4th Division Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget

Michael Donnelly, Treasurer 4D-PNR-NMRA

The Fourth Division Budget for Fiscal Year July 2015-June 2016 as approved by the Board of Directors at the 30 May 2015 board meeting is available here.

Trains and Tools Sale at Bob Rorabaugh’s House

Cliff Green

I just finished chatting with Bob Rorabaugh (your 4th Division Membership Chair person, among other talents, skills, and notoriety) and he’s having a “Trains and Tools and More” sale at his house. Details:

206-948-9511 (cell)
22724 2nd Place W, Bothell WA, 98021
email hidden; JavaScript is required
10 am – 5 pm on both Friday (today, July 31st) and Saturday (Aug 1st)

(Cliff note: The original post had incorrect days and has been edited to show Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday.)

Items include (with many more not listed):

  • High-end Whitfield Advantage 2 pellet stove insert, $350 (this costs $2300 new)
  • Graco stroller and car seat combo, $20
  • Magic Chef 4.4 cubic foot refrigerator, $40
  • Various wooden ladders, generally 6-8 feet, $8-$15
  • Stainless steel sinks – 4 ft sink $50, 20″ X 15″ $10
  • Rocks and petrified wood
  • Multiple power and hand tools
  • Air tools, 3 brad nailers of various sizes, $50 (for all three)
  • Homak metal toolbox, $40
  • Craft wood (for DIY and hobby carpenters)

NMRA National Layout Directory Project

Bob Chaparro, Chairman

Work is now underway on a member Layout Directory to replace the visitation feature of the old NMRA Pike Registry Program. Layout owner participation will be voluntary and built-in security features will protect privacy. The Layout Directory will be an on-line system that allows NMRA members (only) to:

  • Identify the layouts of participating NMRA members by location, scale, gauge, era, prototype and area modeled, etc.
  • Review the particular features of the layouts
  • Contact layout owners to arrange visits or exchange common-interest information

A working group has been formed to develop the Directory and input is needed from NMRA members. One of the first tasks of the group is to survey layout owners from the old Pike Registry and visitors to their layouts to determine:

  • What visitation aspects worked
  • What didn’t work
  • What features they liked
  • What features they didn’t like
  • Suggestions for the new Layout Directory

Please note that this is not a registry for layout names.

Members interested in having their layouts included in the Layout Directory also should contact me by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Of course, comments are always welcome.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days Steams into Town August 14, 15 & 16

Peggy Barchi, Marketing/Events Manager

Snoqualmie’s essence and fun history come to life during the 2015 Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival. Enjoy Snoqualmie – past, present and future! Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival brings the variety of what makes Snoqualmie unique to life with Timber Sports and Living History demonstrations, 3 stages of musical entertainment, the Grand Parade, the Children’s Field of Fun, a variety of food & fun vendors, the Legends Car Show, a special model train show, Arts in the Park with numerous artists demonstrating their craft, Wine & Beer Gardens, a Fun Run, Wagon Rides and Steam Train Excursions. And of course the event that started it all, the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast!

Join the fun during the Grand Parade as band director Matt Wenman is honored for his community spirit in building the music program at Mt. Si High School including two years as finalists with the Jazz I group to the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival in New York City!

For general information click on the museum website at www.trainmuseum.org, e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the museum at 425-888-3030. I can also be contacted at ext. 7203 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. More information on Snoqualmie Railroad Days can be found at www.railroaddays.com.

Westside Clinic June Report

Bill Hupé

The June Westside clinic was a great success with eleven 4th Division modelers attending. Jack Hamilton shared his latest model railroad adventures as well as some new tools. Pete Rowe brought a flat car and two trucks with loads of lumber that he cut on a miniature table saw, for use on a lumber mill project.

Steve Hauff’s clinic was titled “Toto, I don’t think we’re on Amtrak anymore”. The clinic illustrated traveling on two of Africa’s (and the world’s, for that matter) finest trains: Rovos Rail and the Blue Train.

The Rovos journey went from Pretoria, South Africa to Swakopmund, Namibia via Kimberly, DeAar, and Windhoek, with side trips to the dunes at Sossesvlei and Etosha National Park. The Rovos equipment as well as South Africian and Namibian hardware was also viewed.

The Blue Train section centered on the opulence of what is considered to be one of the best appointed trains anywhere. While the journey is only slightly more than a day, it is a day spent in 5-star luxury.

Typical clinics have a “Model Contest” and “Show And Tell”. Coffee and cookies are provided and bringing a friend is encouraged.

