Monday, August 8, 2016

Model Citizens

This is not a political post but one to alert you the availability of the movie - Model Citizens - which gives an overview of what we do as model railroaders with our models and our time.  The movie is aimed at the general public who know nothing model trains.  The above link is for Amazon Prime which I know many of you use so please take an hour and watch it and then send the link to friends or family members

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lunch and Clinic Reminder this Saturday July 30th

Just a reminder that we will have our Unofficial Official no meet this Saturday starting at Noon at Wild Wings (next to Amtrak in Charlottesville) and we will leave at 130 to head over to Rail Tales for a clinic on installing the new Tsunami 2 decoders. Locomotives can be brought for evaluation but not for on the spot install after the clinic

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Get Together at Wild Wings and a DCC Install Clinic


Since the JRD is not having a formal July meeting I are scheduling an informal get together for Saturday July 30th.  If you are interested we will be meeting for lunch at Wild Wings next to the Amtrak Station in Charlottesville, VA for lunch at Noon.  We will try to eat on the deck and hopefully see some trains.  Give the hostess your parking spot number when you arrive at the restaurant.  About 130 pm we will break and head toward Rail Tales to attend a clinic by Bret on installing both the Soundtraixx Economi and the new Tsunami 2 decoders.  If you wish you can bring a locomotive for evaluation but not for an installation at the clinic.  Please let the superintendent know by email if you are coming to lunch and/or the clinic.  Again, this is not a formal meet but just a get together.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Weekend Reading Material

Most model railroaders in the dominant scales of HO and N would be hard pressed to name an S Scale layout they had seen in person.  I am talking about S Scale and not American Flyer which is still fun but usually is considered part of the toy trains realm. So when folks hear 'S Scale' they tend to tune out the message.  Perhaps it is time to listen up and look what is going on in S Scale.  One of my favorite publications is the S Scale Resource.  This is a free publication and worth the time to peruse the every other month issues.  The new issue has a large point to point layout designed for operation in it.  This should make us rethink our preconceived notions of what is S Scale.  Follow this link to the current issue.

[This post is from my personal model railroad blog Trainvision and used by permission]

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

JRD Members Meeting Survey

JRD members who are on the mailing list should have received an email with a link to a survey about the last meeting.  Please take some time and fill out the survey.  Ross has put together a way for you to tell us anonymously what you think about the meetings.  We do review the remarks and try to adjust things where we can adjust them.  Thanks for participating.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Great JRD Meeting Saturday

We had a great meeting the past Saturday.  John told us about Chain Link Fences while Martin explained contest judging and how to use it as a tool to make better models.  George opened his large and impressive layout to us. Thanks to all who helped setup and put away the chairs and tables.  The contest had some great entries and was well run by my Mike and Howard. Don and Jerry manned the entrance desk.  Thanks to all who made a great meeting.

John has provided a copy of his presentation as a downloadable handout.  The Chain Link handout  file comes in either full size or compact size.





Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Meeting this Saturday


Meeting this Saturday

The James River Division of the NMRA will meet this Saturday in Palmyra VA.  Directions to the Fluvanna County Public Library and details are available through this LINK

We will have two clinics.  John will be talking about modeling chain link fences which are appropriate from WWI to present while Martin will be discussing how the NMRA Model Judging can be used to improve your modeling.

SALE - Ken is at it again helping a fellow modeler with disposal of his collection due to health conditions.  Deliveries will be at the meet.  Please follow this LINK  to letter from Ken, Order Form and the multiple spreadsheets.  Yes, multiple spreadsheets.  

The contest will be photographs.  Bring your model and prototype photos.  

Layout Tour - George Gaige's GGRR which has been seen in MR Trackside photos.  George has done a lot of work since his last open house.  Come and see

Traffic Alert - There is a major event about a mile west of the library on Route 53.  If you are coming from Charlottesville on Route 53 you may experience a delay.  We recommend you come to the Library from the Palmyra end of 53.