Bunker Hill Train Club Spring Show
Sat, April 20th 10am – 3pm
Ranson Civic Center
431 W. 2nd Ave
Ranson WV 25438
Kids 11 & Under are Free
Tickets at the Door; $6 http://www.bunkerhilltrainclub.org
1. Informal clinic presentation by Andy Arnold – Build a diode matrix.
2. White Elephant Table added.
3. Coolers – We will need a few for beverages.
4. Please consider supporting this event. Review the “You can still help” section and let me (Pete) know what you will do to assist.
Plans for this year’s Mini-Con have come together nicely. Brian and Bonnie Wolfe of Mainline Hobby Supply have rented the hall, advertised the event, supplied some of the make and take kits, and so much more. Be sure to stop by the shop and thank them. Oh, and buy something while you are there.
The scout troop will offer lunch.
Ray Price, Herb Biegel, Don Florwick, and Grant Berry will greet attendees at the welcome desk.
Informal clinics: 9:00 to 10:00, and again from 11:00 to 12:00
Like last year, each of these will have two sign up sheets. One will be for those 18 and younger.The other for 19 and older. Clinics will be filled first by those from the ‘younger’ list, then filled out by those on the ‘older’ list.Within those categories it will be first come first served.
George Sarra will bring another version of his On30 Dead Rail Layout.
SMD members Grant Berry, Bob VanZant, and David Sweeney will have things for sale.
White Elephant Table
Bring RR-related items you’d like to sell.
Include a list of the items with the price you’ll sell it for.
A SMD member will man the table andmake the sale for you.
Unsold items not claimed by the end of the event will be thrown away.
No charges or fees, but consider a donation to the SMD if you use this service.
SMD has purchased a $150 gift certificate from Mainline Hobby Supply to be raffled off for $10 per chance. Odds of winning depend on how many are sold. Please note that this certificate can be used to pay for anything offered by the Mainline. Purchase tickets through the morning and the drawing will be at 1:00.
Mid-East Region – National Model Railroad Association
Draft Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2019
Division members met at Pete and Jane Clarke’s home.10 or so were present because of impending weather.After viewing the layout and socializing, Superintendent Alex Polimeni called the business meeting to order.
19.1-1 Paymaster’s Report:As the Paymaster was not present (because of weather), the Superintendent presented the report (received by e-mail) with a balance of $4032.75.
19.1-2 Clerk’s Report (Meeting Minutes):As the Clerk was not present (because of weather), the Superintendent read the draft December minutes, which had been distributed by e-mail to the members.Pete Clarke made the following motion (seconded by ?):
Motion:That the draft minutes not be read at future meetings if they have been distributed by e-mail.The motion passed unanimously.
Tom Fedor made the following motion (seconded by Pete Clarke):
Motion:That the draft Minutes for the December 2018 meeting be approved as submitted.The motion passed unanimously.
Former Clerk David Sweeney volunteered to take minutes in the present Clerk’s absence.
18.10-4 2019 Mini-Con:Date:Saturday, April 13, 2019.Location: Blue Ridge Fire Company, Blue Ridge, PA.Chair Pete Clarke (email@example.com) summarized arrangements to date:
b. Informal clinics:Approximately nine spaces are still available.(One suggestion:working on a model has gotten very positive response in the past.)
k. Publicity:Use of e-mail addresses received at past Mini-Cons for publicizing the up-coming Mini-Con was discussed.The proposed use of the list is for a short (3 sentence) notice of the upcoming Mini-Con and for a late summer notice of up-coming SMD activities to promote interest in NMRA (and SMD) membership.The Superintendent has not yet assembled the list.
18.10-5 Web Site:Tom Fedor reported he is not able to modify the current web site and, consequently, has been tasked with developing a new web site.He requested direction for what the SMD wanted the new site to be.What should be kept and what discarded?
He advocated for choosing the Word Press Blog, which is easy for him to edit and up-date.It will keep the site more active.He suggested keeping the old web site as an archive/link to the new site for old Wheel Reports, by-laws, and achievement program information.The Superintendent concurred.
Consensus:Tom Fedor should proceed with revising the web site on his own and should keep the Superintendent informed.The membership does not need to be directly involved.
18.12-4 MER Convention Registrar:A volunteer is still needed immediately.Other MER volunteer positions are also open (per Bob Charles, Susquehanna Division Superintendent).
18.12-6 Contacting Mini-Con attendees:See discussion in 18.10-4-k above.
19.1-3 Hosts Pete and Jane Clarke welcomed everyone to their HOn3 East Broad Top Railroad.
19.1-4 Jack Fritz reported that the widow of the proprietor of Grand Dad’s Hobbies has old magazines, kits, and other model railroading materials she wishes to dispose of.The members suggested forwarding information about auctioneers, including the one Andy Arnold has had good experiences with.
