Elkhart Model Railroad Club Announcements
The Elkhart Model Railroad Club meets Friday Evenings at 2703 Hawthorne Street in Elkhart, Indiana.Visitors are welcome 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. On the third Friday of every month we are closed to the public until 8:00 pm for our monthly business meeting. NEWS for May 2018
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May 25, 2018
Wishing everyone a great Memorial Day weekend, a time to spend with friends and family, and a time to remember those who've given their lives for our country. Another month is in the books at the Elkhart Model Railroad Club and to start the summer several members showed up for operations at the club Friday night. Along with the yard switching, shuttles and over the road locomotives running, there were a couple of passenger trains running, one with an interesting story. Member Jeff Cain owns a beautiful Rocky Mountain Rocket. The Rocket was a streamlined passenger train of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Rock Island's train number 7 ran from Chcago's LaSalle Street Station to Denver's Union Station. Jeff Took the Rocky Island Rocky Mountain Rocket in 1957 from Chicago to Denver. The Rocky Mountain Rocket ran from 1939 to 1966. Members had a great time operating, the dispatcher didn't pull too much of his hair out and the yard masters moved everything along smoothly. Several maintenance items were also carried out during the week. More work on the new N-Scale as we get closer to full time operations in N-Scale. Changes were made to the the outside sign. Thanks to Paul, Jerry and Charlie. We have lots of footage to show you so Click here to check out all the action from this week. As always click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN. The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org. Here's a link to the flyer.
May 18, 2018
Every 3rd Friday of the month we have our monthly business meeting. After the Secretary's and Treasurer's reports several items of interest were discussed. The street that the club is on was annexed into the city of Elkhart recently, (Yay more taxes) and since we had a county address it has changed to a city address. Our new address is The Elkhart Model Railroad Club, 2703 Hawthorne Street Elkhart, In. 46517. We're in the same location we've been in since 1952 and the club owns the property so The Elkhart Model Railroad Club is here to stay. Another important item that came up is the planning for the 2019 Nappanee Train Show presented by the Elkhart Model
Railroad Club. A template and timeline for the upcoming show was put together by Chuck Hart. Jerry Piatt will be the Chairman for 2019 show. Be sure to look here or on Facebook as more information becomes available. The N-Scale layout is up and running trains. We still have several items to build and install on the layout so if you have an interest in N-Scale come on by. After the business meeting the real business of the Elkhart Model Railroad Club began...running trains. Click here to check out all the action from this week. As always click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI. Also here's an advance announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN. The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org. Here's a link to the flyer.
May 11, 2018
A clinic started off the night for Friday the 11th followed by open running for all the members and guests. Jim Ford presented a clinic on the EMRRC library. The library has over 150 volumes of magazines, books and pamphlets. We have every Model Railroader from the 1st year of publication 1934 to 1981 plus a ton of reference books.
We established a database for the library using Easy Model Train Inventory's library module. The library will give members the ability to search for information easily and give us an inventory and lending system for our library assets. Easy Model Train has several inventory modules to it including; Rolling Stock, Locomotives, Library, Tools/Misc. and Electronics. The program is available for free from http://pdc.ca/rr/freebies/ . As always be careful downloading any items from the internet. I've used the program on several computers and have had no problems.
Last week while some members were at Duneland Model Railroad Club there were several members at the club. An anonymous donor came by and gave the club several items. Among them were a narrow gauge brass loco, caboose and passenger cars. We appreciate the donation and will make good use of it. After the clinic members got down to the main business of running trains. So many trains were running some of the video footage will have to be shown next week. We shot some car level footage of The North Wall area which includes the Elkhart and Western Railroad.
May 4, 2018
Several members of the Elkhart Model Railroad Club visited Duneland Model Railroad Club in Michigan City, Indiana for their annual Hobo Dinner. The Club meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 PM but had this special event on the first Friday in May.
The club had a good turnout for their dinner and several folks young and old were running trains on their large HO-Scale layout. The layout runs through several rooms in the club and a new large staging area is under construction. Duneland is a fictional railroad running from near Cincinnati to St. Louis with over 500' of track. The layout is all Digitrax DCC with Tortoise switch machines connected to the signal system. The club has been around since 1986 and been in its present location since 1996.
