Elkhart Model Railroad Club Announcements 

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The Elkhart Model Railroad Club meets Friday Evenings at 2703 Hawthorne Street in Elkhart, Indiana.
Visitors are welcome 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. On the third Friday of every month we are closed to the public until 8:00 pm for our monthly business meeting.
 
NEWS for August 2018

August 10, 2018

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 Wow, a big turnout (pun) for our EMRRC open running night for August 10th. The parking lot was full and a lot of members enjoyed themselves in the air conditioning running trains till late in the night. This was the last run for awhile for one of our student members Gary Babcoke III. Gary graduated from Penn High School in the spring and is on his way to Penn State for his freshman year. We tried to talk him into a local engineering school, his mom's a Purdue grad but he has this thing about Penn being his school name. Seriously Penn State in Altoona offers the nation’s first and only bachelor of science degree program in Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE). Also being located in one of the rail meccas in the United States doesn't hurt. Gary's going to be located about 9 miles from Horseshoe Curve. Congratulations Gary, and all the best from the EMRRC group. Another piece of exciting news is we have a brochure for the 2019 EMRRC 14th Annual Nappanee Train Show.2019 Train Show  Here's a link for a download of the brochure.  The facility we are going to be in the Claywood Event Center,  a new building just southeast of Nappanee, Indiana. The building has all the amenities and we will take up about 14,000 sq.ft. for the show with operating layouts and 150 vendor tables. There is an onsite restaurant. 
 
 
Longtime member Stan Shatto has ended up in the hospital. He is recovering nicely and should be back at the club soon. Stan has been instrumental in many of the scenes you see around the layout including Chateau Woods, just about every water tower or tank and many of the buildings that on the layout. Get Well Soon Stan.
 
 
 
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We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page. Click here to take a look.Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section. Click here to check out  the operations action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Very soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The show committee will meet this coming Friday at the club and we'll have more information posted from that meeting.
 

August 3, 2018

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 Member Jerry Piatt brought by his hot rod to EMRRC for our first meeting of August 2018.  The 1923 Ford t-bucket, has a bored out 350 hp Chevrolet engine with 2  4 bbl Edelbrock carburetors and  Edelbrock manifolds adding up to a little over 500 hp and 10 miles to the gallon (kidding I hope). 
 
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Also this evening we had a slideshow of 70 and 80s railroading in the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio areas.  Some interesting slides including one of the Sample and Olive Street area before the railroad overpass was put in.  Many members remember sitting there waiting for trains to go by. Also we delved back into our problem connecting  phones or tablets and recognizing them as throttles to the system through JMRI.  Matt Glassman brought his computer setup in with Windows 10 and the latest version of JMRI . Also Paul Ewing had cleared out the memory on the DigiTrax system.  No problems were encountered. We are going to continue to test at our next meeting.
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As always we had several members and guests show up for open running with a variety of trains locmotives and cars. 
 
  
8032018 Meeting BN6One of the more interesting units running Friday night was a Burlington Northern Fuel Tender. Member Gabe Smith owns these BN units. The BN started using fuel tenders on main line freight trains in 1987. They had MU connectors and fuel lines so they could run between units and supply both units with extra fuel. They were configured to work with BN’s GP50s, B30-7As, and LMX B39-8 lease units. Fuel prices were dropping in the early 1990s and the fuel tenders were too lightweight to keep up with wear and tear typical heavy locomotives endure. The fuel tender program ended by 1991. As always we have a variety of  locomotives and trains  to show.  We  have current pictures from the club taken in June, July and August on the Friday Night Pictures page.Click here to take a look. For the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archiveVery soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The 14th annual Elkhart Model Railroad Show will take place on March 16, 2019 in Nappanee, Indiana. 
 
NEWS for July 2018

July 27, 2018

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 Things were fast & furious Friday night at the club during operations.  We ran into our old friend, the return of ongoing problems with JMRI connecting to phones or tablets and recognizing them as throttles. If we have several phones and tablets online as throttles we lose connections and control of the trains. Also the Digitrax system using Digitrax throttles would not allow us to gain control of trains.  After going back to version 3.10 of JMRI in April we had been problem free for several weeks. At the end of the night Matt Glassman came up with a solution.  If we didn't open the web server for My JMRI Railroad but one of the other web servers listed such as EMRRC Railroad the system started working.  We are going to spend some time at the next meeting going through a list of solutions that Matt and I came up with. First we are going to clear the brain of the Digitrax system. After seeing if that helps we are going to either go with our club computer online or if there are still problems we are going to bring Matt's personal computer online and see if we can start narrowing down what part of our system hiccups.  If any member reads this and wants to run Friday August  3rd and you are using a phone or tablet please bring it if possible. 7272018 Meeting Landscape1On to other news at the club. Gabe Smith and Charlie Yoakam did a great job trimming the bushes in front of the club. Owning your own building entails ongoing maintenance and several members are knowledgeable and hard workers when it comes to maintenance. Members persevered over our throttle problems and we managed to run some operations during the evening. 
 
