Finally - OGR Grandstand Meeting Minutes from York - Spring 2019

OGR Spring 2019 Grand Stand Meeting Minutes

Our meeting was once again held in the “Gold Hall” under the grandstands at the York Fairgrounds during the Eastern Division of the Train Collectors Association meet – their semi-annual meeting. Sort of like semi-sweet chocolates.  I have been attending York twice a year for nearly 20 years, with the exception of my Birthday one October when we had Eagles tickets and who could miss Hotel California live. I digress. Anyway, this was the lightest crowd I had witnessed at York. Well, not individually. Some of these guys have put on some weight in the last twenty years.

Anyway, the meeting started right at 2:00pm with cloudy skies and a temperature of 63 degrees. We had to set up our own chairs again. There are large benches in there with plaques from sponsoring banks that we were not allowed to use because those banks had long since failed and the FDIC was expected at any moment to come and repossess them.

Ed Boyle welcomed the crowd and got things going.

Allan Miller – Editor and Chief OGR

Allan reminded the group that the 50th anniversary of the founding of OGR’s parent magazine is in June. They are thinking about restarting their line of apparel and any suggestions are welcome, except mine about boxers. Evidently. Always looking for articles – particularly layout and how to’s. Most people that decline do so because their layout isn’t “finished.” Finished? It will never be finished. Pick a spot, and submit some pictures, will ya?

Dennis Brennan – Brennan’s Better Ballast

I suggested he change the name to Brennan’s Best Ballast and he told me no – I couldn’t afford the best – better ballast should be good enough for me and to stop making suggestions. Ed agreed. Anyway, he brought his latest kit - #2 in the Frank Ellison Tribute Series called the Hap Hazzard Packing Company. A craftsman kit, but easy to assemble. A lot of thought when into its construction, and he wrote terrific instructions for it. Give him a shout to order yours. I forgot the price, but it sounded very reasonable, for a guy that normally sells crushed rock, anyway. BTW – his wife accompanied him this trip and helped out in the booth. A big improvement, in my opinion.

Al Zamorski – Millhouse River Studio

Al shared with the group they are getting into HO scale with a new turntable. They have new detail parts they are creating using 3D printing and he showed a new diamond cut plate decking they now have as an option for their products. He also shared that they are bringing their brass casting production back to the US.

Dennis Zander – Z Stuff for trains

He is also moving into HO with signals and an operating crossing gate. Has a new silver based light, hooded with three colors, and 3 different light configurations. Each operating light can have variable timings from one to sixty seconds.

Kevin Davis - Manager of Programs for the National Standard Modular Layouts for the LCCA

Kevin discussed that they had two modular layouts on display in the Orange Hall and they would have a very large display at the LCCA national convention in Reno this summer.

Roger Farkash and Mike Reagan from TWTrainWorx

Roger reported that they have a 3000’ square foot layout they assemble for the Ronald McDonald house in Dallas and that it gets bigger and better every year. They are working on a new layout for the Kansas City Children’s Museum. It will be both upscale and very interactive. Children will be able to crawl into the layout and be surrounded by the trains. Their production schedule is full for 2019, both corporate and individual layouts are planned, and they are working on selling projects for 2020. He and Mike showed a Lackawanna bridge kit they have now – 17” high and 30.5” long, in both single and double track. The single track kit was only $157.00. They also described a yard office building for your layout designed to house your turntable key pad. Lift the roof and operate the turntable.

Scott Mann – Golden Gate Depot

Scott shared with the group that the ERR Company products are available now and that they are bringing back all of the products. He also expects to introduce a mini-commander. The Silver Meteor project was a sellout. They now are using CNC technology to cut details in aluminum for his passenger car production. He talked about a  Krauss Maffei project – help here – that was a one off run by both the SP and UP. The Monon didn’t have any so I missed this part. Also doing the C&O yellow belly and passenger cars, though the cars and the engine missed each other, I am told. Regardless, I have one on order.

Chris Miller – Miller Engineering

They just released an N scale drive in movie theatre. His new signs are Hamms Beer and Swingline Staplers. They also have a new American flag window sign. He also shared with the group that they are moving into a new business venture with astronomy products.

Steve Brenneisen – Ross Custom Switches

Steve brought a half-scale lit operating switch stand to show the group. Powered with 12 Volts and lit with LEDs. Just the thing for your train room or den. $199.95 each.

