The Observation car - July, 2019
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Next Meeting - 

July 6th at 9am
Sump Memorial Library
222 N Jefferson St.,
Papillion, Nebraska 68046

July 6th at Sump - Clinic: Bob Roegge clinic on making Trees, Show and Tell:  Buildings and Lighting

July 13-14: Omaha Railroad Days

August 3rd at Sump - Clinic: Ryan Moats on Tools of the Trade, Show and Tell:  Favorite Tools

September 7th at Sump - Clinic: Bruce Hochberger on Making Chain Link Fences, Show and Tell: Cabooses and MOW Cars

September 21at Shadow Lake: Division sponsored swap meet.

October 5th at Sump - Clinic: To be determined, Show and Tell: Locomotives

November 2nd at Sump - Clinic: Bill Grierson on Making Rocks Without Molds, Show and Tell: Passenger Cars

December 7th at Shadow Lake - Clinic: Freemo Group on Modular Construction

Other activities are under discussion. Possible additional layout visits and clinics.


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Next Meeting -

Saturday, July 6th at 9am
at the
Sump Memorial Library
222 North Jefferson Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046 



1) The main clinic will be "Making Trees" by Bob Roegge.  Bob has a reputation for making great looking "somethings" from the stuff most of us throw in the recycle bin.  In addition, he does it quickly.  This should be a lot of fun.

2) The Show and Tell will be "Buildings and Lighting."  Bring completed or in-progress items to share.

3) Omaha N-Trak will be at the Lauritsen Gardens and Mo Valley Freemo will be at the Durham Museum for Railroad days. Stop by and say hi.   

4) Just a reminder - The September Swap Meet - You'll see this notice in several of your favorite publications - Western Heritage Division Swap Meet - Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9am to 4pm.  Shadow Lake Towne Center, Papillion, NE.  Free Parking and Admission. Tables $10.00, NMRA members $5.00.  No Vendors Please. Contact for more information.

5) The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced on June 24th.  This is a significant upgrade to the previous version. The Raspberry Pi was already more than powerful enough to run JMRI.  Probably the main items of interest for model railroaders are the new capability to drive two HDMI monitors, and increased USB speeds.  There are three versions available: 1GB memory at the same $35 price, 2GB at $45 and 4GB at $55. Here's one of the more concise YouTube Videos describing the differences.  

6) Are you looking for information on Layout Command Control? Dana Zimmereli's new book "Introduction to Layout Command Control: Basic Concepts and Practical Examples of LCC for Model Railroads" has just become available on Amazon.  The Paperback Edition is $29.99. (143 pages, 7x10 inches)    The author does a good job of explaining the concepts of LCC as they are applied to a section of his club's layout.

Do Not Purchase a Kindle Edition if it is still listed. The author could not solve his formatting problems and has abandoned it.  He is working on a PDF version. 

The printed version is fine, although I feel it is overpriced by about $10. If you're mildly curious about LCC, you may be happier watching the pre-recorded LCC clinics on the NMRA website.

You are all NMRA members, so you can log into the NMRA website and view these two recent clinics for free.  Log in to the NMRA site BEFORE you click on these links.

LCC: A Non-Technical Introduction - Presented by TCS, so there's some info about their upcoming products, that have been upcoming for the last few years.

LCC: Building Your Own Layout - This one is a step-by-step demonstration of setting up occupancy detection and signals. The presenter is using equipment from a company that has since gone out of business for the demo.  However all of the setup is the same. The only remaining vendor for LCC boards is RR-CirKits.

Zimmerli's book has a much more extensive example implementation using the RR-CirKits hardware, but the second video actually contains all of the same info.

I'll bring the printed version to the next meeting's show and tell.

Last Month 

Bob Albano gave a great presentation on making loads for your open cars.  Here are a few photos.

Fun Stuff this month - 

Do you consider yourself lucky?  This fellow does.  On June 7th, a Norfolk Southern train derailed, missing his house by just a few feet.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  Here is a short video shot on the next morning.

This second video shows a seldom seen weathering effect.  We often seen rust and dirt, but very seldom see the traces left in the dust by a recent rain.  Again, this is coming from the military modeling community, but the technique demonstrated in this video can be used anywhere.

See you next time, gs

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