Seacoast Division

Fall Event Report                                           

October 15, 2019

The Seacoast Division Summer Event was held on October 12, 2019 at the Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham NH.  The Seacoast Division would like to thank Mike Grahame and the Stratham Fire Department for providing the venue. 

The Board of Directors Meeting was held at 8:30.  Acting Secretary Chip Faulter will submit a separate report for BOD meeting.

Glenn Mitchell kicked off the Event at 10:00 AM. 32 people attended and all are NMRA members.   Geoff Harris was welcomed as a new attendee to the Seacoast Events.  After welcoming everyone and giving opening remarks, Glenn introduced President Tage Erickson.  

Tage welcomed the attendees and thanked everyone for coming to the event.  Currently the Division Secretary and Maine Activity Coordinator positions are vacant and need to be filled.  Tage presented Larry Cannon with a Certificate of Appreciation for serving on the Seacoast Division Board of Directors for 21 years.  We all greatly appreciate all that Larry has done for our organization.

Next, Tage gave a great presentation about his experiences at the North East Region (NER) NMRA Convention in Liverpool (Syracuse), NY.  He showed photos of each of the layouts that he toured and operated at.  He talked about the various clinics, the banquet, and the breakfast that he attended.  Thanks Tage for a great presentation.

Mike Pedersen, the organizer for the Maine Model Railroad Tour that was held September 28-29, 2019, gave a brief talk about the event.  This year the Tour was a two day event organized by county.   17 model railroads were open for tour this year.  We want to thank Mike and all of the hosts for another great tour!

The first presentation was given by James Van Bokkelen and was titled “Lineside Signals for the B&M Eastern Route”.  James’ layout models the 1950’s and 1960’s.  His track work closely follows the prototype and is based on B&M documentation and the 1961 Rulebook.  James showed how he designed and built multiple types of signals and how he designed a simple but effective “break-a-way” mounting for the signal masts.   Olin’s Depot OC-1 and Chubb DCOD circuits were utilized for occupancy detection.  James custom designed the signal control based on the track configuration at each location and used Circuitron and Paisley commercial logic boards combined with diode and relay logic to implement prototypical operation.  Great presentation James!

Scott Lindquist was the second presenter and his topic was “Making Open Car Loads.”  Scott’s technique uses a Masonite “slab” with a paper mache applied to one side in the shape of the coal or aggregate pile.  After the paper mache dries the mound is painted and the appropriate ballast, coal, or rip-rap is applied.  This low cost technique is great for one carload or dozens of car loads.    This was Scott’s first presentation and we hope to see him present again in the future.  Thanks Scott! 

After lunch Larry Cannon, ran the Seacoast Division event raffle.  Thanks again Larry for running the raffle.

The third presenter was Mike Grahame who gave “Polyurethane – An Alternative Bonding Agent for Scenery.”   Mike uses water based, satin polyurethane for numerous projects requiring bonding.  For bonding track ballast, Mike first wets the material with a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water.  Then he applies a 50/50 mix of urethane and water with an ear/nose rubber bulb syringe.  The urethane water mix is a much cheaper alternative to white glue/water or other ballast cement/water adhesives.  Mike also demonstrated how to apply ground foam to near vertical surfaces.   He mixed 100% urethane with the ground foam, forming a ground foam paste.  With a gloved hand he applied it directly (without pre-wetting) to the steep surface.  Smooth it out as desired and it’s done.  Great presentation Mike!

The fourth presenter was Rich Breton who gave “Casting Small Parts.”  Rich presented how to make masters of parts to be molded.  He also showed how to make single part open molds and two part closed molds.  He reviewed the materials and sources for the materials needed to make the molds as well as the resins needed to make the parts.  Rich showed many examples of molds that he made as well as the parts made in the molds.  He concluded his program by casting a few parts.  Outstanding presentation – Thanks Rich!