Michigan City is a great railroad town with Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad passenger and SouthShore freight running down the center of many streets. Members John Banicki, Paul Ewing, Jim Ford and Chuck Hart checked out the Michigan City Yard on Carroll Avenue. The Michigan City Yard is used for overnight storage and maintenance of all electric trains, as well as the diesel locomotive shops and the operations center for the SouthShore freight operation. Carroll Avenue also is a railway station serving the South Shore. There are two South Shore stations in Michigan City but the Carroll Avenue station is considered the primary station. The other station on 11th Street has limited parking and is in the middle of a public street. NICD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District) the owners of the South Shore Line have announced they will close the Carroll Avenue Station in the future and upgrade the 11th Street Station but as of 2018 the Carroll Avenue station is going strong. The South Shore is going to be undergoing several major construction projects. In South Bend relocation of the station at the airport, the West Lake Corridor consisting of nine miles of new tracks, plus four stations, between Hammond and the Dyer-Munster border and a double track project adding a new set of rails between Gary and Michigan City, along with new stations in Gary's Miller area.
Click here to check out all the action from Duneland Model Railroad Club. As always click here for the weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI.NEWS for April 2018
April 27, 2018
The last Friday of the month is operations night at EMRRC. This night was operations training for club members. The training consisted of running a train from Chicago to Elkhart and back to Chicago and running a train from Toledo to Elkhart and back to Toledo. Several questions came up during the session and everyone involved learned several new things about operating at EMRRC. After training the club was opened for open running and several trains were running on the layout. Among them was Heritage Unit C&O 4834. This unit is SD70ACe that was originally with CSX. CSX sold the engine to Progress Rail who than leased the unit to Norfolk Southern. 4834 was relettered for PRLX before showing up on the NS lines. While in Buffalo, NY for a few days earlier this year someone used a lot of rattle cans to change the logos on 4834 to C&O 4834 and no one knows how. So be sure to go to our Friday Night Running at the Club page and check out 4834. As always click here for the weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI.
April 20, 2018
Finally some nice Spring weather for our area and after the beautiful day several members were at EMRRC for our business meeting for April 2018. Several items of business were attended to including; the start of planning for the 2019 Elkhart Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet. We also welcomed Lee Hagedorn as a probationary member. The new N-Scale layout is wired and testing is progressing to the point we will be running and operating on the N-Scale layout soon. After the business meeting it was time for our main business at EMRRC running trains. EMRRC has had an ongoing problem with JMRI connecting to phones or tablets and recognizing them as throttles. If we have several phones and tablets online as throttles we lose connections and control of the trains. After going back to version 3.10 of JMRI we are in our second week of being problem free. We are still researching and testing this problem and will keep everyone updated here. At this point we are awaiting version 4.11.5 to reach it's production stage so we can try it. CLICK HERE to check our Friday Night Running at the Club page for all the action. Also CLICK HERE for the weekly link to shows and swap meets in the area courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI. One last announcement;
NMRA MICHIANA DIVISION EVENT
May 19, 2018 - Francis Branch of St. Joe County Public Library - 52655 N Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN 46635
4 hour Weathering Day from 10:30AM to 2:30 PM!
Attend all or some of the time allotted!
Well known weathering expert Dave Schroedle will be leading this event! On Friday April 27th starting at 7:00 pm we will have a training session for operating on the HO layout. If you are interested in operations come by and learn how to operate at the Elkhart Model Railroad Club. We run an operations session the 3rd Friday of every month.
April 13, 2018 Meeting
Open running Friday night at EMRRC and of course Friday the 13th gremlins showed up and tried to spoil the fun. As mentioned last week EMRRC has had an ongoing problem with JMRI connecting to phones or tablets and recognizing them as throttles. If we have several phones and tablets online as throttles we lose connections and control of the trains. We tried a different computer and a different router and the same problems showed up. EMRRC has been using the latest version of JMRI 4.10. We decided to go back to version 3.10.1 and the problem was solved. We'll keep everyone updated as we investigated this further. An interesting item that showed up concerning the Nautilus aquarium car owned by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The Nautilus was a custom built car built in 1929 by the Pullman Car Works in Chicago for about $30,000, the Nautilus was custom fitted with cypress and metal containers for animals and a life-support system of pumps, air compressors, electric refrigeration coils and steam heat for another $10,000 to transport freshwater and marine fishes and invertebrates from cold, temperate and tropical waters. Fully loaded, the car carried 4,500 gallons. It also had modest living quarters for the six-person collecting crew. The Nautilus was so specialized that the manufacturer stated that it was doubtful anything like it had ever been built before. It was retired in 1957. Here is the story of one of it's adventures between the Keys and Chicago. Click here for a link to the Story.
Marooned! The Labor Day Hurricane and Shedd’s “Lost Car Crew” | Shedd Aquarium
This hurricane season marks the 75th anniversary of the Labor Day Hurricane, a category 5 storm that is still the most intense ever to strike the United States. It certainly made some memories for the Shedd collecting crew that weathered it in the Florida Keys.
April 6, 2018 Meeting