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Notes of the monthly meetings of the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club are maintained on the News & Information page for a period of six (6) months, after which they are moved to this page. The meeting notes archives are listed in calendar order starting with January.

This page includes meeting notes for meetings in 2014. Meetings prior to 2013 are not available on this web site. For information on meetings held prior to 2013 please contact the Club's Secretary, allowing a minimum of two (2) weeks for response. Email the Club's Secretary.

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Highlights of the Club's 2015 Annual Meeting
Cary, January 7, 2015

Eighteen members and three guests attended the Club's 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Golden Corral restaurant in Cary.

Following dinner President Blaustein called the business meeting together at 7:10pm. The Treasurer's Report for December 2014 was reviewed and approved (Motion: Derway; Second: Koss). Dues for 2015 were collected during the meeting. It should be noted that Dave Koss was the first to pay his dues; normally Dave is the last to pay his dues, say about September.

The minutes of the December Meeting as posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Derway; Second: McCurry).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • World's Greatest Hobby on Tour, January 17 – 18, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Information about the show and layout plans have been sent to members and visitors from Lynchburg and NVNTRAK. WGH have advised they will not know size of banquet tables for T-TRAK until setup begins; this may affect out T-TRAK plans. More info to come via the Email list..

  • Train Collectors Association Train Show, January 24, 2015
    This is a Saturday show which in previous years was held in February. We will have our normal 5 tables for our T-TRAK layout. John Wallis will coordinate with members.

  • Coastal Carolina Train Show, New Bern, February 20 – 23, 2015 (David Derway)
    The space available to us at 30' x 38' is significantly less than past years. David Derway and Dave Thompson are working on a plan that will accommodate both NTRAK and T-TRAK.

Mark Blaustein described a major donation of locomotives, rolling stock and structures that had been made to the Club by a retired medical doctor, who has been given a receipt for tax purposes. Mark provided a list of the items and indicated members would have first call for these items before they are disposed of by other means. A discussion of how this process would occur was started, and will continue via the Email list.

Nominations for Officers and a Director for 2015 continued with no further nominations made. A motion to close nominations and elect those who had volunteered was made by David Derway and seconded by Gerry Foster. The following were elected:

Position

Nominated

President

Paul Ohegyi (per Club Bylaws)

Vice-President

 

Secretary

John Wallis

Treasurer

Don Cariss

Director

Mark Blaustein

No one volunteered for the post of Vice-President. Efforts will continue to encourage a member to accept this position.

Outgoing President Blaustein then passed the gavel to incoming President Ohegyi..

The February meeting will be hosted by Dave Koss on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The program will be "Making LED Signals for Model Turnouts" by Dave Thompson. Structures from the donation will be available for examination, with first choice going to structures required for FitzGerald Yard.

The meeting adjourned at 7:35pm.

The Club's annual Gift Exchange then took place Several items were "stolen" during the event, with three items reaching the "safe" category (stolen twice).

Following the Gift Exchange the statutory meeting of the Board of Directors was held, and then adjourned.


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Highlights of the Club's February 2015 Meeting
Wake Forest, February 4, 2015

Eighteen members and one guest attended the Club's February 2015 Meeting hosted by David Koss. Four members attended via Skype.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:30pm. The Treasurer's Report for January 2015 was reviewed and approved (Motion: McCurry; Second: Sadler).

The minutes of the Annual (January) Meeting as posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: McCurry; Second: Royse).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • World's Greatest Hobby on Tour, January 17 – 18, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Almost 31,000 people attended this show, the most ever at a train show in North Carolina. Our layout operated well throughout the weekend, and the first use of FitzGerald Yard was successful. Club members were joined by our friends from Lynchburg, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

  • Train Collectors Association Train Show, January 24, 2015
    Due to limited participation we filled only four tables instead of our usual five. Jim Kalenowski operated the Speed Matching layout on the fifth table. Our layout operated well.

  • Coastal Carolina Train Show, New Bern, February 20 – 23, 2015 (David Derway)
    Plans for both our NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts have been issued, along with information on loading/unloading at the Convention Center, the first time we have been at this venue. Members will meet at the storage shed at 10:30am on Friday, February 20 to load, then travel to Wilber's in Goldsboro for lunch, then on to New Bern.

