Philadelphia Division Meet

Date/Time
Date(s) - Saturday, September 13, 2014
9:00 AM

Location
Quakertown Train Station
15 Front St
Quakertown, PA 18951

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     Our next meet is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 13th at the recently restored Quakertown Train Station, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 8:30am with the program to start promptly at 9:00.

     Our program will feature two clinicians. Author and historian Ben Bernhart, who spoke last year on the Reading Company’s Port Richmond, will return with a new clinic on the topic of the Schuylkill Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. This is the line that paralleled the Reading’s main line along the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia out to Berks County and the coal regions. Ben is quite knowledgeable on the railroads in that area, having written dozens of books on the subject.

     John Forsythe and Dave Strouse from Train Control Systems will give a brief review of the latest developments on their WOW sound locomotive decoders, including a preview demo of the long-anticipated diesel sound. Incidentally, TCS will have locos with sound decoders running at the Coopersburg club later on.

     Coopersburg Club member David Long will provide an overview of his club and its layout, followed by an intro to the Logan Club by one of its members.

     And then last, but not least, our steel aficionado, Mike Rabbitt, will present a clinic on the history and operations of Alan Wood Steel, which was located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, with all new, never-before-seen photos. As with all of Mike’s programs, this promises to be enlightening and enjoyable.

     There will be ample break time for checking out both TCS’s and Ben Bernhart’s tables, as well as fraternizing.

     As usual, coffee, donuts, and Philly pretzels will be available for refreshment.

     For the afternoon session, we have two substantial club layout tours lined up, Coopersburg and Logan (in Souderton). The clubs have given us permission to run some trains, so (while not necessary) if you like, bring a decoder-equipped loco and/or your Digitrax throttle.

     This promises to be quite an educational and entertaining day. Come and enjoy the fellowship. All NMRA members are welcome!

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