For those visiting us for the first time our clinics are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the United Way of Kitsap Building, 647 4th Street, Bremerton, WA at 7 pm.

Tom Enloe Passes

Steve Haas

Tom’s wife Carol and daughter Jennifer have shared that Tom passed away July 5th, due to complications following heart surgery. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., July 18th at Bellevue Christian Reformed Church, 1221 148th Ave NE in Bellevue. This is in the Crossroads area. A casual reception with open mike will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. All are invited to this memorial service.

Carol and Jennifer have expressed a strong desire to keep the Pacific Northwestern Railroad up and running in the future. They will be in touch with those interested.

4th Division Election Results and Leadership Changes

Russ Segner, 4D Superintendent

Editor’s note: Updating the post to add the following note from JJ Johnston, Volunteer Chair, 2015 Election Committee: A special thanks goes to those who assisted on the election committee process of writing, designing, printing and tabulating the 2015 ballots including Russ Segner, Mike Slease, Ed Liesse, David Yadock, Mike Laughlin and JJ Johnston.

Great news! Kurt Laidlaw and Al Lowe have been re-elected to the 4D Board of Directors. Mike Highsmith was also reelected to Assistant Superintendent. These are two year terms which run from September 1 to August 31.

Now for some bad news: Assistant Mike Highsmith has resigned not only the balance of his current term, but also will not serve the term commencing September1. So …

Here is some good news: As Superintendent I have asked Kurt Laidlaw to step into Mike’s remaining term and also to fill the position for the two year term as Assistant Superintendent commencing September 1. He has accepted and will be confirmed at our Board of Directors meeting August 15. Thank you, Kurt.

More good news: Paul Pellegrino has agreed to fill the Board of Directors term which Kurt will vacate. This also will be acted on at the August board meeting. The leadership team is intact and we look forward to working on the balance of this year and preparing for 2016.

If you are interested in serving your fellow model railroaders, please give me a call at 425-228-7327.

Volunteers Needed For Day Out With Thomas at the Northwest Railway Museum

Cristy Lake, Volunteer Coordinator and Registrar

Here is a great opportunity to expand your railroad experience.

Day Out With Thomas (Photo Courtesy of NWRM)

Day Out With Thomas (Photo Courtesy of NWRM)

Russ Segner, Mike Donnelly and Ken Liesse are regular volunteers and already know about this.

The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie begins its largest fundraiser of the year and it is starting this week! If you can lend an extra set of hands for a day, we could really use your help. This will be our best Thomas so far, but it means we need a few extra people. We have sold over 17,000 tickets so far for the event! Tickets are only left for the second Friday, July 17.

This Friday (July 10th) is the first day of Thomas the Tank Engine™ and we still need people each day as car attendants, help with story time, crowd control, the model trains, and a helper to hang out with James in the bookstore. On Saturday, we need crowd control volunteers and a James helper in the bookstore. On Sunday we need more car attendants, crowd control help, model train volunteers, and a retail tent helper.

We need help not only this weekend (10th thru 12th), but the following weekend (17th thru 19th).

Though people sometimes groan about Thomas, it is actually a really fun event (even if it’s hard work). Seeing the excitement and sheer joy on the kids’ faces when they get to see real live Thomas for the first time is amazing! This event is what is attracting the next generation of train lovers.

For Thomas volunteering please contact me (Cristy Lake) at 425-623-4861 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

For general information click on www.trainmuseum.org or www.thomas.trainmuseum.org, e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the museum at 425-888-3030.

A Narrower View – Feeding the Dragons

Syd Schofield

Editors note: Welcome to the fifth article of a series on narrow gauge by Syd Schofield. The previous article is available by clicking here, or by filtering with the category “Narrow Gauge”. Syd welcomes discussions and feedback, which can be made by clicking on the comment link at the bottom of the post.

The common sources of energy for heat engines have been wood, coal, and petroleum products. These carbon based fuels combine with oxygen at a sufficient temperature for a continuous release of heat. In the railroading scheme of things this heat is then converted to mechanical energy to provide locomotion. Since the system for this activity is self-contained, adequate carriage must be provided for the conversion mechanism and the fuel for a reasonable distance of travel. Provisions must be made along the route for replenishment.

The external combustion engines typically used also need a working substance in addition to the fuel consumed in these total-loss systems. In the steam engine we use water for the working substance and wood, coal, or oil for the fuels. Air is in abundance (except for in long tunnels with previous traffic and inadequate ventilation) as the oxygen supply. The starting temperature for chemical conversion (ignition) has been taken care of by the fireman before expected use of the locomotive in order to bring up the system to operating condition. As with the sustaining process of the locomotive during operation, starting the system can be complicated.

