NEWS for August 2018

August 31, 2018

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 The last day of August was open running at EMRRC and we had several members show up to participate. But before open running there is always building maintenance to deal with since we own  the building. 
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20180828 2002501Member Ron Breneiser is adding more buildings to the new industrial area as he and David have moved the construction of the new area to the point that it's getting close to being completed. Well as complete as any model railroad project ever is. We received a donation of N-Scale freight cars from Charles in New York. 8312018 Meeting N Scale DonationCharles is a bit shy and didn't want his named used but here's a picture of one of the cars setting in an area of the new N-Scale layout.
 
 
 
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We had a surprise as Stan Shatto paid us a visit. Stan had been in the hospital and rehab for heart problems and has recovered enough to run some Wood Creek locals. Glad you're back Stan. Here's all of our weekly links of items of interest. Current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures Click Here. For a video of Friday's running Click Here.  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. Click Here for a link to the NMRA conference which is right around the corner. For  2018 Past Announcements Click Here. And for the EMRRC 2019 Train Show information Click Here.
 
NEWS for August 2018

August 24, 2018

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 We started the week early on Tuesday when more than 20 visitors from The Indiana Model Train Visitors Club  visited EMRRC. Every month, members visit a  member's layout or travel to a  local club to enjoy a different layout every month.  The club also has their own layout at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana. 8242018 Meeting NYC Caboose10 Bill Byer who was a member of EMRRC during the 70s brought by his NYC caboose which hadn't run on EMRRC trackage since the early 1970s. The caboose was built from a wood Ambrod kit right before Bill left for the army. Notice the yellow handrails and grabs, those are made from phone wire. The roof is cardboard and it does have lighting. Needless to say many railroad stories were told  that night.  8242018 Meeting PaulMattCharlieDavid Operations5
 On Friday we had our monthly operations session and several trains were making the trip from Hammes Yard to outlying businesses and yards. Also there are over the road trains running from Chicago and Toledo to deal with.  Lot's of Monon and Nickel Plate making the run through Elkhart.
 
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We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page. Click here to take a look. Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section.  Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive. And of course Here's a link to our page on the upcoming 2019 train show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS for August 2018

August 17, 2018

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 We are headed straight for Fall in Indiana before we know it. High school football has started and college is soon to follow. Friday the 17th was our 8th business meeting of the year and it was  followed by a meeting of our 2019 train show committee. 8172018 Meeting Meeting7Several items were discussed at the meetings including; Secretary and treasurer's report. EMRRC's private area for members only has moved from Yahoo Groups to groups.io. If you are a member of EMRRC, files, pictures messages and club documents are in an area club members can access. 8172018 Meeting Union Station8
 
Chuck Hart President of EMRRC spent the last 8 days in Kansas City at the NMRA 2018 Convention and gave a quick report on all the great Barbecue joints in KC. After that he filled us in on the great convention the NMRA had in KC. There were nearly a hundred clinics covering everything from operations to weathering. Kansas City has a large and historical railroad presence that stretches back into the colorful cattle drive and cowboy days. There were railfanning trips that cover everything from the huge BNSF presence to historic Union Station. At Union Station there is a pedestrian walkway constructed from an actual single-track railroad bridge that was moved from the north side of Downtown Kansas City to its current location connecting Union Station with the "Freight House District".  It's a great spot for a railfan.8172018 Meeting Layout tour1The show itself at the Bartle Hall had over 180,000 square feet of exhibit space, hands-on demonstrations and 44,000 sq. feet of modular layouts. Had that railroad treasure for years that grandpa left you? There was even a "Ask The Collectibles Appraiser" area. All in all too much to cover here. For more information CLICK HERE.
 
The 2019 Train Show Committee has been working hard on putting the show together. Be sure to hit the menu item above for more information.  As mentioned last week longtime member Stan Shatto had been in the hospital. He is now in rehab doing well and looking forward to going home soon.  8172018 Meeting UPLoco48172018 Meeting CSXLoco118172018 Meeting BOLoco10
After the meeting it was time for running trains and setting up for next week's operation session. As that great philosopher and sage Ron Breniser says "if you brought em run em" and there are plenty pictures and videos to take a look at.  We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page.Click here to take a look. Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section.  Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive. The most important link of all I saved for last. Here's a link to our page on the upcoming 2019 train show.

August 10, 2018

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 Wow, a big turnout (pun) for our EMRRC open running night for August 10th. The parking lot was full and a lot of members enjoyed themselves in the air conditioning running trains till late in the night. This was the last run for awhile for one of our student members Gary Babcoke III. Gary graduated from Penn High School in the spring and is on his way to Penn State for his freshman year. We tried to talk him into a local engineering school, his mom's a Purdue grad but he has this thing about Penn being his school name. Seriously Penn State in Altoona offers the nation’s first and only bachelor of science degree program in Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE). Also being located in one of the rail meccas in the United States doesn't hurt. Gary's going to be located about 9 miles from Horseshoe Curve. Congratulations Gary, and all the best from the EMRRC group. Another piece of exciting news is we have a brochure for the 2019 EMRRC 14th Annual Nappanee Train Show.2019 Train Show  Here's a link for a download of the brochure.  The facility we are going to be in the Claywood Event Center,  a new building just southeast of Nappanee, Indiana. The building has all the amenities and we will take up about 14,000 sq.ft. for the show with operating layouts and 150 vendor tables. There is an onsite restaurant. 
 
 
Longtime member Stan Shatto has ended up in the hospital. He is recovering nicely and should be back at the club soon. 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.
 
 
 
 
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We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page. Click here to take a look.Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section.  Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Very soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The show committee will meet this coming Friday at the club and we'll have more information posted from that meeting.
 

