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January 16, 2009



Not much new to report since we have not had a meeting since November.


We have been busy with work sessions on Wednesday nights at Paul Wachowicz’ home getting the 4x8 layout ready for display.  There is another session next Wednesday, January 21, before the layout’s debut at the TTOS Show at the Leonard Post on January 24th and 25th.  We completed and tested the wiring this past week and need to do some clean-up and painting at the next session prior to the show.  The scenery will continue to be a “work-in-progress” until it is done.  Scenic backdrops have been ordered to be installed on the divider and Paul has made rock molds and tunnel portals.


John Ondesko repaired the club’s two Flyer engines again.  Thanks, John!  We still need to fix the headlight on the American Models FA and will probably need to buy a bulb.


In the previous newsletter we mentioned that Pennsylvania Heritage Models (email: is finally ready to release its S scale trolley and the 44-tonner.  For those interested, each unit should run about $160 for DC or non-reversing AC, and an additional $45 for reversing AC.  The club is planning to buy a 44-tonner and having it painted and lettered in Arcade and Attica RR’s scheme (decals made in S by Modern Rails).  The trolleys come unpainted or in two painted versions, reversing lights, and brass trolley poles.


Plan to attend the TTOS Show at the Leonard Post on Walden Avenue on January 24th and 25th to help with the new layout.  Bring your piece of “real estate” (buildings, scenery, vehicles, etc.) to place on the layout and a train to run.  Set-up should be quick but we will start about 7:30 on Saturday morning since this is the first time for the layout.  We will need coverage running trains Saturday until 3 PM, and from 9 AM Sunday until closing at 3 PM.  Teardown will be at approximately 3 PM.  This layout is single track so we don’t need as many trains to run at one time, but will need them throughout both days.  There are also 2 accessory tracks on sidings for dump cars, etc.

Unless there is a volunteer or another suggestion, our next meeting will be SUNDAY, February 22, at 1 PM, at DANNY’S SOUTH:

4300 Abbott Road (and Rt 20A)

Orchard Park, NY


This is the same weekend as the WNYRHS show at the Agricenter and the restaurant is just down Rt 20A next to Ralph Wilson Stadium.  You can attend the show in the morning and then join us for lunch.  Please let Gregg (, 716-866-2989, 585-655-3127) know if you plan to attend so we get a table large enough to accommodate everyone.


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There are several train exhibits currently at the Eastman House in Rochester (900 East Ave) (

- “Steam and Steel:  The Photographs of O. Winston Link” until January 25th

- “Tracks:  The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection” until January 25th

- “Passing Time:  Recent Video by Andrew Cross” until February 8th


Jan 18     -TTCS Show, Union Station, Main St, Utica, NY
Jan 21    -WNYSSA WORK SESSION, 6 PM, Paul Wachwowicz’ home, 296 Shartle, N. Tonawanda, NY  716/693-6256
Jan 24&25 -TTOS Show, Leonard Post, Walden Ave, Cheektowaga, NY – WNYSSA Display, 9 – 3 both days
Feb 7&8  -TTOS Layout Tour – see TTOS member for details
Feb 21&22 – WNYRHS Show, Agricenter, Hamburg, NY
Feb 21&22-Greenberg Show, Rochester, NY?

Feb 22              -WNYSSA MEETING, Danny’s South, 4300 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY @ 1 PM

Mar 1      -Niagara Falls Model Railway Show, Optimist Park Hall, Niagara Falls, ON
               -TTCS Show, Diplomat Center, 1956 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY
Mar 29    -GSME Show, Batavia Downs, Batavia, NY – WNYSSA & RASG Display / Modules?
Apr 23-25 – TCA Meet, York, PA
Apr 26     -TTCS Show, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave, N. Tonawanda, NY
May 1,2  -SPRING “S” SPREE, Holiday Inn Hotel, Strongsville, Ohio ?
Sept 12&13 –Central Terminal Show, 495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY
Oct 15-17 – TCA Meet, York, PA