|Scenes from the All Points North Railroad|
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sidewalks don't roll up at night! Downtown Roxburgh is
rockin'. Judging from this scene showing the two competing
hotels, the populace have places to go and things to do! And
just what is it that the occupant in the 5th floor room window
constructed this scene, from pouring the streets and
sidewalks, to building the hotels, to landscaping and
super-detailing the scene, both outside and inside the
buildings. You can't tell it from the photo, but if you
were to peek inside the restaurant you would even see plates
and napkins on the tables.
And did I mention that this
photo is a prize winner? Literally! Gary got a check and
his photo was included in the Walthers 2020 Model Railroad
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version of this prize winning photo.
And stop by APN
and peek into the windows to view the other details inside
This is a job for... |
constructing the town that will become the city of Metropolis,
had a problem. There was this tall landmark, a
skyscraper that he had placed in the middle of his downtown,
that was now in the way. When trying to add additional
buildings and roads and bridges in his developing the town, he
kept bumping into this signature building with his elbow.
What to do? Create some elbow room? Create some
elbow room! This is a job for Superman!
Not only able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,
Superman is also able to make tall buildings leap in a single
bound! As shown in the photo to the left, the skyscraper in
question is now temporarily resting away from its original
foundation and is sitting trackside in a nearby town.
Being this is a railroad club, and since the building
is temporarily unavailable for human habitation, it is
appropriately tagged with a "Bad Order Form." Since it
might be a little difficult to read in the photo at the left,
a close up of the Bad Order Form has been included as the
photo on the right.
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Tight squeeze |
do you do where you have a bridge that was built with only one
track in mind, when you now need two tracks crossing it? Short
of replacing the bridge, you interlace the two tracks over the
bridge, forming a
gauntlet track. That was the situation faced at the
bridge shown in this photo. It's not the perfect
solution. Obviously you can't have two trains crossing
the bridge at the same time. And trains must run at
restricted speed as they cross the bridge. But for
passenger trains, that's a plus, given the scenic, tall ribbon
of a waterfall that they get to admire as they pass by.
Not to mention the rugged mountainside that it cascades over.
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Now that's smokin'
scene with a smokestack and a lot of train traffic just
doesn't look right without some evidence that the industry
is operating, too. What's a modeler to do? At the
Champion Mine on APN's layout,
Randy came up with a
solution, he modeled smoke billowing out of the mine's
smokestack. As you can see from this photo, he pulled
off a very realistic effect.
Little details like this help make a layout stand out.
And at APN we are continually adding those little details.
More appear almost every week. Maybe just one thing
this week, and something else the next. To us members that
get to the clubhouse weekly, we might not always notice that
latest addition. Some. like this smoke plume, are more
readily apparent then others. Those tiny pumpkins
sitting at the loading dock at Meyer Junction are more
subtle. I wonder just how long have they been sitting
To visitors that might only make it by once a year for our
November Open House, the cumulative changes since the
previous year are much more evident. But even if you
were here only last month, the amount of details are hard to
take in at a single viewing. You are apt to see things
when you come back that you missed the last time. So
if you haven't been by in a while, pay us a return visit,
and see what you've been missing.
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Shining a light where there is darkness
plus enjoyed in a club environment is being in the company
of other modelers. And given all the aspects of model
railroading, when you are around a bunch of others that
share your hobby, you'll find that each individual has a
different skill and experience mix. And we all benefit from
this. It's a case of the whole being greater than the sum of
the parts. We can learn from one another, and our skills
compliment each other, to where together we can turn out a
better, more complete product than any one of us could do
We capitalize on this at APN in several ways. One is through
having clinics, where a member willingly shares his
experience with others.
Chip is a member who
is fascinated by the application of light emitting diodes
(LED) in model railroading, and in particular the use of
them in our model locomotives. This thumbnail shows
some of Chip's handiwork, 4 of the various locos that Chip
has replaced the factory installed incandescent bulbs with
LEDs. Those ditch lights on the GEEP to the right are
add-ons, and in a clinic Chip showed other members how he
accomplished installing them along with all the other LEDs
in the photo. But not until he shared with us the
different types of "white" light available from different
LEDs, how to wire LEDs, programming DCC decoders to control
them, and the advantages LEDs offer over the factory bulbs..
You want to learn? Come join us at APN!!
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pair of photos this time, submitted by our APN member who
at the time of this posting had an engineering position with the Union Pacific.