August 3, 2018

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 Member Jerry Piatt brought by his hot rod to EMRRC for our first meeting of August 2018.  The 1923 Ford t-bucket, has a bored out 350 hp Chevrolet engine with 2  4 bbl Edelbrock carburetors and  Edelbrock manifolds adding up to a little over 500 hp and 10 miles to the gallon (kidding I hope). 
 
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Also this evening we had a slideshow of 70 and 80s railroading in the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio areas.  Some interesting slides including one of the Sample and Olive Street area before the railroad overpass was put in.  Many members remember sitting there waiting for trains to go by. Also we delved back into our problem connecting  phones or tablets and recognizing them as throttles to the system through JMRI.  Matt Glassman brought his computer setup in with Windows 10 and the latest version of JMRI . Also Paul Ewing had cleared out the memory on the DigiTrax system.  No problems were encountered. We are going to continue to test at our next meeting.
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As always we had several members and guests show up for open running with a variety of trains locmotives and cars. 
 
  
8032018 Meeting BN6One of the more interesting units running Friday night was a Burlington Northern Fuel Tender. Member Gabe Smith owns these BN units. The BN started using fuel tenders on main line freight trains in 1987. They had MU connectors and fuel lines so they could run between units and supply both units with extra fuel. They were configured to work with BN’s GP50s, B30-7As, and LMX B39-8 lease units. Fuel prices were dropping in the early 1990s and the fuel tenders were too lightweight to keep up with wear and tear typical heavy locomotives endure. The fuel tender program ended by 1991. As always we have a variety of  locomotives and trains  to show.  We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page.Click here to take a look. For the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also 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 in Wyoming, MI. 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archiveVery soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The 14th annual Elkhart Model Railroad Show will take place on March 16, 2019 in Nappanee, Indiana.
 
NEWS for July 2018

July 27, 2018

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 Things were fast & furious Friday night at the club during operations.  We ran into our old friend, the return of ongoing problems 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. Also the Digitrax system using Digitrax throttles would not allow us to gain control of trains.  After going back to version 3.10 of JMRI in April we had been problem free for several weeks. At the end of the night Matt Glassman came up with a solution.  If we didn't open the web server for My JMRI Railroad but one of the other web servers listed such as EMRRC Railroad the system started working.  We are going to spend some time at the next meeting going through a list of solutions that Matt and I came up with. First we are going to clear the brain of the Digitrax system. After seeing if that helps we are going to either go with our club computer online or if there are still problems we are going to bring Matt's personal computer online and see if we can start narrowing down what part of our system hiccups.  If any member reads this and wants to run Friday August  3rd and you are using a phone or tablet please bring it if possible. 7272018 Meeting Landscape1On to other news at the club. Gabe Smith and Charlie Yoakam did a great job trimming the bushes in front of the club. Owning your own building entails ongoing maintenance and several members are knowledgeable and hard workers when it comes to maintenance. Members persevered over our throttle problems and we managed to run some operations during the evening. 
 
Here's some shots of a few of the trains that ran that evening. More pictures are shown at the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.
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Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section. Click here to check out  the operations action from this week. Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Very soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The show committee will meet this coming Friday at the club and we'll have more information posted from that meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2018

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Friday July 20, 2018 was EMRRC's 7th business meeting of the year.  The year is moving along swiftly. The main item of business  was the announcement we have a contract for the Elkhart Model Railroad Club Nappanee Train Show on Saturday March 16, 2019.
20180720 1929252The members of the show committee are already hard at work on the show and more information will be coming out as we move to August. It's the Claywood Event Center a large new facility just south of US 6 in Nappanee and everyone in the club is glad to get the 14th annual show back on track. 7202018 Meeting BN8Rain hit the area for most of the day so we had a good turnout of members for open running. Members brought some unique trains to the club and we had several trains NYC, NS, CSX and BN that made their weekly run over EMRRC trackage.
 
 20180720 2144095 Also setup for next week's operations was ongoing during open running. We have a large HO 25' x 49'  HO-Scale layout and a new N-Scale layout so there is plenty of room for everyone.  If you are into operations the 4th Friday of every month is our operations night. Operations begin promptly at 7:00 pm this Friday July 27th.  7202018 Meeting BN27Do you like to work on a model railroad layout or learn about model railroad construction?  With a large HO layout and a new N-Scale layout we need all kinds of folks.  Computer, app  Programmers, artists, construction, electrical, model builders, or just have an interest to see and work on a piece of history in the Elkhart area we can use you. We have male and female members, young and old. Constructing a model railroad is a hobby that transcends generations and encourages people to nurture a wide range of skills as problem solvers.We have a variety of  locomotives and trains  to show  this week.  On the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.  We  have current pictures from the club taken in June and July in a slideshow format. Some are on this page but several we didn't have room for are included in the Friday Night Pictures.Click here to take a look. As always for the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archiveVery soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon.

July 13, 2018

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 A couple of maintenance items to deal with and news of the 2019 Elkhart Model Railroad Club show started the July 13, 2018 meeting.  The rebuild of the of the Roundhouse area continues with more razing of the area. No it's not Doc Brown with Marty McFly in the future it's Gary Pressnell routing out areas for the pits in the new roundhouse. The roundhouse will be a 6 stall building with 2 stalls extended for those longer locos.  There will also be an outside maintenance area next to the roundhouse with an overhead crane.  More news to come. 7132018 Meeting Facia12
 
Also the south end facia is completed thanks to members Paul Ewing, Gabe Smith and Charlie Yoakam.  We also found out we have a contract with a Nappanee Indiana area 20,000 sq.ft. banquet hall for the 2019 Nappanee Train Show. After July's business meeting there will be much more information to come on the show.  Also look for an update on the new N-Scale layout next week.  President Chuck Hart has been diligently working on the layout and is in the middle of installing Tortoise switch machines in the areas that can't be easily reached.
 