The “Show, Tell and Ask” session was kicked off by Dave Kotsonis.  Dave recapped how at the Summer event, several attendees bought a Palmer Ice House Kit and were tasked with building, customizing, or kit-bashing the kit and bringing it back for presentation at the Fall Event.   Five members - Dave Kotsonis, Jay Ehlen, Rich Breton, Jack Lutz, and Mike Pedersen – brought their creations in and presented them.  Outstanding work by all – Thank you.  Next Tom Nelson showed his scratch built search light signals that he had made for his railroad.  Very nice job Tom!  The last item at “Show, Tell and Ask” was Tom Oxnard’s entry in the 2019 “Square Foot Diorama” Derry Fun Night Contest.  Once again we got to see Tom’s outstanding modeling skill.  Tom scratch built a thru truss bridge that spanned a creek.  Tom used multiple HO scale figures to tell a humorous story in one square foot of space.  Tom was awarded the First Place Certificate by Bruce Robinson. 

The meeting was closed with comments from Tage Erickson and Glenn Mitchell.  It is important to reiterate that the Seacoast Division needs members to volunteer for open officer positions and be presenters/clinicians for the future events.   Again, we thank Mike Grahame and the Stratham Fire Department for hosting the event and all the presenters for their time and effort.

During the event many model railroad sale items were available for purchase by members.

Fall Event was adjourned around 2:15.

Following the Event Dave Kotsonis opened his Greenland Valley Railroad layout and James Van Bokkelen opened his B&M Eastern Rout layout to the membership.  We thank Dave and James for their support to the Fall Event.

Upcoming events:

Seacoast Division Winter Event – January 4, 2020

Westbrook Community Center

426 Bridge St., Westbrook, ME 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Glenn Mitchell

Seacoast Division Vice President, Director, and NH Event Coordinator

Hello Fellow Model Railroaders,

 
It is time for the Maine Model Railroad Tour!  I hope you are all planning to attend as many layouts as possible during the Maine Model Railroad Tour, this weekend.  There have been some changes to the list of layouts that I wanted to pass on to you.  We were informed this week that the layouts of Brian Vaill and Chip Faulter will not be available to the tour due to personal illness.  We hope this does not cause any inconvenience to any of you that will be doing the tour.  Please take note of the changes to the enclosed pdf file.
 
I also wanted to give you an update on Chip Faulter’s battle with cancer.  Chip remains cancer free at this time.  He has had to discontinue the follow up courses of chemo-therapy because he has incurred some nerve damage in his tongue and throat.  This issue has been developing slowly over the past several months, to the point where his speech is now significantly affected as well as his ability to chew and swallow food.  The cause of these issues is being investigated right now.  So now his recovery from pancreatic cancer has taken on a new twist, that he has to deal with at this time.  This is not great news, but we all wish Chip the best as he continues his recovery from cancer.  I will have a further update for you all at the Fall Event on October 12th.
 
The Fall Event is coming on October 12th, and I will have a report for you on the recently concluded North Eastern Region Convention along with a brief slide show with some of the details.  Once again, please take some time this weekend to visit some of the layouts on the Maine Model Railroad Tour.  This is a great event and a chance to see the modeling skills of your fellow modelers.
 
Have a great weekend !
 
Best regards,
 
Tage Erickson
Seacoast Division President

Seacoast Division Summer Event Report                                           

April 21, 2019

 

The Seacoast Division Summer Event was held on July 20, 2019 at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 144 Mill Rd., Auburn Me.  The Seacoast Division would like to thank all of the members of the Great Falls Model Railroad Club for providing the venue. 

The Board of Directors Meeting was held at 8:30.  Acting Secretary Chip Faulter will submit a separate report for BOD meeting.

Glenn Mitchell kicked off the Event at 10:00 AM. 25 people attended and 24 were NMRA members.  After welcoming everyone and giving opening remarks, he introduced President Tage Erickson.  

