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Division 1 meeting minutes October 27th, 2017 Asst. Supt. Norm Cattell called the business meeting to order at 6:55 pm. There were 28 members present.
I New Business

1. Christmas Party Chuck Williams gave us a quick overview of the plans for the Division Christmas Party. It will be held at Swan Creek complex, just the same as last year but the name has been changed to Ohio Living at Swan Creek. The party will be held on Friday, December 15. The social hour will begin at 6:30 pm, the meal will begin at 7:00 pm, and the Chinese auction will start at 8:00 pm. Dinner will be a sit down style with seating on a first come first serve basis. The gift exchange will be a $20.00 limit as in the past. The dinner is $15.00/person. Please turn in your payment at the next division meeting on Dec. 1, 2017. The entrees will be a choice of beef, chicken, salmon or vegetarian. No tipping is allowed so please consider adding a few dollars to the meal price as a contribution to the Swan Creek employee Christmas gift fund.

2. The library Auction The library auction will be at our next meeting on Dec. 1, 2017. The format will be a silent auction. Please look for the details on how the auction will be conducted in next month's Train Order.

3. Layouts There will be a division layout tour on November 18, 2017. Layouts involved will be announced in a forthcoming e-mail.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:06 pm.


4. Scale Speed Norm Cattell conducted a clinic on scale speed, how scale speeds can be used to slow down an ops session, and to simulate a larger layout by slower switching moves. Norm gave us a brief overview on how to calculate scale speeds and had an excellent power point recap of speed/distance measurements. Norm plans to have this information available on the division website as a download.

5. Bridge Building Ray Huber gave us another excellent engineering clinic on bridge building. Ray took what looked like old Atlas flatcar beam loads and scratch-built the diagonal bracing using Evergreen styrene stock to manufacture the parts. He then used other plastic strip to build wooden bracing along the top of the bridge. Finally, he showed how to use plastic sheet stock to build the bridge seat and then made his bridge abutments using wood covered with Dap vinyl compound to simulate rough poured concrete.

6. White Pass & Yukon Railroad Jim Treadaway presented a brief pictorial clinic on the White Pass & Yukon railroad. Jim and his wife took an Alaskan cruise this past summer and part of the tour was a trip on the railroad from the harbor up to the top of White Pass. The photographs were excellent and Jim had many pictures of what has to be considered one the real railroad engineering feats of the 20th Century.


1. Steve Glass brought in two old Bachman train set cars of the clamshell topped steel coil cars that he had rebuild. Steve changed out the trucks, couplers and wheel sets and finished off the cars by giving them a realistic weathering treatment.

2. Jeff Shumaker brought in two Hon2 1/2 kit bashes of narrow gauge rail cars. The first was built using a Jordan Models model T truck cab with a box taken from a British style 4-wheel boxcar mounted on a chassis and powered by a Japanese N scale motor inside the box. The second rail car was built from a 3-D printed narrow gauge body that was based on a PRR standard gauge railcar that was used to shuttle crews around the yard at Altoona, PA. They were both unique and interesting models.

3. Roger Jensen brought in an old (1948) Fairbanks-Morse switcher produced by a company called Barr-Nixon. There was no attribution as to where the kit was made but Roger speculates this may have been one of the first war Japanese brass imports. Roger is trying to mount this body on an old Athearn S-W switcher body.

4. Jim Treadaway brought in a series of old-time Roundhouse cars that he has modified for his Stinky Creek railroad. Jim had an old Gramps tank car, a nicely weathered MDC/Roundhouse 2 truck shay and a cattle car with prototypical weathering.

5. John Roth brought in a scratch-built sand drying house. This building was constructed using the techniques Dave McMullian shared last month on his presentation on foam-core building. The sand house was covered with paper siding and paper roofing papers and weather with Doc O'Brien's weathering powders.

6. Marshall Stull brought in a C & O weathered caboose. Marshall does not use an airbrush in his weathering and achieved some nice effects using chalks and washes. One technique of note was his use of Dullcote spray to frost the windows of the caboose to simulate the build up of grime.

Clinic To wrap up the evening, Norm Cattell gave us another clinic, this one on weathering. Norm stressed a number of points, but the foremost one was that weathering should be subtle. Norm also suggested the use of prototypical photos to guide weathering. Norm discussed a number of weathering techniques, including the use of colored pencils, Bragdon adhesive chalks, ordinary chalks and pan pastels. One thing Norm stressed was to avoid the use of Testor's Dullcote. Dullcote is made from petroleum derivatives and tends to dissolve calcium i.e. chalk. Norm suggested the use of Krylon 'Workable Fixatif' that is sold in art supply stores to fix chalk drawings. Norm also suggested picking up an occasional issue of Fine Scale Modeler to study methods used by military modelers, as they use modeling materials not often thought of by model railroaders. Finally, Norm stressed the need to avoid weathering cars in large batches to avoid a too uniform appearance of your freight, passenger and engine fleet.
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm. Submitted by John Roth, Division 1 clerk.