  • National Train Day, May 9, 2015 (Mark Blaustein, John Wallis)
    We have been invited to bring our layout to Durham Station as we have for the past two years.

  • Train Collector';s Association Show, May 30 or 31, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This will be a one-day show. We will have our usual five tables.

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, May/June TBD (John Wallis)
    John Wallis to determine a suitable weekend for this show with Windsor Point staff, avoiding National Train Day, Memorial Day, TCS show and Mother's Day weekends.

  • Neuse River Valley Train Show, November 7 8, 2015 (John Wallis)
    The NRV show and the Bluefield WV show are the same weekend in 2015. Some members and perhaps their modules are intending to go to Bluefield. Since NRV is in the Graham Building a the Fairgrounds this year we can have as large a layout as we like. Splitting modules between NRV and Bluefield may present a problem. Perhaps we can invite other NTRAK clubs to join us. This will be monitored.

  • N Scale Enthusiast Convention, Kansas City MO, June 2016 (John Wallis)
    There has been discussion of a major T-TRAK Convention in 2016, perhaps as part of the NSE 2016 convention. To be monitored.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • FitzGerald Yard was used for the first time at the World's Greatest Hobby show. A couple of minor issues were encountered, and have been fixed. The yard will be used in the New Bern layout following which scenicking will be started.

  • A discussion of the need to scenic our existing T-TRAK modules and whether or not to use skyboards on these modules took place. Clearly the emphasis needs to be on scenicking. The use of skyboards remains at the discretion of the module owner, but the use of skyboards is not a requirement at this time.

  • Preliminary work on a new web site using Open Atrium software for the Club continues. CPD13 has recently made major changes to its web site. Check it out at cpd13.org.

  • John Wallis demonstrated the correct method of wrapping LocoNet cables for storage and transport so the RJ plugs are protected.

  • The NTRAK Advisory Group has been asked to consider the development of an NTRAK standard for Detection and Signaling. John Wallis is a member of the advisory group.

  • It was suggested that we add an Orange track to the North Raleigh Corner module. While favorably received it was felt that scenicking of FitzGerald Yard takes priority.


The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President and to be Digital Master (starting in 2016). Brian Sadler expressed interest in being Digital Master, but could not commit at this time.

Rick Dellafave volunteered to do a program titled "Rafters, Racks and Log Cabins" at a date to be determined. 5-Minute Tips and Programs are needed starting in May. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program.

A motion was made (Motion: Derway, Second: Zimmerman) that donated items will be handled as follows: Items where only a single member expresses interest will be sold to that member at 30% of the MSRP for the item. Where more than one member expresses interest an auction will be held with the starting price to be the 30% off the MSRP. It was agreed that members interested in an item should examine the item before purchasing. All sales will be final. Reservations should be emailed to Mark Blaustein.

The March meeting will be hosted by Mark Blaustein on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The program time will be devoted to examination and bidding on the donated items.

The meeting adjourned at 8:26pm.

Dave Thompson presented the program on "Control Panels, Signals and Recent Improvements to Red Rock Junction". Details of the construction of the signals and the push button LED switches were provided. Adding a PM42 and making Red Rock and adjacent modules a separate electrical district is improving the reliability of operations through the module. Thanks Dave.

Following the program Dave Koss' Atlantic Coast Line — Spartanburg Division layout was open for viewing.


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Highlights of the Club's March 2015 Meeting
Chapel Hill, March 4, 2015

Thirteen members and one guest attended the Club's March 2015 Meeting hosted by Mark Blaustein. Todd Shoffeitt joined the Club as a new member. Five members attended via Skype.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:30pm. The Treasurer's Report for February 2015 was reviewed and approved (Motion: Foster; Second: Royse). Treasurer Cariss mentioned that the bank is now charging $2.00 per month for paper statements, and that he will change over to e-statements He also pointed out that the ENL account is being hit with an $18.00 per month service charge since its balance is below $1,500.00. A motion was made (Motion: Baker, Second: Guckes) and approved to close that account and move the funds into the NRMRC account, keeping track of it as a line item.