Tage welcomed the attendees and thanked everyone for coming to the event.  Currently the Division Secretary and Maine Activity Coordinator positions are vacant and need to be filled.  The North East Region Convention in Syracuse New York was briefly discussed.  The convention offers great opportunities to see and operate on outstanding layouts that we have all read about.  It was also noted that several Seacoast members will attending the NER convention.

Next, Tage gave a great presentation about his experiences at the National NMRA Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He showed photos of each of the layouts that he toured.  He noted that everyone models western railroads and they are all very adept at modeling the western scenery.  Tage showed photos the re-enactment of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Point.  Tage’s trip was topped off at a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert.  Thanks Tage for a great presentation.

Two AP awards presented by Larry Cannon, MMR, Maine AP Chairman or Tom Oxnard, MMR, New Hampshire AP Chairman.  Paul Lessard received the Chief Dispatcher Achievement Award and Tom Oxnard receivedthe Motive Power Achievement Award.

The first presentation was given by Victor Hand and was titled “Railroads of New England. “   Victor presented 63 outstanding photos from his huge collection.  He started out with an extensive set of Maine railroad pictures starting with the B&M, MEC and BAR and ended with the Guilford Railroad.  He worked his way through the rest of New England including steam at Conway, NH, and several shots of the AEM7’s, and he even captured a shot of the short-lived Turbo Train.   Victor’s great technical photographic skill and his knowledge of the New England railroads were used over the years to capture railroad history in New England.  The Seacoast members in attendance were rewarded with a fantastic show – Thanks Victor!  Victor has agreed to work with us to publish his presentation in The Switch Tower in the future.

Larry Cannon, MMR was the second presenter and his topic was “Developing a Freight Car Rolling Stock Inventory.”   Larry went through his method for determining what type of and how many freight cars are need to operate his Otter Valley Lines layout.  With 260 car spotting locations, Larry had determined that the Otter Valley needs over 500 freight cars.  Larry has also developed a method of operating his layout that did not require him to create 500 car cards or other burdensome paperwork.  Thanks Larry!

Once again our treasurer Dave Kotsonis organized a great lunch.  Dave and GFMRRC member Terry King served hot dogs, chili, chips, coleslaw, cookies, and drinks to many of the attendees.  We are very grateful to Tage’s wife Lois for providing the chili, coleslaw and cookies.   Proceeds from the lunch support the Seacoast Division.  We all thank Dave, Terry, Lois and Tage for their efforts. 

After lunch Larry Cannon, ran the Seacoast Division event raffle.  Thanks Larry for running the raffle.

The third presenter was Bob Bennett who gave “Alternate Structures for the Railroad.”  Bob’s layout is near completion and real estate for new structures is hard to come by, but that has not stopped him from enjoying his favorite part of model railroading – building structures.  Bob showed us how he builds “alternate” structures that match the foot-print of those that are already there.  He demonstrated his technique with a small square “module” that he brought with.  He also brought multiple unique versions of stations, water tanks and platforms that he scratch built based on many different prototypes.  He walked through his construction methods using both strip wood and styrene.  Regardless of the construction material, all of his structures look great.  Thanks Bob, for sharing your knowledge and techniques with the Seacoast members!

The fourth presenter was Dr. Jack Lutz who talked about “Pulp and Paper Mill Car Fleets.”  Jack has an extensive background in forestry and gave an overview of the science behind pulp and paper mill production as it applied to past and present mills in Maine.  Starting with historical production data, he broke down the quantities of materials and chemicals going into a mill for a given amount of product produced.   He then calculated the number of each specific rail car type needed for the daily production at the mill.  Jack illustrated that there are a lot more different materials needed in the manufacturing of pulp and paper that might be expected and that dictates a very diverse fleet of freight cars.  Once again Jack brings realism to our layouts.  Thanks Jack, for a great presentation and for allowing the Seacoast Division to post the presentation to the website!

The “Show, Tell and Ask” session was canceled due to a lack of participants.

