July 2023 Newsletter

Happy Independence Day everyone!  Stay Safe!
Club News
Larry Schneider describes recent RIP track activities at the Children’s Museum.  “Tim Fitch installed a new slow-start slow-stop controller at the museum. It is working great as seen in the video HERE. (note it was set for a 10 second run time for testing in this video and then reset for 120 seconds for actual operation). We want to make a few minor mods to fix some potential EMI/EMF interference. It is still operational and under kid (button) control. This was done as the quick start and stop plus the long run time caused the LGB engine to fail. This should help correct that. Currently we are running the 4th of July train the G group put together along with a locomotive Tim donated for use until the LGB unit is repaired and back in place.”
Clubhouse Status  
As reported earlier, the City of St. George set a June 30th deadline to vacate the 300S location.  As of today, the CCMRRC is officially “homeless” but all club belongings are now stored safely off-site until a suitable location can be found.  ALL CLUB MEMBERS: PLEASE forward any possible very low cost or free locations to Al Thorne.  (homeplat@infowest.com)  

July Luncheon dates
July 7th and July 21st - Bloomington Country Club at 11:30am.  If you plan to attend, contact Bryan Enarson (bryanlax@aol.com) no later than July 5th and/or July 19th.  NOTE:  Unlike a typical restaurant which welcomes any number of patrons, the country club arranges tables and chairs specifically for our luncheons.  Again, if you plan to attend, contact Bryan at the email above.

Member Railroads
Al Thorne recently added to his Lionel railroad.  Click HERE and scroll down to the July 2023 Update for photos.
Dan Mangiaricina updates us on his post-war Lionel layout redesign project. “After having several problems with the reverse loop, I decided to remove it and reroute the inner track around the lake, past the fire station, in and around the nursery and a straight run along the one side of the layout. In doing this. I had to redesign the roads, install three traffic gates and redo the landscaping. As for now everything is running smoothly.”  Chick HERE and scroll down to July 2023 Update to see photos.  

Longtime club member and G scale modeler Paul Bottino built a new railroad but indoors this time.  He summarizes its construction process here. “First, I built four tables, four feet by eight feet. Then I bolted them together to build an eight’ by sixteen’ structure covered with plywood; 42 inches high. Great for viewing and working on trains.”  Click HERE and scroll down to the July 2023 Update.

New member Kurt Rakozy shares photos of his Lionel railroad HERE.

Bob Lacey (of Kanab Train Show fame) shares his description and photos of the modular HO scale railroad he recently displayed at the Bristlecones and Bricks Train Show in the historic Freight Barn.

“Our HO scale, 10-module layout has been under construction for the last 5 years or so. We've only shown it at the annual Kanab Train Show each February, but we were excited to take it on the road to Ely, NV. We really enjoyed the show.  I highly recommend a visit to the railroad if you've never gone. The show is primarily a Lego show, which was fine by us, as we also enjoy Lego projects (Peter won awards for his F-22 Raptor and AH-1Z custom builds).

The layout is a freelanced subdivision of the Rio Grande and Espee, imagined as though the DRGW purchased the Western Pacific but continued running the shared directional main setup through Nevada jointly with SP. We are set up to run trains from the 1950s, the 1990s, and are hoping to assemble a third fleet to show the post-UP merger modern era.

This spring, we worked extensively on the desert modules, laying down a lot of dirt and making a lot of sagebrush, thanks to Rob Spangler's instructions on MRH (Model Railroad Hobbyist). We've started to experiment with a DIY static grass applicator, but are still trying to get the hang of it. While at the show, Peter worked on getting the lights to illuminate in many of the structures salvaged from an abandoned layout in Kanab, with great results.

The layout also includes a small town, a 5-track yard, a sawmill with associated logging branch, and a roundhouse (with a mostly-working turntable).

Control is provided for DC and DCC operations using a Digitrax DCS 50 connected to a Raspberry Pi/JRMI setup (with many thanks to Dave Merrill for help on that end of it).

Long term, we plan to create a farm area on one end and complete scenery through the yard. We plan to show the layout at the Kanab show each year, plus maybe one or two more shows annually. We are always happy to host visiting trains from other railroads. At the Kanab show, members for the Rio Grande Modelling and Historical Society regularly run their equipment on our layout, a tradition we're happy to continue.

We are open to anyone that might be interested in building pairs of modules that could join with us. While the modules aren't built strictly to a national standard, they roughly follow a 2-track version of the NMRA standard (almost like the HO version of the NTrak standard).

If anyone has an Amtrak or Rio Grande/California Zephyr set that wants a home, or a set of double stack cars, we're in the market.

We're excited to be part of the club, and hope to be able to join in on some of your activities in the future.  Robert & Peter Lacey, Orderville, UT”  Click HERE for photos.

Modeling News, Techniques, and Products

O scale (two rail) Switching Layout Design  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OOrpCkiW-Y

Tips for Better Tubular Track (Lionel)

Choosing how high to place a layout backdrop

Noteworthy Model Railroads (non-CCMRRC)
Bill Scobie Sn3 Narrow Guage Layout
2021 National Garden Railway Society (3 layouts)
GB&J Railroad by Dr. Jack & Claire Fisher (note the sculpted vegetation)

Permanent Garden Railroads You Can Visit

Upcoming Train Shows, Conventions, and Rides
38th National Garden Railway Convention
July 1-8, 2023
Santa Clara Convention Center (located in CA)

Freedom Train
Heber Valley Railroad
450 South 600 West, Heber City, UT 84032
Tuesday, July 4

Rock-n-Roll Train
Heber Valley Railroad
450 South 600 West, Heber City, UT 84032
Friday, July 21, 6:30pm - Midnight

Fiddlers and Fireworks Train (Celebrating Pioneer Days)
Heber Valley Railroad
450 South 600 West, Heber City, UT 84032
Monday, July 24

Texas Express - Supercharged, High Speed, Streamlined (NMRA convention)
August 20-26, 2023
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

Rocky Mountain Region Convention – “Rails Along the Rio Grande”
November 9-12, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

Prototype, Railfanning, and History
Union Pacific and National Park Foundation Unveil New Pullman Porters Mural
10 Obscure Prototype Railcars

CSX Queensland Hump Yard (operation video)

Video of Prototype Ballast Spreading

Union Pacific Armour Yellow: The paint scheme that never always changes

New Locomotive Build Market: Nonexistent for Now?

Sorting out locomotive headlights and class lights

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum https://ncngrrmuseum.org/

Biggest steam switcher: Union Railroad’s 0-10-2

Until August, All Aboard !!
Lloyd Thomson