems. But some ON30 was available

Massive well stocked scratch building materials.

Tons O magazines and books.

Strangely no Humbrol paints, which have always been a mainstay for my modeling efforts.



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 Posted: Thu Sep 6th, 2018 09:09 pm
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Traingeekboy wrote: Tons O magazines and books.


I remember the old caboose Hobbies had a pretty large book room back in the 90s the one time I was there. Glad to hear the new version has it too, as that's one the main things I like about good hobby shops; books and the magazines you can't get any other places.



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The old Caboose Hobbies on Broadway used to be my go-to store for brass HOn3 locos back in the '90s.  Now that I've retired and gotten back into the hobby, the new Caboose has nothing I'm interested in.

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