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 July 2019
Union Pacific Big Boy Schedule for the end of July 2019

Big Boy 4014The UP Big Boy 4014 will be in Chicago at the end of July 2019. Here is some information.

Friday, July 26
Depart 8:00 a.m. CT Butler, Wis.
No Public Access
Arrival 2:30 p.m. CT West Chicago, Ill.
Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center
335 Spencer St.
Saturday, July 27
On Display: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT West Chicago, Ill.
Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center
335 Spencer St.
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car
Sunday, July 28 – Monday, July 29
On Display: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT West Chicago, Ill.
Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center
335 Spencer St.
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car
Tuesday, July 30
Depart 8:00 a.m. CT West Chicago, Ill.
Union Pacific Larry S. Provo Training Center
335 Spencer St.
Arrival
Depart
9:45 a.m. CT
10:30 a.m. CT
Rochelle, Ill.
Rochelle Railroad Park
124 N. 9th St.

If we want to go over the guys at The Ridge Model Railroad Club said the Rochelle Railroad Park is a good spot if we don't want to fight Chicago traffic.

News for July 12, 2019

7122019 Meeting Glowing Computer4A lot of happenings at EMRRC as we coast through the middle of July.   Installation of the new computer is completed. We have some small items to clean up but JMRI is residing happily atop a blistering fast computer running phone throttles and programming with no problems.  We coupled it with a Digitrax PR4 to handle the programming track and the first new roster member is Jeff Cain with his BLI switcher. Just to forewarn everyone you will have to enter your engine back into the roster if you want to program on our system  We still have a copy of the old roster but after 5 years it was disorganized and we decided to go with a clean start. 

 

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A  new dam is taking shape on the Elkhart River thanks to Ron, Jerry, and Charlie. It's a small area but with a lot of detail. Still to come, a walkway, fishermen, and more detail items. 

 

 

 

 7122019 Meeting CircusMember David Menges got his hands on a set of Walther's Great Circus Train releases a rare HO Scale 1:87 kit series offered in twelve very limited individual monthly releases beginning in 1989. David has been kind enough to let members of EMRRC follow along on FaceBook as he puts together this set.  I am planning on showing all of his work in our Tech Files area but here is a sampling from David.

"John E. Strates immigrated to the United States in 1909 from Greece. He had many odd jobs until he joined a carnival in 1919 as a wrestler taking on any challenger. He acquired the Southern tier shows in 1923 and changed the name to John E. Strates Shows in 1932. He built and managed the carnival up until his death in 1959. His son E. James Strates assumed responsibility of the carnival that still operates today. 

 

7122019 Meeting Circus2This car was the 6th release in The Great Circus train made by Walters. Stock and elephant cars were 72' in length and unloading ramps were carried on the underside of the car. Stock and elephant cars were coupled directly behind the locomotive to minimize jolting and possibly injuring the animals. Elephant cars are very similar to stock cars but were built to accommodate the weight of the elephants. Also, a larger door, solid walls, and smaller windows or ventilators because elephants are susceptible to pneumonia and must be protected from the cold and drafts. One elephant car could carry up to 13 adult elephants or "bulls" in circus slang regardless of gender. A show with a smaller herd would outfit the extra space with bunks for the handlers. 1/4 of early circus trains would be stock cars. As technology advanced tractors became available and elephant and stock cars became surplus and converted to flat cars".

Of course, after all of this, we had to run some trains I mean we have this huge layout just made for running multiple trains with lots of cars so why not?  7122019 Meeting Navajo2One engine that showed up was a Scale Trains GE TIER 4 GEVO, ET44C4. Originally a GE demonstrator it was modified and repainted in Erie, PA.  Here's a shot of the engine on our layout and the real thing passing through Goshen, Indiana.7122019 Meeting Navajo11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One interesting note the Navajo Mine is a private railroad and ordered 2 of the engines.  The mine has no connection to the national rail network so the engines had to be trucked the last few miles to the mine's tracks. Click Here for all the action for Friday Night Running at the Club. If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday  Click Here.  7122019 Meeting Ground1For a schedule of train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here  (this is the latest list) courtesy of the Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. The 2020 Train Show information has been added to the site   Vendors make sure you check as there are applications and information for vendors on the page.   Also, 2020 is the Elkhart Model Railroad Club's 70th anniversary. An open house and other events are being planned to celebrate this occasion.  Watch for future news on this.  Have some fun with model railroading.   

 

News for July 05, 2019

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 The day after Independence Day 2019 and it was a maintenance night at EMRRC. The main job was to install our new computer.  Matt Glassman spent a couple of hours removing our old computer and installing our new, fast computer. With 8 gigs of ram, a 250gb solid state hard drive along with a one terabyte drive and we're up and running from startup to  JMRI in 30 seconds. We also are installing a new monitor, Digitrax PR4 and a Raspberry.  7052019 Meeting UP37052019 Meeting AFT26Afterward, the trains were running at EMRRC. We put together some footage of patriotic trains which have run at the club in the last few months. Click Here for all the action for Friday Night Running at the Club. If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday  Click Here

 

 7052019 Meeting Courthouse9For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here  (this is the latest list) courtesy of the Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. The 2020 Train Show information has been added to the site   Vendors make sure you check as there are applications and information for vendors on the page.   Also, 2020 is the Elkhart Model Railroad Club's 70th anniversary. An open house and other events are being planned to celebrate this occasion.  Watch for future news on this.  Have some fun with model railroading.   