The types of fuel to be used in the steam engine must be determined before the manufacture. Later conversions are sometimes possible with considerable effort but not “on the fly” during daily operation. In the carriage of fuel and water certain planning must take place for usage and replenishing stations. The abundance of wood made for an easy choice in the early days or railroading. Coal took a little more effort in procurement but has twice the heat energy of wood, allowing a smaller carriage for a given distance. Oil became available and has three times the heat content of wood with a likewise reduction in carriage provisions. The water is consumed at a much greater rate and is typically serviced by more closely spaced stations, again depending on availability.

Railroads make revenue by hauling freight and passengers, not fuel and water, so planning for the fuel and water servicing is an important part of the business plan. Given the hand-me-down shoestring operation of many narrow gauge and remote operation railroads, this can give an interesting operational balancing act for the railroad. Typically modeling won’t have the luxury of space for distances to be factored into the operation, but then it’s a pretend world anyway and we can simulate conditions.

HO Estate Sale, Las Cruces, NM

Jean Melvin, former 4D & PNR Secretary

As you may know, I now live in Las Cruces, NM, just 45 miles from the Texas/Mexico border. A local, very good modeler is down-sizing and thought you might be interested. His letter follows. If you’re interested, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

My wife and I have decided to move back to CA and are planning for an Estate Sale (due to down-sizing from a 4 bedroom house here in Las Cruces to probably a 1 bedroom apt in CA). Because of a tremor I have developed in my left arm, I am no longer able to do model work.

Therefore, I have made the very difficult decision to put my collection of limited-edition craftsman-style HO model RR structure kits, engines, and rolling stock into the Estate Sale. This is a collection I have developed over the last 50 years and I would like it to go to serious modelers. I hope that you can help put the word out to modelers in our Region.

I have concentrated on modeling backwoods logging and mining industries that a standard gauge steam railroad (pre-diesel) would have supported. Many of these structure kits are from Fine Scale Miniatures, B.E.S.T., Wild West Models, Western Scale Models, and Sierra West Scale Models. I have many 1880’s to 1920’s era rolling stock kits and supplies for scratch building cars.

In addition I am selling my Sherline Lathe, Mill, and Sherline tooling, along with machinist’s tools, taps, dies, Starrett gauges, and milling cutters.

The sale will be handled by Mark Leitch of Rio Grande Estate Sales: Email him at email hidden; JavaScript is required. The date will be Friday & Saturday, July 17-18, at 4715 Zeno Place, Las Cruces, NM88012, (650) 799-6060

Thanks and cheers,
Michael Morrill, email hidden; JavaScript is required

Northwest Railway Museum 4th of July, Day Out With Thomas, and More

Peggy Barchi, Marketing/Events Manager

Upcoming events for 2015 at the Northwest Railway Museum include:

Steam at the Northwest Railway Museum

Steam at the Northwest Railway Museum

  • 4th of July weekend steam train rides, July 4, 5: Steam returns to the Upper Snoqualmie Valley for the summer this 4th of July! Travel back in time to July 4, 1889 at the Northwest Railway Museum this Fourth of July weekend aboard a Steam Train. On July 4, 1889 the inaugural passenger excursion train arrived in Snoqualmie from Seattle. Coordinated by the M.E. Church Society over the lines of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company, that first train brought tourists from Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls and back in just one day. 126 years later, the Northwest Railway Museum continues the tradition of train excursions to Snoqualmie Falls. Find out how it felt to ride a steam train just like those first tourists did in 1889. Roundtrip Fares on July 4 and July 5 are: $20/ Adult (13-61); $18/Senior (62+) and $10/Child (2-12), Under age 2 are free!
  • Day Out With Thomas, July 10 – 12, 17 – 19: Little Engineers and other fans of Thomas the Tank Engine™ get the chance to meet Thomas face-to-face during two weekends in July at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. On July 10-12 and July 17-19, “Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015″ will be in Snoqualmie. Tickets are still available, but they are selling out fast! Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride overlooking Snoqualmie Falls, with Thomas aboard the antique coaches of the Northwest Railway Museum, as well as many activities on the grounds of the historic 1890 Snoqualmie Depot.
  • Day Out With Thomas (Photo Courtesy of NWRM)

    Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine™ (Photo Courtesy of NWRM)

