The Observation car - July, 2018
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The Observation Car...

Next Meeting - 

Saturday, July 7th, 9am

Bill Grierson's Layout tour

Here's a list of topic ideas for the coming year - (more will be added)

 - Painting with an airbrush
 - Weathering (always a favorite topic)
 - Operations-101" & "Operator-102" course lessons
 - Reliable layout wiring for track and switches
 - How to install a switch machine so they work correctly (both mechanical & electrical types)
 - Programming decoders (BEMF, CVs, consisting, trouble shooting...)
 - DCC systems Show & Tell  (those who have a Digitrax, NCE, Lenz, Easy DCC, MRC system) bring your throttle and system (if possible) to show us the pluses and minus of each system and how to use each of them!

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Next Meeting -

Saturday, July 7th, 9am

Bill Grierson's Layout Tour
7213 Audrey Street
Omaha, NE   68138


1 - Bruce announced the new officers - It was an incredibly close election. But after the recount, the new officers are Superintendent - Bob Albano, Asst. Superintendent - Ron Brozanic, Clerk - Bill Grierson, and Treasurer - Mike Klapp.  Due to a tragic computer error, the names of the challengers are lost. 

2 - Next Meeting - Layout Tour at Bill's house.

3- Show and Tell - We will likely have a bit of time for show and tell. So, as usual, bring along something to share.


Last Month

Bob A. and George S. presented more info on LEDs and Neopixels. If you like a copy of the updated slides and references , click here.

Ricky Keil shared a number of structures.  Among other things, he's been working on the details for a grain bin and a salt storage bin.

Fun Stuff - 

The guys at Iowa Scaled Engineering have been developing their Proto-Throttle for a couple of years now.  The first batch is being assembled and about to be shipped. Thomas Klimoski made a new video showing a big more detail on how the throttle works and how it is used in an operating session. 

Even the prototype guys like walk-around radio throttles.  Here's a good example of a remote controlled locomotive working an industry.  "Jaw Tooth" is kind of a character.

If you're not totally tired of LEDs, there are a couple of good discussions in progress on the Model Railroad Hobbyist forum.  Graeme is making goose neck light fixtures while Gregg is using surface mount LEDs to detail a diesel locomotive shell.

See you next time, gs

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