Me

Black Swamp Division

Black Swamp Division

Field Trip 2018

Saturday, July 14, is the date for this year’s annual Black Swamp Division field trip. We’ve got an action-packed day set up that includes modelling, prototypes, museums, history, and fellowship. We will be visiting a number of sites in the Elkhart, Indiana area.

Meeting

Kroger
1435 S Reynolds Rd, Maumee

Time

8:00am

Location

We’ll park and gather in the southeast corner of the lot, out in front of the Kroger gas service area.

Interactive Map

If you need an interactive map for this Kroger location, please click here. if the link does not work, please copy and paste https://goo.gl/maps/WJzppxsADc62 into your web browser

What then

After organizing car pools, we’ll hit the road at 8:30am sharp. For driving instructions from Krogers to the NYC Museum in Elkhart, click here. if the link does not work, copy and paste https://goo.gl/maps/G1juinpA6GU2 into your browser.

The drive is about 2 hours to the NYC Museum in Elkhart. Once there we can tour the museum, visit the Elkhart station across the street, and watch some proto action.

Meeting

NYC Museum

721 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516

Admission for the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $5 for kids 4-12

To wet your appetite, here are some pictures from the museum

NYC 4
NYC 2
NYC 3
NYC 1

For more information about the museum, you can follow these links:

Click here for a brief description about the museum
and for more details click here which includes a detailed list of rolling stock in the yard.

Lunch and Afternoon with Jerry Macri

Here is an article about Jerry's restaurant and hobby shop.

Lunch @ Villa Macri

225 Toscana Blvd, Granger, IN 46530

Check out the Villa Macri website, and know what you are going to pick for lunch before you even get there

Next door to the restaurant is Jerry's Trains hobby shop, Click here to go to the stores web site.

In the afternoon we’ll head to Jerry’s house to visit his enormous HO scale Pennsy layout, which has been featured in Model Railroader and Allen Keller’s video series.
Click here is a description of his layout,
and click here to watch a 4-5 minute youtube video of his layout

Drive Home

When you leave Jerry's house, you have a few options. There’s another hobby shop nearby that is also close to an active yard. Depending on which route you take home, two other hobby shops are in the area. Dave will have maps for everyone when we meet.

Note from Dave

Other than the museum admittance, and lunch, there are no other costs. It is up to you if you want to spend in the hobby shops.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BRING GUESTS. That includes family members, friends, or whoever. No NMRA membership required. But If you do know someone who might be interested in joining, this is a good way to introduce them to our group.

If you have any questions about the trip, please contact me at 419-508-2206 or send me an email at davemcmullian@earthlink.net.

I’m looking forward to sharing a great day with you!

Dave McMullian,
Superintendent, Black Swamp Division