Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, June 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Virtual Meet
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We had originally planned to hold our June meet in person at a new venue, the Montgomery County 4H Center in Collegeville near Skippack. Unfortunately it didn’t work out and the event had to be cancelled. The meet will instead be held a week later on Saturday, June 19th at 9AM online on Zoom.  Members are asked to please mail in your ballots to Clerk Mark Wallace, 665 Bonny Brook Ave., Collegeville, PA 19426. The election results will be announced at that time.  Zoom login details will be emailed in advance of the meet next week.

The morning session commences with our annual business meeting. Officials will deliver their reports, followed by the announcement of the results of our board of directors election. We will attempt to keep this part of the meet as brief and non-sleep inducing as pos-sible.

This meet will include a single clinic titled, “Building Budget Lighting for Your Layout,” presented by Assistant Superintendent Joe Walters, MMR. Layout lighting can mean many things to many people: there is overhead lighting, side lighting, and then there is model lighting. This includes light fixtures attached to buildings, parking lot lighting, street lamps, and interior lighting. Adding lights puts the finishing touching on any layout.

Most modelers apply lights to an area when most of the construction is finished, not right away. How many of you have seen lightning on a bare plywood layout? I am sure not many. As you will see, adding lighting fixtures will improve your layout and impress the folks who view it.

Our clinic for this meeting will have Joe show you how to build various types of light fixtures with LED’s, 1/16” tube, and casting materials to populate your layout with quality lighting. Also discussed will be where to find the materials, including the power supplies, the tools involved, and how to bend the tube and wire for each light fixture.

There are many different types of lighting, as there are many different fixtures. Once you get started, you will enjoy the new look of your layout and having done it on a low budget. Plus you’ll be proud to have built them yourself rather than someone from across the globe. Plus who knows, you may want to build them for your friends or the club you belong to.

There are likely few in the division who by now aren’t familiar with the name and face of Joe Walters, MMR. Aside from currently serving as our assistant superintendent, he has presented many clinics and writes a regular column for The Dispatcher. He was also a major contributor to the 2019 MER convention. He has literally worked on the railroad all his life, and in his inimitable style he relates one particular memory in his column in this issue.

Director Mike Dettinger has been trying out his Quizzo railroad trivia game on the division board and feels it’s now ready for prime time. One possible format will be to have the board election candidates as panelists. You won’t want to miss this contest.

As part of the program we will have an expanded show and tell session. We urge attendees to show off and discuss whatever projects they’ve been working on. Having been cooped up for over a year, we’re hoping there will be plenty of participants.

We had high hopes for an in-person meet, but it just didn’t work out. Hopefully we’ll be able to follow through in September.  Meanwhile, tune in on the 19th and enjoy the show!

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