Sunday, March 24, 2013

Next JRD Meeting

JRD Spring Meeting

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Fort Hill United Methodist Church
106 Oakridge Boulevard
Lynchburg VA 24502


9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Meeting begins
12:00 approximate close of formal meet
1:00 – 4:00 Layouts open for visits


Fire equipment, rubber or steel wheeled.


“Modeling a Prototype Railroad”-
HO Scale Central Vermont’s Winooski
Subdivision by Mary McGuirk


Shenandoah and Southern Rail Road
John Siegle’s HiRail layout

Forest & Westrern; Chris Schiecks HO
freelance PRR, N&W and Southern
equipped layout

Thursday, March 14, 2013

MER Convention

The C&P Junction Convention in Rockville, Maryland, will pay special attention to operations. Modelers who replicate prototype railroads with engineers, yardmasters and brakemen will find call board operations involving more than ten layouts, some nationally known and published in the hobby press. Some of the operating layouts are free-lance; others follow railroads such as the Erie Lackawanna mainline and the Pennsylvania, Reading and Western Maryland. Operations expert Steve King will present a three-hour clinic on Timetable and Train Order Operation, followed by offering modelers designated layouts for operating. Those who have met with Steve swear by his approach. C & P Junction, Crowne Plaza Hotel ( with a free shuttle to the Metro and other points. For the latest information and news, visit our website: Google C & P or . For questions, email

Marshall Abrams, Potomac Division, co-chairman

Kurt Thompson, Chesapeake Division, co-chairman

Saturday, March 2, 2013

John Roberts passes away

I just received word that John Roberts passed away peacefully in
Williamsburg, Virginia last evening, March 1, 2013.

John was NMRA President, 2004-2006, Vice President, 2000-2004, Eastern District Director, 2009-2013, MCR President and Trustee, 1989-1993, and over the years held a number of other elected and volunteer offices throughout the NMRA. He was a well-known model railroad author and was the builder of several highly regarded layouts in HO and O scale.

John had contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain condition that causes a rapid decrease of mental function and movement, and inevitably leads to death. John first showed symptoms of the disease in early 2012.

The visitation will be held at 1 pm on Friday, March 8, at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia, with the funeral beginning at at 2 pm. Interment will be nearby.

John is survived by his wife, Suzie, his children, John (Collette) and
Whitney, and two granddaughters.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent to the Diamond Club, National Model Railroad Association, Inc., 4121 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421. Cards and letters may be sent to the family at 104 Heritage Pointe, Williamsburg, VA, 23188.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

Please feel free to pass this information along to those on your NMRA and model railroading lists.

Mike Brestel

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