Division 12 Meeting March 9th at 1:00 PM
Bill Schopf will present a program on scratchbuilding with wooden blocks.
Railfest 2019 March 16 and 17, 2019
Largest continuous running 2-day train show in Ohio, sponsored by Division 5. Checkout the flyer here!
RPM-EAST The 2019 Railroad Prototype Seminar March 22 and 23, 2019
RPM-East is a prototype modeler event to spark your modeling efforts as winter melts into spring. The 2019 RPM-East railroad prototype modeler seminar includes presentations, operating sessions, open layouts, a large model display room, vendors, and a banquet to prime your creativity. RPM-East is sponsored by Division Two of the NMRA. To register or for more information go to http://hansmanns.org/rpm_east/index.htm
The Great Batavia Train Show – Spring 2019 – March 31, 2019
For over 30 years the Great Batavia Train Show has grown to become one of the premier hobby events in Western New York between Buffalo and Rochester. Over 100 dealers along with railroad modeling and preservation societies participate. Show hours are from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Check http://www.gsme.org/ for more information.
2019 Pittsburgh Model Railroad Jamboree – April 27, 2019
Located on the campus of Robert Morris University in Yorktown Hall. Early registration is recommended, limited registrations will be available at the door. More more information check out their website at https://www.keystonedivision.org/jamboree.html
Central New York Division Op till You Drop Weekend April 27 and 28, 2019
Operations weekend on layouts in the area surrounding Syracuse, NY. Will post more details when I receive them.
The Bullet 2019 Mid Central Regional Convention May 2 – May 5, 2019
To be held a short distance away in Boardman, OH. For details and registration The Bullet 2019 Convention
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Bill has scheduled an op-session on his railroad in Cambridge Springs for the afternoon after our August 11 membership meeting and would like to open it to members of Division 12. For those participating, he suggests going to the new general store in Venango for lunch (excellent sandwiches and craft beers) and then coming over to run some trains.
The railroad runs best with seven operators (it’s the number of throttles available as well). It’s an NCE DCC system with a strong coal hauling flavor of eastern PA in the late 1940s. Mostly early diesel, some steam on occasion. If anyone wanted to get more of a sense of the railroad they could also look at the video that’s listed on the “Links and Layouts” page of the website.
He has three or four positions open, one of which is a smaller yard. The other two or three positions are running trains on the mainline, using switch lists rather than car cards. He will fill the call board on a first contact/best chance basis. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. All positions are now full for August 11.
Membership Meeting at the Trolley Station
Division 12 held a membership meeting on Saturday, April 14th at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. The minutes of the meeting are available on the Documents page.
During the business segment of the meeting, the three appointed officers were elected by an election of acclimation, keeping us in alignment with our even-year election cycle. Also, a motion to amend the Regulations put forth by the clerk and recommended by the board of directors passed unanimously. The amended Regulations and the minutes explaining the rationale for the amendments are both available on the Documents page.
One of the ongoing features of our membership meetings is the Bring and Brag segment. Five members (including a brand new member) shared a variety of structures, rolling stock, and plans that they have been working on recently:
- Doug Sandmeyer shared an On30 queen post bridge built from an S scale Hunterline kit.
- Brad White shared a Lasercut kit of an elevator and a cement hopper.
- New member, Ray Goetz shared a heavily kit bashed box cab HO locomotive as an example of the crazy things he builds in his basement.
- Dave Ellis shared a hand drawn, 1″=1′ track plan of an addition to his attic layout.
- Mike Hauk shared several really nicely weathered Bowser F-30 flat cars with Owl Mountain lumber loads.
Photographs of the Bring and Brag projects are on our Facebook page.
Our presentation, by Blaine Hays, got us off to a great start for having interesting and informative presentations at our membership meetings. He presented information, great photographs, and even some personal stories of his researching trolleys and interurban systems of the Erie area over the years. Despite our having to troubleshoot dimming the light in the trolley station for our presentations, the topic and quality of his presentation couldn’t have been more appropriate.
Division 12 will have an information table at Railfest, an NMRA sponsored show presented by Division 5 of the Mid Central Region. It is one of the largest train shows in Ohio including dealers, operating layouts, and displays. Railfest is held at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio 44094. It is open on both Saturday the 17th of March and Sunday the 18th of March from 10 AM until 4 PM.
The Allegheny Western Board of Directors plan to meet on Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 AM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. The agenda will include reports from the officers and planning for upcoming membership meetings and Division 12 activities.
Division 12 had a table at the March 4th, Erie Train show displaying our new signs and banner. Several visitors with interest in the NMRA, or our local division, stopped by and took hand-outs such as brochures and applications. The regular NMRA application and the RailPass (9 month discount application) are always available online at the NMRA website.
As several members gaining an interest in T-Trak were gathered together, we started discussion on “guidelines” for our modules. Members of the I-80 group visited our table to share their insights into building and operating T-Trak. Having some trains running on T-Trak modules could add another layer of interest for visitors at future events.
Mike Hauk, mentioned that he has ordered and received the Dannen Feeds kit from http://www.railroadkits.com after seeing the contest. The contest is on the NMRA Facebook page. Basically, build the kit documenting the build on as many social media social media sites as possible, mentioning NMRA in the posts, tweets, etc. The contest closes April 1st.