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.
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.