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Re: Fall things

Rod Mason
 

In regard to the three items raised by Geoff, here are my responses to each issue:



1. Annual meeting: I’ll be away on vacation from 9/21 to 9/30. Therefore, if the meeting is going to fall during this time period, it would have to be virtual in order for me to participate.



2. Payment for Groups. IO site: According to the latest statement from SEFCU, where the club’s funds are on deposit, the latest balance shows as $1,248.39. Accordingly, we have more than enough funds to reimburse Geoff for the $240 that he was charged in 2020 and to pay for the “premium plan” and to continue paying for it for 2021 and beyond. Since this is where the club’s “archives” (i.e. files & photos) reside, I say we should continue with paying for the premium plan.



3. Shows: In regard to my participation in any of the shows to be held this fall, I’m avoiding close contact indoors with anyone who’s not immediate family or someone with whom I don’t have regular contact. This is mainly because I have 2 young grandchildren (ages 3 & 1) with whom I have regular contact and have not been eligible to receive vaccinations against COVID-19 due to their age. Therefore, I’m a “no go” for any of the six (6) shows that Geoff mentions in his message.



Rod

-----Original Message-----
From: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io [mailto:AlbanyNTrak@groups.io] On Behalf Of Geoff Dunn via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2021 9:43 PM
To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io
Subject: [AlbanyNTrak] Fall things



We should discuss some things.

1. Annual meeting. Does anyone object if we do this virtually? Elections were last year. There's not too much to go over, except payment for the Groups.IO site. Of course, it's nice to get together and talk when we're not trying to run trains and deal with the public.

1. a. Payment for Groups.IO site. History - once we used Yahoo Groups. That went away. We moved to Groups.IO. In order to copy files and historical photos and stuff from Yahoo to Groups.IO, we had to purchase the "premium plan". That was approved in 2019 and the move was completed. Last year, I looked into dropping the premium plan to go back to the free plan. If we did that, we would lose the files and photos sections, leaving only the messages. In 2020, my credit card was charged automatically, for $240. This leaves us with two items - is the group willing to pay me back for last year's charge, and do we want to pay the annual charge for the premium plan for 2021 and beyond? I find it useful enough to allocate the money. The club treasury is in good shape and can handle paying for this. When we charge $10 dues, and are reimbursed for various shows, we have more income than the plan would cost. What do people think?



2. Shows.

2. a. Schoharie Sept 18 - Brian indicated interest, but nobody else said anything. Last call?

b. Amsterdam / ALCo Sept 26 - see previous note. We need a layout coordinator and modules.

c. Glens Falls / Upstate Model Railroaders - Oct. 16 - their web site has a date but still says "keep checking this page for further information". Forest, Mike - any more info? We need a layout coordinator, which could be me, and people to bring T-Trak modules.

d. Poughkeepsie - Nov 7 - we need someone to coordinate the layout, and people to bring modules. This has been an N-Trak module layout for almost 30 years. Do we want to continue that?

e. Albany PCC - Nov 20 - the show coordinator says it's on, the PCC has it on their calendar, but the show's website hasn't been updated since 2020 and I don't know if the location improved the ventilation or if it will be as crowded as usual. We need a show coordinator and people to bring modules. Who's interested?

f. Albany GTE - Dec 5 - who's interested?

All shows are subject to cancellation due to COVID or other factors. Some shows are in facilities that likely have good airflow and some are not.



To recap, there are three things for members to respond to.

1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?

2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?

3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.



I hope you're all well. Geoff


Re: Fall things

Brian Hilgenberg
 

Geoff,In answer to your questions:

1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?  Either way is fine for me, though if we meet in person we should probably do it outside. (Picnic anyone?)

2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?  I say pay for it. (I pay that much for my website!)

3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.
Though I was looking forward to them all summer, I'm beginning to have doubts about sitting amidst a crowd for 6 or more hours.  I'm also pretty busy adding remote switches, signals and lights to my bend-track modules which I need to finish by November.
    a. Schoharie Sept 18  and b. Amsterdam Sept 26- If nobody else is going, I'd just as soon pass.
   
    c. Glens Falls / Upstate Model Railroaders - Oct. 16 ,not a crowded venue, so maybe.
    d. Poughkeepsie - Nov 7  Nope, Syracuse is that weekend.
    e. Albany PCC - Nov 20 Definitely, maybe.    f. Albany GTE - Dec 5 Again, definitely maybe especially if I have a booster shot by then. 