Here's some shots of a few of the trains that ran that evening. More pictures are shown at the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.
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Look for the latest action in our Friday Night Running at the Club section. Click here to check out  the operations action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Very soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon. The show committee will meet this coming Friday at the club and we'll have more information posted from that meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2018

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Friday July 20, 2018 was EMRRC's 7th business meeting of the year.  The year is moving along swiftly. The main item of business  was the announcement we have a contract for the Elkhart Model Railroad Club Nappanee Train Show on Saturday March 16, 2019.
20180720 1929252The members of the show committee are already hard at work on the show and more information will be coming out as we move to August. It's the Claywood Event Center a large new facility just south of US 6 in Nappanee and everyone in the club is glad to get the 14th annual show back on track. 7202018 Meeting BN8Rain hit the area for most of the day so we had a good turnout of members for open running. Members brought some unique trains to the club and we had several trains NYC, NS, CSX and BN that made their weekly run over EMRRC trackage.
 
 20180720 2144095 Also setup for next week's operations was ongoing during open running. We have a large HO 25' x 49'  HO-Scale layout and a new N-Scale layout so there is plenty of room for everyone.  If you are into operations the 4th Friday of every month is our operations night. Operations begin promptly at 7:00 pm this Friday July 27th.  7202018 Meeting BN27Do you like to work on a model railroad layout or learn about model railroad construction?  With a large HO layout and a new N-Scale layout we need all kinds of folks.  Computer, app  Programmers, artists, construction, electrical, model builders, or just have an interest to see and work on a piece of history in the Elkhart area we can use you. We have male and female members, young and old. Constructing a model railroad is a hobby that transcends generations and encourages people to nurture a wide range of skills as problem solvers.We have a variety of  locomotives and trains  to show  this week.  On the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.  We  have current pictures from the club taken in June and July in a slideshow format. Some are on this page but several we didn't have room for are included in the Friday Night Pictures.Click here to take a look. As always for the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archiveVery soon there will be a seperate area for the "Elkhart Model Railroad Club 2014 Nappanee Train Show".  Look for it soon.

July 13, 2018

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 A couple of maintenance items to deal with and news of the 2019 Elkhart Model Railroad Club show started the July 13, 2018 meeting.  The rebuild of the of the Roundhouse area continues with more razing of the area. No it's not Doc Brown with Marty McFly in the future it's Gary Pressnell routing out areas for the pits in the new roundhouse. The roundhouse will be a 6 stall building with 2 stalls extended for those longer locos.  There will also be an outside maintenance area next to the roundhouse with an overhead crane.  More news to come. 7132018 Meeting Facia12
 
Also the south end facia is completed thanks to members Paul Ewing, Gabe Smith and Charlie Yoakam.  We also found out we have a contract with a Nappanee Indiana area 20,000 sq.ft. banquet hall for the 2019 Nappanee Train Show. After July's business meeting there will be much more information to come on the show.  Also look for an update on the new N-Scale layout next week.  President Chuck Hart has been diligently working on the layout and is in the middle of installing Tortoise switch machines in the areas that can't be easily reached.
 
 
Other news includes the  Indiana Transportation Museum's move out of Noblesville, Indiana. 7132018 Meeting ITM7132018 Meeting ITM2 ITM Director of Assets, Josh Spencer and  Chris Campbell of Kentucky Steam announced  the two entities signed an agreement that rescues the 587 by taking her out of Noblesville and places her under the protection of the Kentucky restoration group until she's restored. Once she's all shined up, she will be back in Indiana , proudly remaining ITM's crown jewel.
 
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One of the interesting locomotives that showed up was a General Electric Tier 4 GEVo Series demonstrator The EPA “Tier” emissions standards are a series, or Tiers, of allowable emissions levels based upon a locomotives’ date of manufacture. The highest and most stringent tier level, Tier 4, sets maximum allowable NOx and hydrocarbon emissions levels for locomotives built for domestic use 2015 onward. While similar in appearance to previous GE GEVo designs, the Tier 4 models featured a longer frame compared to their predecessors.
This allows for a larger radiator “cab” (GE refers to the various sections of the long hood as “cabs”), and a "hump" over the engine cab for advanced exhaust treatment equipment. Initially, a boxy housing filled the entire roofline on the blue-painted field test/demonstrator units. Due to changes in treatment equipment and clearance issues, the "hump" would decrease in size and shape into a boxy compartment around the exhaust on initial production units.
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  This culminated in an angled compartment surrounding the exhaust manifold on the latest production versions (2016+). Despite boxier engine cab rooflines and a radically styled radiator cab, the basic Tier 4 design shares a family appearance with GE safety cab-equipped units going back to the DASH-9s of the 1990s. It even includes the same 12-cylinder GEVo-12 series prime mover and 4,400hp as its predecessor model. The unit shown is a GECX Pre-Production/Field Test Demonstrator ET44AC by ScaleTrains.com. It is the first model in HO scale and is officially licensed by GE. The demonstrator units traveled extensively across the US and were built in 2013. 7132018 Meeting CSX27Besides the 2024 we have lots of locomotives and trains  to show you this week. Take a look at the Friday Night Pictures at the Club section.  We changed it up to show current pictures from the club. Some are on this page but several we didn't have room for are included in the Friday Night Pictures. Click here to take a look. As always for the latest video Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer. If you have missed any of our previous months we store those under 2018 Past Announcements. Here's a link to that archive.  Hopefully next week we will have a seperate section on the 2019 Train Show be sure to look for it.


