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Hours Open to the Public
1. Scale Rails is open Tuesday and Saturday 10am - 2pm.
2. Scale Rails will no longer be open to the public on Thursdays.  Club members are encouraged to come in as before and work on projects.  This will also become good day for Operating Sessions.  The doors will be open.  Visitors will not be turned away but members may not have time to answer  questions.
Scale Rails Elections
Jim Morse - President,   - Chairman,  Bob Slusser - Vice President,  Dwight Sedgwick  - Treasurer, Richard Polina - Secretary
Operating Sessions
Lunch is provided, no time to go out.  Contact Bob Slusser if you have questions.
     Date   DoW Time Comments
12/21/2019 Sat 10-11 Operations training
1/9/2020
Thu 9-3
1/23/2020 Thu 9-3  
2/6/2020 Thu 9-3  
2/20/2020 Thu 9-3  
3/5/2020 Thu 9-3  
3/14/2020 Sat 9-3  
3/28/2020 Sat 9-3  
Train Shows
Scale Rails completed a successful Train Show in February 2019.  We had over 1000 guests.  The show had four running layouts.  Over 91 vendor tables with 39 vendors.  Many guests also toured the Depot to see the main Scale Rails layout.

Next Scale Rails Annual Train Show is Feb 15-16, 2020 at Araba Shrine Temple in Ft Myers.

Winter Clinics and Training
Every winter Scale Rails of South West Florida conducts clinics which are open to the Public. These clinics are held at our clubhouse, the Depot, starting at 10:00am and lasting about 1 hour on Saturdays, and are free of charge. Clinics, which are conducted by club members, cover many elements of model railroading and are intended to introduce people to some techniques for doing various aspects of modeling. Many of our members got their start by attending these clinics. 
2020 Clinic schedule
Date Time Presenter Topic
1/4/2020 10-11 Lee Dobyns Overview of systems in our layout (HO, Hon3)
1/18/2020 10-11 Lee Dobyns Soldering, Troubleshooting and LED's
1/25/2020 10-11 Bob Watson Building #6 Fast Track Turnouts
2/22/2020 10-11 John Seaman Weathering cars and engines
2/29/2020 10-11    
3/7/2020 1-2 Bob Salem Trucks, wheels and couplers
3/21/2020 10-11 Tom Dahlheimer Scene Lighting Introduction (MTT Products)
3/24/2020 10-2 Lee Dobyns Building Fast Tracks Double Slip Demo
3/26/2020 10-2 Lee Dobyns Building Fast Tracks Double Slip Demo
4/4/2020 10-11 Steve Depaola Installing a decoder in a locomotive
 

Major Projects underway for 2019 and 2020

  1. Signaling upgrade project: Nov 2019 to Nov 2020
  2. Develop project plan to improved lighting of buildings (HO, Hon3, N).  Nov (Design)
  3. Complete New Town in Lower Helix.  2019
  4. Evaluating ESU Cab Control Wi-Fi throttle system.  2019
  5. Develop project plan for Upper Level Re-Phase.  Jan 2020
  6. Develop project plan for San Bernardino operational improvements.  Dec (Design)
  7. Investigate AC ducts in main room for leaks.  (Dec)

 

 
Calendar
January 11, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

February 8, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

March 7, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am (Date change)

April 11, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am 

May 9, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

June 13, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

July 11, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

August 8, General Club Meeting,The Depot, time 11:00am

September 12, General Club Meeting,The Depot, time 11:00am

October 11, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

November 14, General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am

December 12 General Club Meeting, The Depot, time 11:00am
N-Scale Layout
The Club has finished rebuilding our N-scale modular layout so that it meets NTRACK standards and is located in the front room of the Depot. Check out all the lights on the layout.  Two new modules are underway.  Will also install three new scene lighting modules.

The E-Depot

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