Susquehanna Division Event

Date(s) - Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 AM

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
600 S. 12th Street
Lebanon, PA 17042



Location: St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 600 S. 12th Street, Lebanon, PA., just west of downtown Lebanon. The church is located
0.6 mile south of Cumberland Street, US-422. Use the parking lot at the side and rear of the church. Entrance to the meeting room
(Snyder Hall) is the stairwell off the back (east) parking lot. Please note, the ground level doors will not be open. Handicap
accessible from the church front entrance and inside elevator, but prior arrangements must be made to have someone meet you
and open the front door.

Time Table:

8:45 AM Meeting room doors open
9:00 Meeting starts
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome from Superintendent Tim Himmelburger (welcome and introduce guests)
9:15 – 9:30 Division business (convention, other announcements)
9:30 – 9:45 Break for restrooms, coffee, donuts etc. clinic set up
9:45 – 10:45 Clinic: How To Build A Turnout To Fit Where A Commercial Turnout Will Not Fit By John Wissinger MMR
We have often encountered spaces on our model railroads where a commercial turnout will not fit because the space is
too small or the intersecting track is at too much of an angle. The only way to fit in a turnout is hand-lay or scratch build
one. You have never tried to do that and are reluctant to try “because it is so hard.” John will show you an easy way to
build a non-standard turnout without jigs. You can also use this method to build a standard turnout (#4, #5, #6 etc.). If
you can solder, you can do this. the tools you will need you probably already have: a vice, files, soldering iron and solder,
rail nippers, an NMRA track gauge, a 3 point track gauge, a pencil and paper. Also you will need rail, switch ties and
paper template, throw bar material (printed circuit board material) .005″ sheet brass and spikes. You do not need any
expensive jigs or fixtures or power tools. John developed this method in the 1960s and has built more than 50 turnouts
since that time. Come and watch this PowerPoint clinic to show an easy method how to do it.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – Noon Model Showcase conducted by John Wissinger
We had a very successful display of models last month with over 30 models on display brought in by 16 modelers. This
was a good turnout. Let’s see if we can beat that number this month. Bring a model to display and describe. You will
have a maximum of 5 minutes to present your model to the group. The model(s) do not have to be contest quality, this
is not a contest. You may bring more than one model and you may choose to have it judged at the end of the meeting
for a Merit Award. (87-1/2 points please arrange beforehand). So bring that model that you have spent 6 months
working on or one you grab off the layout as you walk out the door. We have had a lot of variety and some interesting
models ranging from scratch-built locos to some high rail O gauge locomotives. The show is wide open, all we need is
your model.
Meeting ends for lunch on your own. There are many restaurants in the area. List will be provided.
2:00 – 4:00 Layout tours (maps will be provided)
Tim Himmelberger, 19 Penny Lane, Lebanon
John Wissinger, 23 Thorndale Dr., Myerstown
Note: The above schedule subject to change and will be flexible to fit circumstances encountered during the meeting.

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