Itís March and the
worst of the winter weather is over, I hope!
Now we can start looking forward to spring and
getting our railroads up and running for the summer.
If you are like me you havenít run any of your
trains this year, youíve put them away last fall,
and they have been sitting on a shelf gathering
dust. But we can still have some weather that is not
the greatest, and some of us are fair weather
At our February
meeting, Dick Fornwalt presented an idea for the
club's consideration. Dick has a store in
Tarentum with some space that he is not using, and
he is offering it to the club. Dick's idea is for
the club to build a modular layout and keep it at
the store. PGRS members could use it in bad
weather, or our members who donít have a layout
could come out and run their trains. The modular
could also be used for some of the shows that we do.
Members who would like to work on the layout could
come out when the store is open, or we could have
one weekend a month when we would work on the
Dick and Jean
will be the hosts for the Saturday, March 23rd
meeting from 2 to 4 pm at the store.
We will have an opportunity to look over the space
and come up with ideas on how to use it for a
modular layout. Bring your ideas!
If you are not interested in building a piece of the
modular layout, you can help someone who is
building a piece, so please come anyway. The
more the merrier. There will be more information on
what is planned for the balance of the year and on
our train trips planned for July and December.
April 20th meeting is at the Stewartís home
in Greensburg, Pa. The time for the meeting
is 10am to 2pm. Lunch will be served at noon. This
is a working meeting to help Alicefaye and Paul
get their railroad up and running and ready for a
garden show later this month. Please wear work clothes
and bring any tools that you may need for this project.
We will clean and reballist the track, check the
track wiring, power, and/or other track-related issues.
We will move buildings from winter storage and make any
necessary repairs. There will be some work that can be
done sitting down for any who can't get down and play in
everyone who came to the February meeting. We had a great
turnout, and with all the food no one went away hungry.
Also, I'd like to thank all who helped in the running of the
meeting. You all made it so easy.
In attendance at
February's meeting were Bill & Claudette Malick, Jim
Schwarz, Ann & Ed Celento, Jan Vogt, Al & Shirley Harman,
Barrie Baker, Gene & Caryll Linck, Ed Banks, Dick & Jean
Fornwalt, Lee & Gina Brandes, Dave & Lois Bodnar, Rich &
Ruth Trudel, Anabeth & Chuck Dollins, Donald & Debbie
Goodwin, and Keith Baggus. Take a minute to look at the
photo from the February meeting. Thank you all again for
coming to the meeting and helping to make it a big success.
A special thanks to all who volunteered to host one of the
upcoming meetings for the year.
issue of Garden Railways Magazine, Dave Bodnar has an article on
how to build a lighthouse, a Morse code beacon or a Mars light
with an inexpensive controller. If you make a beacon, you
can program it to spell out your home city in Morse code. If you
donít receive the magazine, you may go to the news stand or book
store and pick up a copy. I think Iím safe in saying that if you
have any questions, Dave would be happy to answer them for you.
Just a reminder about the
East Coast Large Scale Train Show in York, Pa. Dates for
the show are March 22-23, Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday
9:00am to 4:00pm. The location is the York Fairgrounds, Memorial
Hall East, 334 Carlisle Ave. York, Pa. 17404. For more
information go to
http://largescaletrainshows.com. If you are going
to the show, please write something for our newsletter and take
some photos! Your efforts would be appreciated by all of
deadline for making reservations for the Polar Express is
approaching. A deposit of 10% is due by April 1 for all
who would like to take this train ride. Check out the web page
for all the details.
Lastly, donít forget about
the Bridgeville Area Historical Society's talk on Trolleys in
Western Pennsylvania March 26th at 7:30pm at the
Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Dept.