The meeting was closed with comments from Tage Erickson and Glenn Mitchell.  It is important to reiterate that the Seacoast Division needs members to volunteer for open officer positions and be presenters/clinicians for the future events.   Again, we thank the Great Falls Model Railroad Club for hosting the event and all the presenters for their time and effort.

During the event many model railroad sale items were available for purchase by members.

Summer Event was adjourned around 2:00.

 

Following the Event, Larry Cannon opened his Otter Valley Lines layout to the membership.  We thank Larry for his support to the Summer Event.

 

Upcoming events:

Seacoast Division Fall Event – October 12, 2019

Stratham Fire House

2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham NH 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Glenn Mitchell

Seacoast Division Vice President, Director, and NH Event Coordinator

Seacoast Division Spring Event Report                           

April 9, 2019

 

The Seacoast Division Spring Event was held on April 6, 2019 at the Newington Old Town Hall, 334 Nimble Hill Rd., Newington New Hampshire.  The Seacoast Division would like to thank John Newick for providing the venue.  This was the first time the Seacoast Division held a meeting at the Newington Old Town Hall.  The second floor meeting room was the ideal size for the event and was well equipped for our needs.  Overall a great location for the Spring Event

The Board of Directors Meeting was held at 8:30.  Acting Secretary Chip Faulter submitted a separate report for BOD meeting.

Glenn Mitchell kicked off the Event at 10:00 AM. 39 people attended and 37 were NMRA members.  After welcoming everyone and giving opening remarks, he introduced President Tage Erickson.  

Tage welcomed the attendees and thanked everyone for coming to the event.  His main topic was the need for division members to step up and volunteer for positions.  Currently the Division Secretary and Maine Activity Coordinator positions are vacant and need to be filled.  The upcoming National NMRA Convention in Salt Lake City Utah and the North East Region Convention in Syracuse New York were briefly discussed.  These conventions offer great opportunities to see and operate on outstanding layouts that we have all read about.  It was also noted that several Seacoast members will be giving clinics at the NWER convention.

There were no AP awards presented by Larry Cannon, MMR, Maine AP Chairman or Tom Oxnard, MMR, New Hampshire AP Chairman

The first presentation was given by Tom Oxnard, MMR and was titled How to Scratch Build a Locomotive. “   Once again, Tom did an outstanding job presenting his great work.  He began by reviewing the AP requirements for scratch building a locomotive including what can be purchased and what must be scratch built.   Next, he discussing how to choose a candidate locomotive, in his case the Boston and Maine GE-IR 1100 and how he researched and found data on the rare one-of-a-kind specimen.  He was able to get copies of several photos and one dimensioned scale drawing.  From there, he walked the audience through the construction, painting, and decaling.  We were rewarded by seeing and hearing outstanding Tom’s creation operate on the test track.  Great work Tom! (If you didn’t get a chance to attend this presentation, Tom will be giving it again and the NER Convention in Syracuse.)

Tom Nelson was the second presenter and his topic was “An Introduction to LCC”.   Tom is on the committee that has developed the NMRA standards for LCC.  He talked about what LCC is and what it isn’t and compared and contrasted LCC to DCC.   Tom discussed how the LCC standard is a high-level framework that can be implemented with different communication methods.  Currently, hardware is being developed by manufacturers using the CAN (Controlled Area Network) bus.  LCC offers model railroaders a standard method for performing block detection, signal control, and turnout control without data messages competing for bandwidth with locomotive control messages (DCC).  During lunch Tom demonstrated LCC with his portable layout.   Tom gave a great talk about very current topic.  Thanks Tom!

After lunch Larry Cannon, ran the Seacoast Division event raffle.  Thanks Larry for running the raffle.