  • Snoqualmie Railroad Days, August 14, 15, 16: The 77th Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival showcases Snoqualmie’s “Trains, Timber, Traditions” on August 14, 15, and 16, 2015! This year step back in time as the 125th anniversary of the historic Snoqualmie Depot is celebrated. Join the fun with a ride on a steam train as the Santa Cruz and Portland Cement locomotive #2 pulls the trains during the Railroad Days festival.
  • Labor Day Steam Train, September 5, 6, 7: The NRM pays tribute to America’s workers this Labor Day with a special weekday steam train run of the Museum’s antique train on Monday, September 7th. This is in addition to the railroad’s usual weekend steam train schedule. The NRM offers scenic train excursions through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, including a ride past the top of Snoqualmie Falls and a splendid view of the valley below.
  • Grandparents Grand Excursion, grandparents ride free, September 12, 13: Celebrate grandma and grandpa on National Grandparent’s Day, September 13! It’s the perfect weekend to take the grands for a ride aboard the NRM’s antique train. On both September 12 and 13, a grandparent rides free when accompanied by a paying grandchild – of any age! Listen to the stories and share the memories of your family members. Enjoy a day together and experience the scenic beauty of the Cascade foothills aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
  • Halloween Train, everyone in costume saves $2, October 24, 25, and 31: Gather the family, suit up in your costumes and take part in the fall festivities at the Snoqualmie Depot. See the historic depot in autumn and ride on the Steam Train pulled by the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Co. #2 steam locomotive which was built in 1909. Watch an old-fashioned cider press in action and sip hot apple cider. Ride the Halloween Train October 24, 25 and 31. Halloween Train takes you on a scenic excursion through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard a vintage train. Receive $2 off when dressed in costume. Everyone dressed in full costume will receive a prize.

Santa Train tickets will be going on sale in late July.

For general information click on the museum website at www.trainmuseum.org, e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the museum at 425-888-3030. I can also be contacted at ext. 7203 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

More information on Snoqualmie Railroad Days can be found at
www.railroaddays.com and additional information on Day Out With Thomas at www.thomas.trainmuseum.org.

Custom Train Table Donation in Greater Seattle Area

Michael Highsmith

The following is from G. Deo. Please e-mail him at email hidden; JavaScript is required for details, including a specific location:

We live in the greater Seattle area. We have a custom built train table that never got used for creating the layouts that it was meant for. Now we are downsizing and moving away. We would like to donate it. It is pretty big 8′L x 4′W x 3′H. Please see the picture below.

They will need to come pick it up since we do not have a big enough vehicle to transport it.

Custom train table available as a donation.

Custom train table available as a donation.

Have a JAM Breakfast on Thursday, July 2nd

David Yadock

Thursday, July 2nd marks the birthday of John Allen. He constructed the famous Gorre and Daphetid Railroad (pronounced “gory & defeated”). It was a true model railroading marvel. The Gorre & Daphetid Yahoo group usually celebrates with a JAM (John Allen Memorial) breakfast. John Allen was a real pioneer in model railroading. Just like Frank Ellison, Whit Towers, and many others, he promoted many of the things we now take for granted in our model railroading hobby. So help celebrate his birthday by having a hearty breakfast!

Eastside Get-Together on Thursday, Ted Becker Presenting Servos for Switches

JJ Johnston

Reminder: The Eastside Get-Together meets Thursday (tomorrow), June 18st at 7:30 pm at the Bellevue FourSquare Church. Our speaker will be our own Ted Becker presenting his special clinic on servos for switches. This program has been ranked as outstanding by those who have heard Ted. This will be our last meeting before the summer break so please plan to attend.

For Eastside Get-Together location and other information, see the 4D Clinics page.

Mooselips Model Railroad Display at Palmer, Alaska Colony Days

Marty Quaas

This weekend, June 12-14, the City of Palmer, Alaska will be celebrating its heritage with the annual Colony Days celebration. Along with a parade, antique cars, fire trucks, and tractor pull, the HO scale Mooselip Model Railroad will be on display Saturday, June 13 from 10 AM until 3 PM in the old Palmer depot.

All are invited to stop by and visit the imaginary town of Mooselip and see how much fun model railroading can be.

Westside Clinic in Bremerton Tuesday, June 9, 7 pm

Bill Hupé

This coming Tuesday, June 9th, is our next Westside Clinic in Bremerton. Steve Hauff has stepped forward and will present one of his excellent clinics.

Please bring an item you worked on this past winter. We will have our usual “Model Contest” and “Show And Tell.” Coffee and cookies will be provided. Please come and bring a friend.

For those visiting us for the first time our clinics are held at the United Way of Kitsap Building, 647 4th Street, Bremerton, WA.

See you at 7 pm.

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