Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00 AM

Brandywine Town Center
4050 Brandywine Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19803

Located near the intersection of US-202 (Concord Pk.) and DE-92 (Naaman’s Rd.)
Held at the Community Center in front of the shopping center near the fountain and pool.



On November 12, 2016 the Philadelphia Division will once again hold its late fall meet at the Brandywine Town Center Community Center near the intersection of US-202 and DE-92 in Wilmington, DE. Directions can be found on page 7 of November issue of The Dispatcher and a full-size map above. Doors will open at 8:30am with the program starting promptly at 9:00.

Clinics to be presented will include:

1) Jeff Witt – John Allen’s Gorre & Daphetid RR. Many of us remember back in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s when John Allen was revered as one of the great model railroaders of that time. His masterpiece layout was groundbreaking in many ways, but most notably for its floor-to-ceiling scenery, something very bold and less common for that era. In addition, Allen was also a professional photographer and as such was renowned as a pioneer in model railroad photography. Jeff will take us on a journey back in time revisiting this amazing railroad with rarely-seen photos and material that should make this clinic a real eye-opener for both old timers as well as modelers seeing this layout for the first time.

2) Don Borden – Prototype Operations and Sounds on Santa Fe’s Cajon Pass in the Late 1940s. Don will utilize videos to demonstrate and explain basic steam locomotive functions and sounds, what is involved in selecting a sound decoder to duplicate these operations and sounds, and how to design a simple and uniform throttle functionality to enable easy prototype operations. He will then explain how to create a loco roster with uniform functionality, i.e. all models having the same button functions and similar performance. Don will focus on using WOW sound decoders in particular, but the principles apply to other types, as well. The presentation will consist of both a PowerPoint including videos and a live demonstration.

As usual, there will also be a white elephant table for anything you might want to sell, a model table to show off any completed or in-progress projects, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and of course, coffee, tea, donuts, and Philly pretzels. Come and join in the fun!

Afternoon layout tours are courtesy of the annual November Model Railroad Open House event. The event is now split into two sections.

The DE/MD layout website is:

The PA/NJ layout website is:

All NMRA members welcome! Feel free to bring a guest you think might be interested in becoming a member. Free 6-month introductory membership applications will be available.

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