The third and last presenter was Mike Pedersen.  Mike presented “Uncle Bob’s Trains”.  The presentation was sample of the great collection of photos taken by his uncle Robert L. Wilkerson.  Mike’s Uncle Bob who lived in the Chicago area, traveled extensively to capture photo’s, primarily of steam locomotives, in the mid-west and eastern states.   Most of the steam locomotives were shot in their final days of service.   Most of the locomotives are now gone, as well as most of the railroads that operated them.  We thank Mike for giving us this great look back at the glory days of railroading.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Tom Oxnard, MMR, Tom Nelson, and Mike Pederson.  The Seacoast Division offers these tokens of appreciation for the time and effort they put into preparing for and giving three great talks.  We thank you all for your contributions.

The “Show, Tell and Ask” session had the largest number of participants in recent history.  Rich Breton led off with his explanation of how to created stained glass windows in model railroad structures.  First time attendee and guest, 10 year old Namo Lomax presented three HO scale freight cars that he built. Namo did a great job modeling and presenting and we hope to see him at future events.  Paul Lessard presented two boxcars and a covered hopper and described the many weathering techniques that he used.  Tom Oxnard showed his York Industries and Olympia Tool and Die buildings made from ITLA brand modular building kits that are fabricated from laser cut MDF (medium density fiberboard).  Dave Emery presented his 3D-printed automobile and several City Classics company houses.  Lastly, Jim Wiggins showed the audience his N-scale super detailed locomotives.  Also, earlier in the program, Chris Oliver presented several of his structures.  We would like to thank all of the presenters for taking the time to show their work to all the members.

The meeting was closed with comments from Tage Erickson and Glenn Mitchell.  It is important to reiterate that the Seacoast Division needs members to volunteer for open officer positions and be presenters/clinicians for the summer and fall events.

During the event many model railroad sale items were available for purchase by members.

Fall Event was adjourned around 2:00

Following the Event, many of the attendees visited John Newick’s Central Main and Aroostook Railroad and Dick Fralick’s New Haven and Connecticut Central Railroad.  We all greatly appreciate that John and Dick opened their layouts in support of the Spring Event.

Upcoming events:

Seacoast Division Summer Event – July 20, 2019

Great Falls Model Railroad Club

144 Mill St., Auburn, ME

Seacoast Division Fall Event – October 12, 2019

Stratham Fire House

2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham NH.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Glenn Mitchell

Seacoast Division Vice President, Director, and NH Event Coordinator

Seacoast Division Winter Event Report                     

January 6, 2019

 

The Seacoast Division Winter Event was held on January 5, 2019 at the Westbrook Community Center in the Spruce Room, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook, ME.  The Seacoast Division would like to thank Chuck Hastings and Tage Erickson for providing the venue.  This was the first time the Seacoast Division held a meeting at the Westbrook Community Center.  The Spruce room was the ideal size for the event and the community center staff was friendly and very responsive to our requests for additional tables, projection screen, etc.  Overall a great location for the Winter Event

The “regular” Board of Directors Meeting was held at 8:30.  Secretary Rick Mills submitted a separate report for that meeting.

Prior to the general meeting Chuck Hastings and several members of the Southern Maine Model Railroad Club set up a small modular layout in the back of the room.  Meeting attendees were able to view and operate the layout during lunch and after the meeting.   Thank you SMMRC for supporting the Seacoast Division and the Winter Event.

Glenn Mitchell kicked off the Event at 10:00 AM. 39 people attended and 37 were Seacoast Division members.  The number of new attendees was not determined.  After welcoming everyone and giving opening remarks, he introduced President Tage Erickson.  

Tage reported that he had recently visited with Chip Faulter and that Chip’s health continues to improve.  We all wish Chip the best as he recovers. 

