Philadelphia & New Jersey Division Joint Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:00 AM

Haddon Township High School
406 Memorial Ave.
Westmont, NJ 08108



As has become customary, the Philadelphia and New Jersey Divisions will join forces to cohost their mid-winter meet at the Haddon Township High School cafeteria in Westmont, New Jersey. The date is tentatively January 7, 2017 and the time is 9:00am with doors opening at 8:30am.

First, Jersey member Barry Rosier will present a clinic titled, ”Turnout Controls: An Examination of Manual, Electric, and DCC Control Methodologies”
How many ways can you control a turnout? Manual control is more than physically touching the throwbar; there are ground throws and there are systems of control rods. Electrical control is more than just twin coil and the Tortoise; there are a number of RC servo options as well. And if you are thinking of some sort of signaling system and DCC, don’t overlook the need of some kind of feedback to determine switch position on your JMRI control panel. This clinic will provide an overview of all the turnout control technologies as well as a list price per turnout comparison.

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 Flier 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. Barry is also actively researching Sn2 as his future primary gauge/scale. (The narrow gauge bug is contagious.)

Next, our own Don Borden will present the second clinic titled, “Prototype Steam Detailing on BLI Models.” Don’s interests include modeling steam locomotives built to a specific prototype. He does extensive research and studying specific prototype locomotives in order to modify a commercial model to represent that 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 also works on a pre-production model of ATSF 4000 Class 2-8-2 locomotives. You can view photos and information on BLI’s upcoming offerings of 3800 Class 2-10-2 locomotives at:

Don is a bona fide Santa Fe steam aficionado and is an active member of the East Coast Santa Fe Modelers. He has a passion for not only accuracy in the appearance of Santa Fe steam models, but in operating them as realistically as possible right down to the appropriate sounds. Don presented a clinic for the Philly Division in November on just that topic.

Both clinics will provide time for a Q&A to address your needs for further information.

And then, what is a Jersey meet without all the other stuff? It’ll be there…the contest, the coffee and donuts, the camaraderie, and the swap tables, too, and don’t forget the Friday night layout tour. If you want the maps and directions, call or email Howard Kaplan at For swap tables contact Jersey Superintendent Bob Clegg at For contest info and other details consult the latest issue of New Jersey Division’s Train Orders on their website at

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