The minutes of the February Meeting as posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Guckes; Second: Foster).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • Coastal Carolina Train Show, New Bern, February 20 – 23, 2015 (David Derway)
    This show was held for the first time at the New Bern Convention Center, a very nice facility. It did mean, however that our layout had to be smaller than past years, but this worked out very nicely. All had a great time running trains, on both our NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The only surprise was the banquet tables were only 24" deep whereas our T-TRAK modules require 30: tables. Additional tables were acquired and doubled up, and the layout was set up. A total of 35 modules were in the T-TRAK layout.

  • Amtrak Train Days, TBD (Mark Blaustein, John Wallis)
    Amtrak has canceled National Train Day in favor of Amtrak Train Days, with different dates in different locations. Amtrak is expected to release the individual dates within the next 30 days.

  • Train Collector';s Association Show, May 30 – 31, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This will be a two-day show. We will have our usual five tables. TCA is planning evening activities for Saturday to which we will be invited.

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, June 20 – 21, 2015 (John Wallis)
    The space is large enough for a third leg of the layout off Red Rock Junction if we have sufficient participation and transport.

  • Selma Railroad Days, October 2 – 3, 2015 (John Wallis)
    We have received an official invitation from Selma to participate in this year's Railroad Days with our location to again be Selma Station. This invitation has been accepted.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • FitzGerald Yard was used for the second time at the New Bern show. Some additional track issues were discovered and have been/will be fixed. Scenicking will be started shortly.

  • Preliminary work on a new web site using Open Atrium software for the Club continues.

  • A throttle clinic will be held at the Windsor Point show for all Digitrax DT402x throttles to ensure their firmware is fully up to date and all throttle options are correctly set. This results from some users at New Bern encountering loss of control issues while others had no problems at all.

  • The question of future NRMRC projects was raised given the amount of available funds in the Treasury, as discussed below:

    New Trailer to transport modules and equipment<
    The Cariss trailer is reaching its last legs and needs to be replaced. The suggestion is a larger trailer, but not so large that we need a special vehicle to tow it. David Derway agreed to look at trailer size option and costs, and report back to the club via the Email list. David also offered to store any new trailer at his home, assuming someone would come and get it when it is needed.

    Apex Diorama
    This module has now been sitting unused in the storage shed for about two years; a lot of work by many in the club went into constructing this diorama, and it is time we put it to use. The suggestion is to construct 4 adapter modules (two for NTRAK and two for T-TRAK) and bases/legs as necessary to use in NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The consensus is that the T-TRAK adapter modules be constructed first. Terry Baker volunteered to chair a team, consisting of Joe Austin, Paul Ohegyi, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis, charged with developing a plan to make this happen.

The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President.

5-Minute Tips and Programs are still required for many months of 2015. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program. Terry Baker and Joe Johnston volunteered programs for May and June. See the listing below. A meeting host is still needed for July.

There was discussion of how to dispose of donated equipment following members selecting what they want. It was suggested we offer the items on the Eastern N Lines Email list. Mark Blaustein will provide an update list of remaining items to John Wallis, who will publish it to the ENL list.

It was suggested that we need club vinyl signs for out T-TRAK layout reflecting the fact we are T-TRAK as well as NTRAK. Chris Thompson offered to prepare some design options for such a sign. David Derway offered to determine the cost of the selected design from the firm where the NTRAK signs were obtained. Motion: McCurry; Second: Blaustein.

The April meeting will be hosted by Pete Slugg on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The 5-Minute Tip will be Yard Track LED Indication s (Joel McCurry). The Program will be Decaling (David Derway).

The meeting adjourned at 8:10pm.

Club members examined the available donation items and purchased desired items.


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Highlights of the Club's April 2015 Meeting
Cary, April 1, 2015

Fifteen members attended the Club's April 2015 Meeting hosted by Pete Slugg. Larry and Susan Hicks joined the Club as new members. Three members attended via Skype.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:30pm. The Treasurer's Report for March 2015, and a corrected report for February 2015 were reviewed and approved (Motion: Derway; Second: Blaustein).