Randy and a friend
made a trip to Wyoming, and at the UP Facilities in
Cheyenne, Randy flashed his UP Employee badge to get access
to the shops, and as a bonus he also got to climb aboard and
sit in the engineer's seat of both 844 and 951. Randy
reported that no. 844, the last steam engine built for the
UP, was still hot from it's trip back from North Platt only
2 days before. Wow, if only he could have been in
North Platt and gotten to ride in that seat on the loco's
return to Cheyenne!|
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have regular operating session on our Railroad at APN, and
we also open our doors to guest operators. For our
first operating session in 2009 we welcomed 7 members of the
Midsouth Railroad Club. They made the trek from
their homes in and around Baton Rouge and spent an enjoyable
afternoon playing trains with us on our layout.
It was fun, and in addition to running trains we were able
to swap ideas with each other, to take advantage of each
other's expertise and experience, to take back to our
respective layouts and use the ideas to improve them.
We were also invited by Midsouth to go over to Baton Rouge
for an operating session on their layout. Road Trip!
Let's pick a date and make the plans to attend!
Click on the photo for a gallery of photos from their visit
are most of the attendees at the 2008 version of the APN
Annual Christmas Party. Hosted by Roger and Lilian,
this year's recipient of the prestigious President's
Award was Johnnie Kreziniski.
Of special note at this event was a celebration within a
celebration as we toasted making the final payment to retire
our Club's debt several years ahead of schedule. So
now we are not only one of the few model railroad clubs in
the country that owns both its clubhouse and the land it
sits on, we now own it free and clear.
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more pictures from our celebration
fall Open House: November
is National Model Railroad Month in the USA and to foster
interest in the hobby it is a tradition around the country
for layout owners to open their doors for tours to let the
public come see a little about what our hobby is about, and
hopefully to cause a few people to get the bug and join our
At APN we opened our doors over a weekend and had a pretty
heavy turnout to tour our layout and facilities. Not
only did we welcome guests from the general public, we were
honored to have family, friends and other area model
railroaders take a look at what we've accomplished.
This month's photo shows a member's son holding his 2
year-old daughter up to watch as a train pokes out of a
tunnel and onto a tall trestle crossing Ded Hoarce gulch, a
signature scene that greets visitors as they walk in the
front door of our Clubhouse.
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September 13, 2008. Early morning. Hurricane
Ike blew into Galveston Island, up into Texas, the eye
crossing just to the east of Conroe and APN's Clubhouse.
Its wind speeds dropped from Category 2 to that of a
Category 1 storm just about the time it neared closest to
us, but that was enough to topple several of our large
But the good Lord was kind to us, and our Clubhouse, as
although they came close, none of the falling trees hit the
building. As miraculously, none of them hit our power
lines, either. But although our service lines are
intact, we are without electricity, as is the entire city of
Conroe, and 98% of the Texas customers of our electrical
energy supplier, Entergy.
So we will have to wait until power is restored before we
get to run any trains. To pass our time until then, we
need to get in our gloves and coveralls and other protective
gear, and get out our chainsaws and chop up and clear out
all the debris.
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We wish everyone else in Ike's path would have fared as
well. There are many, many individuals that suffered
severe damage, even total loss of their homes and other
property. Tragically, some lost their lives as well.
They have our condolences, may God be with them.
closely and you'll see one of Mother Nature's creatures
doing some scenicing of his own. It's a
swimming up the freshly dammed drainage ditch with another
small tree in tow, to use to add to the already formidable
The APN section crew will have to monitor this
construction to see just how high the dam becomes.
They won't interfere unless the water level rises too close
to the sub-roadbed of the right-of-way. If it does,
they'll have to resort to a few well placed sticks of
dynamite to undo in a few minutes what the beavers took
months to build. It my be harsh, but if they let that
water level get high enough to soak the embankment, it will
be at risk to giving way when a through freight train pounds
the iron as it roars through. Click on the thumbnail
for a larger, full view of this scene.
very longstanding tradition at APN is to celebrate our
birthday with a party. It is the one time of the year
we go out of our way to invite all the families of the
members together to enjoy each others' company, to eat a bit
(for some of us, a bit too much!) and to relax.
Spouses, children, and even grandchildren are present at
these gatherings, held every July, where we grill up some
burgers, dogs and brats, and everyone brings a dessert or
side dish. This year we took this group photo, and if
you look you'll see a lot of happy faces, for this, our
advantage of the contents of a mountain, this quarry is
a busy place, not making a mountain out of a molehill,
but rather, slowly reducing a mountain to rubble.