19.1-5 Meeting hosts:The superintendent reported difficulty getting commitments to host future meetings.He has been trying to arrange meetings at layouts the SMD has not been to recently (the last year or two).He asked for ideas and suggestions, especially for the March and May meetings.Members present encouraged Jack Fritz (also present) to volunteer.
19.1-6 Future Meeting agendas:To make meetings more interesting, Andy Dodge has suggested the following to Jane Clarke:
– Show and tell sessions for both models and techniques,
– Themed meetings (for instance, everybody bring a caboose), and
– Discussion of the Achievement Program.
Adjournment:The Chair accepted a motion to adjourn.Notice of the next SMD meeting will be communicated to the members.
Minutes taken by Former Clerk David Sweeney and compiled by Clerk Harvey Heyser
I’m writing to invite you all to our March meeting at Hobbytown USA in Frederick, MD next Sunday, March 10th. You’re welcome to arrive before 2PM, with the business meeting to begin no later than 2:30pm. The address is…
454 Prospect Blvd, Frederick, MD 21701
The store has an example layout featuring N, HO, and O-scales. Furthermore, Richard Benjamin has also advised that the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Historical Society’s artifacts are on display at the Frederick library, which is open from 1-5. For more information, you can visit the library’s website here.
After the meeting adjourns, we’ll be joined by special guest speaker Michael Groves of Dwarvin Enterprise, who will be giving a presentation on “Lighting without Wiring.” You can find out more about it on his website, dwarvin.com.
In other news, if you haven’t already seen it, the Spring issue of the Wheel Report is available now! I’d like to give a shout out to our editor Tom Fedor and all the contributors that have made this winter’s Wheel Reports possible. Check it out here.
It’s the time of year for officer elections, and Scott Schill has generously volunteered to be Nominations Chair once again. If you would like to put yours or another Division members’ name in the hat for the positions of Superintendent, Clerk or Paymaster, please reach out to Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org . The election itself will take place during our May meeting, and I’ve attached the relevant bylaws Article for ease of reference, as well.
Article XIII Terms of Office, Nominations, and Elections
1. The Superintendent and Clerk-Paymaster will serve one-year terms.
2. No one may fill more than one elected position simultaneously except for brief transition periods.
3. In preparation for each year’s annual meeting and election, the Nominating Committee will solicit candidates, explaining the requirements of the position. In addition, any three members may nominate someone via a written notice to the Nominating Committee, with the permission of the nominee. Such nominations must be submitted to the Nominating Committee at least thirty days ahead of the election.
4. The names of the candidates for office will be communicated to the membership at least fifteen days before the election.
5. If contested, the election will be conducted by the Nominating Committee Chair at the annual meeting via secret ballot. Ballots will be counted and results announced before the close of the meeting. Positions will be filled by a simple plurality of votes.
6. Members elected will take office on July 1.
7. In case of a vacancy in an elected position (article VIII), a special election can be held at any Division meeting. Special elections must be held in accordance with the rules defined above.
Stay safe, stay warm, and I hope to see you all there!
This January fourteen members of the South Mountain Division responded to an invitation from Mat Thompson, MMR to operate on Mat’s exquisite Oregon Coast Railroad. We had a wonderful time and thank Mat for sharing his wonderful railroad with us. This was my 4th visit to Mat’s railroad. This time Mary Miller, MMR and I were assigned to work at the Swift Packing Plant. We had a blast, hence this article.
Mary and I begin our session at Hoyt Street Yard. The yardmaster showed us our Oregon Coast train. Behind our switcher we find a cut of 8 cars billed to the packing plant consisting of 4 empty reefers, 3 loaded stock cars, a box car of packing material, and a caboose.
The Swift Packing Plant is located along the railroad between the Hoyt Street Yard and Willbridge, 2 railroad miles away. As an extra, all scheduled trains are superior to us and we have to carefully pick our time to leave the yard for our run on the single track main to reach the plant. We receive a clearance from the yardmaster and, after checking our timetable for superior trains, we pick our way out of the West end.
Before reaching the plant siding we notice a double ended siding along the main, used for outbound traffic to be picked up by passing freights or another switcher out of Hoyt Street. This day, a yard switcher will service the siding during our 8 hour shift; taking our outbounds while delivering more empties and loads.
Just short of Willbridge, we pull our string slowly ahead until the caboose clears the siding switch and glide to a stop. With the switch lined for the plant, we back our string of cars slowly down the siding, clearing the main.
A mailbox at the plant holds special instructions for us, from the customer, so that cars are spotted correctly and in a timely manner, ensuring plant operations proceed smoothly despite our inexperience with this job.