The minutes of the March Meeting as posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Foster; Second: Blaustein).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • Amtrak Train Days, May 9, 2015 (Mark Blaustein, John Wallis)
    Amtrak has canceled National Train Day in favor of Amtrak Train Days, with North Carolina celebrations remaining on May 9 in 2015. Further discussion of our T-TRAK layout will be via the Email list.

  • Train Collector';s Association Show, May 30 – 31, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This will be a two-day show. We will have our usual five tables. TCA is planning evening activities for Saturday to which we will be invited.

  • NMRA Southeastern Region 2015 Convention, June 5 – 6, 2015
    This convention will be held in Greenville SC at the Greenville Marriott. Information has been sent to members via the Email list.

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, June 20 – 21, 2015 (John Wallis)
    The space is large enough for a third leg of the layout off Red Rock Junction if we have sufficient participation and transport. More information via the Email list.

  • North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Train Show. August 22 – 23, 2015 Gil Brauch/John Wallis)
    NCTM has invited NRMRC to participate in five events this year. Unfortunately four of the dates conflict with events we currently have scheduled. NRMRC along with Lynchburg and Central Carolina will participate in this train show as we do each year. More information as we get closer to the date.

  • Danville Old 97 Rail Days, September 26 – 27, 2015 (Tim Hammack/John Wallis)
    ENL participation in this year's Old 97 Rail Days has been confirmed.

  • Selma Railroad Days, October 2 – 3, 2015 (John Wallis)
    We have received an official invitation from Selma to participate in this year's Railroad Days with our location to again be Selma Station. This invitation has been accepted.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • David Derway will be adding expansion joints to the yard tracks, which in turn will require some additional track power feeders. Scenicking will be started shortly.

  • The Webmaster issued a detailed description of the current web site, including a list of all files on the web site. This can be used as information necessary to determine thew future direction of the web site.

  • A throttle clinic will be held at the Windsor Point show for all Digitrax DT402x throttles to ensure their firmware is fully up to date and all throttle options are correctly set. This results from some users at New Bern encountering loss of control issues while others had no problems at all.

  • The question of future NRMRC projects was raised given the amount of available funds in the Treasury, as discussed below:

    New Trailer to transport modules and equipment
    David Derway and John Wallis visited Doby's trailer Sales in Sanford. They viewed 5' x 8' and 6' x 10' trailers. The recommendation is for a 6' x 10' trailer with rear ramp, which also provides more vertical space inside. Such a trailer could be used to permanently store those modules that are always used at shows. Further items to be investigated include the need for brakes on the trailer, and who in the club has a vehicle that can tow such a trailer and attend most shows. Also those modules that would be stored in the trailer need to be weighted.

    Apex Diorama
    This module has now been sitting unused in the storage shed for about two years; a lot of work by many in the club went into constructing this diorama, and it is time we put it to use. The suggestion is to construct 4 adapter modules (two for NTRAK and two for T-TRAK) and bases/legs as necessary to use in NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The consensus is that the T-TRAK adapter modules be constructed first. Terry Baker volunteered to chair a team, consisting of Joe Austin, Paul Ohegyi, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis, charged with developing a plan to make this happen.

The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President.

5-Minute Tips and Programs are still required for many months of 2015. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program. Terry Baker and Joe Johnston volunteered programs for May and June. See the listing below.

The list of remaining donated items will be sent to the ENL clubs on April 2.

It was suggested that we need club vinyl signs for our T-TRAK layout reflecting the fact we are T-TRAK as well as NTRAK. Chris Thompson has prepared a design option for such a sign. This will be sent to members via the Email list for comment.

The May meeting will be hosted by Terry Baker on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The 5-Minute Tip and Program will be Skyboard Scenicking. Bring your own skyboard and paints.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

In the 5-Minute Tip, Joel McCurry described and showed how the routing LEDs that are mounted in Raleigh and FitzGerald Yard track are mounted and wired. Thanks Joel.

David Derway presented the Program on Decaling. The PowerPoint presentation is located on the Yahoo Groups Email site in the Files/Meeting Program Note/2015 folder. Thanks David.