 


July 6, 2018

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 Cleaning, maintenance and open running started off the month of July for the Elkhart Model Railroad Club.  There was a good turnout of members and visitors Friday night at the club.  Several guys were ballasting and work proceeded on the roundhouse and turntable area. All of the buildings have been packed away and the scenery in the roundhouse area has been cleaned out.  Meeting 7062018 Roundhouse28Some major decisions made were to replace the roundhouses and machinery building with a new roundhouse and open concrete pad area with an overhead crane. The turntable will remain in place and the roundhouse area will be based on and extend from the turntable. Lifetime member Stan Shatto told us the area the roundhouse sets in used to be a mountain.  The track ran through the wall to the roundhouse facility set in our kitchen area in the 1970s. Also a new switch will be added to the single track mainline connecting it to the drill track for the yard so the drill track can also be used as a run around track into the yard off of the main. Meeting  7062018 NKP5872
 
In other news the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville, Indiana has been given until July 12 to vacate its longtime home at Forest Park in Noblesville. The museum is about 120 miles from us. In an order issued Friday, a Hamilton Circuit Court Judge denied a request by the transportation museum, which has occupied about 10 acres in Forest Park since the 1970s, for a preliminary injunction to delay its eviction. The museum has a memorandum of understanding to move to Logansport, about 60 miles from Noblesville, but museum officials say it will take time to safely move and preserve 78 historic train cars and engines, several buildings including the historic Hobbs Station, and more than three miles of track and switches. They also asked the court to require the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority to give the museum access to the rail line to move equipment. The judge denied those requests and ordered the transportation museum to immediately vacate the site. On July 13, the city will be granted possession of the property to clean up whatever property remains, if it chooses to do so. An army of volunteers, heavy equipment movers, cranes and many other pieces of heavy equipment and operators have descended on the museum for the last 2 weeks to save as many pieces of history as possible. Several of these volunteers are from the Hesston Steam Museum in our area.  Hesston is involved in the  emergency removal of Indianapolis Power and Light 0-4-0F #1. #1 was built by the H.K. Porter Company in 1950. The engine is a  non-combustible design known as the fireless locomotive. It essentially used a pressurized cylinder of steam and hot water to power the pistons and rods. Click Here for a Facebook video on the removal by Hesston volunteers. Several EMRRC members are also volunteers at Hesston. Kentucky Steam Heritage  has rescued NKP 587. Nickel Plate Road 587 is a USRA Light 2–8–2 steam locomotive built in August 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Lake Erie and Western Railroad as its number 5541. In 1923, the LE&W was merged into the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, ("Nickel Plate Road"), and allocated 587 as its new number in 1924.  NKP No. 587 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. However, its cylinders were replaced with Lima Locomotive Works (LLW) castings during its December, 1943 overhaul.  The Indiana Transportation Museum was in the midst of a restoration of 587 when the bad news broke. ITM will retain ownership of NKP 587 Kentucky Steam Heritage will continue the restoration to bring it back to operating condition.Meeting  7062018 NKP7651The Fort Wayne Historical Society owners of several Nickel Plate engines including Berkshire #765 also sent several volunteers and experts to help in the move. After some sobering news on the fate of the Indiana Transportation Museum we moved on to running trains on the first meeting of July 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meeting  7062018 PFE5We had fewer trains running this session but enough to put together a video of highlights.  You can watch the video on our Friday Night Running at the Club page.  Click here to check out all the action from this week. Also click here for the latest weekly report on train shows and swap meets in the area (this is the latest list) courtesy  of Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, MI. Also here's an announcement on a great NMRA conference coming up on September 21st and 22nd in South Bend, IN.  The presenters are well known in railroad modeling and include Jim Six who is modeling Sturgis Michigan and has an extensive blog at Railroad Model Hobbiest and Tom Johnson the creator of the Logansport and Indiana Northern Railroad. Registration information is at www.michiana-nmra.org.  Here's a link to the flyer.
To see the pictures that didn't make it to the home page click here for our Friday Night Pictures at the Club.