Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, April 15, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Alban's Church
3625 Chapel Rd.
Newtown Square, PA 19073




On Saturday, April 15, 2023, the Philadelphia Division returns to St. Alban’s Church in Newtown Square for its upcoming meet. The address is 3625 Chapel Road (at PA-252), Newtown Square, PA 19073. Doors open at 8:30AM with the morning’s events to begin at 9:00.

Clinic #1: Illinois Terminal Railroad: Past, Present, and Modeling by Adam Eyring

Division member Adam Eyring, a native of Chicago and follower of Illinois and Pennsylvania railroads, has been getting into traction modeling as a member of the East Penn Traction Club. He recently spent a lot of time getting to know the Illinois Terminal Railroad while finding suitable prototypes to model in HO. He will talk about its history, including what remains today, as well as how you can model it with traction and non-traction.

Clinic #2: Automating Collection Management and Operating Sessions with Train DB Plus by Alan       Silverblatt

 This clinic will introduce “Train DB Plus,” a software package that lets you track your collection of rolling stock and automate other model railroad-related tasks.  The software is simple and easy to use “right out of the box,” but still allows a great deal of customization to fit your particular needs.

With it you can track your rolling stock (and any other items you want), organize your books and magazine articles (and search them by title or key word), record and retrieve other potentially  useful information, build consists and automatically generate switch lists for operating        sessions, generate reports, and import or export data to and from Excel, CSV, or PSV files. The clinic will cover how to download and install the software, as well as an overview of all its features.

Division member Alan Silverblatt is a transplant from Pittsburgh, a former attorney and later IT tech, and an N-scale modeler—and is a regular attendee of our meets and other NMRA events.

The AP committee has officially begun judging models at our meets. If you would like a model judged, please contact Earl Paine or Joe Walters in advance.

All attendees are encouraged to bring a model in any level of progress to the meet for our display table and show and tell, if desired. As usual we’ll hold our 50/50 raffle, draw for door prizes, and have coffee, donuts, and Philly soft pretzels.

Just a note: We can always use help in setting up and tearing down the chairs, tables, and equipment at each meet. We welcome members to arrive early or stay a few minutes after to help out, and are happy to award AP credit toward your Volunteer certificate. Just make sure to mention it to Joe Walters or Earl Paine

The afternoon features layout open houses including the StARR club in the basement of the church. There’s also the collection of railroad equipment and the relocated PRR Newtown Square freight station building at nearby Drexel Lodge Park. Looks to be an enjoyable and interesting meet. Hope you can make it!

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