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.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
As we are now about a month out from the next JRD meeting in Fredericksburg I am beginning to look forward to hearing Andrew Dodge on scratch building a steam locomotive. Years ago building a steam locomotive from scratch was considered the pinnacle of craftsmanship and I still believe it represents the high end of the art form and craftsmanship. You may be a modern modeler with a fleet of diesels but many roads at different times have had steam excursions. Some like the 611 are available but others may not available to run that excursion train. So if you want that train you will have to build it which is an intimidating prospect. Andrew Dodge current stable of scratch built Proto 48 steam locomotives are his first scratch built locomotives. This gives me hope that we can all do this type of construction with some commitment and determination. It will be a challenge but who does not need a challenge to keep the hobby interesting? Also, it may check off one of those Achievement Program requirements. Come on November 12th and take on a new challenge.
Monday, September 19, 2016
The next JRD meet is in Fredericksburg, VA on November 12th at the England Run Branch Library were we have met twice before. This is a great location and allows those our northern neighbors to join us. The contest is a box car so dig out your completed car or pull out that kit and start finishing it. There is still a need for clinicians so if you have a suggestion or wish to volunteer please let one of the officers know soon. Hope to see you there!
Monday, August 8, 2016
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
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