 
Other news includes the  Indiana Transportation Museum's move out of Noblesville, Indiana. 7132018 Meeting ITM7132018 Meeting ITM2 ITM Director of Assets, Josh Spencer and  Chris Campbell of Kentucky Steam announced  the two entities signed an agreement that rescues the 587 by taking her out of Noblesville and places her under the protection of the Kentucky restoration group until she's restored. Once she's all shined up, she will be back in Indiana , proudly remaining ITM's crown jewel.
 
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One of the interesting locomotives that showed up was a General Electric Tier 4 GEVo Series demonstrator The EPA “Tier” emissions standards are a series, or Tiers, of allowable emissions levels based upon a locomotives’ date of manufacture. The highest and most stringent tier level, Tier 4, sets maximum allowable NOx and hydrocarbon emissions levels for locomotives built for domestic use 2015 onward. While similar in appearance to previous GE GEVo designs, the Tier 4 models featured a longer frame compared to their predecessors.
This allows for a larger radiator “cab” (GE refers to the various sections of the long hood as “cabs”), and a "hump" over the engine cab for advanced exhaust treatment equipment. Initially, a boxy housing filled the entire roofline on the blue-painted field test/demonstrator units. Due to changes in treatment equipment and clearance issues, the "hump" would decrease in size and shape into a boxy compartment around the exhaust on initial production units.
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  This culminated in an angled compartment surrounding the exhaust manifold on the latest production versions (2016+). Despite boxier engine cab rooflines and a radically styled radiator cab, the basic Tier 4 design shares a family appearance with GE safety cab-equipped units going back to the DASH-9s of the 1990s. It even includes the same 12-cylinder GEVo-12 series prime mover and 4,400hp as its predecessor model. The unit shown is a GECX Pre-Production/Field Test Demonstrator ET44AC by ScaleTrains.com. It is the first model in HO scale and is officially licensed by GE. The demonstrator units traveled extensively across the US and were built in 2013. 7132018 Meeting CSX27Besides the 2024 we have lots of locomotives and trains  to show you this week. Take a look at the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.  We changed it up to show current pictures from the club. Some are on this page but several we didn't have room for are included in the Friday Night Pictures. Click here to take a look. As always for the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also 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 in 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. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Hopefully next week we will have a seperate section on the 2019 Train Show be sure to look for it.


 


July 6, 2018

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 Cleaning, maintenance and open running started off the month of July for the Elkhart Model Railroad Club.  There was a good turnout of members and visitors Friday night at the club.  Several guys were ballasting and work proceeded on the roundhouse and turntable area. All of the buildings have been packed away and the scenery in the roundhouse area has been cleaned out.  Meeting 7062018 Roundhouse28Some major decisions made were to replace the roundhouses and machinery building with a new roundhouse and open concrete pad area with an overhead crane. The turntable will remain in place and the roundhouse area will be based on and extend from the turntable. Lifetime member Stan Shatto told us the area the roundhouse sets in used to be a mountain.  The track ran through the wall to the roundhouse facility set in our kitchen area in the 1970s. Also a new switch will be added to the single track mainline connecting it to the drill track for the yard so the drill track can also be used as a run around track into the yard off of the main. Meeting  7062018 NKP5872
 
In other news the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville, Indiana has been given until July 12 to vacate its longtime home at Forest Park in Noblesville. The museum is about 120 miles from us. In an order issued Friday, a Hamilton Circuit Court Judge denied a request by the transportation museum, which has occupied about 10 acres in Forest Park since the 1970s, for a preliminary injunction to delay its eviction. The museum has a memorandum of understanding to move to Logansport, about 60 miles from Noblesville, but museum officials say it will take time to safely move and preserve 78 historic train cars and engines, several buildings including the historic Hobbs Station, and more than three miles of track and switches. They also asked the court to require the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority to give the museum access to the rail line to move equipment. The judge denied those requests and ordered the transportation museum to immediately vacate the site. On July 13, the city will be granted possession of the property to clean up whatever property remains, if it chooses to do so. An army of volunteers, heavy equipment movers, cranes and many other pieces of heavy equipment and operators have descended on the museum for the last 2 weeks to save as many pieces of history as possible. Several of these volunteers are from the Hesston Steam Museum in our area.  Hesston is involved in the  emergency removal of Indianapolis Power and Light 0-4-0F #1. #1 was built by the H.K. Porter Company in 1950. The engine is a  non-combustible design known as the fireless locomotive. It essentially used a pressurized cylinder of steam and hot water to power the pistons and rods. Click Here for a Facebook video on the removal by Hesston volunteers. Several EMRRC members are also volunteers at Hesston. Kentucky Steam Heritage  has rescued NKP 587. Nickel Plate Road 587 is a USRA Light 2–8–2 steam locomotive built in August 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Lake Erie and Western Railroad as its number 5541. In 1923, the LE&W was merged into the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, ("Nickel Plate Road"), and allocated 587 as its new number in 1924.  NKP No. 587 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. However, its cylinders were replaced with Lima Locomotive Works (LLW) castings during its December, 1943 overhaul.  The Indiana Transportation Museum was in the midst of a restoration of 587 when the bad news broke. ITM will retain ownership of NKP 587 Kentucky Steam Heritage will continue the restoration to bring it back to operating condition.Meeting  7062018 NKP7651The Fort Wayne Historical Society owners of several Nickel Plate engines including Berkshire #765 also sent several volunteers and experts to help in the move. After some sobering news on the fate of the Indiana Transportation Museum we moved on to running trains on the first meeting of July 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting  7062018 PFE5We had fewer trains running this session but enough to put together a video of highlights.  You can watch the video on our Friday Night Running at the Club page.  Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also 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 in 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.
To see the pictures that didn't make it to the home page click here for our Friday Night Pictures at the Club.
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS for June 2018

June 29, 2018

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 Another month in the books and June ends extremely hot and humid in Elkhart, Indiana. We had several visitors and a lot of members at the Elkhart Model Railroad Club for open running and the AC barely kept up with the crowd. Before the open running the group that is rebuilding the roundhouse area met, Gary Pressnell, Jim Ford and Lee Hagedorn. As you can see from the picture there's a lot of work to do.  Several decisions were made on how to proceed and more picture and news will follow in the future. 
 