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Highlights of the Club's May 2015 Meeting
Carrboro, May 6, 2015

Nine members attended the Club's May 2015 Meeting hosted by Terry Baker. Thanks Terry. Four members attended via Skype.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:33pm, following which members went to Terry's garage to complete the first part of the painting skyboards program.

The Treasurer's Report for April 2015, and corrected reports for February and March 2015 were reviewed and approved (Motion: Dave Thompson; Second: Ohegyi). Sales of the donated equipment to other ENL clubs has been very successful with over $3,500 sold.

The minutes of the April Meeting as posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Baker; Second: Blaustein).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • Amtrak Train Days, May 9, 2015 (Mark Blaustein, John Wallis)
    We will have 3 x 6' tables for our T-TRAK layout. Our layout will be part of a larger celebration of Amtrak Train Day.

  • Train Collector';s Association Show, May 30 – 31, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This will be a two-day show. We will have our usual five tables. TCA is planning evening activities for Saturday at the NHVRy to which we can participate. For the first time there will also be a large O gauge layout, and vendors will be located on the mezzanine as well as the main floor. More information via the Email list.

  • NMRA Southeastern Region 2015 Convention, June 5 – 6, 2015
    This convention will be held in Greenville SC at the Greenville Marriott. Information has been sent to members via the Email list.

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, June 20 – 21, 2015 (John Wallis)
    The space is large enough for a third leg of the layout off Red Rock Junction if we have sufficient participation and transport. More information via the Email list.

  • Train Collector';s Association Show, August 8, 2015 (John Wallis)
    More information via the Email list.

  • North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Train Show. August 22 – 23, 2015 Gil Brauch/John Wallis)
    NCTM has invited NRMRC to participate in five events this year. Unfortunately four of the dates conflict with events we currently have scheduled. NRMRC along with Lynchburg and Central Carolina will participate in this train show as we do each year. More information as we get closer to the date.

  • Danville Old 97 Rail Days, September 26 – 27, 2015 (Tim Hammack/John Wallis)
    ENL participation in this year's Old 97 Rail Days has been confirmed.

  • Selma Railroad Days, October 2 – 3, 2015 (John Wallis)
    We have received an official invitation from Selma to participate in this year's Railroad Days with our location to again be Selma Station. This invitation has been accepted.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • David Derway has been adding expansion joints to the yard tracks, as well as some additional track power feeders. Scenicking will be started shortly.

  • A throttle clinic will be held at the Windsor Point show for all Digitrax DT402x throttles to ensure their firmware is fully up to date and all throttle options are correctly set. This results from some users at New Bern encountering loss of control issues while others had no problems at all.

  • The question of future NRMRC projects was raised given the amount of available funds in the Treasury, as discussed below:

    New Trailer to transport modules and equipment
    David Derway and John Wallis visited Doby's trailer Sales in Sanford. They viewed 5' x 8' and 6' x 10' trailers. The recommendation is for a 6' x 10' trailer with rear ramp, which also provides more vertical space inside. Such a trailer could be used to permanently store those modules that are always used at shows. Further items to be investigated include the need for brakes on the trailer, and who in the club has a vehicle that can tow such a trailer and attend most shows. Also those modules that would be stored in the trailer need to be weighted.

    Apex Diorama
    This module has now been sitting unused in the storage shed for about two years; a lot of work by many in the club went into constructing this diorama, and it is time we put it to use. The suggestion is to construct 4 adapter modules (two for NTRAK and two for T-TRAK) and bases/legs as necessary to use in NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The consensus is that the T-TRAK adapter modules be constructed first. Terry Baker volunteered to chair a team, consisting of Joe Austin, Paul Ohegyi, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis, charged with developing a plan to make this happen. This will be a project starting this Fall.

    Expansion of FitzGerald Yard
    The need to expand FitzGerald Yard with 2x 4-foot modules was raised for future discussion.

The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President.

5-Minute Tips and Programs are still required for many months of 2015. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program. See the listing below. A suggested program is the correct method of operating of FitzGerald Yard.

