September Meet in Perkasie


Perkasie Train Station – Cropped from watercolor by James Mann. Click on photo for link to his website.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Philadelphia Division held its early fall meet at a new venue, the Perkasie Fire Company #1 in Perkasie, PA. It was originally planned to be held at the Quakertown Train Station, but a scheduling snafu forced us to change the venue at the last minute.

The morning session included two top-notch clinics that proved very interesting and entertaining. First up was Division member Glyn Thomas. Glyn modeled British and other foreign railroads for many years before coming to the US. The building of his Lehigh and Susquehanna Division layout, based on 1948 Central Railroad of New Jersey operations in the Lehigh Valley, was a 10+ year journey to becoming a US model railroader. Glyn illustrated his layout with comparison to prototype archive material, and explain some differences in approach between US and British modeling.

During the break, we held the drawing for the door prizes. Following this, we raffled off two tickets to the Eagles/Browns game held the very next day, Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm. Unfortunately, the timing was not good and the proceeds did not meet our expectation. Nevertheless, we thank those who participated and congratulate Charlie Long for winning the tickets, and Phil Krugler for the second prize, the folding stadium seat.  We also thank Kevin Feeney for these generous donations.


Perkasie Train Station – Photo by Bob Bergey. Click on photo to link to his website.

Next, member Mike Baker, experienced model builder and owner of TMB Custom Models and Nick & Nora Designs in Newark, Delaware, presented his clinic titled, “Scratch Building: How to Fabricate That Unique Piece of Equipment for Your Railroad.” Mike has previously treated the Division members to his expertise on topics including airbrushing, painting, and gluing, but this was probably the most comprehensive of all his clinics and drew much enthusiasm.

For the afternoon session, open house layout tours consisted of Keystone N-Trak in Dublin, PA, and Ron Patzer’s HO model railroad in nearby Sellersville. Ron was kind enough to host us immediately prior to demolishing the layout. He intends to move and build a new version. We thank both Keystone and Ron for their gracious hospitality and wish Ron good luck on his move. A slideshow of Ron’s layout can be seen on the Division’s website home page,, and photos of Keystone will soon be posted, as well.

Our next get together will be at the Brandywine Town Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 12th. Further details can be found here. Hope to see you then!

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