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Three Visit Policy

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2022 Fall Meet

The Garden State Division will hold the summer meet on Saturday, October 8.  In addition to the morning meeting with clinics, there will be layout tours in the afternoon.

Date, Time, and Location

October 8, 2022

Hope Community Center

3 Walnut Street
Hope, NJ 
9 a.m.

Clinic 1: 
Signals and CTC for the C&O Alleghany Sub

By Dave Olesen

Dave had operated via Timetable and Train Order for years. It was a lot of fun, but the long-term plan was always to install signals and CTC for the railroad. Operating sessions came to a sudden stop when COVID hit - it seemed like the right time to take on this project.

The clinic will discuss the learning and design process that he followed.

•  Signals, signal aspects, and placement
•  CTC - what is it?
•  Interlockings and block definition
•  Block detection, signal logic, CTC code, and signal drivers

Clinic 2: 
Visiting the American Rock Salt Company

By Bill Schaumburg

The newest and most productive rock salt mine in the U.S. is located in western New York about 30 miles south of Rochester. It was established in late 1997, and completed and in production by January of 2001. The shaft mine is capable of producing over 18,000 tons of rock salt per day, mainly shipped from the mine by rail in 70-100 car trains to regional distribution facilities. Individual cars may be forwarded to customers by local railroads after arriving in Rochester, so there may be a logical reason to have a few salt cars on your model roster. They tend to be subjects for (almost) extreme weathering. Put on your blue work shirt and come for a tour. Hard hats will not be required.

Layout Tours

Following the meeting, we will have the opportunity to visit some local model railroads.


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