Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fun Meeting

 Fun Meeting

Those of us who attended last Saturday's Meet in Charlottesville had a great time making a pond with scenery surrounding it.  Bret did his normally phenomenal job. There was a lot to learn in a short period with several different materials.  Many folks are intimidated by scenery but should not be after last weeks clinic. 


 After purchasing supplies at Rail Tales and Lunch we went to Ron Garies' home for a final visit to a layout where many in the Charlottesville area spent quite a few Wednesday nights.  Thank you to those who arranged the open house and to Ron for all the memories.  

Several attending the clinic asked about the brushes that were given out to attendees.  Links below:

Flat Brush

Round Brush

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

September 10th Meeting

 We will have a meeting on September 10th at Rail Tales in Charlottesville, VA


Directions are in Crossties

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

Clinic 1 & 2: Bret Jones - Self contained water features you can add to any layout - any donations to cover the anticipated $20 cost per person will be greatly appreciated. 

 Modeling Theme: Gondola with  or without a Load

 Other Activities: Door prizes (including the special Bill Pond structures), white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts.  If we have a large crowd we may need to display the contest models in Rail Tales.  

 Layout Tours:  

  • Ron Garies' Layout 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

September 10th Meeting

We will have a meeting on September 10th at Rail Tales in Charlottesville, VA

Directions are in Crossties

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

Clinic 1 & 2: Bret Jones - Self contained water features you can add to any layout - any donations to cover the anticipated $20 cost per person will be greatly appreciated. 

 Modeling Theme: Gondola with  or without a Load

 Other Activities: Door prizes (including the special Bill Pond structures), white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts.  If we have a large crowd we may need to display the contest models in Rail Tales.  

 Layout Tours:  

  • Ron Garies' Layout 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Hangout June 10th - This Friday

 Hangout this Friday June 10th

Our next event is our every other month Hangout.  We will convene at 7PM and go to 9PM.

Questions to think about for this meeting

1.    What's are you working on? workbench? layout?  
2.    Thoughts for future modeling events or hands on clinics
3.    General catching up

Next in person meeting is July 9th at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.  Directions in Crossties.

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

 

Clinic 1: John Vogler – Signal Aspects & Indications for Modelers  

Clinic 2: Shannon Crabtree – Detailing RF&P Locomotives 

 

Modeling Theme: Pulpwood Car 

 

Special Display:  JRD members’ builds of the Accurail Boxcar Kit Challenge 

JRD members are encouraged to bring their boxcar kit builds to the meet for display, even if you’ve brought your boxcar to a previous JRD meet.  This is the final meet at which the display of boxcar builds is planned. 

 

Other Activities: Door prizes (including the special Bill Pond structures), white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts. 

 

Layout Tours:  

  • John Vogler: Allegheny Lehigh & Eastern HO-scale layout 

  • Shannon Crabtree: Virginia Midland HO-scale layout 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

May 2022 Meet

 IN PERSON JAMES RIVER DIVISION MEETING THIS SATURDAY

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.

Clinics:

•   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

JRD RICHMOND Meeting

 

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. 

Fun Meeting

 Fun Meeting Those of us who attended last Saturday's Meet in Charlottesville had a great time making a pond with scenery surrounding it...