The Black Swamp Division

NMRA, NCR, Division OneServing NW Ohio and SE Michigan

The Black Swamp Division

Serving NW Ohio and SE Michigan
Division 1 meeting minutes, October 25, 2019 Supt. McMullian called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. 23 members attended along with 3 guests.
Business Meeting

1. Visitors / New Members: Visitors / New Members: Supt. McMullian asked if there were any visitors or new members present. Three guests were present.

2. Operating session / Layout Tours Update: Supt. McMullian mentioned that the recent layouts tours and operation sessions were a big hit. Several members were impressed with Rich Lecki layout, which had 128 diesels on it.

3. Christmas Party update: Supt. McMillian mentioned that this year's Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel. Supt. McMillian presented the members in attendance with the menu which will include the following:

Entree Choices:
All meals include:
Salad and dressings
Rolls and butter
Garlic Mashed Potatoes and California Veggie Blend
Red Velvet Cake
Coffee, tea, lemonade

Open bar available

Cost including service $25 per person

Members can sign up during the break in the meeting or next month's meeting.

4. North Central Crossing Convention Update: Ray Huber brought up question about the construction on I-75 and how it may affect travel to the convention in Troy, MI. Marshall Stull will be traveling to Troy, MI before the convention and will notify Paul Marsden with an update as to any construction that will hinder travel along I-75. Paul will send out an E Blast to all the members with the updated information. Several members mentioned that there are no maps as to where the layout tours ae located. The system used by North Central is to use a QR code, which will send you to a map app on your phone.

5. November Meeting: The November meeting will feature a special guest: Charles Goleski. Mr. Goleski who has worked for the railroad for many years will be our guest speaker. Mr. Goleski will talk about his life working for the railroad, sharing antidotes about day to day life along with observations of rolling stock. Not only is Mr. Goleski a great speaker, he has several books to his credit which he will have for sale at the meeting.

6. New train Shop: Jim White’s daughter Becky Eby is opening a train store “Frogtown Trains”. Currently her business is online, but she is looking for a brick and mortar store to set up shop. She can place orders for kits and parts for you through her website:

Business Meeting adjourned at 7:22 P.M.

Marshall Stull mentioned the RIP Track items.

Show & Tell (lemonade from lemons):

1. Ray Huber presented a slide show on one of his projects. Ray discovered that a JP9 chassis that he purchased at a show was really for a JP 35. Ray made some modifications to it and then made some decals for it. Everything turned out to Ray's advantage with this great swap meet find.

2. Steve Glass gave us a presentation on a general store that he built. Steve had a problem getting the paint on the walls to look the way he wanted the walls to look like. He ended up painting the walls with a brush, which gave the walls a wood grain texture. To make the roof flashing, Steve use aluminum foil, which gave the appearance of real flashing. Steve used Bar Mills weathering powder to weather the roof. Very impressive job Steve.

3. Norm Cattell showed us the very first car that he weathered. For a first try, nice job Norm.

4. Steve Kellogg brought in a passenger car and an engine to show us. Steve explained that he experienced problems with the engine shorting out. After trial and error, he discovered that the snowplow blade was to low and causing the short. After a little trimming, everything worked fine.

5. Roger Jensen talked about his experience building a model of the worlds largest tank car. Roger's original idea was to use PVC plumbing pipe, but that idea did not work out as well as he had hoped. His grandnephew designed the tank and then 3D printed it for him. The 3D printed tank worked out just as he had planned originally. We are all waiting to see the finished car.

6. Bill Vollmar showed us his latest addition for his layout (Gilded Gerty's Saloon). Bill described how he scratch build the structure from card stock. As with all of Bills structures, they are unique to his layout. Great job Bill.

Door prizes: the winners were: Steve Kellogg - Harbor Freight
Bill Vollmar - Hobby Lobby

Brian Mock our guest for the evening presented a clinic on weathering using tubed acrylic paints. Brian covered the whole process from start to finish with an easy to understand process. He covered the various colors he uses and what each is used for on the cars, and how to apply them. Brian also covered which brushes to use along with several other helpful applicators.

Brian, Thank you for joining us and giving us a very useful clinic.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 P.M.