Brian Hilgenberg

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, 09:43:27 PM EDT, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

We should discuss some things.
1. Annual meeting.  Does anyone object if we do this virtually?  Elections were last year.  There's not too much to go over, except payment for the Groups.IO site.  Of course, it's nice to get together and talk when we're not trying to run trains and deal with the public.
1. a. Payment for Groups.IO site.  History - once we used Yahoo Groups.  That went away.  We moved to Groups.IO.  In order to copy files and historical photos and stuff from Yahoo to Groups.IO, we had to purchase the "premium plan".  That was approved in 2019 and the move was completed.  Last year, I looked into dropping the premium plan to go back to the free plan.  If we did that, we would lose the files and photos sections, leaving only the messages.  In 2020, my credit card was charged automatically, for $240.  This leaves us with two items - is the group willing to pay me back for last year's charge, and do we want to pay the annual charge for the premium plan for 2021 and beyond?  I find it useful enough to allocate the money.  The club treasury is in good shape and can handle paying for this.  When we charge $10 dues, and are reimbursed for various shows, we have more income than the plan would cost.  What do people think?

2. Shows.
1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?
2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?
3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.
All shows are subject to cancellation due to COVID or other factors.  Some shows are in facilities that likely have good airflow and some are not.

To recap, there are three things for members to respond to.


I hope you're all well.  Geoff


Re: Fall things

Mark Fleischhauer
 

Hi Geoff,
I will coordinate the Poughkeepsie show. I got the information a few days ago, but haven’t had time to send an email. It is Sunday, November 7, 10 to 3 at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. 
Mark


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On Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:43 PM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

We should discuss some things.
1. Annual meeting.  Does anyone object if we do this virtually?  Elections were last year.  There's not too much to go over, except payment for the Groups.IO site.  Of course, it's nice to get together and talk when we're not trying to run trains and deal with the public.
1. a. Payment for Groups.IO site.  History - once we used Yahoo Groups.  That went away.  We moved to Groups.IO.  In order to copy files and historical photos and stuff from Yahoo to Groups.IO, we had to purchase the "premium plan".  That was approved in 2019 and the move was completed.  Last year, I looked into dropping the premium plan to go back to the free plan.  If we did that, we would lose the files and photos sections, leaving only the messages.  In 2020, my credit card was charged automatically, for $240.  This leaves us with two items - is the group willing to pay me back for last year's charge, and do we want to pay the annual charge for the premium plan for 2021 and beyond?  I find it useful enough to allocate the money.  The club treasury is in good shape and can handle paying for this.  When we charge $10 dues, and are reimbursed for various shows, we have more income than the plan would cost.  What do people think?

2. Shows.
2. a. Schoharie Sept 18 - Brian indicated interest, but nobody else said anything.  Last call?
    b. Amsterdam / ALCo Sept 26 - see previous note.  We need a layout coordinator and modules.
    c. Glens Falls / Upstate Model Railroaders - Oct. 16 - their web site has a date but still says "keep checking this page for further information".  Forest, Mike - any more info?  We need a layout coordinator, which could be me, and people to bring T-Trak modules.
    d. Poughkeepsie - Nov 7 - we need someone to coordinate the layout, and people to bring modules.  This has been an N-Trak module layout for almost 30 years.  Do we want to continue that?
    e. Albany PCC - Nov 20 - the show coordinator says it's on, the PCC has it on their calendar, but the show's website hasn't been updated since 2020 and I don't know if the location improved the ventilation or if it will be as crowded as usual.  We need a show coordinator and people to bring modules.  Who's interested?
    f. Albany GTE - Dec 5 - who's interested?
All shows are subject to cancellation due to COVID or other factors.  Some shows are in facilities that likely have good airflow and some are not.

To recap, there are three things for members to respond to.
1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?
2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?
3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.

I hope you're all well.  Geoff


Upstate Model Rairoaders train show is on

Michael Romanowski
 

The Upstate Model Rairoaders train show is on. Vendor letters have gone out. Saturday October 16th from 10-4. Set up as early as 7:00 am on Saturday. Albany TTrak is invited. Please let me know how many 6 ft tables are needed.


Re: Fall things

Matt Rossman
 

Hey,

I am all for paying dues for this year to keep things going.

You know I’m old school in having N-trak modules and I can bring my 10’ and I have a few in the works for other arrangements if anyone have another end loop or wye.

I’m good for helping out with whatever, setting up modules or running trains.

I’m versed in Digitrax at this point too and can support digital operation.

