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Jim Fitzgerald Passes Away

Jim Fitzgerald passed away in the last week at age 90.  Jim was a pillar and glue to the N Scale Community for many in years with a focus on the NTrak community.  He believed that model railroad needed to be brought to the people and the way to do it was by modules at public venues including shows. This editor wishes to express his thanks to Jim for all the work over the years in promoting the hobby.  Our condolences to his family

C&P Junction 2013: Some Thoughts and Observations…

C&P Junction 2013: Some Thoughts and Observations…

Gerard Fitzgerald

The annual MidEast Region (MER) convention was held over Columbus Day weekend in Rockville, Maryland from Thursday evening October 10th through Sunday morning October 13th.  C&P Junction was co-hosted by two of our closest neighboring NMRA divisions, the Chesapeake Division and the Potomac Division. Featuring over 45 home layout and club tours within easy driving distance, in addition to 40 clinics, a white elephant room, contest, and banquet, the MER convention was one of the most interesting and entertaining NMRA events I have ever attended. Those of us lucky enough to take part owe a great deal of thanks to the organizers and volunteers who put together such a wonderful event. This was my first NMRA regional convention, and in all honesty, I was somewhat apprehensive going in. However this meet was superb from start to finish and I have already made tentative plans to attend the 2014 MER convention in Hage…

MER Part 1 of 8

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MER Part 1 of 8
by Gerard Fitzgerald




 McCook's Landing attracted an audience of young and old alike.


The W.H. Whiton switches the D.S. Barmore Sawmill and Shipyard in 1864.

MER Part 2 of 8

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MER Part 2 of 8
by Gerard Fitzgerald

The N-scale BANTRAK modular layout featured a nice coal facility



Tony Koester discusses model railroading with the BANTRAK guys


MER Part 3 of 8

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MER Part 3 of 8
by Gerard Fitzgerald

The HO MARRS modular group featured a corner module containing a very detailed scratch built module of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.



MER Part 4 of 8

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MER Part 4 of 8
by Gerard Fitzgerald

The Hinton Yard on John Glabb's HO scale Peach Creek Division layout features handlaid track and turnouts built in place which capture the smooth flowing geometry of prototype track.


 This scratch built bridge on John Glabb's layout reflects the engineering expertise needed for West Virginia mountain railroading.



Wide aisles and superior layout design are one of the hallmarks of John Glabb's approach to replicating C&O operations in the mountains of West Virginia.

MER Part 5 of 8

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MER Part 5 of 8
by Gerard Fitzgerald

On the other side of the tunnel we find some nifty hand laid track


Tunnels are used as view blocks on John Glabb's C&O layout and also act as a geographic signature of the region.



MER Part 6 of 8

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MER Part 6 of 8

by Gerard Fitzgerald

With track operational and scenery in place scratch built structures are the last item needed for the completion of Busk near the Continental Divide on the Colorado Midland.


The yard throat at Arkansaa Junction on Andrew Dodge's Colorado Midland illustrate the possibilities of fine scale handlaid turnouts in Proto48. 



One of a series of scratch built Proto48 steam locomotives in the Colorado Midland fleet constructed in O-Scale by Andrew Dodge.


MER Part 8 of 8

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MER Part 8 of 8

by Gerard Fitzgerald

A Virginia Midland caboose anchors a train in staging before heading out on Steve King's TT&TO layout.



MER Part 7 of 8

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MER Part 7 of 8

Gerard Fitzgerald

The arrival of the train in Arkansaa Junction brings out others to move material on the Colorado Midland.



One of the many super detailed pieces of Proto48 rolling stock on the Colorado Midland.



MER Clinic:Chemistry and the Iron Horse

CIvil War Road Show at the MER

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Did you miss the JRD Civil War open house this summer? Built by Gerry Fitzgerald and Bernie Kempinski If you did not then you will have a chance to see it at the MER and learn more about Civil War Railroading from Bernie Kempinski and his talk about the Aquia Line.