Elkhart Model Railroad Club Announcements 

 The 14th Annual Train Show will be presented March 16, 2019 by EMRRC in Nappanee, Indiana at the Claywood Event Center. Don't Miss It.

 Click Here for a link for general  information and vendor registration.

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 January 2019
January 11, 2019

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 We had a full house of members and visitors for open running heading into mid-month at EMRRC. Member Nathan Overmeyer after a leave of absence returned and was immediately running his Virginian 2-8-8-2. 

 

The United States Railroad Administration (USRA) was the government agency that operated U.S. railroads during the First World War. During its tenure, the agency developed a dozen USRA standard steam locomotive designs for service nationwide. This massive 2-8-8-2 Mallet articulated was the largest of these USRA locomotives. It was 105'-2" long, stood 15'-9" tall, and weighed 531,000 pounds. Mallets were compound engines that used their steam twice: first in the rear high-pressure cylinders and then in the front low-pressure cylinders. American Locomotive Co. (Alco) and the Baldwin Locomotive Works built 80 USRA 2-8-8-2s in 1919 that were allocated to Appalachian coal-haulers. The USRA sent 50 to Norfolk & Western, 20 to the Virginian, and 10 to the Clinchfield. All three companies, plus the Denver & Rio Grande Western and the Northern Pacific purchased additional copies of these locomotives after the war. Many of these big 2-8-8-2s were used until the mid-1950s. 1112019 Meeting BN EB9Another train running through EMRRC trackage was the Empire Builder.  The Great Northern Railway inaugurated the Empire Builder on June 10, 1929. It was named in honor of the company's founder, James J. Hill, who had reorganized several failing railroads into the only successful attempt at a privately-funded transcontinental railroad. It reached the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th century, and for this feat, he was nicknamed "The Empire Builder." Following World War II, Great Northern placed new streamlined and diesel-powered trains in service that cut the scheduled 2,211-mile-trip between Chicago and Seattle from 58.5 hours to 45 hours. The schedule allowed riders views of the Cascade Mountains and Glacier National Park, a park established through the lobbying efforts of the Great Northern. Re-equipped with domes in 1955, the Empire Builder offered passengers sweeping views of the route through three dome coaches and one full-length Great Dome car for first class passengers.  Just Click Here to see all the action for our latest video in 2019.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, we have over 85 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   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. 

January 4, 2019

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 We are gearing up for another year at EMRRC.  Friday the 4th we had a lot of train maintenance occurring both club and personal. Every week we have interesting meetings with some great people showing up both members and visitors.  For your new year, if you have an interest in computers, apps, artwork, construction, electrical, model buildering, or just have the interest to see and work on a piece of history in the Elkhart area you need to come and see us. Do you like Arduino? We would love to talk to you about various projects upcoming.  If you enjoy puzzles we run the biggest electronically interfaced 3D puzzle in the area when we run operations every 4th Friday of the month.  Every Friday we are meeting at the club and have a great time. 
 
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Afterward, we had some interesting trains show up.  Paul Ewing brought 2 Indiana Hi-Rail RSD15s. #443, was built by Alco in June 1960, #83579, as AT&SF 843, Class 800. It was renumbered 9843, Class 9800, in 1970, and sold to Precision National in 1975. They sold it to SCCCo as 9843 in 1975. It later became Peabody 9843 and then was sold to IHR as 9843 in 1988. It was soon renumbered 443. It became A&TC 443 in 2000 but is leased from a private owner. It was leased to Arkansas Railroad Museum and restored as ATSF 843. I have the engine painted as Squaw Valley 9843 when it was running for Peabody Coal. 1042019 Meeting BLE18Another RSD-15, the high hood version Bessemer & Lake Erie 883 made a run through pulling a string of ore cars. As we saw all the final moves for 2018 just Click Here to see all the first moves for 2019.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, we have over 85 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   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. 
 
 
NEWS for December 2018
December 21, 2018

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 Our last meeting for 2018 at EMRRC was Friday the 28th.  We had a full house for open running at the club.  Several members had shown up early to work on maintenance as the club was closed Tuesday our regular maintenance day for Christmas.  Jerry and Charlie have been working on one of the many rivers running through the layout.  They have added new scenery and new water to the upstream area.  Pictures to come. Matt has been updating and rewiring our signals and several of these were updated and much-needed maintenance performed. Chuck Hart has been working diligently on our new N-scale layout and several items including Tortoise machine installation and wiring are ongoing.   
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Before we brought out trains for running
Matt brought his LokSound programmer in and N Scale engines and HO engines with Loksound decoders were checked out.   
 
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Several interesting trains were on the layout including one of our Student Members, Larson, who brought in his new Bachmann EMD F7A for a run. Lot's of Norfolk Western diesel and steam, B&O, Southern and well let's just say we thought it would be a good idea to turn the lights out and run some night moves. To see all the final moves for 2018 just Click Here.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, I believe we have over 80 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   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.  Happy New Year to everyone.  Have some fun with model railroading. See you next year.
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December 21, 2018

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 December 21st was the Elkhart Model Railroad Club's annual Christmas Party.  We had nearly a full house of members and family members attend the party. 5 20 inch pizzas, a table of desserts, free soft drinks made for good fellowship, lots of train talk and making sure everyone was in a food coma before trying to run trains. 
 