Also on a sad note Lester Moore was interned in the Elkhart Cemetery at EMRRC. As you can see from the picture Lester didn't want to stay and there was someone waiting to see what happened. His tombstone epitaph was interesting. Lester Moore shot with a 44. No less, no more.
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  Enough of the morbid fun, sorry I was watching Svengoolie while I was putting this together. We had several interesting trains show up among them a High Capacity Railroad Tank Car for Cryogenic Fluids, or Cryogenic Tank Cars for short. They are used for the transportation of super-cold fluids such as liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. These tank cars solved the problem of maintaining extremely low temperatures while transporting large quantities of these materials over long distances. Curious as to how cold these cars could keep liquid oxygen? How about -297 degrees F. Liquid nitrogen kept at -320 F. And liquid argon at -302 degrees F. Now, that's cold! These high 

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capacity tank cars could transport more than 15,000 gallons of liquid oxygen--which is about double what any of its predecessors could do. If you've got cold liquid gas hauling to do on your railroad, these are the cars for you. This is a discontinued BLI car weathered by Gary Pressnell. 6292018 Meeting CSX1
 
 
 
 
We have lots of locomotives and trains  to show you this week. Take a look at the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.  We changed it up to show current pictures from the club. Some are on this page but several we didn't have room for are included in the Friday Night Pictures. Click here to take a look. As always for the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also 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 in 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.
 
 
 
  June 22, 2018

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6222018 Meeting Virginian7While the weather remained humid and rainy outside, running trains was hot and heavy inside the Elkhart Model Railroad Club Friday night.  We usually run operations the 4th Friday of the month but our chief dispatcher had to work overtime. Some of us have real jobs that get in the way of the important things in life like operating trains. Since we didn't have our main dispatcher and we had 4 visitors show up we decided to have an open run night. 
 
 
As always lots of trains running Ruaway and Missing Trainsand some runaways and missing trains that had followed members home knowing they would get a good home with plenty of running on a great model railroad layout.
 
 
 
 
S2 Builders Photo1One discussion I had was on the only steam turbine engine version built in the US for the PRR.  Here's a Youtube link that will give you and idea of what this beast would have sounded like.  This steam turbine is still running in Sweden  Steam Turbine Swedenand there's definitly no chuffing sound sound to this loco.
The Pennsylvania Railroad's class S2 was a steam turbine locomotive designed and built in a collaborative effort by Baldwin Locomotive Works and Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, as an attempt to prolong the dominance of the steam locomotive by adapting technology that had been widely accepted in the marine industry. One was built, #6200, delivered in September 1944. The S2 was the sole example of the 6-8-6 wheel arrangement in the Whyte notation, with a six-wheel leading truck, eight driving wheels, and a six-wheel trailing truck. The S2 used a direct-drive steam turbine provided by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, geared to the center pair of axles with the outer two axles connected by side rods; the fixed gear ratio was 18.5:1. Such design was to prevent energy loss and S2 achieved a mechanical efficiency of 97% which means only 3% of steam energy was lost within the propulsion equipment. The disadvantage of direct-drive steam turbine was that the turbine could not operate at optimal speeds over the locomotive's entire speed range. The S2 was the largest, heaviest and S2 Cabfastest direct-drive turbine locomotive ever designed or built.  It was easily capable of maintaining 100 mph constantly over the miles. The S2 was assigned to the Fort Wayne Division and based at the Crestline engine-house. I'm sure it made it through the Warsaw, Indiana and Plymouth, Indiana areas several times. It hauled various prestigious passenger trains serving the New York to Chicago corridor such as The Broadway Limited, The Liberty Limited, The Trail Blazer, The General, The Manhattan Limited and The Golden Arrow on the route between Chicago and Crestline, Ohio. Unfortunately the S2 was short-lived. It was built in 1944, stored in 1949 and scrapped in 1952.  There were a lot of the reasons for it's short life, chief among them the steam era was drawing to a close and even though the S2 was efficient at high speeds, it wasn't at low speeds. There's a ton of information online and Broadway Limited built a brass hybyrd HO-Scale model of the engine.  Every week we try to bring you all the latest action with our video and some info on swap meets and train shows. We have lots of locomotives and trains  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 in 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.
 
  
 

June 15, 2018

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6152018 Meeting OutsideThe weather turned hot so of course maintenance continues on the outside of the building I kept looking for Richard Simmons and "Sweatin to the Oldies" as a group of the older members (guys who are experienced in carpentry) tackled the soffits on the outside of the building. A lot of progress was made and one more evening of work should give us a maintenece-free soffit and fascia unless we kill off one these guys in the heat.
 
 
 
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Also member Paul Ewing finished the outside sign with the new web address. 
 
 
  
 
  
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                6152018 Meeting Cemetery2 Inside the building, member David Menges added some new items to the Elkhart Cemetery including new figures, a hearse and an interested bystander to the service. 
 