Cheers,

Matt

On Sep 4, 2021, at 9:43 PM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

We should discuss some things.
1. Annual meeting. Does anyone object if we do this virtually? Elections were last year. There's not too much to go over, except payment for the Groups.IO site. Of course, it's nice to get together and talk when we're not trying to run trains and deal with the public.
1. a. Payment for Groups.IO site. History - once we used Yahoo Groups. That went away. We moved to Groups.IO. In order to copy files and historical photos and stuff from Yahoo to Groups.IO, we had to purchase the "premium plan". That was approved in 2019 and the move was completed. Last year, I looked into dropping the premium plan to go back to the free plan. If we did that, we would lose the files and photos sections, leaving only the messages. In 2020, my credit card was charged automatically, for $240. This leaves us with two items - is the group willing to pay me back for last year's charge, and do we want to pay the annual charge for the premium plan for 2021 and beyond? I find it useful enough to allocate the money. The club treasury is in good shape and can handle paying for this. When we charge $10 dues, and are reimbursed for various shows, we have more income than the plan would cost. What do people think?

2. Shows.
2. a. Schoharie Sept 18 - Brian indicated interest, but nobody else said anything. Last call?
b. Amsterdam / ALCo Sept 26 - see previous note. We need a layout coordinator and modules.
c. Glens Falls / Upstate Model Railroaders - Oct. 16 - their web site has a date but still says "keep checking this page for further information". Forest, Mike - any more info? We need a layout coordinator, which could be me, and people to bring T-Trak modules.
d. Poughkeepsie - Nov 7 - we need someone to coordinate the layout, and people to bring modules. This has been an N-Trak module layout for almost 30 years. Do we want to continue that?
e. Albany PCC - Nov 20 - the show coordinator says it's on, the PCC has it on their calendar, but the show's website hasn't been updated since 2020 and I don't know if the location improved the ventilation or if it will be as crowded as usual. We need a show coordinator and people to bring modules. Who's interested?
f. Albany GTE - Dec 5 - who's interested?
All shows are subject to cancellation due to COVID or other factors. Some shows are in facilities that likely have good airflow and some are not.

To recap, there are three things for members to respond to.
1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?
2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?
3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.

I hope you're all well. Geoff





Fall things

Geoff Dunn
 

We should discuss some things.
1. Annual meeting. Does anyone object if we do this virtually? Elections were last year. There's not too much to go over, except payment for the Groups.IO site. Of course, it's nice to get together and talk when we're not trying to run trains and deal with the public.
1. a. Payment for Groups.IO site. History - once we used Yahoo Groups. That went away. We moved to Groups.IO. In order to copy files and historical photos and stuff from Yahoo to Groups.IO, we had to purchase the "premium plan". That was approved in 2019 and the move was completed. Last year, I looked into dropping the premium plan to go back to the free plan. If we did that, we would lose the files and photos sections, leaving only the messages. In 2020, my credit card was charged automatically, for $240. This leaves us with two items - is the group willing to pay me back for last year's charge, and do we want to pay the annual charge for the premium plan for 2021 and beyond? I find it useful enough to allocate the money. The club treasury is in good shape and can handle paying for this. When we charge $10 dues, and are reimbursed for various shows, we have more income than the plan would cost. What do people think?

2. Shows.
2. a. Schoharie Sept 18 - Brian indicated interest, but nobody else said anything. Last call?
b. Amsterdam / ALCo Sept 26 - see previous note. We need a layout coordinator and modules.
c. Glens Falls / Upstate Model Railroaders - Oct. 16 - their web site has a date but still says "keep checking this page for further information". Forest, Mike - any more info? We need a layout coordinator, which could be me, and people to bring T-Trak modules.
d. Poughkeepsie - Nov 7 - we need someone to coordinate the layout, and people to bring modules. This has been an N-Trak module layout for almost 30 years. Do we want to continue that?
e. Albany PCC - Nov 20 - the show coordinator says it's on, the PCC has it on their calendar, but the show's website hasn't been updated since 2020 and I don't know if the location improved the ventilation or if it will be as crowded as usual. We need a show coordinator and people to bring modules. Who's interested?
f. Albany GTE - Dec 5 - who's interested?
All shows are subject to cancellation due to COVID or other factors. Some shows are in facilities that likely have good airflow and some are not.

To recap, there are three things for members to respond to.
1. Virtual annual meeting or in person?
2. Pay for Groups.IO for last year and for the future?
3. Tell us what shows you're interested in participating in.

I hope you're all well. Geoff


Re: alco show

Forest Bevins
 

I will be will UMRR T-trak
Forest Bevins
Upstate Model Railroaders
forestbevins@yahoo.com
518-832-3511

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, 09:10:27 PM EDT, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Glad you asked.  Rod declined my offer to run the show.  Nobody else said they wanted to run it, but I didn't push the matter.  I will not be available in the morning.  Does anyone want to set up?  We need a coordinator as well as attendees.

Geoff


Re: alco show

Geoff Dunn
 

Glad you asked. Rod declined my offer to run the show. Nobody else said they wanted to run it, but I didn't push the matter. I will not be available in the morning. Does anyone want to set up? We need a coordinator as well as attendees.

