Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NER NMRA Convention Oct. 17-20, 2013

The Northeastern Region of the NMRA will be having their 2013 Regional Convention in Laconia, New Hampshire on October 17-20, 2013. Just south of the White Mountains in NH on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Fall colors should be in full force with a crispness in the air. Model Railroading season indeed!

More information on the convention can be found at this web site.

Part of the convention will be a large Free-mo layout setup utilizing modules from New England Free-mo, the Seacoast Division NMRA and also the NJ Free-mo group. A plan has been put together and you can see that a long, linear layout featuring a return loop will be constructed:


Mike McNamara's Woodstown Jct. module is located just to the left of the return loop. It appears that the slight curve of the module cam in useful in locatiing the return loop!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

NEFFRPM September 29, 2012

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 there will be a Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet in Bridgewater, NJ. This is an annual event and is called the Northeastern Fallen Flags Prototype Modelers Meet. The Meet takes place from 9am to 6pm and will feature many models, clinics, a lunch and vendors, and usually draws over 100 people. The location is the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. More info on the Meet can be found at the web site http://www.hansmanns.org/neff_rpm/

Of interest for Free-mo followers is that I will be giving a clinic titled "Intro to Free-mo" and I will also have my 3 section module Woodstown Junction on hand and operating. Stop by if you can make it!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Greenberg Show - Edison August 11/12, 2012

I will be promoting NJ Free-mo at the Greenberg Edison, NJ show Saturday and Sunday August 11-12, 2012.  Please do stop by if you will be attending the show.  I am at the BRMNA (British Railway Modellers of North America) table.

Unfortunately, I was not able to get in touch with anyone with a finished module to attend, but I will be handing out flyers.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Timonium, February 2012

I joined the Capitol Free-mo folks for the Timonium Maryland show in February. This time we were in a different building with a somewhat small space. This did allow for what I think was a great deal more foot traffic, but also exposed the need of the group to have a way to turn the layout 180 degrees (like a U shape) to better utilize the space allotted. No problems though, we set up and had a good time all weekend.

Photos as usual over on the Capitol Free-mo site, capitolfreemo.org, and I also have some video I shot using the i-Car, a car that holds an iPhone and allows for shooting video down the track, which I picked up the weekend before at the Springfield show. Check it out at the link below:

Capitol Free-mo via i-Car

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New England Free-mo

I went up to Springfield, Massachusetts for the annual train show. On hand this year were the folks of New England Free-mo. They had a U shaped layout set up. I talked with them and took a few photos. They have some nice modules with great scenery and structures. I also liked the thin multi-section staging yard they built. Real useful for operating the layout. Here are a few pictures:






Hopefully one day the the New England, Capitol and NJ Free-mo folks can have a joint set up as we could put together a nice sized layout. I do know that the New England guys participate in a show in Syracuse each November, so perhaps that will be an opportunity.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

NJ Free-mo Name Tags

I created a simple personal name tag and module name tag in a word processing document. These feature the NJ Free-mo logo and have a space for the module name and owner name, and on the personal tag just the owner name. The module name tags can be applied to the module sides while the personal name tag fits with a standard name plastic tag holder (like the ones you get at conventions).


I have posted the documents to the "News" page of the NJ Free-mo website, njfreemo.org. Feel free to download and make a set for yourself.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Benchwork Paint Color

There is no formal Free-mo standard and participants in NJ Free-mo can use any paint color they want for legs and benchwork. But if you want to match what I used on my Woodstown Jct. modules, here is the info:

Paint from Lowe's

Olympic "Submarine" chip D64-5, this is part of the Green color selection

Lowe's link to sample