Showing posts from March, 2013

Next JRD Meeting

JRD Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Fort Hill United Methodist Church 106 Oakridge Boulevard Lynchburg VA 24502 Link to Map
9:30 AM Registration 10:00 AM Meeting begins 12:00 approximate close of formal meet 1:00 – 4:00 Layouts open for visits
Fire equipment, rubber or steel wheeled.
“Modeling a Prototype Railroad”- HO Scale Central Vermont’s Winooski Subdivision by Mary McGuirk Link to Marty's Blog
Shenandoah and Southern Rail Road John Siegle’s HiRail layout
Forest & Westrern; Chris Schiecks HO freelance PRR, N&W and Southern equipped layout

MER Convention

The C&P Junction Convention in Rockville, Maryland, will pay special attention to operations. Modelers who replicate prototype railroads with engineers, yardmasters and brakemen will find call board operations involving more than ten layouts, some nationally known and published in the hobby press. Some of the operating layouts are free-lance; others follow railroads such as the Erie Lackawanna mainline and the Pennsylvania, Reading and Western Maryland. Operations expert Steve King will present a three-hour clinic on Timetable and Train Order Operation, followed by offering modelers designated layouts for operating. Those who have met with Steve swear by his approach. C & P Junction, Crowne Plaza Hotel ( with a free shuttle to the Metro and other points. For the latest information and news, visit our website: Google C & P or . For questions, email
Marshall Abrams, Potomac Divi…

John Roberts passes away

I just received word that John Roberts passed away peacefully in
Williamsburg, Virginia last evening, March 1, 2013.

John was NMRA President, 2004-2006, Vice President, 2000-2004, Eastern District Director, 2009-2013, MCR President and Trustee, 1989-1993, and over the years held a number of other elected and volunteer offices throughout the NMRA. He was a well-known model railroad author and was the builder of several highly regarded layouts in HO and O scale.

John had contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain condition that causes a rapid decrease of mental function and movement, and inevitably leads to death. John first showed symptoms of the disease in early 2012.

The visitation will be held at 1 pm on Friday, March 8, at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia, with the funeral beginning at at 2 pm. Interment will be nearby.

John is survived by his wife, Suzie, his children, John (Collette) and
Whitney, and two granddaughters.

The family has asked that in lieu of fl…