Potomac Division is pleased to announce a new program of educational and information-sharing activities. The Potomac Division leadership is dedicated to offering “the best type of
programming that the members wish to support.” As Andrew Dodge, MMR and Senior Assistant Superintendent says, “We have an untapped powerhouse
of first-class modelers waiting to come out and share their time and talent. I am anticipating a strong show of support from the members so
we can mount the highest quality clinics and demonstration workshops possible. I hope our Potomac Division community wants to join us in
what should be an exciting future.”
Battlefield Baptist ( www.battlefieldbaptist.org )
is closer to Gainesville than Warrenton even though the address is
4361 Lee Highway in Warrenton.
From the East, take Route 66 West. Get
off on either Rt. 29 South (Exit 43A) or on Rt. 15 South at Hay
Market (Exit 40A) and then right onto Rt. 29 South. The church is 5
miles from Rt. 66 on the left as you are heading South.
Doors open at 9 am and we’ll gather together for a few
words, a cup of coffee, and maybe even a donut or three. We
have two tracks of clinics using two rooms so four clinics before
lunch. After the clinics, we are planning an open discussion on the
NMRA Achievement Program. You can bring your models and we can either
judge them or just discuss whatever you want regarding all aspects of
the AP with at least three MMR’s. We’ll have a modeling
theme – flat cars – so bring your models for
display and popular vote.
Lunch will be on your own (and there are plenty of local options for
foraging within 20 minutes along Rt. 29/15.)
Then in the afternoon we’ll have two layouts open to visit
in the area. So come on out for our November end of the year fling!
Jerry Stanley – “Building the Building for Building the Layout”
In the clinic I’ll talk about the process to select a building
site. I hope to have a video loop playing of the actual construction
drawings of the "Hobby barn" playing on the flat screen TV.
In the clinic I will go through what type of building to build on
different terrains, the basic requirements to provide a set of plans
for a building permit, and “things to consider” when
designing your hobby room building.
Vance – "Vinegar, Pickles and Railroads ... Oh My!"
This clinic talks about modeling the pickle and vinegar industries during
the time period from the late 1800s to the early 1970s. We'll talk
about how pickles and vinegar were made and processed, including
looking at the typical structures and facilities used in their
production. We'll also talk about the special railroad cars used to
transport pickles and vinegar. We'll finish by surveying some of the
structures and freight car models commercially available that can be
used to represent the pickle and vinegar industries. John Sethian – Modeling
in 2 rail O Scale has many advantages: The larger size gives the feel of heavy
moving machinery, and fine details can be added and seen without
heroics. O Scale is not outrageously expensive, does not require an
aircraft hangar size space, and most equipment is readily available.
The talk presents the basics for O Scale modeling, including sources,
suppliers, and techniques.
Terrance – “Modeling
the B&O West End” How
does one go about modeling an iconic, yet isolated and obscure part
of the Baltimore & Ohio's original main line? This clinic will
describe how I went about it.
The seed of an idea.
What to include, what to omit.
Developing the track plan
What time period?
Rolling stock fleet
How I built the layout: civil engineering, electrical engineering, etc.
While I built my representation of the West End in O Scale, this clinic
will be as scale agnostic as possible.
have handouts with directions for each layout from the church
available after the open
discussion on the Achievement Program
Cam Green – Maine Central Railroad – Lower Road
HO scale double deck layout featuring the “Lower Road”
between Yarmouth Junction, ME to Augusta ME. Set in the late 1970’s
and operated per prototype with some modelling license. Operations
center around Brunswick Yard where several local freights exchange
cars and Augusta where several locals worked through from Waterville,
Me. DCC Digitrax control system. Train orders are used to
govern movements. Terry Terrance – The
M&K Junction Model Railroad (O Scale). Part
of the “double humped” B&O crossing of the Allegheny
mountains, the grade on Briery Mountain (Cranberry Grade), the
crossing of the Cheat River at Rowlesburg, WV and the grade up Laurel
Mountain (Cheat River Grade), is depicted in condensed form on this
layout. Rowlesburg was a helper station as trains needed to be pushed
up the grades in both directions out of Rowlesburg. The Morgantown
and Kingwood Railroad (merged into the B&O after 1922)
interchanged with the B&O at Rowlesburg,
the railroad's name for Rowlesburg – M&K Junction. The time
period is late 1949 through early 1952 – the period when
diesels and steam co-existed at M&K. Seven, four-unit F7 diesel
sets arrived in
1949 and were so superior in heavy mountain railroading that the
subdivision was dieselized in 1952.
The track is designed to create the feel of the prototype with heavy
grades and very little tangent (straight) track and to be scenically
that is, trains pass through a scene only once. There are few on-line
industries on the prototype and few will be included on the model
railroad (some have been added for scenic/operational interest). A
model of the B&O's 4 stone-arch Tray Run Viaduct is planned. The
model will be 2/3 full scale size and over 6’ long. The B&O's
crossing of Cheat River is represented with a truncated single span
The basement is approximately 25 ½ x 36 feet. Minimum mainline
radius is 60”, and that is only on the inner track on one
curve. The minimum radius elsewhere is 62” or larger. The
layout is 2-rail, O scale. The layout runs on a Digital
Command Control (DCC) system using a combination of Lenz
power/command stations; Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) software
and computer control; JMRI WiFi throttles running on Android devices;
and locomotive and accessory decoders from many different