Tage then called the Annual Meeting to order.  It was determined that the 37 Seacoast Division members in attendance constituted a quorum. (Ten percent of the 183 Seacoast members are required for a quorum.)  He briefly reviewed his 2018 President’s Message dated December 30, 2018 that had been sent to all members prior to the meeting.  Treasurer Dave Kotsonis and Membership Chairman Lou Champagne gave brief financial and membership reports respectively.  Tage continued on and discussed the process for the election of Directors by the membership.  The election of 3 Directors began with the request for nominations from the floor.  There were no nominations from the floor.  The nomination committee, led by Bruce Robinson, had found three candidates: incumbent director Tage Erickson and two new candidates Dave Kotsonis and Mike Pedersen.  All three candidates were unanimously elected by the members present.  Congratulations to Tage, Dave, and Mike

Next, Larry Cannon, Maine AP Chairman, presented the Model Railroad Engineer - Civil AP Award to John McHugh (not in attendance) and Master Builder - Structures AP Award to Paul Lessard.  We congratulate John and Paul for their hard work and dedication.  Great Job!

The first presentation was by Chuck Hastings and was titled Modelling the Paper Industry.  Chuck, who works in the paper industry, presented several overhead photos of several New England paper mill complexes of different sizes.  He used the photos to explain how paper is made.  The Pulp Mill converts pulp wood to pulp.  Paper Mill converts pulp into finished paper. Some integrated Paper Mill Complexes contain both the Pulp Mill and the Paper Mill along with other supporting functions such as power plants.  Some smaller non-integrated mills may only preform one of the processes.  Chuck also described what types of rail cars are used by the various mill and support functions.  Chucks outstanding presentation hit the mark with many Seacoast members who model New England railroads which all serviced many paper mills.  Chuck also provided a copy of his presentation for posting on the Seacoast Division website.

Dave Delorey was the second presenter.  Dave brought in a table top demonstration hardware which used a Smartphone to talk to a Raspberry Pi 3 computer which controlled two locomotives on the test tracks.  This low cost approach to DCC control offers an easy way to expand the number of operators on a layout since almost everyone has a smart phone.  Dave also described how the Smartphone operation offers a way of interesting younger people in model railroad operation.  Great job Dave.

The third and last presenter was Jack Lutz.  Jack’s “into the Woods” presentation was both informative and humorous.  Jack taught the audience about the trees of New England and how we can correctly add tree detail to our layouts.  He described which tree species grew here, how tall various species grew, and how the appearance of the trees (where the leaves or needles showed) varied with location and environment.  Everyone had a great time at this presentation – thanks Jack.  Jack also provided a copy of his presentation for the Seacoast Division website.

Rick Mills ran the “Show, Tell and Ask” part of the Event.   Rich Breton described the work he is doing to help catalog Neil Falby’s extra motive power and rolling stock and provided a list of items for sale.  Paul Lessard brought in a couple of heavily weathered cars that looked incredibly realistic.  Paul taught us all a new technique – rust and weathering decals – applied to his covered hopper.  Larry Cannon showed painting and weather techniques for small items which can be used as car loads or scenery details.  Thanks to all for participating in the Show, Tell, and Ask.

Finally, closing remarks included thanks and Certificates of Appreciation for Chuck Hastings, Dave Delorey, Jack Lutz and the SMMRRC crew. 

We would like to thank Stan Jordan for brining in the coffee and donut holes.  Thanks Stan – everyone appreciated it.

During the event a table of model railroad sale items were available for purchase by members and Larry Cannon held the raffle of 5 items.

The Fall Event was adjourned around 1:30

Following the Event, a Supplemental Board of Directors Meeting was held.  Tage Erickson was elected President of the Seacoast Division and Glenn Mitchell was elected Vice President of the Seacoast Division

Upcoming events are:

Seacoast Division Spring Event – April 6, 2019

Newington Old Town Hall

336 Nimble Hill Rd., Newington NH

Seacoast Division Summer Event –TBD, 2019

Great Falls Model Railroad Club

144 Mill St., Auburn, ME

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Following the conclusion of the Fall Event, Rob Selberg and Lou Champagne held open houses for their layouts.    Rob and Lou – thank you for supporting the Seacoast Division.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Glenn Mitchell

Vice President, Director, and NH Event Coordinator