December 2023 Newsletter
The baggage car is bursting with Holiday goodies this month. Beginning with the 2023 Layout Tour & Open House, the newsletter continues with the Lionel Group's Oil Town USA layout at the Jubilee of Trees, updates to various member layouts & projects as well as my experiment with building a camera car for model railroad videos. And what could possibly be more joyous for Christmas than a train layout? Read on for more !!
Of special interest was the final operating session of Jim Harper's Southern Pacific Palos Verde Division which was recorded by Toy Man Television and posted at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNNVlt4gTVs. The video includes interviews with Jim, club members, and other O scale modeling friends. A listing of additional Toy Man videos on Jim's marvelous railroad as well as previous CCMRRC Open Houses can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/@ToyManTelevision/search?query=jim%20harper.
Early in December, the layout will be dismantled and trucked to its new home in Eugene, OR. Look for some disassembly photos in the January 2024 Newsletter but for now, check out the video Jim and Joe Zukowski produced some years ago HERE.
We then headed to the one on Upper Canyon [Dick Saunders]. That one seemed ideal. We talked with Dick’s wife [Laurie] about ceramics and railroads. He explained that they bought the lot with the whole railroad in mind. We love the train at a higher level and the beautiful orange flowers in the background with the bird feeder.
We got to Eldon’s [Chouinard] just before closing. It was nice to get to chat with him and to see how much he is enjoying railroading now that he has time for it. Good idea to put his set up on wheels. We loved the beekeepers and hives.
This afternoon, we headed to the one Linda described on the lower level of the house. [Terry Schramm] That was beyond anything one could imagine! … and he had multiples of everything. He described part of the enjoyment was searching for specific items and finding them. Not just a village but a large town. Not just one flying Santa. Not just one of anything. We watched it all… night and day. Unbelievable. How does he work on it? He must have secret doors. He said that he had health issues last year. We wondered how he gets up and down the stairs. The train probably helps to keep him healthy. As you can tell, we had a great time."
Dave Merrill was kind enough to 3D print hoods to glue over the LEDs and after
failing to find suitable clear or frosted drinking straws, I realized pipettes
from Michael's are about the diameter of HO scale masts.
I cut off the bulb and mouth ends of the soft plastic and painted the remaining
tube flat black and slid them over the masts. A zinc washer made a perfect
base." See the photo HERE. Scroll to the December 2023 Update.