 

 

NEWS for June 2019

News for June 28, 2019

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A lot of happenings at the club for a summer month.  Friday the 28th was operations night at the club.  It was one of our better operations night with few mistakes. The Chief Dispatcher did not get in the van once to go out and take care of problems. 

 

 

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On Saturday several members made the trip over to Griffth in Northwest Indiana to attend the Ridge Model Railroaders Open House. 

 

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A large 30' x 40' with impressive scenery and Digitrax DCC control. The club has been in their current location for over 35 years and in that time has built an  HO scale layout with multiple layers with changes ongoing. 

 

 

 

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Behind the backdrops are a large staging yard and an elevated platform with routing control which gives operators a birdseye view of the layout.

 

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Thanks to the Ridge Model Railroaders for their hospitality.

  

 

 

 

 

 

6282019 Meeting EMRRC New Computer1Back at EMRRC Matt Glassman has finished the build of our new computer and he'll be installing it soon. The computer has an AMD RYZEN 3 2200G Quad-Core 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz Max Boost). For all computer novices, it means lots of speed. For the old guys like me, it has the 426 HEMI in it. We're looking forward to the install and use of our new system.  Click Here for all the action for Friday Night Running at the Club. If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday  Click Here.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here  (this is the latest list) courtesy of the Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. "A New Vision for 2020"  ( I'm laying claim to the slogan).  2020 will be an exciting year for the club. Our 15th Annual Train Show will be held in Nappanee, Indiana at the Claywood Event Center. This is the same large modern facility where we held the show in the Spring of 2019. A menu item has been added to www.emrrc with some basic information about the show.  Vendors make sure you check as there are applications and information for vendors on the page.   Also, 2020 is the Elkhart Model Railroad Club's 70th anniversary. An open house and other events are being planned to celebrate this occasion.  Watch for future news on this.  Have some fun with model railroading.   

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News for June 21, 2019

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As we approach the end of June Friday was our monthly business meeting.  Several general business items were taken care of for the month including the decision to buy a new computer system for the club.  Our old system is over 15 years old and is starting to suffer from old age. I know how it feels. 6212019 Meeting Operations Setup210 After the meeting, several members set up for the operations session for next Friday which will cover the early 1970s. If you are interested in how railroads operate or have an interest in solving puzzles stop by and we'll be glad to spend some time with you showing the layout and explaining operations.  6212019 Meeting UP BO9We had so many trains operating last week, we continue to show trains from then in our Friday Night Running at the Club video. 

 

 Click Here for all the action for Friday Night Running at the Club. If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday  Click Here.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here  (this is the latest list) courtesy of the Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. Also one last announcement this week, on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 10am-4pm, the Ridge Model Railroaders will have an open house. – Southeast corner of Ridge and Colfax, Griffith Indiana. Click Here for a map to Ridge Model Railroaders. Have some fun with model railroading.  

 

 

 

News for June 14, 2019

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Believe it or not, it's time to let you know about the Elkhart Model Railroad Club's 15th Annual Train Show which will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Claywood Event Center in Nappanee, IN. This is the same great facility we held the 2019 show at. A menu item has been created for the 2020 show. There you will find a couple of downloadable files, a  flyer for the show and a vendor's table application. One change this year Randy Robbins after many years of service as the show coordinator is taking a well-deserved break and the coordinator is Nathan Overmyer.

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Our last two Fridays have been very busy at the club. Paul Ewing did a great clinic on building structures out of cardstock and using the Cricut an inexpensive software based cutting machine to cut structure components with. Paul uses Railroad Board which he gets from Amazon as a base for gluing downloadable designs on or to cut on the Cricut. 6142019 Meeting Paul3

 

 

 

 

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This machine will cut building sides, roofs, just about anything you can design or download in HO or any scale you want to work in.

 

 

Go and take a look at it at https://cricut.com/en_us?gclid=CjwKCAjw0ZfoBRB4EiwASUMdYcYtyRjh-dr7iNfcqRhVC0X_GBW6IwVkZmBf_XA1mrI4kq65kFjvuBoCI78QAvD_BwE. This linked page is mainly for crafts but it will give you an idea of what the machine is capable of. 6142019 Meeting Paul6There are several Facebook and websites devoted to using the Cricut in model railroading. Paul showed several examples of cardstock and Cricut buildings at the clinic and everyone ended up making an ice machine from a downloaded design that looked realistic. 6142019 Meeting Paul9EMRRC has monthly clinics and if you have an interest in getting some hands-on experience in building a model railroad stop by. 6142019 Meeting BOAs always there were plenty of trains running at EMRRC.  Click Here for all the action for Friday Night Running at the Club. If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday  Click Here.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here  (this is the latest list) courtesy of the Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. Have some fun with model railroading.