Friday, May 08, 2015

NMRA GSD Meet - This Saturday

Received the following via email.

This Saturday
A Joint Meet 
The Garden State Division
The New Jersey Division
The Spring Meet will be dual meet held with
our sister Division from South Jersey
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am
Hillsborough Township Municipal Building
379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ
Hillsborough is just a little south of Somerville on Rt. 206 and the municipal building is located a short distance off of Rt. 206
*** Directions and maps are available in the Whistle Post
Just click the Whistle Post  LINK below and go to page 11.

Activity Fee: $5.00
Meet Activities
”Light Up Your Layout With LEDs!”     Presented by Mike Prokop
This clinic demonstrates the many kinds and types of LED strip lights that are available, along with neat ideas and the techniques for using them to illuminate your railroad. If it’s new construction or an existing layout, LED lighting can provide an easy and cost effective method of making your layout shine! Light up dark hidden trackage, staging yards, under the table storage areas, and display cabinets. Working hardware samples of the LED strip lights will be shown along with power supplies, controlling devices, and mounting products. 
“Sheet Styrene Backdrops”    Presented by Jim Fawcett.
Jim has created flowing and seamless backdrops on his two deck layout from styrene sheets. He will show you how four distinctly different applications were used. All attachments are what Jim calls “temporarily permanent”; very stable and seamless, but removable. Also, the benefits of styrene include it being light, easy to clean and cut, handle, and attach. It can be used for backdrops on layouts, modules, and dioramas. As a bonus the leftover pieces are great for making models.
“Bring 'n' Brag” Session
Door Prizes
Achievement Program Judging
“Bring a Friend” for the
Special NMRA Rail Pass Membership Drive
After the meet, there will be FOUR layouts to visit:
“The Sceniced and Undecided”
Rick and Linda Spano’s layout is well known to many as it has been published several times including in Great Model Railroads. The large “N” Scale layout features long trains passing through the Canadian Rockies, an operating rotary coal dumper with live loads, a sea port and large city scene on the banks of a bay. Special lighting and sound effects and much more are featured. 
“Newark Terminal Division”
Jim Homoki's HO layout features the Penn Central and CNJ equipment and operations in the 1969-1974 era. Each main line runs as its’ own railroad, with interchange in the Newark area. Operating sessions are held monthly and with a recent extension to Jersey City, now lasts about 3 hours. Most locomotives are sound equipped, with control by Digitrax.
“Neshanic River Railroad”
Jim Grill’s N-Scale Layout based on the Lehigh Valley and Central Railroad of New Jersey running side by side through eastern Pennsylvania. It has been designed and built with operation as its basic theme. The model transportation system has been in operation since 1984 but has been rebuilt three times. The first was done because of a move to a new house. The second and third rebuilds were due to floods caused by Floyd and Irene.
“New England & Western Railroad”
Ed Sproles’ layout is a freelanced HO scale New England railroad set roughly in the late 60’s to early 70’s. Motive power is leased from other regional railroads, mainly BM and MEC, it operates with NCE DCC. The double track mainline goes around the walls of a 30’ x 34’ basement, with one major city and freight yard. Elsewhere two industrial switching areas service a number of large commercial buildings. A connection to the north brings in Canadian traffic. The visible mainline is signaled and scenery is basically complete.
*** To view photographs of the layouts on tour
Just click the Whistle Post  LINK below and go to page 8.
Addresses and maps to layouts
will be available at meet.
We will have a “White Elephant” table. Bring your unwanted
items to sell. There are always bargains!
The NMRA Garden State Division is at