Division 8 will be holding another meeting on November 18, 2023,at 10:00 A.M. It will occure at the new home of the Golden Isles Model Railroad Club. There will be several clinics and a Show-n-Tell table. The Division will be providing lunch for attendies, thanks in part to funding received from the Southeastern Region. Afterwards, there will be time to explore the club's layout and the Georgia Coastal Railway and the Florida-Georgia Railway Heritage Museum are near by and open to 6:00 P.M. We hope to see you there.
If you couldn’t make the August 12th meeting, you missed a lot. The Division begin to gather at Easterby’s at 11:00 A.M. Several models were on display and there was a lot of talk about model railroading. The Division set a new attendance record of 18.
At 11:30 food orders were placed. A lot of delicious fried shrimp and fish were consumed. Rick Gartrell started things off with a talk about Repurposed Rolling Stock. This focused on using old box cars along right-of-ways for business offices and other purposes. The railroads had plans for how cars should be modified for this purpose, and Rick shared several of these with the group. He went on to say that the plans were rarely followed. If you plan to model this on your layout, you have a great deal of latitude. Rick also brought a diorama that contained an example of a car utilized in this manner.
After Rick’s presentation, a short business meeting was held. There had been no change in the status of the Division’s finances as reported by Treasurer Tom Sullivan.
Unfortunately, Alan Mole had to resign from the Division Board for personal reasons. Nominations were sought from the floor and Eric Schrowang was unanimously elected to fill the empty position. With the election concluded, the business meeting was concluded.
Casey Bartman then presented his discussion on Adventures in Modular N-Scale projects. This primarily focused on T-Trak and Free-MoN modules.
Copies of Rick's and Casey's Power Points are avaiable via the respective links.
Lloyd Blooms then presented his clinic on the building of his N-scale Port Royal and Augusta Railroad, which ran between its two namesake cities. In 1896, it became part of the Charelston and Western Carolina Railroad. The following year it became a subsidiary of the ACL, and was fully absorbed into the Atlantic Coast line in 1959. Lloyd discused the history of the railroad including its roll in serving the Paris Island Marine base. Lloyd also talked about compromises that have to be made when building a layout from a prototype, such as incorporating a turn table instead of a wye to save space.
To close things out, Doug Scott presented some of his excellent photos of CSX action in the Lowcountry.
Following the formal meeting, it was off for layout tours. Dave Pitcher, Rick Fulkerson, and Tom Sullivan opened their homes and layouts to the Division, and the Charleston Model Railroad Club was also open at the Citadel Mall.
As the time was getting late, I chose to visit Rick’s layout. I can say his layout demonstrates just how much operations can be achieved on a shelf layout. An added bonus is that Rick hand laid all the track as well.
Be sure to check out this article in Classic Toy Trains about the Grand Strand Western R.R.. Also, be sure to put the CAMRC's January 6th and 7th's Train Show on your Save the Date List. The Division had a table at the show last year and it was worth attending. Click the CAMRC link on the left for details. Until then, to quote Danny Harmon from Distant Signal on YouTube, See you out there on the high iron.