September Meeting Cancelled
Next Meeting -
Saturday, October 6th, 9 am
Sump Memorial Library
222 North Jefferson Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046
- Item 1 - Clinic (part 1) An Inexpensive DIY DCC Command Station
A DCC command station for about $50? That's not a typo. If you're a good shopper you can do it for even less. A DCC++ command station can be assembled from 3 parts and 4 wires. It's brought to life with one downloaded software file. I put this one together in less than an hour. It's been running trains around my test loop for a few weeks. Here's a short video of the initial power up test.
- Item 2 - Clinic (part 2) An Inexpensive DIY Computer for JMRI
Is that old computer you are using for JMRI on life support? You can build a new computer for about $50. This project is even easier. A few, snap-together, parts and another downloaded software file. Steve Todd has built JMRI and all of the software you would need into a single image. All you need to do is plug it in and turn on the power.
These two projects work very well together, but most of us that already have a DCC system can use the computer for JMRI.
- Item 3 -
Show and Tell - by the time the October meeting rolls around you'll have had plenty of time to find, research or even make something interesting. Bring it to the meeting and pass it around. Show and Tell has generated some of the most interesting discussions.
Just a note - I'll send another copy of this issue just before the October meeting as a reminder.
See you at the meeting
The meeting was held at Rusty Westermeir's home. The main event was a tour of his S scale, Fawbush and Miller, railroad - Ron Brozanic provided the following photos.
The National Train Show -
In August, several of us drove down to KC to see the NMRA National Train Show. We managed to run into a couple of our officers playing with trains.
Photo by Keil
And of course, we stopped by one of the many train shops. (After waiting for a train at one of the many RR crossings.)
Fun Stuff -
I could link to a bunch of videos from the national train show, but really, just type "NMRA NTS 2018" into the YouTube search box, you'll have plenty to choose from.
Instead, here's a video on making very realistic rust. I'm no weathering expert. I've seen similar techniques. But I think this guy has creatively combined a few techniques to give a result that is very convincing. He's a wargamer, but don't let that put you off. Just pretend the big pipe he's weathering is a tank car.
See you next time, gs