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

Next Meeting - 

Rusty Westermeier's Layout Tour
57839 Inglewood Lane
Glenwood, Iowa

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, August 4th, 9am

Rusty Westermeier's Layout Tour
57839 Inglewood Lane
Glenwood, Iowa


- Item 1 -

Rusty Westermeier has graciously opened his home and large S scale layout for the August meeting. If you are good boys there will be cookies and beverages!

Directions from Bruce H: "Take US 34 East past I-29, past the main exit to Glenwood, and turn left (North) onto Ingram Ave.  There is a sign on the right side of US34 for Glenwood High school at the turn. Continue approximately one mile to Inglewood Lane. Rusty's house is at the end of the lane."

I've included this screen shot from Google Maps, Click on it to go to google maps, or put the address into your favorite GPS app.


- Item 2 -

Bruce Hochberger  will be bringing a number of books, magazines and documents from a rather large collection. These will be free for the taking. He doesn't have room to store these, so if you don't get them at the meeting they may soon be gone forever. 

- Item 3 -

Rusty has received the remainder of Rich Dickenen's business materials.  Rich's widow, Donna, would like to sell them, but will accept whatever contribution the buyer feels appropriate.  Rusty has a half-a-room full of boxes of stripwood, some trestle kits, and stains.  By the time you receive this, Donna is expected to have brought some books.

- Item 4 - 

A personal request. Long ago I visited Dick Orr and saw his traction layout. I've been told by a friend in Chicago that someone currently owns it.  Does anyone know who this is? If so, let me know at the meeting or send email me at editor's address at

Thanks, gs  

Last Month

The meeting was held at Bill Grierson's home. The main event was a tour of his On30 D&RGW Floresta Branch - Bob Albano provided the following photos.

Fun Stuff - 

These two videos have been in my "newsletter" file for a while and I can't remember is I've ever used them. They are a great tour of Shorty Parker's HO Scale Layout and special focus on his Sandusky Coal Loader.  Sorry if they are duplicates, but they are worth watching.  (and they are now marked as "used" so you won't see them again.)

See you next time, gs

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