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Next Meeting

Next Meet: January 14, 2023 Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive Midlothian, VA 23113   Details about the Meet Time: Doors open at 9AM and starts at 930AM Clinics:  ·         Keith Pritchard and Mike Bonner – JMRI  PanelPro  Switch Lists Looking for an alternative to car cards? Mike Bonner and Keith Pritchard will show how to create a JMRI  PanelPro  program that can route cars, build trains, and prepare switch lists for you and your crews. ·          Chris Chapin will give a clinic about upgrading a Rapido E8 speaker with one from Scale Sound Systems.  A live demo will be presented comparing both the stock E8 and the upgraded E8.     Modeling Theme:  Boxcar Other Activities:  Door prizes, white elephant table, 50-50 raffle, coffee and donuts.  Lunch:  On your own with lots of restaurants nearby.  Directions will be provided. Layout  Tours   ( See the layout descriptions that follow) ·         Bob Stringer – Ashley and Atlantic Railroad ·         Keith Pritchard – G

December 9th Virtual Hangout

Our next JRD Virtual Hangout will be on Friday December 9th at 7pm. Members and those from other divisions on the list will receive an invitation via email with the Zoom credentials.  Look for this by Sunday the 4th with a reminder later in the week.

Great Meeting in Warrenton

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 The JRD and the Potomac Division had a great joint meeting in Warrenton today at Battlefield Baptist.  We appreciate the Church being so generous in the use of their space and in Jerry (Sonny) Stanley in working so closely with his fellow church members and Pastor all year to make this event go so smoothly. The Blunami Clinic had a virtual handout which is now updated and this is the LINK .. Plans are already underway to hopefully return next November.  Everyone had a great time and the 3 layout tours were a wonderful way to top off the day.. There are many photos posted on Facebook and many will appear in the next Crossties.  Below are a few from the Layout Tour 
  Potomac Division Joint Meet with James River Set for November 5 th    The Potomac Division’s annual Joint Meet with James River will take place on Saturday, November 5 th  at the Battlefield Baptist Church in Warrenton, Virginia, starting at 9 AM.    There   will be door prizes, a white elephant table, model judging and a popular vote contest with the theme of Maintenance of Way (MoW) cars —  coincidentally, also  our  Division’s  Challenge category for the  December-January  Flyer  issue. The centerpiece of the eve n t will be clinics. The following are already scheduled:   ​ Ken Wilson on Rolling Stock Brake Systems ​ Brian Sheron, MMR, on Making An Operational Grade Crossing Signal ​ Norm Reid  &  Jeffrey Fleisher   on Model Railroad Photography  ​ George Gaige on Building a n  Operating Water Tank ​ Phil Taylor on SoundTraxx Blunami  ​ Ernie Little on Decoder Pro Entry is free as is the parking. We will pass the hat to take up a donation fo r the church. Past donations from t

Fun Meeting

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 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

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 

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 

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 – “ D etailing 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 B