Saturday, October 22, 2016

USA - Craig Bisgeier, Jim Lincoln and The Model Railroad Club of Union - Jim & Rosslyn

Well the "train" (model and 12" to foot) related activities continues...

We drove from Cherry Hill to the Atwood Diner in New Jersey which was near Craig Bisgeier's house to meet up with Craig, Jim Lincoln, Ron Klaiss & Dave Barraza for breakfast.  A big day was had visiting Craig's Housatonic RR, looking at Jim Lincoln’s P48 cars, visiting The Model Railroad Club of Union, Tony Koester's Nickle Plate Road and Ted Pamperin's C&O New River Division layout.

The Housatonic RR

The Housatonic RR which is set in 1892 is in his basement.  I have heard so much about this and seen a lot of pictures but seeing it in person was great.

Here is a video tour with some detail pictures to follow...

Thanks Craig for the tour, drinks and nibbles.

Jim Lincoln’s P48 cars

Jim brought 4 cars he has been working on converting to P48 for us to see.  He has been designing and 3D printing a number of parts.

 His work was very exacting and a pleasure to see.  His weathering was nice too!


The Model Railroad Club of Union

What a place to visit!  The original HO layout was 40 x 40 feet and they are adding more than twice the current area. The whole layout is hand laid track with NO rail joiners...  There was a N Gauge layout which was about 20 x 30 feet which was double decked and very nicely done.  In some of the space to be eventually to be consumed by the HO layout is G gauge layout about 20 x 30 feet.  They own the building and have a long term lease on the land from local government.  The club has a full business like structure and all decisions are taken based on user and strategic direction.  All bench work, track, wiring and scenery has its details recorded and documented (every dropper to every rail has a number and it is logged!).  Their systems seem to be immaculate so future members have access to “what has been constructed” all wires are labelled too! Tom Barbalet if you think my documentation is complete it is NOT a patch on theirs!

Video N Gauge Layout

Video HO Gauge Layout

Video G Gauge Layout

Stay tuned for the next installment which will include  Tony Koester's Nickle Plate Road and Ted Pamperin's C&O New River Division layout.


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