After spending considerable time in the siding, the LDSIG Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have a Proceed signal. We have a schedule to share with you while we’re picking up orders on the fly. The 2017 National Model Railroad Association Convention - the Orange Blossom Special - will be held in Orlando Florida July 30 - August 6 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Please go to nmra2017orlando.org for NMRA’s convention details, registration info, and activities.
The LDSIG will share space with other Special Interest Groups, where we’ll meet, share layout plan displays, renew memberships, network, hold layout design consultations, and the like. The formal schedule includes the Sunday night Meet’n’Greet, our ongoing daily (except Wednesday) layout design consulting, our Wednesday morning Annual Meeting, and the long-anticipated Wednesday layout tour with 15 layouts currently on our list. We’ll post details and updates on the LDSIG.org webpage and the Yahoo group. Tour cost remains at $40 including the famous blue shirt; you’ll be able to sign up at the NMRA Company Store .
We’ve encountered a Restrictive signal regarding our usual Friday dinner. VP Bob Reid has done yeoman’s work exploring our options and has the following report:
Orlando in the vicinity of our hotel turns out to be a very expensive area for a group dinner such as ours. After an exhaustive search the only possibilities resulted in ticket prices between $70 and $100 that just barely covered cost and left the LDSIG with substantial exposure to very high minimum guarantees should attendance be below expectations.
After much deliberation the board concluded such prices were too much to expect our members to pay for a buffet dinner.
We are looking for alternatives more suited to our group. The SIG Dinner has traditionally been an opportunity to close out the week of intensive activities in a more relaxed setting.
One thought might be to schedule a brief gathering in the SIG room followed by a cocktail , where folks could plan on eating out in groups of old (and new) friends somewhere in the immediate vicinity.
We are encouraging the consideration of other ideas. Please contact VP Bob Reid (contact info) with your thoughts.
You’re encouraged to contact any BOD member with your questions and suggestions. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing many of you at the Orange Blossom Special!
Tentative List of Railroads for the LDSIG Tour
|Owner Name||LayoutName||Club Layout||Portable||Era||Years||Road Names Represented||Mainline Length||Layout Size||Max Visitors At A Time||Based On||Control System Type||Motive Power Type||Scale||Layout State||ADA||ADA Notes||LDSIG|
|Dave Barron, MMR||Mule Pass & Woodland RR||N||N||1927||1927||Many||0||13.5' x 17.5'||6||Freelance||DCC||Steam||HO||Scenery and Structures Started||Y||Can get access to layout through door from garage.||X|
|Gail Komar, MMR||West Virginia Northern||N||N||1952 steam operations / 1958 diesel operations||1952 steam operations / 1958 diesel operations||Chesapeake & Ohio||133||18Õ x 25Õ m||15||Freelance||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||HO||Layout Mo||Y||Track level from 47" to 57". Aisle width 2 to 4 ft||X|
|John Wilkes, MMR||Virginia South Western||N||N||1976 to 1979||1976 to 1979||L & N; Southern Ry; N & W||950||23 ft. X 33 ft.||25||Prototype||DCC||Diesel||HO||Layout Mostly Finished||N||Potentially wheelchair accessible. Aisle width 30-36" with one small area of 24"||X|
|Robert Gross||New Haven RR||N||N||Fall 1948||Fall 1948||New Haven||0||2.5 car garage||10||Prototype||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||HO||100% of Track Laid, Operable||N||18" aisle in some locations, duck under to get to interior||X|
|The Central Florida Railroad Modelers||Ridgely, Parkersburg and Greenbriar||Y||N||Late 50Õs to early 60Õs||Late 50Õs to early 60Õs||WM, B&O||150||2000 sq ft clubhouse||25||Freelance||DCC||Transition||HO||Layout Mostly Finished||Y||Not officially. 48" lower level. had some children visit in wheelchairs. No stairs to enter club house. Upper level 60". Most aisles 4' wide with 3' min.||X|
|The Citrus Model Railroad Club||CMRC N Scale Layout||Y||N||Any Era||Any Era||All Roads||60||10Õ x 22Õ Club Building||44||Freelance||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||N||Structures & Scenery Finished||Y||Yes. Aisle width 4 to 6 ft.||X|
|The Citrus Model Railroad Club||Allegheny and Lake Erie Railroad||Y||N||Western Pennsylvania 1950Õs||1950's||A&LE, Western Allegheny||335||30Õ x 30Õ area in 30x50 building||44||Freelance||DCC||Transition||HO||Structures & Scenery Finished||Y||Yes. 4 to 6 ft aisles.||X|
|The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society||Mineral Valley Railroad||Y||N||Free lanced||freelanced||360||17 x 35||20||Freelance||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||HO||Layout Mostly Finished||N||7 steps to climb with rails for HO layout.||X|
|The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society||HB Plant N Scale Layout||Y||N||Transition||Transition||Freelanced||0||17 x 20||20||Freelance||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||N||Scenery and Structures Started||Y||3-4' aisle width. HO room requires steps to see layout||X|
|The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society||HB Plant G Layout||Y||N||Any||Any||Any||0||20 x 14||20||Freelance||Analog DC||Steam/ Diesel||G||Layout Mostly Finished||Y||X|
|The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society||HB Plant O27 Layout||Y||N||Any||Any||Freelanced||0||12 x 4||20||Freelance||Analog DC||Diesel||O (3 Rail)||Layout Mostly Finished||Y||X|
|The Orlando Society of Model Railroaders||OSMR||Y||N||Mid to late 20th century||1940-2000||any||480||1700 sq ft||50||Freelance||DCC||Steam/ Diesel||HO||Structures & Scenery Finished||Y||Yes. Aisle width 3+ ft. No steps.||X|
|Tom Wilson||Pittsburgh & West Virginia and Union RR||N||N||1964-1967||1964-1967||P&WV, N&W, WM, NKP, Union RR||150||20x21 on 4 levels||10||Prototype||DCC||Diesel||HO||Layout Mostly Finished||N||Single level, 4" step up to & into the house. 36" wide aisles. Upper deck is 62" not viewable from wheelchair.||X|
|Troy Combs||None||N||N||Summer 2015||2015||CSX, NS, FEC||100||30 x 20 mushroom||20||Freelance||DCC||Diesel||HO||50% of Track Laid, Operable||N||Upstairs location.||X|
|John Brennan||Chicago Peoria and Western||N||1943||CPW, CBQ||Freelance||Steam||HO||Layout Mostyly Finished||X|
|Bob Bamford||20||20' shelf||Freelance||HO|
|Bob Bamford||20||20' shelf||Freelance||On30|
|Erv Sedlock||130||600 sq ft||HO||Separate out-building|
|John Giammasi||175||21'x22'||HO||Detached garage|
|Bob Krebs||12'x12' room Plus garage||steam||2 rooms|
|Davis (Spud) Schuster||Ft. Colleen & Southern Railroad|
|Jerry Kinsman||Minnesota Central||150'||20'x21'||Detached building|