October 25, 2022
The meeting was held at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, President Jeff
Jeff Graybill, President
Warren Ashbrook, Vice President
Dave Bodnar, Treasurer
Rich Aubel, Secretary
Setup for Mt. Lebanon Light Night will be on Wednesday, November 16th
starting at 12:00 noon for those who can make it during the day and continue
until 9:00 pm for those who canít come until after work.
will be running trains on November 17th from 6:00 pm until 8:00
pm and will need as many members as possible to help with event. Those
attending should arrive at the Municipal Building between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.
A free raffle will be held for a train set at the event.
The Municipal Building is located at 710 Washington Road for those who
havenít been to a Light Night previously.
will NOT be running trains on Friday, November 18th so tear-down
will start at 12:00 noon and continue as necessary.
Locomotion Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center will be held on January 14th
and 15th, 2023. Setup will be on January 13th starting
after closing time around 5:00 pm. Jeff will be contacting Nichole at the
Science Center to assure that we can use the elevator near the food court
instead of the freight elevator.
are tentatively shooting for March 1st to 3rd, 2023
for a show at the Scott Township Community Room. Setup would be on March 1st
and train operation March 2nd and 3rd. More
information on times will be provided at a later date.
The total of funds in the Treasury is $4882.25 which includes $4422.25 in
the bank and $460 cash on hand. The club paid for the train set that will be
given away at Mt. Lebanon Light Night.
For show and tell:
Dave Bodnar demonstrated how he used an addressable string of LEDís to
simulate lightning more realistically. He also showed an example for the
use of these lights in a model of a cloud with the LEDís installed and how
Rich Aubel brought a scratchbuilt turntable that he intends to control using
a stepper motor and Arduino as soon as he can find a suitable program on
Dale Vilsack brought a custom built box that he is making for the Digitrax
DCC system that we use for the module control. Mt. Lebanon Light Night will
be a good time to test it out.
Jeff Graybill finished assembling the module connection wires that match the
NMRA Div. 2 connections for future use when we combine with them at
Greenberg shows. Members were encouraged to take sets to install on their
In answer to some questions, the FreeMo modules that
we use were described and construction explained. It was pointed out that a
link to the FreeMo standards is available on the club website (www.shmrrc.org)
along with videos of the layout and other helpful information.
brief discussion concerning DCC programming on the mainline was held with
pros and cons highlighted.
suggestion for a topic on modelling water was made and scheduled for the
November meeting. Members are encouraged to bring examples of ways they use
to model water for the discussion. Since there are many different methods,
an email will be sent for members to respond about which method they are
going to bring to the meeting so that we donít have duplicates. Members can
respond with their intentions to the email.
The next SHMRRC meeting will be at the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church at
7:00 pm on November 29, 2022.