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Re: Donation of train table

Geoff Dunn
 

Mike, I see the names of the pictures, but not the actual pictures. Can you post those, please?

Geoff


Donation of train table

Michael Romanowski
 

This email came to our club. We cannot use the table. If anyone in Albany NTrak wants it, please email the original person. He lives in Albany area.
Begin forwarded message:

From: Michael Romanowski <mmroman@roadrunner.com>
Date: May 17, 2021 at 9:29:57 AM EDT
To: Jim Davis <jim.davis49@gmail.com>
Cc: wheelerart2@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Donation of train table

Jim the n scale group cannot use the table. We have no space. I will forward your email to Albany NTrak group. Someone there may be able to use it.
Ken please post this to our club in case someone could use it.

Thanks.

Sent from my iPhone

On May 17, 2021, at 8:55 AM, Jim Davis <jim.davis49@gmail.com> wrote:

I had a train layout in my basement for years. I have to move to a much smaller place and therefore have to give up my layout. I have a professional table that I can't take with me. Would you be interested in this as a donation? Here are some pictures:

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I can be reached at my phone -- 518-380-3282, my e-mail -- jim.davis49@gmail.com, or at my address -- 38 Rosemont St, Albany, NY 12203. The table is a double dog bone about 12 feet on each side and 3 to 4 feet wide. It is professionally built, easy to disassemble and re-essemble.

Let me know if you have any interests. Thank you.


Re: Web site and train shows

Geoff Dunn
 

John Henry, the schedule on the web site is based on publicly available information. Let me know if the HVRRS (or any other group) updates their web site or other public information platform.

Geoff


Re: Web site and train shows

nycrr8
 

Geoff,
The Hyde Park Station / Hudson Valley Railroad Society (HVRRS) sent the following regarding the Poughkeepsie Train Show to its email list:


3.  The train show is ON for this year.  It will be November 7th and Jeff is working on the first publicity poster.  I will forward it when it is complete...


Be well all,  John Henry


Web site and train shows

Geoff Dunn
 

I updated the AlbanyNTrak web site, http://www.albanyntrak.org/, to reflect the current train show schedule. Except for the adult-focused NER convention, there are no live events confirmed, per the various shows' web sites.

Hopefully adults will get their COVID-19 vaccinations. But kids under 12 are not yet eligible, and they make up a large part of the crowd at many shows. We'll see if some shows become adult-only, vaccinated-only, or are postponed until kids have had vaccination opportunities.

Get your vaccine if you haven't already. People are still dying from COVID-19. Protect yourself, protect others.

Geoff


Re: GTE show is on this year

Brian Hilgenberg
 

I understand that the Syracuse show in November is on, as is the N-scale weekend in Altoona in August.Apparently, there will also be a train show in Binghamton on April 17th; I'll be fully vaccinated by then, but no.
Brian Hilgenberg

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:36:19 PM EDT, Michael Romanowski <mmroman@roadrunner.com> wrote:

I had an email from Irwin yesterday, the GTE show will be held on December 5th this year. I will post the status of the Upstate Model Railroaders show when I have more info.

Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519


GTE show is on this year

Michael Romanowski
 

I had an email from Irwin yesterday, the GTE show will be held on December 5th this year. I will post the status of the Upstate Model Railroaders show when I have more info.

Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519


Re: 9.5 mm screws for Kato Unitrack

Rod Mason
 

Hi Dave,

All is well here and I hope all is the same with you and your family. Thanks for your suggestion on the track screws. I’ve gone ahead and ordered a pack of 50 from Zscalehobo.com. You’ve certainly been busy making modules if you’ve made 11 since moving to Indiana! Have you found a club to join in your area? Our club back in the Capital District is pretty much shut down with no shows on the horizon due to the pandemic. We did have our annual meeting last September via Zoom, but that’s been about it.