A number of suggestions for a club vinyl sign for our T-TRAK layout reflecting the fact we are T-TRAK as well as NTRAK were developed and presented by Chris Thompson. These will be reviewed and a choice made by members attending the show at Durham station. The selected design will be presented to the membership at the June meeting for approval.

The June meeting will be hosted by Joe Johnston on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. The 5-Minute Tip will be DCC Installation in "DCC Friendly" Locomotives by Jim Reske, and the Program will be Rafters, Racks and Log Cabins by Rick Dellafave.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25pm.

Painting skyboards then continued in Terry's garage. Some very credible skyboards were produced, which should enhance our modules. Thanks Terry.


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Highlights of the Club's June 2015 Meeting
Raleigh, June 4, 2015

Twelve members attended the Club's June 2015 Meeting hosted by Joe Johnston. Thanks Joe. Three members attended via Skype.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:30pm. The Treasurer's Report for May 2015 was reviewed and approved (Motion: McCurry; Second: Foster).

The minutes of the May Meeting as corrected and posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Hicks; Second: Foster).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • Amtrak Train Day, May 9, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Re-configured the layout to accommodate the available tables, which were different from promised. Layout ran well.

  • Train Collectors Association Show, May 30 – 31, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Our layout ended up being located in the Mezzanine of the Scott Building for this two-day show, with modules filling 4-2/3 of the 5 tables. For the first time more trains were controlled by smart phones than by normal throttles. Joe Peacock brought 6 new T-TRAK modules featuring inside and outside sidings.

  • NMRA Southeastern Region 2015 Convention, June 5 – 6, 2015
    This convention will be held in Greenville SC at the Greenville Marriott. Information has been sent to members via the Email list.

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, June 20 – 21, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Information has been sent to members via the Email list. Now determining availability of modules and transportation. A DT402x throttle firmware update clinic will be run as part of this show.

  • Train Collectors Association Show, August 8, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This show conflicts with the Lynchburg show, so our layout will be smaller than 5 tables.

  • North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Train Show. August 22 – 23, 2015 (Gil Brauch/John Wallis)
    There is planned reconstruction of the floor in the Backshop sometime this summer, with the start date unknown at this time. This reconstruction could affect whether this show layout can be accommodated.

  • Danville Old 97 Rail Days, September 26 – 27, 2015 (Tim Hammack/John Wallis)
    ENL participation in this year's Old 97 Rail Days has been confirmed. Please advise Tim Hammack of module availability.

  • Selma Railroad Days, October 2 – 3, 2015 (John Wallis)
    We have received an official invitation from Selma to participate in this year's Railroad Days with our location to again be Selma Station. This invitation has been accepted.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • The yard construction team is resolving some issues with track expansion with variations in temperature and humidity.

  • A motion to form a committee to consider and recommend the future of the NRMRC web site starting in 2016 was made and approved (Motion: Shoffeitt; Second: Dellafave). Chris Thompson will chair the committee with members Larry Hicks, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis.

  • There is a need to train at least two members in the correct method of setting up Red Rock Junction for a train show given that the module will be in the NRV show this November and Dave Thompson will not be at the show. This will be pursued at the Windsor Point show.

  • A motion was made and approved to purchase eight 30" x 6' folding banquet tables for use in T-TRAK shows (Motion: Shoffeitt; Second: Foster). Todd Shoffeitt and Gerry Foster will do the purchasing; the tables will be stored in the club's Storage Shed.

  • Some of the new T-TRAK modules have lighting and other effects included which are currently powered from the DCC track bus. The requirement is that any accessories be powered from an Accessory Bus rather than the Track Bus. Refer to Application Notes (DCC for T-TRAK Layouts and Electronics for Accessories Powered by the 15VAC Accessory Bus) available on the club's web site.

  • It was agreed that the new sign for T-TRAK layouts be the current sign with the word "TRAK" in the lower right replaced with "T-TRAK", with a maximum width of 30" so they can be placed at the end of the 30" banquet tables. David Derway is asked to obtain estimates for procuring these signs. Three signs are required.

  • It was agreed that the club would not pursue the purchase of any of the NTRAK modules listed for sale by RANTRAK.