The Mount Willie Pink Granite & Aggregates
quarry dominates the end of a peninsula over our
nested helixes and provides an
endless source of loads for flatcars, gondolas and open
hoppers. In addition to supplying huge blocks of
stone, the quarry is also a source for ballast to
maintain the APN track right-of-way.
Although it is not yet complete, this is still an
impressive and unique scene on the layout that has an
abundance of details. The frail looking guy
derrick that towers over the site may not look like it
could lift the massive blocks of stone the quarry is
capable of producing, but looks are deceiving, as it is
just as capable as its smaller stiff-leg derrick cousin.
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warehouse is integral to the
container cargo traffic at Port Keechi. Those
thousands of containers offloaded from all those ships
have to go somewhere. Not to mention the paperwork
to keep up with it all. Being railroad men we'd prefer to
have it all shipped out of the Port by train, but alas, in
the real world there are some cargos and some shippers
that are just more compatible with truck traffic.
This very tidy scene is the work of
Chip, who has
real world experience in the way
intermodal traffic is handled. Of course that
knowledge alone does not a great model make. It
also takes some artistic and modeling talent.
Click on this picture for more on this scene and you
can see for yourself that Chip is not lacking on those
fronts, either. From the convincing palm trees,
the containers stacked about, and the cargo inside the
warehouse door being handled by a fork lift, the scene
has a great deal of realism that enhances the spot it
occupies on the APN layout.
24-26, 2008. ProRail. 88 diehard model
railroaders heavily into operations, from all over North
America, converge on Houston to operate 3 days on 22
different area layouts. One of these was ours.
It has come and gone. It was intense.
When we were asked to be a part of ProRail in April 2007
we were relatively novice at operations, having had our
first official operating session only a few months
before in February 2007. Could we do it? We
weren't sure. We had a lot to do and not a lot of time.
To prepare for this event we initiated regular monthly
operating sessions. In addition to getting further
up on the learning curve with the switch list program
RailOp, and learning how to set up an interesting,
realistic and challenging schedule of trains that would
satisfy these "pros," we had to get a fleet of
locomotives and rolling stock up to a higher standard to
make for a reliable event. We also wanted the
layout to stand out. We challenged ourselves to
get more scenery and signaling in place in time for the
Did we succeed? Click on the photo and go through
the photos of the ProRailers that operated on our
layout. From the looks on their faces, I'd say we
an operating Sessions this month we incorporated one of
the longest trains to date. Although not that long
by prototypical standards, a train this long would
overwhelm all but the largest home layouts. And
although there is plenty of room for it to stretch out
on the APN road, during an op session a train this long
is a special challenge for the Dispatcher who has to
arrange for meets with trains coming from the opposing
direction, a feat made more difficult when this train
won't fit on every one of our sidings, making it
necessary to do a saw-by. Good thing we don't run
multiple trains that are this length at the same time,
double-saw-by meets. But who knows, maybe it
won't be long before we do, increasing the challenge to
When running this train,
discovered that a helper was a necessity over some of
the 2% grades. Adding an engine to the rear not
only made the train better for rail fanning, it also
resulted in an extra bonus - with locomotives at both
ends of the train, making set-outs and pick-ups were
easier to do. Although we probably could not do
this if our layout had DC control, DCC makes it easy.
And with an
NCE dog bone throttle it is a breeze to break an
engine out of the consist, use this engine to make the
train movements, reassemble the train and put the engine
back in the consist. Click on the thumbnail to see
a series of photos taken as this train snaked it's way
around our layout.
2009. Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!
President's Day is held this month, and rather than a
sale at the mall, at APN we'd rather celebrate it in a
railroad theme way. Like running this
pair of Santa Fe EMD SD45-2 units painted in a
bicentennial paint scheme, shown heading up this coal drag coming
around the bend near Valley Junction on APN's layout. During an
operating session coal is an important revenue
generating commodity, and there
will be several trains scheduled to make the haul over the road
from the mine to the power plant, and to make the return
trip back to the
mine with the empties to pick up another load.
prototype for lead unit 7601 has been repainted at least
once, renumbered several times and has been converted to
a B-unit, She along with her sister unit 7500 live on at
APN as they were in their glory days in their splendid
patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme. They
are a sight to behold and seeing them pass by makes you
want to stand a little more erect and give them some respect.
They are not Old Glory, but they are a very striking
reminder of our
United States Star-Spangled Banner, and
the pride we should all have for this great country of
they are also trains! All the more reason for us
to take stop and take notice, and admire them as they
pass by. It is enough to raise goose bumps! Click on the thumbnail for a larger
this picture shows, there are a lot of scenery elements
packed into a small space at the waterfront.