 
12212018 Meeting NS6920 215As always we had some unique trains running through Elkhart on Friday night.  The new Norfolk Southern 6920 made a run through the club's trackage.  No. 6920 is an SD60E model that will operate primarily in general freight service. Its red, white, and blue paint scheme, and yellow ribbon with the message “Honoring our Veterans,” was selected by a group of 18 NS employees representing all branches of the armed forces.
 
A be12212018 Meeting Wabash1autiful Wabash A-B-A trio pulled the Wabash Blue Bird through Elkhart Friday night. The Wabash launched the Blue Bird as a streamlined train on February 26, 1950, with all-new Budd Company "Vista-Dome" dome cars and E-unit diesel locomotives from Electro-Motive Division. 12212018 Meeting Wabash312The new train carried Wabash's standard blue-gray-white livery. The Wabash referred to the Blue Bird as a "Domeliner" in contemporary advertising. Amenities on the new train included radio and "recorded musical programs" and coach passengers had access to the "Coffee Shop Club". The engines are Walthers Protos and the cars are Broadway Limited. After dinner Matt Glassman was helping members out with his Loksound programmer setup.  Also Randy Robbins  was working on an interior for one of his passenger cars.  Out on the layout we had more than 12 trains running controlled by youngsters on sugar highs and  oldsters fueled by caffeine.  We had some close calls but no major disasters.  So to see all of the action just Click Here.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, I believe we have over 70 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.  Next week is our last meeting of 2018 and the word is we are going to operations. Have some fun with model railroading. See you next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 14, 2018

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We are working towards the end of 2018 with our 2nd meeting in December.  This meeting was open running but we have several items to cover before we get to folks running trains.  Thanks to member Gabe Smith for decorating the club for Christmas.  Lots of lights and a nice look to help get everyone ready for Christmas. 12142018 Meeting Panel9
 
 
Also member Matt Glassman has installed the 1st of several modifications to the electronics of the layout. We have several areas where it is difficult to tell quickly which way the switch is thrown.  Matt installed a panel that tells the operator which way the switch is thrown through the creative use of leds. Thanks to both members for their hard work and creativity. 
 
 We had several interesting locomotives show up for open running.  
 
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A beautiful pair of  Great Northern F7As  from Walthers Proto 2000 showed up to take a run around the layout. They will be back soon pulling the flagship passenger train of the Great Northern, "The Empire Builder".  Also a NYC Hudson Dryfuss was pulling the 20th Century Limited through Elkhart at the EMRRC layout12142018 Meeting20th Century Limited Elkhart1.  Here's the real thing pictured on the left from June 15, 1938. The 20th Century Limited is in Elkhart on the first eastbound run with new streamlined equipment. Francis Herrmann, a student at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, traveled to Elkhart to take in the event. Three black-and white slides from that day were the only train photographs he ever took. Photo courtesy of;         Francis Herrmann. 
Collection of Darwin Simonaitis.
Courtesy of NYC Dreyfuss J3a Hudson 4-6-4 Facebook page.
The New York Central commissioned famed industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss to sculpt the streamlined shape for the ten J3 Hudson locomotives slated to pull the 20th Century Limited train. June 15, 1938 marked the inaugural run from New York to Chicago in just 16 hours. A lot of trains running so to see all of the action just Click Here.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, I believe we have over 70 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.  Next week is our annual club Christmas Party. Have some fun with model railroading. See you next week. 12142018 Meeting Christmas25
 
December 7, 2018

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  Our first meeting for December 2018 started with an interesting presentation by Chuck Hart on "Plate C". What is a "Plate C" in the railroad world? We're not telling unless you come to our meetings. Okay I'm kidding.12072018 Meeting Maint20 Plate markings indicate whether a car's extreme outside dimensions falls within a standard cross-section - a plate. If you have restricted clearances on a track you have to know car clearances or problems are going to be overwhelming. Standard car cross-section drawings, or plates, are designated Plates B, C, E, and F. If a car's dimensions are entirely within Plate B (the smallest), no marking is shown. For cars fitting within Plate C, E, or F, a square with the appropriate marking is shown. A car whose dimensions exceed a given plate will display a circle marked, to use a common example, EXCEEDS PLATE C. Chuck presents this clinic at NMRA meetings and it can be lengthy as everything from tunnels to loading docks can fall under "Plate C".   Lifetime member Stan Shatto is back in the hospital. We hope Stan does well . Stan has been instrumental in many of the scenes you see around the layout including Chateau Woods, just about every water tower or tank and many of the buildings that on the layout. Get Well Soon Stan.12072018 Meeting Maint1 After our monthly clinic it was all hands on deck for track maintenance a chore everyone hates but one that has to be kept up with on a large layout. Lot's of track was cleaned and switches tuned up as we had a good turnout of members for working on the track crews.  12072018 Meeting PRR10Afterwards members got some trains running to testout some of the cleaned track. To see all of the action just Click Here.   If you want to see more pictures of trains and members from Friday night   Click Here.  Vendor Tables are going fast for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show, I believe we have over 55 tables spoken for so far.  CLICK HERE for general and vendor information.   For a schedule on train shows and swap meets in the area Click Here (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad  Club in Wyoming, MI.  For 2018 Past Announcements at EMRRC  Click Here. Have some fun with model railroading. See you next week