  • The question of future NRMRC projects was raised given the amount of available funds in the Treasury, as discussed below:

    New Trailer to transport modules and equipment
    David Derway and John Wallis visited Doby's trailer Sales in Sanford. They viewed 5' x 8' and 6' x 10' trailers. The recommendation is for a 6' x 10' trailer with rear ramp, which also provides more vertical space inside. Such a trailer could be used to permanently store those modules that are always used at shows. Further items to be investigated include the need for brakes on the trailer, and who in the club has a vehicle that can tow such a trailer and attend most shows. Also those modules that would be stored in the trailer need to be weighed. Weighing to be done at the Windsor Point Show.

    Apex Diorama
    This module has now been sitting unused in the storage shed for about two years; a lot of work by many in the club went into constructing this diorama, and it is time we put it to use. The suggestion is to construct 4 adapter modules (two for NTRAK and two for T-TRAK) and bases/legs as necessary to use in NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The consensus is that the T-TRAK adapter modules be constructed first. Terry Baker volunteered to chair a team, consisting of Joe Austin, Paul Ohegyi, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis, charged with developing a plan to make this happen. This will be a project starting this Fall.

    Expansion of FitzGerald Yard
    The need to expand FitzGerald Yard with 2x 4-foot modules was raised for future discussion.

The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President. If a Vice President is not in place at the time of the Annual Meeting in January then there will be elections for both a President and Vice President.

5-Minute Tips and Programs are still required for many months of 2015. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program. See the listing below. A suggested program is the correct method of operating of FitzGerald Yard.

The July meeting will be hosted by Al Guckes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The 5-Minute Tip will be Fine Tuning Con-Cor Passenger Car by Jim Reske, and the Program will be Tree Making by Paul Ohegyi.

The meeting adjourned at 8:17pm.

Jim Reske presented the 5-Minute Tip on making a secure electrical connection to decoder input wires on older locomotive that are not equipped with the current pick-up strips common in newer locomotives. The method involves drilling and tapping 00-90, and soldering the wires to 00-90 screws in the holes. Thanks Jim.

Rick Dellafave presented the Program on Rafters, Rocks and Log Cabins. He used techniques including spackling compound, highlight paints, styrene strips, etc. to achieve great looking effects. Thanks Rick.


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Highlights of the Club's July 2015 Meeting
Chapel Hill, July 1, 2015

Nine members attended the Club's July 2015 Meeting hosted by Al Guckes. Thanks Al. Seven members attended via Skype, the most to date.

President Ohegyi called the meeting together at 7:30pm. The Treasurer's Report for June 2015 was reviewed and approved (Motion: McCurry; Second: Blaustein). Two delinquent members have not yet paid their 2015 dues despite three warnings. A final contact will be made then they will be removed from the Roster. Charles Eisener joined the club as an Associate Member.

The minutes of the June Meeting as corrected and posted on the Club's web site were approved. (Motion: Blaustein; Second: Guckes).

Several train shows were discussed:

  • Windsor Point Retirement Home, June 20 – 21, 2015 (John Wallis)
    Excellent show with a smooth running layout. Some electrical problems were resolved; the cause of the problem is appears to be a power supply powering a Booster. Further testing is underway. The club discussed doing a second show at Windsor Point but with T-TRAK rather than NTRAK modules. Potential dates in the Fall will be suggested and once agreed by the club we will approach Windsor Point.

  • Train Collectors Association Show, August 8, 2015 (John Wallis)
    This show conflicts with the Lynchburg show, so our layout will be smaller than 5 tables. Information via the Email list. It was decided the club would use our newly purchased banquet tables (see below).

  • North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Train Show. August 22 – 23, 2015 (Gil Brauch/John Wallis)
    There is planned reconstruction of the floor in the Backshop sometime this summer, with the start date unknown at this time. This reconstruction could affect whether this show layout can be accommodated. Hopefully we will have a firm answer within about 10 days.

  • Danville Old 97 Rail Days, September 26 – 27, 2015 (Tim Hammack/John Wallis)
    ENL participation in this year's Old 97 Rail Days has been confirmed. Please advise Tim Hammack of module availability.

