Philadelphia Division Meet

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

West Whiteland Township Building
101 Commerce Drive
Exton, PA 19341




The Philadelphia Division of the NMRA will hold its next meet at a new venue, the West Whiteland Township Building in Exton, PA. The date is Saturday, September 9, 2017 and the time is 9:00am with doors opening at 8:30am. Maps and directions can be found on page 7. The meeting room is on the second floor and there are both steps and an elevator. It’s been a while since we’ve been in Chester County and we look forward to a great meet with some new layout tours.

Exton, of course, was a stop on the PRR (now Amtrak/SEPTA), the station situated a half mile south on PA-100 and still in use. But also of interest is the Chester Valley Trail, formerly the Chester Valley Branch of the Reading which now extends from Commerce Drive and Ship Road in Exton to King of Prussia, eventually ex-pected to reach Norristown.

The first clinic of our morning program will be presented by Jersey member Fred Willis, entitled “Building from Photographs: Blacksmith Shop and Railroad Station.” Structures abound in photographs; unfortunately kits of most structures do not exist. How can you build a structure model from a photograph? This clinic provides guidelines and ideas on how to research and build an accurate structure from a photograph.

Fred is a life member of the NMRA and a member of the New Jersey Division. New England railroads, particu-larly in Maine in 1900 are his primary prototype interest. His primary modeling activities are scratch building structures and cars and researching the history of small railroads and locomotive designs.
Next up will be member Mike Dettinger with his presentation on “Model Railroad Human Resourcing: A Clinic on Populating Model Railroads” featuring discussions on scale, anatomy, scale fudging, a survey of different figure sources, modification of commercial figures, and making your own figures. At the end of this clinic, participants will be saying. “It figures! Now I can address my human resource needs!”

Mike is a model railroader with a passion for oddities, DCC, and animation. Mike has modeled compressed Japanese N Scale (1/150), HOn30, On18, HOn3, HO, On30, and O-27/31. His animation projects include adding DCC control to the Tyco Operating Box Car, the Bachmann Action Caboose, the Lionel Nuclear Waste Car, and several others. Mike is also a contributor on the “YouTube Model Builders Tech Show.”

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 to see you there!

NOTE: There will be a meeting of the 2019 MER Convention Committee immediately following the meet at 12:00pm in the same room. Any member is still welcome to participate in the Convention Committee even if you weren’t able to make the previous meeting.

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