Reading the instruction provided by plant management, we discover that it takes 21 minutes to unload a stock car at the stock pens on track-2. It takes about an hour to load a clean chilled reefer at the plant on track-2, and about 2 hours to ice and chill a block of reefers on track-1 at the icing dock. We also note the track diagram provided so we can find our way among the maze of tracks at the plant.
Looking at the diagram, we note that track-3 runs along the back where supplies are offloaded for the packing plant. Track-4 is a service track and track-5 is the cleanout track for reefers. There also is a short runaround track on the ladder between tracks-3 & 5. Note the presence of another stock yard on the property. We were pleased to see there was plenty of head room on the lead to switch the plant without fouling the mainline.
Let’s get started spotting the 8 cars we brought to the plant this morning. You recall we boldly backed into the plant without thought, to clear the main while we looked over our instructions and developed a plan for our first service switch. At the plant we found 1 reefer loaded on track-2, at door-5 and 3 reefers iced, chilled and waiting at the ice dock on track-1. We noted there was one empty box car at door-5 on track-3 and a loaded tank car of tallow spotted near the oil tank, billed outbound.
Once oriented, we devise our plan. Here is what we did. First, we pulled our string forward to clear the track-4 switch, then we backed onto track-4 to drop our caboose. Pulling forward to again clear the switch we lined it for the ladder and backed our 4 reefers onto track-5, the cleanout track, and cut away. We then left the remaining 3 loaded stock cars short of track-2 and moved to track-1 where we pulled the 3 iced reefers over to track-2 and shoved them down to doors-1, 2, & 3 for loading.
There were three timers provided for our convenience so we set one for 20 minutes.That would use exactly 1 hour of the 3:1 fast clock time for loading. We then came back to the lead and grabbed the 3 loaded stock cars and swung them over to track-2 at the pens. We had 40 foot stock cars so each had to be individually positioned at the unloading shoots that were spaced for 50 foot cars. Once in position we set the second timer to 7 minutes, giving us 21 minutes of fast time for unloading.
Moving to track-5 we pulled our cleaned reefer string to move them to the icing dock on track-1. We set our third timer for 40 minutes giving us 2 fast clock hours for icing and chilling. Pulling off the icing track, it’s back up the ladder to track-4 to pick up the loaded box car for door-6. Coupled up we move West down the ladder to track-3.
We pick up the loaded tank car and empty box from door-5, then out to the ladder again, backing East to drop the box and tanker against the caboose on track-4 and cut away. We then spot the loaded box we had keep near the engine at door-6, on track-3.
Stepping back to asses our progress we find we have spotted the entire cut of cars we brought from Hoyt Street Yard. It’s now time to build a cut for the interchange. Checking our timers we see that our stock cars have been unloaded and the other timer for the loading dock has expired so the 4 reefers on track-2 at the plant are also ready to be pulled.The interchange track will hold 8 cars, so we back down to track-4 and pick up the tank car of tallow. Next it’s over totrack-2 for all three empty stock cars. We also grab the 4 loaded reefers.
Once we had everything on track-2, we had our cut of 8 cars. Pulling up the spur to the company phone and after checking our timetable for scheduled traffic we called the dispatcher to ask if we could have time and track to pull out onto the main and drop our string onto the double ended siding for pickup.
The dispatcher gave us track time after passage of a scheduled freight. We waited 15 minutes for the freight to pass, notified the dispatcher, then pulled onto the main and made our backing move to the siding. Surprised, we find a new cut of cars awaiting us. You can imagine our movements, making the car exchanges along with the time it took plus returning to the plant siding with a new string of cars.
We have now completed one servicing of the plant. The new string of cars picked up from the interchange brought 4 empty reefers and 4 loaded stock cars for us to position as our shift continued. And so it goes, we start another cycle of cleaning, chilling, loading, unloading cattle at the pens, as well as spotting supplies for the plant, and removal of byproducts. The process varies each cycle, dependent on the flow of cars to and from the plant. For instance we received 4 loaded stock cars this time and we have only 3 unloading shoots, so we will have to watch our timing since reefer loading and stock unloading happen on the same track. This variety of movement, timing of processes, masterful placement of service tracks at the plant make this a rich, challenging, and most sought out assignment on Mat’s railroad.
A big industry can be the main theme for a railroad when you are cramped for space. Mary and I were busy for over 3 real time hours servicing the plant. The randomness of cars received required a different operating plan to keep the product flowing from the plant on schedule. So a Swift Packing, cement, automobile, glass plant, or other big industry, with a realistic operating strategy and a few staging tracks can keep a small crew busy in an enjoyable and challenging way for hours.Big industries can be fun and that might be all that you need!