Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Plymouth Fire Company
1323 Colwell Lane
Conshohocken, PA 19428




On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the Philadelphia Division will hold its late spring meet at a new venue, the Plymouth Fire Company, located in Conshohocken, PA. The time is 9:00am with doors opening at 8:30am. Maps and directions can be found on page 7 of the May Dispatcher. From a railroad perspective, half a mile away from our venue the SEPTA trains stop at Conshohocken Station on what used to be Reading’s Norristown Branch. Adjacent to the tracks is the Schuylkill River Trail, which follows the former right-of-way of the PRR Schuylkill Branch, which also had a station here. The outbound structure still stands a short distance from the trail.

The morning session begins with our annual business meeting, with Division reports presented and the election held. All election ballots brought to the meet must be submitted by 9:15am. After a short break the results will be announced, followed by the first of our two excellent clinics.

Members who attended last November’s meet will recall the wonderful presentation given by Jeff Witt on the legendary John Allen and his model railroad, the Gorre & Daphetid. This time Jeff delivers part two entitled “John Allen in Print, a Survey of his Publications.” Jeff is a participant in the Gorre & Daphetid Reminiscense Project (GDRP) and as such, we will again be treated to both his and their comprehensive collection of memorabilia.

Next up will be member Nick Brownsberger with his presentation entitled “DCC Wiring for Model Railroads Using Digitrax Components.” It could be described as a discussion of wiring for the DCC beginner, but including a lot of valuable information for the experienced about how to wire a layout. Topics covered will include converting a DC layout to DCC, power supplies, command stations, boosters, power districts vs. blocks, and much more. Nick is a computer/tech enthusiast, having implemented and continuing to implement the most state-of-the-art controls on his layout.

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.

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

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