Best regards,
Rod

On Mar 23, 2021, at 9:33 AM, Dave Sefcik <lenoxrealtor@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Rod. Hope all is well with you and your family. I've been buying track
screws from Zscalehobo.com. The screws are listed under the Rokuhan tab and
come in a pack of 50 for $3.99. The dimensions of the screws are 1.4 X 10mm
and they work perfectly for fastening the Kato track. Since we moved I've
made 11 more modules than I had when I was with Albany Ntrak and these are
the screws I've used for virtually all of that track fastening.

All the best,

Dave

On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 9:09 AM Rod Mason <rmason1@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

Hi to all,

I’m looking for a source of where I can purchase 9.5 mm (3/8”) phillips
flat head screws to attach Kato Unitrack to wood. Does anyone know of such
a (preferably U.S.) source? Thanks.

Rod









Re: 9.5 mm screws for Kato Unitrack

Dave Sefcik
 

Hi Rod. Hope all is well with you and your family. I've been buying track
screws from Zscalehobo.com. The screws are listed under the Rokuhan tab and
come in a pack of 50 for $3.99. The dimensions of the screws are 1.4 X 10mm
and they work perfectly for fastening the Kato track. Since we moved I've
made 11 more modules than I had when I was with Albany Ntrak and these are
the screws I've used for virtually all of that track fastening.

All the best,

Dave

On Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 9:09 AM Rod Mason <rmason1@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

Hi to all,

I’m looking for a source of where I can purchase 9.5 mm (3/8”) phillips
flat head screws to attach Kato Unitrack to wood. Does anyone know of such
a (preferably U.S.) source? Thanks.

Rod






9.5 mm screws for Kato Unitrack

Rod Mason
 

Hi to all,

I’m looking for a source of where I can purchase 9.5 mm (3/8”) phillips flat head screws to attach Kato Unitrack to wood. Does anyone know of such a (preferably U.S.) source? Thanks.

Rod


Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Matt Rossman
 

Hi all,

Glad to see that most are getting their vaccinations now and hopefully the rest of us can soon too. We are doing well here. Changing jobs during a time like this has definitely made things interesting.

My modular model train layout is still up and running and probably better than it was before. I try to get down there 1-2 times a week for a short period. I’ve converted half of my lines to DCC and have been converting my locos over. It has given me a great opportunity to maintain all of them as well.

Matt

On Mar 16, 2021, at 7:35 PM, Brian Emerson via groups.io <bemerson8=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks Geoff for reaching out to everyone. It’s good to hear how things are going. We are doing well in sunny Florida in historic Venice with its beautiful railroad station but with a bike trail instead of a rail line. We both have all our shots so are venturing out to outdoor restaurants etc.

As for model railroading I am building a around the room shelf style n scale railroad (see photos) after searching in vane
for a basement in my house. Still working as a lone wolf as no clubs are nearby. Take care everyone.

Brian Emerson
On Mar 13, 2021, at 7:50 AM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello everybody. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. I trust people are healthy, safe, and now some of you are getting the vaccine.

I've had one shot, have been working on three TTrak corners for most of the last year, and doing a little on my HO layout. Lots of other stuff is keeping me busy.

Let us know how things are going.

For those who belong to the NTrak national group, this is also a reminder about "ZoomTrak" this afternoon at 4:00.

Geoff








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Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Brian Emerson
 

Thanks Geoff for reaching out to everyone. It’s good to hear how things are going. We are doing well in sunny Florida in historic Venice with its beautiful railroad station but with a bike trail instead of a rail line. We both have all our shots so are venturing out to outdoor restaurants etc.

As for model railroading I am building a around the room shelf style n scale railroad (see photos) after searching in vane
for a basement in my house. Still working as a lone wolf as no clubs are nearby. Take care everyone.

Brian Emerson

On Mar 13, 2021, at 7:50 AM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello everybody. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. I trust people are healthy, safe, and now some of you are getting the vaccine.

I've had one shot, have been working on three TTrak corners for most of the last year, and doing a little on my HO layout. Lots of other stuff is keeping me busy.

Let us know how things are going.

For those who belong to the NTrak national group, this is also a reminder about "ZoomTrak" this afternoon at 4:00.

