Monday, April 24, 2017
This coming weekend April 29th there are several activities that may interest those in the JRD. Members and friends who know Bob Macionis are reminded that he is having an operations session on Saturday. He usually hosts the sessions on the weekdays so a weekend one is a rare treat. Also, this Saturday Rail Tales in Charlottesville is having a DCC install clinic. Please contact the store for more information and the time.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The JRD is in the process of taking the Website and the Blog and making them one unified site. The purpose of this so all information will come from one site that is easier to maintain and keep current. Watch for changes coming in layout and design along with new content
Sunday, March 5, 2017
For personal reasons Mike Garber will have to delay his DCC clinic to a future meet. Rod Vance's description of his clinic:
"Anatomy of a Motive Power Project" and it summarizes my approach to building (combination R-T-R modification and scratch-building effort) an HO-scale gas-electric rail motorcar. The resulting motorcar was the 2nd entry in my AP Motive Power efforts.
The clinic describes the research I did in prototype rail motorcars, and how I selected and built the components I chose to include in my model. I talk about the documentation I did for the AP entry, and finally the improvements I made to the model based on the AP evaluation comments.
See you at the meet
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Several weeks ago the JRD had a chance to hear Steve King on how dispatch a railroad and a model railroad. As I meet with folks and reflect on that meeting folks continue to say how much they enjoyed the meet. Operations is a growing part of the hobby that will inform much of the layout building and design in future years. It is not the be all and end all of the hobby it is part of what we will become in future years. Our hobby is one of niches and overlapping interests. This will be one of them. Others including structures, scenery, electronics, signals, locomotives, cars and track may interest you more than operations. As they say 'it is all good' so find your speciality.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Just a reminder about this Saturday's meeting of the James River Division in Orange, VA. We will start at 930 am. Our speaker is Steve King and we will be learning about dispatching a railroad. We will have a morning session lunch and an afternoon session. We expect to finish about 230 pm.
If weather is bad a cancellation notice will be sent to group and posted on this blog
Friday, October 28, 2016
One of the things that folks look forward to after most meets is the layout tour. This time we are only scheduling one. This is one went to the first time we met in Fredericksburg. Ken Meade has made significant progress since our last meet. One of the the things that impressed me about Ken is how smooth his operation was in such a large layout. Ken made an unusual choice to cut in his sidings after laying his main line. This is unusual from a model standpoint but as Ken recently reminded me it is common practice for the prototype. In the real world a customer requests new rail service and the prototype puts in one according to its engineering standards. Ken may have hit on something we might need to consider as an alternative option to our normal practice. Come to Ken's house and see his massive layout.