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    • September 29, 2018 12:48 PM EDT
    • Yeah, the first time I heard M3's horn I was a bit surprised,  but since then it's kind of grown on me.  Like everything else at the EBT,  it's unique.

       

      Yes Gary, sorry about the date change and the some what short notice that came with it.  FEBT leadership has had a busy year.  There's been several things that needed considering including the retiring of our outstanding former president Lee Rainey.  This meant a lot of reorganization of leadership along with added work for the board.  There seemed to be a lot of competition for the normal date this year and the Bricktown group would not have been able to host us on the normal weekend so thus the decision.  This was Andy's last year for running the event now that he is president.  I have actually taken on the roll of organizing the reunion hence forward and I promise I'll try and nail down the major details and give advance notice to all.  Seems life just keeps getting busier for us all and you really have to plan things these days.

    • September 29, 2018 8:01 AM EDT
    • I had planned on going this year but by the time I found out that they changed the date I had already made other plans. Maybe next year !

    • September 28, 2018 4:01 PM EDT
    • I think that was a cow they ran over................

    • September 28, 2018 2:21 PM EDT
    • Now I have to say I never expected that horn to sound like a cow in the pasture.

    • September 28, 2018 2:16 PM EDT
    •  

      Some more fun stuff from Rockhill...

       

       

       

      You're right Ric, So much to do so little time....

    • September 28, 2018 12:45 PM EDT
    • Jan and I use to attend theses in the late 1998-2002.  Great fun!  Ahh, too much to do, too little time.  

    • September 27, 2018 8:45 PM EDT
    • This past weekend was the annual FEBT reunion.  This year things were a bit different with most of the activity taking place in the Bricktown Model Railroaders news building. (the former E.A. Beaver building) They recently acquired the building and have been had at work renovating the inside to make a good home for their new Layout.  This will be a combination HO and HOn3 Railroad that depicts the EBT and the Pennsy showcasing their interchange.  Fortunately for the FEBT the layout has not been started yet so the empty building made a perfect place to host this years event.

       

      There were numerous clinics and presentations on area industry and railroads.  There were also walking tours of the old brick plant and Mount Union yard with the opertunity to get in the Mount Union engine house, a rare treat.  Sunday included walking tours of Robertsdale and Rockhill with speeder rides.  There was also a Hon3 modules set up, and two On3 setups, and a nice circle of F scale which is why I thought I should post this. The insurance prohibited us from running live steam in the building so we had to make do with one of Rich Yoders beautiful electric locos.

       

      FEBT F Scale

       

      We had limited track to use this year so it was a bit more basic this year.  Just a circle with a siding on both sides.

       

      FEBT F Scale

       

       

      FEBT F Scale

       In this picture you can see one of the On3 layouts to the right, and if you look closer you will see Mik  standing by the freight house taking it all in.  Turned out to be quite a fantastic weekend!

       

    • September 26, 2018 1:02 PM EDT
    • Our NGRC2019 Convention in Portland will be August 27 - 31.  The Convention run at Staver’s will be Saturday night 31st.  Our club runs regularly there once each month using battery and steam powered equipment.  The big steamup meet is traditionally all steam and will be a full weekend, three weeks later in September, 20 and 21.  Since we get to operate club member’s equipment on his fabulous layout, some of which isn’t steam, it was best to keep the events separated. Also, we couldn’t go that late into fall for all our garden layouts and be sure to stay “green” Plus connect with the Narrow Gauge Convention with Train Mountain in between.  This way visitors will get to sample all the west coast large scale venues. 

    • September 26, 2018 12:57 AM EDT
    • Vance Bass said:

      Staver Locomotive usually has their fall steamup right around that time. Have you talked to them to coordinate times?

       

      Staver's Fall Steam-Up is usually the third week in September. The 2019 NGRC is August 27-31 with the Staver run Saturday evening. Larry Staver came to us with the offer, so I would assume there would be no conflict.

       

    • September 25, 2018 1:31 PM EDT
    • Staver Locomotive usually has their fall steamup right around that time. Have you talked to them to coordinate times?

    • September 17, 2018 10:13 PM EDT
    • Richard said:

      Don't forget Sun. at Stan's and Deb's great time also and Rick if you drove the Ma. pike to N.Y. you went right by a D'Angalo's , Longmeadow rest stop on the pike.

      hope to see every one next year

      Richard

      Absolutely, on including Stan and Deb Ames, plus Al Pomeroy!  I'm sorry, I get to thinking that TrainOps is all 3 of the layouts.  Its a great weekend, with very different variety, but all 3 very unique examples of the hobby. 

    • September 17, 2018 12:42 PM EDT
    • Al you are right it is the "Ludlow" rest stop westbound only.

      Rick westbound only, don't think there are any signs for it other than rest stop. And for anybody going to the big E train show there is one by Home depot on rt.5 

    • September 17, 2018 12:10 PM EDT
    • Richard, last time I drove the Mass pike there was no Longmeadow Rest stop Longmeadow is no where near the Pike. Sturbridge maybe.

       

      AL P.

    • September 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      If the "Mass Pike" is I-90, then, yes, that is how we came in to and out of the state.  I'll have to keep my eyes open for the signs advertising this.  It will be totally my responsibility since the authorities are constantly warning me of the possibility of "SOLAR GLARE" while driving east in the morning hours.  Very interesting signs every few miles.  

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    • September 16, 2018 7:49 AM EDT
    • If the "Mass Pike" is I-90, then, yes, that is how we came in to and out of the state.  I'll have to keep my eyes open for the signs advertising this.  It will be totally my responsibility since the authorities are constantly warning me of the possibility of "SOLAR GLARE" while driving east in the morning hours.  Very interesting signs every few miles.  

    • September 15, 2018 3:50 PM EDT
    • Richard said:

      Don't forget Sun. at Stan's and Deb's great time also and Rick if you drove the Ma. pike to N.Y. you went right by a D'Angalo's , Longmeadow rest stop on the pike.

      hope to see every one next year

      Richard

      "hope to see every one next year"

      D'Angalos?

      Slow day ..., I remember when HoJo's ruled the turnpike.

    • September 15, 2018 3:26 PM EDT
    • Don't Forget Ken Brunt's favourite "Golden Palace Egg Rolls" here in Ottawa...always a great treat on Friday, or Saturday evenings...here in Ottawa.

       Sometimes both...!!!

        Fred Mills

    • September 15, 2018 2:42 PM EDT
    • Don't forget Sun. at Stan's and Deb's great time also and Rick if you drove the Ma. pike to N.Y. you went right by a D'Angalo's , Longmeadow rest stop on the pike.

      hope to see every one next year

      Richard

    • September 14, 2018 11:20 AM EDT
    • Answered while I was typing.  Glad that's behind you.  Now back to trains.

    • September 15, 2018 1:09 PM EDT
    • SP4449 Cab Rides AVAILABLE!

       

      Due to the overwhelming response for the SP4449 Cab Rides, we were able to secure some additional spots.

      If you have already registered for the Convention and would like to add a cab ride, please contact the Registrar at 2019ngrcregistrar@rcgrs.com

      If you have not yet registered, please do so at https://2019ngrc.wildapricot.org/