Geoff





Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Forest Bevins
 

Hi Everyone, Not much going on with me. Haven't done much in N scale over the past year other that a joint project with Mike R. We did a Fire breathing dragon burning down a castle on one of our wide corners and the other wide corner we started Disney's Galaxy Edge which is a Star Wars themed Module, with the Millennium Falcon. Most of my time has been working on the UMRR new G Scale layout. The final design is done and will feature 3 main lines which one is a point to point with a double switch back climbing up the side of a mountain to an upper level. along with running water and lots of automation. We hope to start construction by the end of the month and hope to have trains running by summer.
Forest


Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Mark Fleischhauer
 

Hi Geoff and everyone,
I've been reading everyone's e-mails and I'm glad everyone is doing well,
We are very fortunate in my household with vaccines.  I work in a nursing home, my wife is a teacher, my daughter is an RN and my son is a grocery worker.  My son is the only one who has not yet had a second shot, but he will get it next week.
Luckily we have all been healthy throughout.
I have not had a heck of a lot of time to work on trains, as I've been way too busy at work through the pandemic.  I purchased the Kato 20th Century Limited set with DCC locomotives.  I've been a little frustrated because the locos arrived DOA (or so it appears).  I sent them back to Kato, and they said they tested OK (see my post from a week or two ago).  When they came back, I still couldn't get them to work.  I've reached back out to Kato to see if they have any suggestions.
I hope we'll be able to have train shows again in a few months.
Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Mar 13, 2021 7:50 am
Subject: [AlbanyNTrak] Checking in - how is everyone?

Hello everybody.  Just checking in to see how everyone is doing.  I trust people are healthy, safe, and now some of you are getting the vaccine.

I've had one shot, have been working on three TTrak corners for most of the last year, and doing a little on my HO  layout.  Lots of other stuff is keeping me busy.

Let us know how things are going.

For those who belong to the NTrak national group, this is also a reminder about "ZoomTrak" this afternoon at 4:00.

Geoff


Re: [AlbanyNTra k] Checking in - how is everyone?

nycrr8
 

Thanks for the info, Rod. That is a big cost savings. I am modelling en eralier era (1950-ish +/- 5 or so years) and unfortunately those cars look a little too modern for that. Still, it's great info. Thank you. John Henry


Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Geoff Dunn
 

Doug asked me to post this for him...

Hi Everyone
It has been nice to read all of your comments and what you all have been doing. From what I can tell most of you and your wife’s have received at least one dose of the vaccine which I am so happy to hear. My Mom who is 95 has had both of her’s as well as my mother in-law who is 92. Nadine my wife received her first shot yesterday and I have an appointment for April 17th. What is clear to me in reading your emails is how important family is to ALL of us. This has been a hard year for each and everyone of us but just maybe we have all been reminded of what really matters , or what is most important to all of us, family !
On a personal note I have been continuing working on my home layout and have made some progress. I still have a long ways to go but I have been enjoying the hobby as much as possibly. I do however miss all my friends and fellowing train enthusiast. I hope to see all of you in the near further, for now stay safe and remember we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel but, we are still in the tunnel ( but getting close to the end I hope ! )

Doug


recent CDC guidelines

Michael Romanowski
 

These are the latest, March 8th CDC guidelines for vaccinated people.

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Updated Mar. 8, 2021
Key Points
This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen ).†

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination <https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-after-vaccination.html>.

Fully vaccinated people can:

Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
As a researcher for Merck for 30 years and having helped develop two vaccines, These are the guidelines I trust now. My wife and I were vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer has tested their vaccine in many different scenarios. See the google the link below for more info:

https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/real-world-evidence-confirms-high-effectiveness-pfizer
Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519

On Mar 14, 2021, at 12:50 PM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Good to hear from those who responded. Stephen, I'm sorry to hear you got the bug, and are still dealing with after-effects, but glad you're on the mend. Best of luck with your recovery, and I hope it's quick.