Andy Edleman – MTH Electric Trains

Andy started out his discussion with a tribute to Barry Broskowitz. Very nice. Obviously, the new catalog is out and they are doing a lot of new tooling in G Gauge. Finishing off the last of the Lionel Tinplate. Not saying they will not release more in the future – but this is it for now. The last of these products arrive later in April.

With that, Ed adjourned the meeting and the stacking of the chairs commenced. To the elderly woman that grabbed and stacked mine – my thanks. I think she was in a hurry for me to leave.

Any additions or corrections, please post. Thanks for putting this together, Ed.

Original Post

Steve:

Thanks for posting. I almost felt like I was there again, even though it has been about five years since we moved out West!

Chief Engineer of The Gitler Central Coast Railroad

Three Dimensional Art In Motion With Sound ©

Member TCA, LCCA and LOTS

Happy Railroading!

Fantastic report - I was there and I still learned things from your reporting plus I enjoyed the distinctive humor you added so it was even more informative, interesting, and humorous than the live event itself.  The only thing I can provide some minor help with is that the staplers are Swingline (sign from Miller Engineering).

 

PGentieu posted:

Fantastic report - I was there and I still learned things from your reporting plus I enjoyed the distinctive humor you added so it was even more informative, interesting, and humorous than the live event itself.  The only thing I can provide some minor help with is that the staplers are Swingline (sign from Miller Engineering).

 

Thank you. 

Steve,

You have done it again!

This report was even more fun to read than when we did the Forum Meeting live.

It is a great job and we all owe you thanks for this much information, illumination and humor in such a short space.

Thanks again!

Ed Boyle, Partner, Associate Editor,  O Gauge Railroading magazine

In reference to the Grandstand OGR  York meeting reports second paragraph, third sentence, I feel as a retired bank auditor it's important to mention this. I'm certain the reference to the FDIC repossession of benches donated by banks who are no longer with us was done with no intention to smear the institution, but only as a smirk.

The FDIC was begun with the intention to ensure confidence in our banking system by insuring your deposits, now up to the amount of $250,000.00. Including CD's and IRA deposits.

I am also happy to see reported one of my favorite engines mentioned.  The ERR is "doing" the C&O Yellow Belly. 

John d.

 

Uhmmm....I kind of like Steve's idea about OGR offering boxers....and we could use him as the model for the pictures!!!  .  Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Uhmmm....I kind of like Steve's idea about OGR offering boxers....and we could use him as the model for the pictures!!!  .  Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

I don't know about the boxers, but other apparel would be excellent to see(being that I missed out on the prior offerings because I wasn't around to see them then). There is always more to learn and it is pleasing to the eyes and ears to see and hear the report whether live or Mr. Muffin. I can't wait for October.

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

A thought, how about a commemorative freight car? It has been done at least once before by your predecessor Myron Biggar using a Weaver forty-foot silver tank car commemorating the 100th issue. My only other suggestion would be that whatever car might be selected be reasonably close to scale and easily converted to two-rail. Again, just food for thought.

Later Gator,

  Dave

 

Here comes a Yankee with a blackened soul,
Heading to Gatow with a load of coal.
......Anonymous U. S. pilot during the Berlin Airlift

Another G R E A T report from you Steve!   I had to miss this OGR Meeting.........it's called "sauntering through the aisles, oblivious of what time it is".

My 2 cents about OGR apparel is for heavy material T Shirts and denim shirts.  Both with smaller logos over the wearers left chest.

gg1man posted:

Thank You Steve, I wish I could of been there. I will be submitting my layout by this August.  Even if it's not done!

Thank you - I look forward to seeing it.... 

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Uhmmm....I kind of like Steve's idea about OGR offering boxers....and we could use him as the model for the pictures!!!  .  Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

really looking forward to this information

 

Bob H

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Uhmmm....I kind of like Steve's idea about OGR offering boxers....and we could use him as the model for the pictures!!!  .  Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

As long as you DON'T do spandex beach thong swimwear for aging model railroaders  , we'll be okay.  

Paul  

Ship Rock Island ROCKET FREIGHT

 

2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

Mixed Freight posted:
OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Uhmmm....I kind of like Steve's idea about OGR offering boxers....and we could use him as the model for the pictures!!!  .  Seriously though....I will have more info coming soon about OGR offering an apparel line with some special 50th Anniversary logos, etc.  I am working on the details now.....

As long as you DON'T do spandex beach thong swimwear for aging model railroaders  , we'll be okay.  

Not a pretty visual there...   

Paul

Techno-Peasant of the First Order

Provisionary Member - Brotherhood of the Crappy Basement Layout

 TCA 15-70689

LCCA RM-39621

LOTS RM-9326

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