Sunday, May 8, 2022

May 2022 Meet


Next Meet: May 14, 2022
Patriots-Landing Residents Club (aka, the Clubhouse)
Across the Street from 7346 Patriots Landing Place
Quinton, VA 23141

Details about the May Meet 

Time: Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and we start at 9:30 a.m.


•   Clinic 1: Rick Lull - Layout Command Control - An Introduction and Overview
•   Clinic 2: Rod Vance - NMRA Digital Publications - Update on the What’s New

Modeling Theme: Open Hopper with or without a load

Other Activities: Door prizes, white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts. 

There will be 2 Special Door Prizes for NMRA members.  These HO Craftsman Kits were built by inactive member Bill Pond and are looking for a good home on someone’s layout.  More details at the meet. Perhaps you can take one home for your layout.  

Lunch: On your own with restaurants nearby. 

Layout Tours: 

Special Note: Because of limited parking at Rick Lull’s and Mike Pulaski’s neighborhood, individuals touring the layouts will need to carpool either from the church or from where you have lunch.

• Rick Lull – Richmond Terminal. Rick’s HO-scale Richmond Terminal is based on the RF&P prototype from the wye at Acca to the Quantico area. It is a shelf style, multiple deck railroad with an almost 10-scale-mile main line that takes up the bulk of a large basement. When completed, the railroad will be fully signaled and CTC dispatched. 

• Mike Pulaski – Mohawk & Hudson. Mike notes that this is the second version of this layout. Mike started this version in January 2017. This is a proto-freelanced layout set as a 1990's era regional, running from Montreal to Oak Island, New Jersey. The layout is set in central New York state and is a double-deck design. There is scenery on about 60% of the layout. Mike’s layout 

Philip Taylor
JRD Superintendent

Monday, April 25, 2022



Good Afternoon, just a reminder we have our next meet on 14 May 2022 over in Richmond. Doors open at 9 a.m. meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
Please remember to bring you Accurail Boxcar Kit builds to the meeting. If you brought your car to the Farmville meet, please bring it again so it can be on display with everyone else and be recognized for the outstanding craftsmanship. Mike Garber's finished boxcar turned Tool Car / MOW pictured below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Great Meeting in March and April Hangout Up Next on 8th

 We had a great in person meeting with a good crowd even with the crazy weather.  Yes, I had almost an inch of snow on my car at one point.  But we had 2 great clinics and 3 wonderful open houses.  Days like that Saturday are what will grow our hobby with projects any modeler can do from a basic boxcar even kids can afford to a start at scenery which will get us away from the plywood pacific.  

Our next event is the Friday Night Hangout on April 8th. This will be on Zoom and all members of the division will receive an invitation via email the week of the Chat.  These chats held us together in many ways during the pandemic and are still a good way of bridging the gap even now for those who cannot make every meeting.  

Our next in person meeting is on May 14th in Richmond with a Clinic by Rick Lull on LCC and Rod Vance on the changes in publications at the NMRA.  There are many good things going on in the Hobby.  LCC promises to solve many of the control and auxiliary issues.  Rick will be able to not only tell you about them but you will be able to see in use on his layout.  The changes at National in the publications arena are pushing new boundaries for the NMRA.  Rod Vance will explain the changes to us from the perspective of an editor and reader.  After lunch we will tour Mike Pulaski and Rick Lull’s layouts.  

I hope to see you via Zoom in April and in person in May. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Meeting Still On

 The March Meeting is still on for those who feel safe to travel to it.  Please put your safety above getting to the meeting.  We would like you to be at the one after this one. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Virtual Hangout Friday for JRD Members

 This Friday the 11th of February we will have a members hangout at 7 pm. Our special guest will be NMRA President Gordy Robinson.  Come to hangout and hear what Gordy has to say about the hobby and the NMRA.  Bring your questions or just come to listen.  Check your emails for meeting information.  Hope to See you there.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Virtual Meet this Saturday January 8th


Hello! Just a friendly reminder that this coming Saturday we will have our first meeting of 2022 virtually on Zoom. 

Due to the rapid increase in both cases of the COVID-19 and the hospitalizations the leadership team has decided to have this Saturday’s meeting virtually.  I intended to put this notice out Monday evening but the total lack of power and any reliable internet connection precluded that idea from coming to pass until tonight.

We have one clinic by Ken Montero who will be giving us “Kool Tools with Ken”.  Ken loves his tools and will be sharing some of his favorites along with others that well he is not sure why they are in the tool box.  Come and learn from Ken’s love of tools.

Door Prizes, Coffee and Donuts
Since we are virtual there will be no door prizes.  Please bring your own coffee and donuts.  The Super will try to open the room at 9 AM so we can sip, munch and catch up some before the first clinic

Layout Tours
We do not have one lined up but if some one wants to do an impromptu one please let the Super know.

White Elephant tables
If you have one thing you absolutely can’t wait to get rid of then put a for sale on it and have it in your video feed. Who knows you may get lucky.  But outside of that no formal sale this time.

Doors will open at 9 AM. 
First Clinic at 930 AM
Supers Update on the State of the Hobby.
Social Time
End around 1130 AM.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

January 8th Meeting Going Virtual

 It is with regret but believing it is the right thing to do that I am announcing that the January 8th meeting will be going virtual due to rising Covid-19 Omicron cases.  This is the consensus opinion of the leadership group.  

We will be holding a social time via Zoom in its place.  If we can offer a Zoom clinic and/or layout tour we will do that but with a short lead time it may not be possible.  If any of you can do so please let the Superintendent know of your availability or a lead to someone who is willing to give either one. 

Details about the Zoom clinic will be mailed to those on the Divisions email list.  

May 2022 Meet

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