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Division 1 meeting minutes, February 22, 2019 Supt. McMullian called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. 30 members attended.
Business Meeting

1. Election The election for the board and officers will be held at the April 2019 business meeting. Anyone interested in running for office can still get on the ballot. If interested, please call or e-mail Supt. McMullian. The members running for office currently are:
Dave McMulliansupt
Marshall Stullasst. supt
Richard Marquardtclerk
John Gardnertreasurer
Steve Glasstrain master for services

Running for the two open board of director positions are, in no particular order:
Ray Huber
Norm Cattell
Norris Hinds

2. 2020 NCR convention update: The Radisson Hotel on the Toledo Medical College campus has a new event planner. In a recent planning meeting with Supt. McMullian, she offered the division an extra meeting room at no additional charge. Rich Marquardt did laser measurements of the rooms we will be using and more specific planning for room utilization will take place soon. The next planning meeting for the convention committee will be in March at a date and time to be determined. Please continue to think about a name for the convention. Marshall Stull informed Supt. McMullian that while not finalized yet, there is a good possibility that a large Fre-Mo layout will be part of the convention.

3. One Day Modeling Event Supt. McMullian made available application forms for the NCR, Div. 6 one day modeling event to be held in Livonia, MI on April 27, 2019. If you have not yet registered, please do so soon. These one-day events will be a regular part of regional activities in the future. The regional conventions will continue to be held in the autumn while the one-day event will be held in the spring. The intention is that each division will host a one-day event half way between its turn hosting a NCR convention. For example, Division 1 will hold the regional convention in 2020. Our turn to sponsor the one-day event would be spring of 2023. Please support this new initiative.

4. Due to scheduling conflicts, The March 2019 meeting will be rescheduled from 3/22 to 3/29. We apologize for any inconvenience. At the March meeting, the division will hold a panel discussion clinic on different methods of turnout control. Currently, we plan to look at blue point manual controls, caboose switch stands, servo controlled mechanisms, tortoise switch machines and matrix control systems. If anyone uses any other form of turnout control, Supt. McMullian asked they bring this to the attention of the clinic at the meeting. Norm Cattell stated that he was also going to get information on Andy Keene's system of using caboose manual control switch stands. This promises to be a very good clinic.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm.


1. Steve Kellogg: Steve did a photo presentation on the NYC flexi van system of flat cars that was developed in the mid-60s. Steve showed us examples of NYC flexi van flats with auto trailers loads, Santa Fe flexi vans with more traditional truck trailer loads and IC flexi van cars with early model containers. Steve also brought in a new Walthers model of the Mark V 94' flexi van car with modified trucks he purchased from Shapeways.

2. Steve Glass: Steve brought in an elevated test track he constructed. This allows cars to be checked for n.m.r.a car standards compliance at a convenient viewing height.

3. Jim White: Jim brought in several 1:29 scale figures he purchased from the thingaverse site, these figures are 3D printed and the figures can be modified to be any height you wish. Jim also discussed painting the figures using a special bracket he purchased from thingaverse to allow for hands free painting.

4. Norm Cattell: Norm brought in a number of interesting items. He discussed the Ann Arbor Railroad video he recently purchased showing railcar ferry switching operations on Lake Michigan. Norm also was able to purchase two Kadee cars that matched prototypes typical of those used on the Lake Michigan ferries, one a 50' Soo Line boxcar and the other a 40' Ann Arbor PS-1. Norm also brought in a small hand held mirror he purchased for $1 at a dollar store. Norm uses this to help locate drilling sites and wiring runs under the layout. This would be a handy item for anyone as old as Norm. Finally, Norm brought in 2'x3' sections of cork floor underlayment he purchased at Home Deport. These sections are slight lower than regular height cork roadbed and would be useful for laying out at the site of a yard or large industry. The sheets come in packs of five and sell for $38 a pack.

5. Dave McMullian: Dave gave us a photo presentation of his progress on his HO scale c-2 class freighter. Dave discussed the use a modeling foam product called Hobby-lite that he purchased at Hobby Lobby. This extremely lightweight product dries hard and is easily sanded. It has many applications for modeling. Dave used it to fill in the gaps between the wooden hull of his freight and the styrene upper works. Dave also discussed the used of using small (4 mm circumference) jewelry rings to make port hole fixtures. The rings scale out to 12" in HO and look remarkably realistic. Dave also mentioned Frenchman River Model Works as a site to purchase HO scale ship fitting detail parts. Finally, as Tenax-7R glue is no longer being made, Dave suggested purchasing liquid Methylene Chloride, which is what Tenax was. This can be purchased by the quart from

Door prizes:

We forgot to bring in the door prize gift cards for the drawing this evening.
The winners were:
241/Jim Wolsiffer, $10 Harbor Freight card;
237/Jeff Schumaker, $10 Hobby Lobby card.
The cards will be awarded at the March meeting. Our apologies for the oversight.

Mini layout clinic:

Jeff Schumaker brought in a 2'x3' mini layout he had constructed for a layout construction contest. Jeff based his layout on a small 2-6-2 HOn 21/2 scale WWI trench engine. Both sides on the Western Front in the First World War used these engines extensively He also brought in a number of 18' and 20' wood car kits he built for the layout. Jeff's layout was a fictional line used in Hawaii on Oahu between the two world wars. He presented us with a fictional history of a 'stealth' railroad supposedly designed by Nikola Tesla. It was a clever concept and an interesting idea for a layout.

How to create and ops session, part 2:

Norm Cattell presented the second part of his ops session clinic. He used photos of his previous layout to illustrate the principles of layout design and operations planning. Norm discussed a number of topics including train speed, real and relative, and how that affects an ops session. He also discussed industry choice and how this helps to set train length and train timing. Yard limits and its uses, railroad communications, prototype paper work and train control were also discussed. Norm stated he would be willing to help division members design an ops session for their layout as well.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 pm.

Submitted by John Roth, Div. 1 clerk.