Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Southampton Community Center
913 Willow Street
Southampton, PA 18966




On April 1, 2017 the Philadelphia Division will hold its Spring meet at a new venue, the Southampton Community Center, located in Southampton, Bucks County, PA.  We anticipate having some terrific clinics with some all new layouts to visit.  

First, member Don Borden will present his clinic titled, “Prototype Steam Detailing on BLI Models.” (This clinic had been planned for the January meet in New Jersey, but unfortunately inclement weather interfered.) Don’s interests include modeling steam locomotives built to a specific prototype. He does extensive research and study of specific prototype locomotives in order to modify a commercial model to represent that particular locomotive. BLI (Broadway Limited Imports) offers a variety of finely modeled steam locomotives, and Don does consulting and modeling of pre-production models for them. He currently is completing modeling of ATSF 3800 Class 2-10-2 locomotives. He is also working on a pre-production model of ATSF 4000 Class 2-8-2 series. You can view photos and information on BLI’s upcoming offerings of 3800 Class 2-10-2 locomotives at: /paragon2atsfmodernized2-10-2.aspx.

Next, Jersey member Barry Rosier will present a clinic titled, ”Introduction to JMRI: The Java Model Railroad Interface.” This clinic will introduce you to what JMRI is, its history, and what it can be used for on your model railroad. Barry will discuss what is needed (software and hardware) for you to use JMRI. Then he’ll visit the different modules within JMRI and give a demonstration of some of its features. Barry is an accomplished model railroader who has a passion for sharing this great hobby with everyone. Barry shares his love of trains with the world as the webmaster for the Strasburg Model Railroad Club and a producer of the YouTube Model Builders Shows. He primarily models HO and American Flyer S scale. He is currently working on restoring American Flyer trains collected during his boyhood, as well as creating a 1950s transition-era layout featuring the PRR and LV.

As usual we’ll have coffee, donuts, and Philly soft pretzels, the white elephant table, door prizes, 50/50, and a model display table. Members are encouraged to bring models in any stage of progress to show off your work. The afternoon will feature open house layout tours. Maps and directions will be available at the meet. Hope to see you there!

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