Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Knights of Columbus Hall
235 Limekiln Pike
Glenside, PA 19038



On Saturday, September 11, 2021 the Philadelphia Division will be meeting at a new location, the Knights of Columbus Hall, 235 Limekiln Pike,
Glenside, PA 19038. Doors open at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00am.

Glenside is a northern suburb of Philadelphia and the location of a railroad station currently on SEPTA’s Lansdale/Doylestown line, but formerly on what was known as the North Penn or Bethlehem Branch of the Reading Company.

The program will consist of two clinics.  First up will be recently transplanted division member Steve Wysowski presenting his thoughts on “Operations: Looking at Running Trains in a Prototypical Fashion.”  His clinic essentially delves into how real railroads run and how we, as model railroaders, run them. Steve will explore the many ways we can incorporate prototypical railroad methods of operating into our “run sessions” and operations. The Philadelphia Division is a hotbed of model railroad operations enthusiasm, so this is a clinic you’ll not want to miss.

Steve Wysowski is a transplant from Connecticut—a former member of the Nutmeg Division of the NMRA’s Northeastern Region. He is a narrow gauge modeler. He is a former qualified conductor of the Essex Steam Train of the Valley Railroad in Essex, Connecticut. He maintains membership in the Farmington Valley Railway   Society and is a board member of the Canton Historical Museum in Collinsville, Connecticut. Not surprisingly he also has his hopes set on a conducting position at the Colebrookdale Railroad. With such railroading credentials, this promises to be a very enlightening talk.

Next on the docket will be Division Director and  Clinics Chair Mike Dettinger with yet another of his unique clinics titled “It Figures.” This clinic examines the use of figures outside of the model railroading realm to populate model railroads.  The use of military and fantasy figures are    explored, along with tips and techniques for hand sculpting models. This newly revised version also looks at downloadable 3D printable files and the flexibility that most 3D printers have to resize these figures to suit the required need.

Mike is what you might call a “fringe” modeler…or “a little of this and a little of that.” If it’s odd or obscure, he’ll model it and put a decoder in it and/or animate it. He has authored numerous articles on his projects, most recently a log cabin made from toothpicks. His latest preoccupation is with N-scale T-TRAK modules, having recently presented a clinic on a Japanese powered N-scale railcar with cab-view camera mounted inside. He also recently discussed everything you’d want to know about modeling corn.

Unfortunately the hall does not permit food to be brought inside, so we’ll have to fend for ourselves.  But we’ve been used to that for over a year now.  And there is a Wawa convenience store across the street. Otherwise we’ll have the white elephant table, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and a model display table. Members are encouraged to bring projects in any stage of completion to display and discuss if desired.

The afternoon features several excellent layouts in the immediate area for your viewing pleasure. You won’t want to miss it.  Hope to see you there!

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