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Geoff Dunn
 

So there's this pandemic going on. It's impacting a lot of public events. My soccer games, for example. But also model railroad events.

In rough chronological order:
Our annual meeting may be a Zoom or similar technology meeting. The by-laws say we have to vote in person, but the by-laws never foresaw COVID.
"OPtoberfest", run by Doug, has been cancelled.
The NMRA Regional convention has been "postponed" for a year, per an email from the NER, although their web site hasn't been updated.
The Glens Falls show is uncertain - their web site says all activities are cancelled but the show page says "See you in 2020!"
The Syracuse show (11/7-11/8) has been cancelled (they have the 2021 flyer up already).
The Poughkeepsie show has NOT been cancelled, yet, but is "Subject to possible cancellation. Stay tuned.", per their web site.
The PCC show web site has not been updated since they cancelled the March 2020 show. It's crowded and I won't go unless miracles happen.
The GTE show has been cancelled, per Doug (Hudson-Berkshire VP), although the website has not been updated to reflect that.
Christmas has also been cancelled.

We probably could set up a socially distanced T-Trak layout in my garage and driveway (or elsewhere) for 2-3 people. Is there any interest in something like that?

Hope you're all well and coping with the lack of face-to-face interaction. Geoff

Michael Romanowski
 

The Upstate Model Rairoaders show in south Glens falls is canceled. We are looking at having a spring show on March 20. The show would not conflict with either the PCC show or the Amsterdam show.

On Jul 20, 2020, at 10:16 AM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

So there's this pandemic going on. It's impacting a lot of public events. My soccer games, for example. But also model railroad events.

In rough chronological order:
Our annual meeting may be a Zoom or similar technology meeting. The by-laws say we have to vote in person, but the by-laws never foresaw COVID.
"OPtoberfest", run by Doug, has been cancelled.
The NMRA Regional convention has been "postponed" for a year, per an email from the NER, although their web site hasn't been updated.
The Glens Falls show is uncertain - their web site says all activities are cancelled but the show page says "See you in 2020!"
The Syracuse show (11/7-11/8) has been cancelled (they have the 2021 flyer up already).
The Poughkeepsie show has NOT been cancelled, yet, but is "Subject to possible cancellation. Stay tuned.", per their web site.
The PCC show web site has not been updated since they cancelled the March 2020 show. It's crowded and I won't go unless miracles happen.
The GTE show has been cancelled, per Doug (Hudson-Berkshire VP), although the website has not been updated to reflect that.
Christmas has also been cancelled.

We probably could set up a socially distanced T-Trak layout in my garage and driveway (or elsewhere) for 2-3 people. Is there any interest in something like that?

Hope you're all well and coping with the lack of face-to-face interaction. Geoff



Brian Hilgenberg
 

Hi all,
  I'm disappointed but not surprised about the shows; nothing to look forward to the rest of the year. (Except for the Kato 20th Century Limited).
 Anyhow, I heartily recommend the Zoom meetings.   Saturday, I did a Zoom presentation for the CRHS; "Selkirk in the seventies" and "Tales from the River".  I also attend the European Train Enthusiasts Zoom meeting every Monday night.  Perhaps we could have a monthly meeting?
While digging through my stuff for the CRHS presentation, I found this picture full of young people.  It's from a film photo, so it's prior to 2006.  I don't recognize the venue, anybody remember?
I've been kicking around the idea of constructing large T-trak end loops.  They would use the 15" and 13-3/4" curves and be made of  2" foam to reduce weight.   The modules would stick out over the edge of the tables, but the feet would be inset to rest on the tables.   Though I like the portability of T-trak, I miss the large radius curves on our N-trak layouts. Comments?

BTW, "Tales" now has website:   talesfromtheriver.net
I've got about half the issues posted and a quarter of the captions written.  After that, I'm going to start turning six composition books' worth of notes into a website about N-scale freight cars.
Brian Hilgenberg

Matthew
 

As a high school teacher, all I’ve been doing is Zoom meetings. Seems like a nice way to conduct business.

As part of “distance learning” teaching high school, I’ve also picked up how to film, edit and post YouTube videos. If you’ve ever wanted to make a video layout tour of your home layout, it’s pretty easy and now is the time!

I haven’t been doing a ton of model railroading but have been learning related skills like 3D printing and static grass. (If you are curious I’ve been focusing on making terrain for board games I play-which certainly benefits from model railroad skills. Then I get to play the games via zoom to actually get to see people.)

I’d be happy to help set up a zoom meeting or cheer someone on making a layout video.

Hope you guys are hanging in there.

Matthew

On Jul 20, 2020, at 1:00 PM, Brian Hilgenberg via groups.io <ontario_and_erie=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

 Hi all,
I'm disappointed but not surprised about the shows; nothing to look forward to the rest of the year. (Except for the Kato 20th Century Limited).
Anyhow, I heartily recommend the Zoom meetings. Saturday, I did a Zoom presentation for the CRHS; "Selkirk in the seventies" and "Tales from the River". I also attend the European Train Enthusiasts Zoom meeting every Monday night. Perhaps we could have a monthly meeting?
While digging through my stuff for the CRHS presentation, I found this picture full of young people. It's from a film photo, so it's prior to 2006. I don't recognize the venue, anybody remember?
I've been kicking around the idea of constructing large T-trak end loops. They would use the 15" and 13-3/4" curves and be made of 2" foam to reduce weight. The modules would stick out over the edge of the tables, but the feet would be inset to rest on the tables. Though I like the portability of T-trak, I miss the large radius curves on our N-trak layouts. Comments?

BTW, "Tales" now has website: talesfromtheriver.net
I've got about half the issues posted and a quarter of the captions written. After that, I'm going to start turning six composition books' worth of notes into a website about N-scale freight cars.
Brian Hilgenberg







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Geoff Dunn
 

The picture looks like one of the shows at Shaker High, from the spring of 1994, judging by the age of Kevin on the left.
Names are Kevin, Laura, Geoff, Paul, Mike, Fred, Brian, Neil, Lois, and Brian.

Regarding the large radius T-Trak end loops, Forest built a pair of large radius corners that we used at the Glens Falls show last year. These use track radii of 18.93 and 17.63 inches. I recently bought two Masterpiece Modules kits for the same size radius corner and have built (but not scenicked) them. Trains on the large radii look real nice. I don't like the superelevation that Kato puts on the track, though. The corners work best on two tables placed next to each other, which also gives extra space between the modules and the edge of the table. If we do a zoom thing, I can demonstrate them. If you build something with 15 and 13.75 inch radii, you'll have to also make modules that swing the tracks to the normal position, so the other modules don't fall off the table...

TFTR looks interesting; I never saw the originals.

Geoff

Geoff Dunn
 

Good to hear from you Matt. See you in 2021 I hope!

Geoff