6152018 Meeting  ShowJune 15th was our meeting night and several items were discussed including the new N-Scale layout with Tortoise Switch Machines installation starting. The clubs private group will be moving from Yahoo Groups to IO and more news on the March 16, 2019  Elkhart Model Railroad Club Train Show. It looks like we have a beautiful building wrapped up with plenty of room in Nappanee, Indiana. More news to come as we get closer to finalizing the deal. Some interesting trains show up at the club. 6152018 Meeting NS11Union Pacific’s Locomotive No. 1943, The Spirit, is the 16th commemorative locomotive introduced in the 155-year-old company’s history. The Spirit honors the United States’ armed forces and the men and women filling their ranks. Created in collaboration with Union Pacific veterans, the locomotive illustrates the railroad’s connection to the thousands of veterans who helped build America through the centuries.
 

The Moniker;  A Boeing B-17 was christened the Spirit of the Union Pacific in 1943, recognizing employees who funded it through war bond contributions. The Spirit of the Union Pacific was assigned to the 571st Bomber Squadron and shot down on its fifth mission during a raid on enemy installations in Munster, Germany. 

 

Honoring the Armed Forces; Every detail in The Spirit’s trade dress incorporates a piece of each U.S. armed forces branch. The Spirit’s front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Strategic Air Command’s “nose sash.” The lettering inside the sash is the original handdrawn font used on the B-17. It is followed by the Coast Guard’s “Racing Stripe” and the Navy’s Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific’s traditional American flag. The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines. As the train passes by, the final message on the tail is dedicated to U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action, featuring the POW/MIA symbol and its motto, You Are Not Forgotten.

We have lots of locomotives and trains  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 in 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.

 
June 8, 2018

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Maintenance has started on the outside of the building.  Several eaves, horizontal  soffit and fascia boards are being replaced due to wear and tear over the years. 
 
 
 
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Also some BREAKING NEWS ( I always wanted to do that) a building may be lined up for the 2019 Elkhart Model Railroad Club Train Show.  The building is in the Nappanee, Indiana area and has plenty of room for vendors and displays.  There will be more news about  the show after June's business meeting. As announced earlier the train show had to be cancelled in 2018 after 13 continuous years of shows, when the building we had it in was sold and a new building couldn't be lined up in time.
 
One of the favorite nights of the month for members is open running at the club. The weather had been rainy all day so that chased a lot of members inside to run trains. 
  
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 We had some On30 running on the layout with a couple of Bachmann locomotives.  It was very tight clearance in several areas for these small engines in On30 but extremely large engines in HO Scale to pass through. On30 uses the American O scale of 1/4" to the foot, (ratio 1:48) to operate trains on HO gauge (16.5 mm/​0.65 in) track. In the United States modelling in On30 dates back to the 1950s, using HO gauge wheels and O Guage locomotive bodies. In 1998 Bachmann Industries introduced a model of a 2-6-0 steam locomotive in this scale for the Christmas village market. This model, being very inexpensive, was quickly adopted by modellers. Other manufacturers followed Bachmann into this market, and Bachmann also introduced a number of other models. The Clear Lake Lumber Co. engine is a Bachmann, pulling cars built and modified by member Paul Ewing. 
 
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Also a  Algoma Central Railway (ACR) FP9A #1750 locomotive showed up for a run through the layout.  The Algoma Central Railway (reporting mark AC) is a railway in Northern Ontario that operates between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. It formerly also had a branch line to Michipicoten. The area served by the railway is sparsely populated, with few roads. The railway is well known for its Agawa Canyon tour train and also provides passenger train service along its entire route to canoeists, snowmobilers, cottagers and tourists accessing this wilderness recreation region. The railway has been around since 1899 and faces an uncertain future and operations could cease in July 2018.  6082018 Meeting  UP2
 
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. 6082018 Meeting  NP12Also 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.
 
 
  June 1, 2018

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 Cleaning time for everyone at the club on the the first day of June 2018.  We got around to changing the web address on the sign on the front of the clubhouse.  Member Paul Ewing cut the letters on his Cricut machine and several members worked on getting the old address off.  After basic cleaning duties it was time to run some trains.
 
 
  
 
 
612018 Meeting BO3One of the more unusual trains that showed up at the club is a circus train pulled by B&O A/B locomotives. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A new Amtrak engine made a showing. It’s an AEM-7. Used in the Northeast Corridor, SEPTA also used the unit. The AEM-7 is a twin-cab four-axle 7,000 hp (5.2 MW) B-B electric locomotive built by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) and ASEA between 1978 and 1988. The locomotive was a derivative of the Swedish SJ Rc4 designed for passenger service in the United States. 612018 Meeting  Amtrak24The primary customer was Amtrak, which bought 54 for use on the Northeast Corridor and Keystone Corridor. Two commuter operators, MARC and SEPTA, also purchased locomotives, for a total of 65. It was in use from 1978-2016/17 and still remains in use till the new Siemens Chargers arrive. It's 936's maidan voyage so to work it in it's paired with the NS hazmat safety train locomotive.  612018 Meeting  Amtrak1Norfolk Southern’s Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program was launched in 2015 to cultivate and strengthen relationships with local first responders by providing classroom, web-based, and field training on hazardous materials t612018 Meeting NS5642 AltoonaPAoverhead 20160421 73061ransportation, as well as information about rail operations.

 

 

The NS hazmat safety train is comprised of:

A 2,000-horsepower, 273-ton locomotive painted in honor of emergency responders with insignia recognizing police, fire, and emergency services
Two boxcars converted into classrooms, each capable of holding 30 people
Four styles of tank cars, including DOT-105, DOT-111, DOT-112, and DOT-117, to illustrate a variety of car valves and fittings
Two 89-foot flatcars designed to transport intermodal containers

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.

 

 
NEWS for May 2018

May 25, 2018

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 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.
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 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 dis5252018 Meeting Op6patcher 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.  5252018 Meeting Wood Creek4Changes 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

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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.  5182018 Meeting Bridge7Another 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. 5182018 Meeting Vir5After 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.orgHere's a link to the flyer.

