2006 New England/Northeast Prototype Modelers Meet
The meet is Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, at the Canton Community
Center, 40 Dyer Ave., Collinsville, Connecticut.
There are tours of Branchline Trains on Thursday evening and layout
open houses Sunday.
For information, contact neprotomeet@... or Dave Owens at 860-233-0303.
To register, send a check payable to NE Proto Meet to Fran Richard, 34
Ellsworth Road, West Hartford, CT 06107. The meet costs $20 in advance
and $25 at the door.
The model room is open all day Friday and Saturday so PLEASE bring
your work to show.
Here is the tentative schedule. Please note that it is subject to change.
Thursday evening, June 1, 5 to 7 p.m.
Open house and tours at Branchline Trains, East Hartford, Connecticut.
Contact Dave Owens and neprotomeet@... for directions and to
Friday, June 2:
8 a.m. -- Meet registration and model setup.
John Orofino -- Making Plastic Structure Kits Look Great. John, an
architect, will show what he does to make inexpensive plastic
structure kits look like craftsman kits.
Tom Murray -- Modeling Amtrak. Tom is one our meet organizers and a
rabid Amtrak modeler. Ever wonder which paint phase fits your era?
What locos fit your era? Why Bachmann Amfleet cars are actually better
than Walthers? Tom will tell ya'.
John Sacerdote -- Hand-laying track. John will share the experience he
hand-laid track on his home layout.
Neil Gage -- Modeling Military Freight Car Loads. Anyone who's been to
the West Springfield show has been treated to Neil's magnificent
models of 1970s and World War II era trains hauling tanks, trucks and
Noon – Lunch
Mike Rose -- Tree Making. Mike will lead a hands-on clinic on making
the kinds of
trees he's been using to fill his layout. The clinic has an additional
charge of $5 to cover materials and participants can expect to take
[home a few trees. Pre-registration is urged as space and materials
George Barrett -- Bodies, Trailers and Loads. George, owner of
Sheepscot Models, has
given a clinic each year on vehicle modeling. This year's is the next
progression in that series.
Bill Schaumburg – Pennsylvania Slate Quarrying. The editor of Railroad
Model Craftsman, will speak about and show photos of slate quarry
Dave Messer -- Designing the Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Division.
is set outside of NE, it connects with the New Haven through Maybrook
Yard. It is a combination of overhead foils documenting the historic
rationale of the takeover of the L&NE by PRR and the development of
the track plan, plus slides showing its current state.
Ramon Rhodes -- Modeling the urban landscape. Ramon will present slides and talk
about realistically modeling the urban environment. He'll highlight
items commonly seen but often overlooked that make cities and suburbs
great places to model. Ramon will also compare and contrast the modern
diesel era with the steam era, and give examples of the transition
between the two.
5:30 p.m. – Dinner break/swap meet
Art Biehler -- Transcontinental Passenger Service on the New York
Central in the Post
War Era. Art's clinic traces the evolution, trains, operation, and
equipment found in the service the New York Central offered from 1946
to 1958 to California and to Texas and Oklahoma in conjunction with
several western railroads. Comparisons to similar services offered by
the PRR and B&O will be demonstrated. References to modeling these NYC
trains would be raised.
Marty McGuirk -- Something Central Vermont.
Slide show with Pete McLachlan – Pete hired out with the New Haven and
Conrail. And he took his camera to work damned near every day.
Slide show with Paul Backenstose -- Along the Maine Line. This slide
show was the basis of Paul's article of the same title that appeared
in the January 1997 issue of Railpace Newsmagazine. It features the
Bangor & Aroostook/Iron Road, Guilford, New Brunswick Southern/Maine
Eastern and Maine Coast railroads and was shot in the Summer of 1996.
Saturday, June 3:
8 a.m -- Registration and model setup
Jeff Hanke -- Something Chessie
John Orofino -- Part 2 of Making Plastic Structure Kits Look Great.
Steve Funaro -- Building Resin Kits. Steve will lead a hands-on clinic
resin kits. Each participant will receive a Funaro & Camerlengo kit.
This clinic has a fee of about $12 and pre-registration is requested
as space is limited.
Rick Abramson -- What are those Details on a Diesel Engine and what do
They Do? Ever
open a package of Details West MU hose and wonder how many you're
supposed to put on the locomotive your modeling. Rick, a well-known
New Haven modeler and a dispatcher for the Housatonic Railroad, will
answer that and other questions about diesels.
Noon – Lunch
Preston Cook -- What's In Those Steam Locomotives. A detailed
examination of a steam
engine's components. This two-part session will help you understand
what all those parts do. This is a two-part presentation and continues
into the 2:30 p.m. session.
Mike Simonds -- Wiring a Locomotive for DCC and Sound. Mike will show
what it takes
to install sound and DCC in a locomotive and will be on hand Saturday
to offer advice on an individual basis.
Scott Mason -- Building Craftsman Kits. Scott, well-known craftsman
kit builder, will share the skills and techniques he's developed.
Preston Cook -- Continuation of What's in Those Steam Locomotives
Ralph Barger -- The Harriman Common Standard Passenger Cars. Ralph
will discuss total
Harriman car production (3041 cars), including dates, car type, plan
and lot numbers for the Pullman built cars and also the cars built by
AC&F, Bethlehem Shipbuilding, J. G. Brill, Pressed Steel Car, St.
Louis Car Co., Standard Steel Car and the prototypes built by SP & UP.
John Greene -- Reading Covered Hoppers. John, owner of Bethlehem Car Works, will
talk about Reading's fleet of covered hoppers.
5:30 p.m. – Dinner/Swap meet
Ted Culotta -- Designing the Naugy and Highland in HO. If you read
Craftsman, you've seen Ted's ongoing series "Essential Freight Cars."
Ted is a master at research and he'll talk about how he's applying
those skills to his home layout, which is based on the New Haven's
Naugatuck and Highland lines. While this will be of interest to NH
modelers and historians, it will also be pertinent to those thinking
about or currently designing layouts as it will discuss many of the
tools being used to develop the track plan, including photos, maps,
timetables, and other relevant data sources.
Jim Homoki -- Freight Car Stenciling Details in the Diesel Era. Jim
will show how
to identify the paint and stencil details that make a car
era-specific. It will be a look at how the information provided on
freight cars has changed since the 1950s and how you can identify and
model cars to fit a specific era.
Slide show with Rob Pisani -- The Final Years of Conrail – shot in New
Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania and Ohio; with some immediate post-CSX/NS coverage.
Slide show with Tom Nanos -- A View from the Cab – Tom, a
Connecticut-based railfan photographer, will present his work.
Vendors and manufacturers:
Branchline Trains, Atlas Model Railroad Co., Bethlehem Car Works,
Speedwitch Media and Models, Reboxx, Sheepscot Scale Models, Funaro &
Camerlengo, Bob's Photo, Arlington Station, Scott Mason, Mohawk Valley
Car Shops, Short Line Products, Penn Central Historical Society,
Chessie System Historical Society, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and
Society New England Chapter, the Hobby Gallery..
All clinics, vendors, manufacturers and other meet participants are
subject to change.