  • Selma Railroad Days, October 2 – 3, 2015 (John Wallis)
    We have received an official invitation from Selma to participate in this year's Railroad Days with our location to again be Selma Station. This invitation has been accepted. The club decided that this year's layout would be T-TRAK rather than NTRAK.

A number of Standards issues were discussed:

  • The yard construction team is resolving some issues with track expansion and preventing track damage at the module's ends; a plastic sheet of .030" or .040" attached to the end of one module will provide this protection. A slight rise of the module surface at the right end of the right module will be resolved through sanding of the surface. Switch towers are being built as a single stall engine house is being modified to be placed on the yard. Other yard-type buildings have been ordered.

  • The committee to consider and recommend the future of the NRMRC web site starting in 2016 is active and discussing options via Email. Chris Thompson chairs the committee with members Larry Hicks, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis.

    It was decided that Show Superintendent's Reports plus show pictures should be posted on the club's web site rather than just being published via Email.

  • The requirement that any accessories (lights, etc.) be powered from an Accessory Bus rather than the Track Bus was confirmed. Refer to Application Notes (DCC for T-TRAK Layouts and Electronics for Accessories Powered by the 15VAC Accessory Bus) available on the club's web site. John Wallis will draw some diagram showing how to convert the 15VAC to DC and other voltages that may be necessary on the module.

  • A motion was made (Shoffeitt) and seconded (Wells) to adopt the proposed design for a new sign for T-TRAK layouts with a width of 28" wide and 29" high so they can be placed at the end of the 30" banquet tables. David Derway is asked to obtain estimates for procuring four signs; Chris Thompson will Email the design to David.

  • The question of future NRMRC projects was raised given the amount of available funds in the Treasury, as discussed below:

    New Trailer to transport modules and equipment
    As a result of discussion at the Windsor Point Show it was decide to not pursue the 6' x 10' trailer size for a number of reason: the need for electric brakes, the need for mirror extensions of the towing vehicle and the capacity required of the towing vehicle. However it was decided that we should investigate whether additional height (beyond 60") could be obtained with a 5' x 8' trailer and whether a length longer than 8' is available.

    David Derway confirmed that an additional 6" in height could be ordered as well as 5' x 10' size. He recommended we also order LED lighting rather than incandescent lighting.

    David will canvas members via the Email list for information on whether their vehicles can tow a trailer.

    Apex Diorama
    This module has now been sitting unused in the storage shed for about two years; a lot of work by many in the club went into constructing this diorama, and it is time we put it to use. The suggestion is to construct 4 adapter modules (two for NTRAK and two for T-TRAK) and bases/legs as necessary to use in NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts. The consensus is that the T-TRAK adapter modules be constructed first. Terry Baker volunteered to chair a team, consisting of Joe Austin, Paul Ohegyi, Todd Shoffeitt and John Wallis, charged with developing a plan to make this happen. This will be a project starting this Fall.

    Expansion of FitzGerald Yard
    The need to expand FitzGerald Yard with 2x 4-foot modules was raised for future discussion.

  • Eight 30" x 6' folding banquet tables for use with our T-TRAK layouts have been purchased as authorized at last month's meeting, and placed in our storage shed. Thanks to Gerry Foster.

The Club still needs someone to volunteer to be Vice-President. A Digital Master is also needed. These positions are becoming critical.

5-Minute Tips are still required for November and December, and Programs for September, November and December. Advise Gerry Foster if you wish to present a Tip or Program. See the listing below. A suggested program is the correct method of operating of FitzGerald Yard.

The August meeting will be hosted by Joel McCurry on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The 5-Minute Tip will be Fine Tuning Con-Cor Passenger Car by Jim Reske, and the Program will be Kitbashing to Fit Your Space by Todd Shoffeitt.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.

Jim Reske was unable to be present so his 5-Minute Tip on Fine-Tuning Con-Cor Passenger Cars is re-scheduled for August.

Paul Ohegyi presented the Program on Tree Making. His PowerPoint presentation showed the techniques he used; this presentation is now on our web site. A second, hands-on session will be scheduled with the intent of making trees to populate or Gray Rock and Covered Bridge NTRAK corner modules.. Thanks Paul.


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