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2018

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 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.  

5112018 Meeting ClinicWe 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.     

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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.  

  

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May 4, 2018

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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.

  

 

542018 Meeting Duneland CSX21542018 Meeting Duneland Duneland22542018 Meeting Duneland MR18The club had a good turnout for their dinner and several folks young and old were running trains on their large HO-Scale layout.542018 Meeting Duneland NS220 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.

 

 

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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 20180504 20000813the 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

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  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 C4272018 Meeting CSX 4834B1&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

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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.
 
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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. 4202018Meeting Alaska Meet
 
 
 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.

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April 13, 2018 Meeting

 

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 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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
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4062018 Meeting Wabash4132018 Meeting Bates7Several members and  visitors showed up to  talk and run trains. As always interesting trains ran through the layout.  Be sure to check out all the action at our Friday Night Running at the Club page and on our You Tube channel and Facbook page.  All of these can be reached by hitting the icons at the top of the page..  Also here is the weekly link to shows and swap meets in the area courtesy of Grand River Valley Railroad Club - Wyoming, MI

 

April 6, 2018 Meeting

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Lots of members and 2 visitors showed up for the  first meeting of April which started with several maintenance jobs being undertaken at the club.  One of the major items we've been dealing with is a problem with JMRI.  If we have several phones and tablets online as throttles we lose connections and control of the trains.  Matt Glassman brought in his MAC with the latest version of JMRI and hooked it up to our router while our desktop was turned off. The same problems showed up. At this point we have decided the router is the problem and we are going to replace the router. 
                                                                                        Next up was a clinic on how to make trees was presented by Steve Storey. 4062018 Meeting Tree Clinic2Steve uses dried
      hydrangea flowers as a starting point for making beautiful scale trees.  Steve went through his entire process for turning out trees from the initial pruning of the hydrangea flower, applying colors, glue, flock material, mat finish and setup.  We did a live video on Facebook that explains the process in more detail. Steve also said this process can be used with other items for trunks and branches as a starting point.  Click here for the link to the clinic. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                    After the clinic somehow several trains found their way onto the layout and an enjoyable time followed. Here's a link to Friday Night Running at the Club page for all the action.  Also here’s a link to upcoming train shows and swap meets. 
 
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NEWS for March 2018

March 30, 2018 Meeting

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                                                                                                                                        The last meeting of March 2018 was open running.  If you have 'em run 'em.  We had over 15 members show up to run their diesel and steam locomotives along with  a couple of new visitors.3 30 2018 NYC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A New York Central Niagara made a run through.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         There was an unusual Baldwin demonstrator diesel, lots of UP, Southern, Virginian and NYC came out to show their stuff. We took a look at some ground level running which showed us how much work there is to do around the 3 30 2018 Baldwinlayout. While a lot of train running going on there was also ballast being laid down in the new industrial area.  Check out all the action on our Friday Night Running at the Club page.  Also click here for a link to upcoming shows and swap meets in the area. A big one the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society Spring Swap Meet is April 7, 2018 at the Kalamazoo, MI Fairgrounds.3 30 2018 Ballast
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March 23, 2018 Meeting

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We had a large turnout for our Mid-March operating session at EMRRC. Women, men, youngsters and seniors all turned out for our 2000 and years on up operating session. 
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Click here  to check out all the operations and trains on our Friday Running at the Club page. We also had one new member sign up, Lee Hagedorn, welcome Lee.  We put Lee with Gary Pressnell an experienced operator and he had a great time running one of the road trains.  It doesn't matter if you're experienced or have never run on a layout you can run with us right out of the box. Several projects were being worked on during the week. The tunnel guards are completely finished and we're going to get out the camera car and inspect the tunnels in the next week. 3232918Tunnel It's always interesting to take a look in the tunnels most of the construction goes back to the 1960s. Paul Ewing has been working on refreshing the areas around Mt. Hammes. New rock construction and painting is taking place this week. The Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society Spring Swap Meet will be Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. The next weekend the Grand River Valley Spring Train Show in Wyoming, MI will be coming up on Saturday 4/14/2018. So be sure to mark your calendars and head for Michigan in April. Click here for a list of shows and swaps meets in the midwest area.

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 March 16, 2018 Meeting

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Several new locos and cars made a showing at the Friday meeting but the first order of the day was our monthly business meeting.

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A new member, Steve Randolph was welcomed and several probationary members were voted in as full members. Congrats to all. With their new membership members gain several new benefits including;  24/7 access to the club, use of our private area in Yahoo Groups, a private locker and use of the inside restroom (just kidding on the restroom).  Reports on projects show that most are moving along at a good pace and VP Jerry Piatt emphasized the need to keep projects moving and not let projects lay dormant for months.


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Some of the projects underway include; the bridge at the river wye, (sounds like a movie title), backdrop buildings in

Schult Yard and general update of the roundhouse area, New industrial area and Twin Branch area maintenance.  The clubs library has been databased and will be open for business by next month’s business meeting.

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One new item of interest, EMRRC finally has our listing verified on Google Maps and we have a label and listing on Maps now. After the business meeting of course it was time to run trains. Nathan Overmyer had a beautiful Proto 2000 Heritage Virginian 2-8-8-2 follow him home so of course he had to keep it. Check out all the action on our Friday Night at Club page. Also here’s a link to upcoming train shows and swap meets. 

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March 9, 2018 Meeting

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Friday night was running trains night.  You could run the club's trains or bring your own and run them. 

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A number of trains both diesel and steam were running tonight operated by both male and female engineers. One special freight load moved through the system and got a lot of comments; take a look at our Friday Night Running at the Club page for all the action.  

