Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Philadelphia First Church of the Brethren
8707 W. Cheltenham Ave.
Wyndmoor, PA 19038




On Saturday April 6, 2019 we return to the Philadelphia First Church of the Brethren at 8707 West Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038. The time is 9:00am with doors opening at 8:30. Click on the link for the map.  Also, directions and a map can be found in The Dispatcher.

The morning session begins with member Alden Smith presenting our first clinic titled, “Building Thurmont.” Alden describes his clinic as follows: Now that three or four operators are “moving freight” on my two-room, HO-scale, 1950s era Western Maryland-themed layout, we decided to open a new peninsula containing four additional industries. The Cumberland Division layout features two yards, two turntables with roundhouses, engine house, B & O interchange, three coal mines, truck tipple, 25 industries, reversing loop, and staging, and is a point-to-point design. All backdrops are photos. Motive power totals 27. The entire layout is 100% complete. All structures in Thurmont are scratch built using a new technique of paper over cardstock with Tichy windows.

Every step of the 15-month build process for Thur-mont was photographed and will be shown and described in detail.
Alden is a long-time member of the Philadelphia Division and a member of one of the oldest clubs in the area, the Glenolden Area Model Railroaders. He has presented several clinics and written many articles over the years, his specialty being with scratch-built structures.

The second clinic will be given by Glyn Thomas titled, “Modeling the Minnesota Commercial.” The Minnesota Commercial is a modern prototype short line serving the Minneapolis-St Paul area of Minnesota. Glyn’s presentation will start with a review of the modern prototype scene in Minnesota, and then discuss how this was researched and translated into model form, illustrated with photos of his current layout. Glyn touched on some of this information in the last issue of The Dispatcher, but goes into more detail in this clinic. Part two of his article will appear in a future issue and will cover the operation of his layout.

Glyn Thomas is the Philadelphia Division’s newest MMR and we extend him our hearty congratulations. A spotlight profile on Glyn can be found in the online edition of this publication. He is a prolific modeler, having presented many clinics over the years including a new one in miniature format at the recent New Jersey Division meet. His Minnesota Commercial layout was open this past January and no doubt, will be open again in the future for members to enjoy.

As usual we’ll have coffee, donuts, and Philly soft pretzels, the white elephant table, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and a model display table. Members are encouraged to bring projects in any stage of completion to display and discuss if desired. A 2019 MER Convention meeting follows immediately after the conclusion of the meet.

The afternoon fare consists of open house layout tours. Hope to see you there!

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