Philadelphia Division Meet

Date(s) - Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 Saturday, November 13, 2021 the Philadelphia Division will be meeting back at the Brandywine Town Center Community Center after a year’s hiatus. The exact address is 4050 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19803. Doors open at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00am.

The program will consist of two clinics.  First up will be newly elected board director Jeffrey Witt.  His clinic, “The Case for Building Turnouts and Hand-laid Track,” discusses the “ins and outs” of building turnouts using Fast Tracks jigs and tools. Jeff will break down the costs, time, and tools, and provide tips and tricks from his own experience building 31 turnouts for his pike, as well as tips for tangent track. AP Civil Engineering certificate requirements will also be addressed. Jeff will be providing a live demonstration through the meet and as part of the Show & Tell.  Given sufficient interest, the board is considering the possibility of a Fast Tracks jig loaner program similar to those instituted by other divisions.

Jeff a talented modeler, examples of whose work was demonstrated during the Show and Tell segments over the past year’s online meets.  He has presented several comprehensive clinics regarding the photography, articles, and layout of renown modeler John Allen, and is the webmaster of the John Allen enthusiast group known as the Gorre & Daphetid Reminiscence Project.

Next on the docket will be Division Director and  Clinics Chair Mike Dettinger with yet another of his unique clinics titled “This Rail Joiner Changed Model Railroading.” Kato Part #24-185 enabled a Model Railroading Revolution. Is it for HO scale track? Yes. Is it for N Scale track? Yes.  This clinic will:

  • Examine the world of model railroading before the advent of the 24-185, including the earliest attempts to obtain the functionality that the 24-185 provides.
  • Explore the functionality of the 24-185
  • Introduce the revolutionary model railroading concept that the 24-185 enabled.

Sure, this description is vague, but would you show up if I told you that we would be talking about a rail joiner for an hour? As the late Paul Harvey would say, come to the meet to hear “the rest of the story.”

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.

As usual we’ll have coffee, donuts, and Philly soft pretzels. Other activities include 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 for your viewing pleasure courtesy of the November Open House event. You won’t want to miss it.  Hope you can make it!

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