  

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the NMRA looking forward to seeing all NMRA members and visitors at our March 17, 2018 noon-2pm meeting at the Western Branch of the St. Joe County Public Library, 611 S Lombardy Dr, South Bend, IN 46619. Don Cope will get everyone involved in creating roof details and signs on buildings.  At our February 17 meeting Don brought 3 detailed items that he had built for show-and-tell.  Please bring something that you are working on to our next meeting.  We're looking forward to seeing you there.

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Also a reminder that the Elkhart Model RR Club will not be hosting our annual train show in Nappanee, Indiana on March 17th, 2018. The building was sold and will not be hosting events such as our train show. We looked for an alternate site to have the show and were unable to locate one for the March 17th 2018 date. We are very optimistic that we will have another site for the 3rd Saturday in March of 2019. 

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On Tuesday nights we had a good turnout for our weekly maintenance session.  Work is progressing on the new N-Scale layout as wiring the feeders to the track continues.  It looks like we will be running N-Scale again by the end of the month. So if you're into HO or N-Scale come on by on a Friday night. Trestle and bridge work continues as Charlie and Jerry our bridge maintenance crew continues to upgrade trestle and bridges around the layout.  The track and ballast crew was hard at work ballasting in the industrial areas and relaying track on the north wall area.

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 The track and ballast crew was hard at work ballasting in the industrial areas and relaying track on the north wall area.

   March 2, 2018 Meeting

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One of the benefits of being a member of EMRRC is a private Yahoo channel.  We use the channel for private messages, passing club files to members, and as a general repository for any information for the club. Some of our members weren't sure how to use this tool so our clinic for the March 2nd meeting was on how to use the EMRRC Yahoo account.  Chuck Hart, President did a presentation on the use and benefits of our private Yahoo account.

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The track guards in the tunnels are close to being done.  Here's Nathan the guy working hard and crawling around under the layout to install these. Also here's a shot of the guards.  To finish up the meeting it was train running time.  Lots of big steam and some unusual diesels all made an appearance on the mainlines, be sure to check out all the action on our Friday Night Running at the Club page.

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NEWS for February 2018

February 23, 2018 Meeting

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Operations was the name of the game at our February 23rd meeting.  Only 1980s and early 1990s motive power was allowed so make sure you make it by our Friday Night Running at the Club page and check out some oldies but goldies. 

   One of the more unusual units to show up Friday night was this Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Electroliner. The Electroliners were a pair of streamlined four-coach electric multiple unit interurban passenger train sets operated between Chicago and Milwaukee. They were built by St. Louis Car Company in 1941.

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Each set carried two numbers, 801-802 and 803-804. There 2 23 2018 electroliner2were only 2 of these prototype units built and both are still in exsistance.2 23 2018 electroliner1

801-802 is currently being restored to its early 1960s operating condition at the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) in Union, Illinois. Updates on the restoration can be found on the liners Facebook page "Campaign For The Electroliner". 803-804 is preserved at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania. It is a running liner though it has not been restored.

  

Nappanee Train ShowThis week we need to inform everyone about The Nappanee  Train Show for 2018. We are sorry to inform you that the Elkhart Model RR Club will not be hosting our annual train show in Nappanee,Indiana at the Dutch Village Market on March 17th, 2018. The building was sold in May of 2017 and will not be hosting events such as our train show.

We looked for a alternate site to have the show and were unable to locate one for the March 17th 2018 date.We are very optimistic that we will have another site for the 3rd Saturday in March of 2019. We are sorry for any inconvenience that may cause you.

As a final note here is a link to the list of swap meets and train shows in the area. 

And now as always on to running trains. Again make sure to check out our  Friday Night Running at the Club Page for all the action.

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February 16, 2018 Meeting

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February 16th was a business meeting night.  Several members were in attendance and heard updates on several projects including; all of the trackwork is finished for the new N scale layout. The tunnel guards to prevent derailments and valuable equipment falling to the floor in the tunnels are 75 % finished.  Also after over a foot of snow the club lot was plowed 

2 16 2018 Snow Removalthanks to Matt Glassman and his contacts at  Bradford‘s lawn care

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One of the assets of the club is a large library going back several decades. With over a 100 railroad related items in the library we have created a database that covers  the entire library for easier access for the members.  Some of the more valuable items in the library include bound volumes of Model Railroad from the 1st issue in 1934 to 1967.  I thought you would like to see the 1st issue.  As far as I can tell this is the cover of the very first issue of Model Railroader. 

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Here's an interior page with an ad and a letter from Linn Westcott. 

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This next is from issue 5 and is the first with a color on the front page.

After the meeting of course it was time to run some trains and get set up for an operations session at next meeting February 23, 2018. 

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Be sure to check our Friday Night Running at the Club page for all the action and look for the car running across the trestle near the end of the video.

February 9, 2018 Meeting

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The February 9th meeting had to be cancelled due to the weather. Several inches of snow fell on Friday.  A couple of hardy souls went by the club to make sure everything was ok but the streets and roadways were too dangerous to travel on and several of our members have several miles to travel to make it to a meeting. 

2 9 2018 Meeting GuardsI thought we would take a look at maintenance since there was no running at the club.Nathan Overmyer has been the fellow crawling the tunnels at EMRRC to install guards in the tunnels to prevent equipment falling to the floor in case of a derailment. We have few derailments in the tunnels as Paul Ewing went in several years ago and upgraded and replaced the entire track in the tunnels.

 Here's a quick video to show running through the tunnels and a look at the track work. 

Some other maintenance taking place includes freshening up the mountain areas.  How do you freshen up a mountain?  Well you add new foliage, trees. rocks and ground cover.  

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Speaking of Elkhart David Menges has been going through the entire layout adding people, automobiles and updating scenes in general. One of the small but necessary items in Elkhart is dumpsters. David has added several in the city.