Geoff


Re: alco show

Michael Romanowski
 

The upstate model railroaders will be there with our tables and N TTrak modules. We are bringing our own tables to fit our layout.

Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
518 423 7519

On Sep 4, 2021, at 9:25 AM, lacasse <lacasse@frontiernet.net> wrote:

Is there any plans for the Alco show? Fun-Trak has asked me if we are doing anything. Mike L.

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alco show

lacasse
 

Is there any plans for the Alco show? Fun-Trak has asked me if we are doing anything. Mike L.

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Re: Setup at Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum, Saturday, September 18

Brian Hilgenberg
 

Geoff,
  I'm game for the Schoharie and Amsterdam shows as long as the virus doesn't rear its ugly head again.  I got notification that the NYC Historical Society will be holding next years annual convention in Albany in May.  A possibility for another setup?
Brian Hilgenberg


Schoharie setup

lacasse
 

I will be in Cape Cod for that week and will not be able to participate, Mike L.


Setup at Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum, Saturday, September 18

Geoff Dunn
 

This came in over the weekend. Is anyone interested?

The Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum is again hosting another model
train show on Saturday September 18, 2021. After last year's very
successful show, we look forward to an even bigger show this year.
We are going to use our bigger Old Mill Building on the museum
complex site (we totally used all the space we had last year in the
Creamery Building}. This venue is all on one floor, just a couple
steps up or use the convenient ramp to the building. We would like
to invite Albany N Track to join us to set up a modular layout. We
have lots of space to accommodate a layout. We will not charge for
Albany N Track to do a set up. Let me know if your group is interested
and would like to participate. Call or email me if there are any
questions.

Geoff


Minor web site updates

Geoff Dunn
 

Hi everyone. I updated the web site, http://www.albanyntrak.org/, with calendar changes. Past events (or non-events) were deleted and future events were updated. In particular, the PCC show in November will happen, per an email from the show director.

Geoff


Re: ALCo HTS Amsterdam show 9/26

Rod Mason
 

Geoff,

I also got the notice from the ALCO Historical and Technical Society regarding their show on September 26th. Unfortunately, I’ll be away in Inlet (near Old Forge) on vacation as usual for the end of September. Therefore, if our club is going to participate, someone else well have to be the coordinator.

Rod

On Jul 9, 2021, at 6:35 PM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I got a notice today for the ALCo Historical and Technical Society's annual except not lately show. It's September 26th, from 10:00 until 3:00. Rod, do you want to run a T-Trak layout again? The rest of you, note the date and plan accordingly...

Geoff





ALCo HTS Amsterdam show 9/26

Geoff Dunn
 

I got a notice today for the ALCo Historical and Technical Society's annual except not lately show. It's September 26th, from 10:00 until 3:00. Rod, do you want to run a T-Trak layout again? The rest of you, note the date and plan accordingly...

Geoff


Re: T-Trak setup, 2nd attempt

Geoff Dunn
 

Brian, Rod, and I had a good time running some trains today. We tested three new corners of mine, and some refurbished modules from Brian and Rod. Perhaps later in the summer we can have a larger crowd get together. And there may be train shows someday!

Geoff


Re: T-Trak setup, 2nd attempt

Geoff Dunn
 

Rod, bring whatever modules, trains, and electronics you want. I have a LNWI but if you want to bring yours, that's fine too. If you have a 6' table and can bring that, it would be useful.

See you later. Anyone else want to join in?

Geoff


Re: T-Trak setup, 2nd attempt

Rod Mason
 

Geoff,

Thanks for accommodating me by moving up the start time of today's session
to 1 pm. Do you need me to bring anything besides trains (e.g. LNWI)?

Rod

-----Original Message-----
From: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io [mailto:AlbanyNTrak@groups.io] On Behalf Of
Brian Hilgenberg via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:14 PM
To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io
Subject: Re: [AlbanyNTrak] T-Trak setup, 2nd attempt

Geoff,One is fine.  What would you like me to bring, and what's your
address again?

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 2:11:56 PM EDT, Geoff Dunn via groups.io
<geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Rod, I understand the desire to avoid traffic.  Yet another advantage of
retirement - no rush hour.

Brian, I don't care when we start.  How do you feel about starting at 1:00?

Geoff


Re: T-Trak setup, 2nd attempt

Brian Hilgenberg
 

Geoff,One is fine.  What would you like me to bring, and what's your address again?

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 2:11:56 PM EDT, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Rod, I understand the desire to avoid traffic.  Yet another advantage of retirement - no rush hour.

Brian, I don't care when we start.  How do you feel about starting at 1:00?

Geoff

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