Don Webster, Dave LaGraves, Harry Morath, Frank Patti, Bill Barren, Ray Abbott, Bud Rindfleisch, John Ondesko, Paul Wachowicz, Tom Gascoigne, and Mike and Kathy Barren attended the recently meeting at Gregg Mummert's home.
Gregg had his Christmas docksider and new cars operating on the Christmas layout using the 'L' Trainmaster control. Frank brought an AF 0-8-0 to run and Bill operated his SHS Erie Lackawanna F units. Dave brought an 'O' burro crane to run also. Several members were impressed with the operation using the 'L' wireless control.
Tom brought '07 train calendars from Buffalo Creek Graphics for the members attending the meeting. Thanks, Tom!
We watched the DVD from the Baltimore Area AF Club promoting the '07 NASG convention which also included a segment from the ?05 convention in Altoona. We also watched a Kalmbach DVD that was mailed to several members that covers all aspects of railroading.
Issues of CTT, S Gaugian, NASG Dispatch, and the TTOS Bulletin were available for perusing. The recent TTOS Bulletin had an article on improving the reliability of the Flyer reverse unit by adding a coupler spring salvaged from a Marx truck (a Spoonley trick).
We discussed setting up our modules at the TTOS show at the Leonard Post on January 27th and 28th. Due to the limited space, we can only use 8 modules on each side. We will need help setting up on Saturday morning from 7-7:30AM, running trains from 9AM until 3PM, start running again at 9 AM Sunday and teardown Sunday afternoon. Please plan to assist where and when you can and bring some trains to run ? AC, DC, scale, Flyer, hi-rail, etc.
We discussed stanchions and plexiglass and will evaluate this further at the TTOS show with the modules set up. Paul and Gregg each offered to store and transport a corner module to reduce the load Don has to handle for each show.
We also discussed setting up at the Central Terminal show next September. The members attending were fairly split on whether to return or not and we will need to poll as many members as possible. The advantages are that we can set up ALL of our modules, and if attendance is like last year, it gives 'S' tremendous exposure. The downside is that we experienced damage to scenery, etc, from the crowd, a power drop at one end of the layout, and the organizers will not make a donation to allow us to make needed repairs and replace items after such a show. Should money be a driving factor? Should we go with or against other club?s policies and practices? We had hoped to have an answer by now since the organizers will probably be at the TTOS show and asking for our decision. Give it some thought so we can take a poll at the TTOS show and let them know. If you are not attending the TTOS show and would like to voice your opinion, call or email Gregg.
As mentioned before, Bill suggested an alternative to the Central Terminal show would be setting up at the Agricenter show. If there is enough support from the members to do this 2-day show in November and February, Bill will pursue it with the organizers.
Joe Chavanne has a new AM transformer for sale. This is like the one the club purchased last year. Contact Joe at 716-674-5563 or email@example.com if you are interested.
The TTOS is having their annual layout tour again on February 10th and 11th. There are 3 'O' gauge layouts open each day. If anyone is interested in viewing these layouts, contact one of the TTOS members in WNYSSA.
Gregg won the 50/50.
Pat Mudd and Mark Saunders paid dues recently.
Dave Blaufuss' wife, Joannie, was recently hospitalized from a stroke. Please send your wishes for a speedy recovery to 515 Meadow Dr, West Seneca, NY 14224
Our next meeting will be at Danny's South on February 25th at 1 PM for lunch:
4300 Abbott Road (and Rt20A)
This is the same day as the show at the Agricenter so members can attend the show in the morning prior to the meeting. The restaurant is a few minutes away on Rt 20A. Let Gregg or Bud know if you will be attending so we get a table large enough to handle everyone.
As always, we need volunteers or ideas for future meetings. Paul will tentatively host the March meeting and Harry will tentatively host the April meeting. Anyone else?
The Rail Barons, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society,
25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 25 thru Feb 25, 1-4PM.
Jan 27,28 -TTOS Show, Leonard Post, Walden Ave, Cheektowaga, NY
Feb 10-11 ANNUAL TTOS LAYOUT TOUR
Feb 11 -TTCS Show, Hearthstone Manor, Dick Road, Cheektowaga, NY
Feb 24,25-WNYRHS Show, Agricenter, Hamburg, NY
Feb 25 -WNYSSA MEETING, Danny's South, 4300 Abbott Rd,
Orchard Park, NY, 1 PM
Feb 25 -Railpace Annual Slide Show, The Whistle Stop,
1338 Exchange St, Alden, NY
Mar 4 -TTCS Show, Logan?s Party House, 1420 Scottsville Rd, Rochester, NY
Mar 25 -Iron Worker?s Hall, 196 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca, NY
April 15-GSME Show, Batavia Downs, Batavia, NY
April 19-21 ?Eastern Div TCA Meet, York, PA
April 28-NYC System Historical Society Show, Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Blvd, Grand Island, NY
Jul 10-14-NASG Convention, Baltimore, MD
Sept 8,9-Central Terminal Train Show, 495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY ? WNYSSA Modules?
Sept 16 -Alexander Boy Scout Troup Show, Alexander Firehall, Rt 98, Alexander, NY