I'm glad to hear people are staying active, not just binge-watching stuff. Rod's lighting and Matthew's 3-D printer are especially cool. I ordered some of the cars.

Unfortunately, even though many "pods" may be vaccinated soon, it will be months before the vaccine is available to everyone, including a mainstay of our train show audiences - children. The vaccine isn't even approved for anyone under 18 (16 for Pfizer?). And, as John Henry said, even vaccinated people can catch and pass on the virus, so masks will be necessary for six months or more. The vaccine does seem to provide 100% protection against death, so get it if you can. Sorry to sound like your mother!

Stay safe. Geoff





Re: Checking in - how is everyone?

Geoff Dunn
 

Good to hear from those who responded. Stephen, I'm sorry to hear you got the bug, and are still dealing with after-effects, but glad you're on the mend. Best of luck with your recovery, and I hope it's quick.

I'm glad to hear people are staying active, not just binge-watching stuff. Rod's lighting and Matthew's 3-D printer are especially cool. I ordered some of the cars.

Unfortunately, even though many "pods" may be vaccinated soon, it will be months before the vaccine is available to everyone, including a mainstay of our train show audiences - children. The vaccine isn't even approved for anyone under 18 (16 for Pfizer?). And, as John Henry said, even vaccinated people can catch and pass on the virus, so masks will be necessary for six months or more. The vaccine does seem to provide 100% protection against death, so get it if you can. Sorry to sound like your mother!

Stay safe. Geoff


Re: [AlbanyNTra k] Checking in - how is everyone?

Rod Mason
 

John Henry,

Here's the listing on Amazon where I got the cars: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DW4TRTY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Although the cars themselves are not Woodland Scenics Just Plug, I did wire the cars together in groups of 4 and used the Just Plug Lighting System (i.e. JP Connecting Cables cut in half, Expansion Hubs & Light Hubs w/dimmer control) to provide power and dimmer control. The QC & detail on the cars is not as good as Woodland Scenics (an average of 1 out of 12 cars in a batch was DOA) but at just $1.25/car it's a lot less expensive than WS cars that go for at almost 20 times that amount per vehicle (e.g. Woodland Scenics Just Plug Lighted Vehicle City Classic Car JP5612 is priced at $23.99 + $3.90 shipping + $2.23 tax on eBay).

Rod

-----Original Message-----
From: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io [mailto:AlbanyNTrak@groups.io] On Behalf Of nycrr8 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2021 11:09 AM
To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io
Subject: Re: [AlbanyNTrak] [AlbanyNTra k] Checking in - how is everyone?

Rod,

That is very cool. Are those cars with headlights all Woodland Scenics Just Plug or something else? I once came across lit cars where East Coast Circuits modified some Classic Metal Works Cars with lights installed. They were at Trainlife a year or two ago. (Out of stock there now.)

A long time ago (pre-Covid) I visited Trainlife/Exact Rail in Utah when I was there for an NMRA Convention. Besides their great stuff, they are known for being the location where one of Pelle Soeborg's Union Pacific layouts was set up after he dismantled it in Denmark and sent it to them in a shipping container. He did build it as a sectional layout as the subject of a Kalmbach book, and the workmanship is truly outstanding, as you would expect from layouts they publish.

Be well,

John Henry
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Re: [AlbanyNTra k] Checking in - how is everyone?

nycrr8
 

Rod,

That is very cool. Are those cars with headlights all Woodland Scenics Just Plug or something else? I once came across lit cars where East Coast Circuits modified some Classic Metal Works Cars with lights installed. They were at Trainlife a year or two ago. (Out of stock there now.)

A long time ago (pre-Covid) I visited Trainlife/Exact Rail in Utah when I was there for an NMRA Convention. Besides their great stuff, they are known for being the location where one of Pelle Soeborg's Union Pacific layouts was set up after he dismantled it in Denmark and sent it to them in a shipping container. He did build it as a sectional layout as the subject of a Kalmbach book, and the workmanship is truly outstanding, as you would expect from layouts they publish.

Be well,

John Henry
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