There is always a Friday Night Running at the Club video even if we didn't run on a particular Friday.  We went back in the archives and pulled some of our favorite  old footage from years ago so be sure to check out our Friday Night Running at the Club page for a Blast From the Past.

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February 2, 2018 Meeting

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January 2018 has passed and in Northern Indiana that means snowy and cold days.  But at the Elkhart Model Railroad club the heat was on and the camaraderie and friendships (plus a lot of hot air) added to an enjoyable night.  The first meeting of a new month is taken up by maintenance and cleaning.  It's amazing how much background work needs to happen in order to keep a large club layout up and running. 

Tunnel GuardsTunnel guards are being installed along the roadbed inside of the tunnels.  We don't have a lot of derailments but if there ever is one in the tunnels it can be a long way to the bottom with an expensive engine or car. We bought some inexpensive clear plastic sheets at a craft store.  It's thin but durable and only needs to be scored to get a clean cut.  We are screwing the 2 1/2 inch high by 36 inch long sheets into the side of the roadbed after pre-drilling holes in the sheets.  We are allowing enough room to reach over the guard to access derailments. Gabe Smith, Nathan Overmyer, Steve Storey and Jim Ford are contributing to this project.  ElectricalAlso while we're under the layout Randy Robbins joined us working on electrical wiring for signals. Meanwhile up top work continues by the bridge and trestle crew on finishing Berkey Trestle upgrades and the new project shoring up the trestle for the bypass to Flushing/Toledo and Chicago. The layout has dozens of bridges and trestles many of which are labor intensive.  The bridge and trestle crew has a year round job trying to keep up with the maintenance on all of these structures.

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  Track CrewThe track crew was out working on the mainline taking out weather related bumps and dips in the high speed mainline area. 

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 Also the ballast crews were out finishing out the mainline and putting new ballast in the new industrial area still under construction.

On any railroad there are always bad order cars and engines.Bad Order Crew  John Banicki and Joseph Cipalla were busy the entire night working on cars and engines so they would perform flawlessly on the layout when needed.

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After cleaning and maintenance there was still plenty of time to run some trains and there were lots of airplanes moving across the layout tonight,  be sure to check out all the action on our Friday Night Running at the Club page.

 
  
 
 
NEWS for January 2018

January 26, 2018 Meeting

12618MononThis Friday meet was an operations night and we had a several folks show up including one visitor to try their hand at operating on the EMRRC layout.  The large layout makes operating a challenge for both the experienced and novice operator as there are plenty of trains to move across the line.  Our Dispatcher Ron Breniser, Yard Masters David Menges and Charlie Yoakam kept things moving along smoothly and a lot fun. 1262018 Dispatcher

We also got a look at the rebuilt Berkey trestle that runs across Berkey Pond and the upgrades to our main 390 foot wood trestle. Charlie Yoakam and Jerry Piatt have been working diligently on this project and it's near completion. Charlie & Jerry used Woodland Scenics water to complete the scene.

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EMRRC has installed the latest update to JMRI 4.10. For some reason we had problems communicating with smart phones and tablets, especially when running consists.  After a quick reinstall the system worked perfectly. Smart phones, tablets and Digitrax throttles all got along without another hiccup.  Must have been operator error on the install..Lots of trains, not too many mishaps and the blue smoke was kept to a minimum coming out of dispatch. Be sure to check out our Friday Night Running at the Club page for all the action. 

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January 19, 2018 Meeting

A good showing of members for the Friday night meeting turned out.  The third Friday of every month is our business meeting. Here's a synopsis of our latest business meeting.  I had neglected to put on the EMRRC website that we have visitors come in an hour later the third Friday of every month due to the business meeting.  That has been corrected on the site. Sorry if anyone was inconvinced by this.  A new board took over for the 2018 season.  The officers are: President: Chuck Hart, Vice President: Jerry Piatt, Treasurer: Steve Storey and Secretary: John Banicki
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I thought it would be cool to take a look at the board from over 40 years ago.
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 Gary Pressnell after a stint with the Coast Guard     and over 30 years as a toolmaker is still with the club.  In other business  Nathan Overmyer was welcomed to the club as a probationary member. Announcements included the NMRA Michiana Division Meeting in New Carlisle, Indiana and the latest posting of train shows and swap meets in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.  Here's a link. 

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After the meeting the setup was accomplished  for next weeks operation session.  The guy in the hat is our dispatcher.  He looks happy does't he?

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Of course trains were running on the main line. 

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January 12, 2018 Meeting

Lots of members here for running HO and working on the new N scale layout.  N1More trackwork, including many right and left hand switches being put down for N scale. 

EMRRC is always looking for new members.  There are  many advantages to belonging to  EMRRC. Come by and visit us any Friday night for more information and run some trains with us. 

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Here are some of the benefits available to members;

EMRRC has been here since 1950. 

Over 300 years of accumulated experience with the members.

24/7 access to clubhouse for members.  

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Large HO scale layout with over 1000' of mainline.

New N scale layout.

Digitrax DCC control and JMRI programming for both HO scale and N scale.

Monthly clinics on everything from DCC to scenery making. 

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Be sure to check out this week's action at our Friday Night Running at the Club page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 5, 2018 Meeting

Winter 2018A very cold and snowy Friday Meeting at EMRRC.  The temperature was hovering around 9 degrees and there was anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow on the ground depending on where you were coming from. Lots of brave members using 4 wheel drives, front wheel drive and just regular transportation came from Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan to run trains.  It was supposed to be a cleaning night but Gary Pressnell got stuck in the parking lot and everyone was worn out from watching him shovel out so we decided to run trains in order to thaw Gary out. Plenty of action as always, be sure to check out our Friday Night Running at the Club video.

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