Although it is still taking shape, and the water itself
needs to be put in, it will still take your eye a long
time to take in all the details in this area of our
layout. Barry is the creative energy behind the
"scenes", so to speak, that put all this together into a
very nice looking package. But don't be surprised
when you come to visit APN if the scenes are different.
Barry won't hesitate to change things around to make the
scene even better. But even if he doesn't, and
you've seen it before, come by and look at it again.
There is so much there, you'll probably find some new
detail you missed on your first visit. Click
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from the water's edge.
in this thumbnail is member
Moe January receiving the
President's Award during the awards portion of APN's
annual 2007 Christmas Party. Along with our annual
Birthday party held in July, the Christmas Party is
an All Points North tradition, as is the presentation of this
Award to the deserving member chosen by our Club's
President for his contribution to APN during the current
year. In addition to receiving a plaque to take
home, a second plaque is hung in our Clubhouse, to
further recognize the recipient. This year, in
addition to the President's Award,
John chose to create
other categories of awards, to recognize other members
for their efforts. And whether they received an
award or not, all attending members and
their spouses had the opportunity to partake of way more
food and drink than they really needed - even before
dessert was served!
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the Christmas Party.
is National Model Railroading Month, and as a part of
this event it has been a tradition around the country to
invite the general public to view layouts and allow them
a glimpse of what we do in our hobby. In the
Houston Area we have to tip our hat to the
SanJac Model Railroad Club for coordinating an
annual tour of many of the layouts the region has to
offer. So many that the tour actually starts in
late October and spills into early December - just to be
able to fit all the layouts in. As it always does,
APN opened its doors, and we were rewarded by a turnout
of about 100 visitors over the 2 day weekend event.
This picture shows a few of the younger visitors,
admiring the stable of steam power posing in the
roundhouse under construction on our layout. Note
the modern diesel consist sweeping around the curve
behind the roundhouse. We ran a variety of
locomotive types and vintages to appeal to a large
audience. We even had a separate layout set up for
the smaller engineers to operate a
Thomas the Tank
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new scene going in on APN's layout is this station for
the little town of Neath. Although small in size,
the town's Mayor, Johnnie Krezinski has packed in a lot
of details into Neath. This is evident in the
super-detailing done to the station inside and out, from
the luggage and other clutter standing on the end
platform, the calendar on the wall, all the way down to
the fresh roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. To
show off the interior details,
some cut-away magic, which allows visitors to peer
inside to view the details in the station, including the
rafters in the attic, and the bustle of activity in the
station as patrons await the arrival of the next
passenger train. With all the details, it is not
yet complete, as Johnnie has more items planned for
inclusion inside the station. Come visit us at our
November open house and see the progress Johnnie makes.
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recently completed scene is a handsome addition to APN's
narrow gauge line and the best scenery work yet by our
own Moe January (inspiring
John to suggest the name "January Falls"). In
addition to the spindly scratch-built wood trestle, and
the signature waterfall cascading down the rugged rock
cliff, other details in this tranquil scene
a paddling of ducks enjoying the creek in
the foreground, a couple of nearby moose, and a family
herd of grazing deer. If you look around, you'll
even spot an eagle perched in one of the hand-made
trees. These pictures
don't do justice to all the details available in the
scene, so come by the
clubhouse and see them firsthand. The only thing missing from this scene is a
diminutive but sturdy narrow gauge train being led
gingerly across the trestle behind a vintage
mud hen or
shay steam locomotive. But we'll soon rectify
that. Who knows, maybe one will make an appearance
while you are present, and you'll not only be able to
take in the sights, but you'll also get to hear the
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Smoke and Mirrors
(or, "Where oh where has my little train gone")
of the "features" of the APN track plan is a section of
mainline that starts on one side of a sky-board scenic
divider, enters and climbs up a helix, and then comes
out of the helix on the other side of that same
sky-board. Unless an engineer walks around the
peninsula containing the helix, when the train emerges
on the other side of the sky-board it is out of view.
If our steam locomotives
made smoke, you'd be able to tell where
they were by their plume. Sound helps, but a few members
wanted more. A solution that was implemented was
to put a "butt-crack" in the sky: a gap in the sky-board
about a foot wide, that gives a glimpse of the passing
train from the other side. What we never figured
out how to do effectively was to disguise this
improbable gap, which is in the middle of a city
industrial scene in the making. What we've come up
with as an alternative to the gap is a mirror
strategically placed over the layout. Now an
engineer can look up at the mirror and see his whole train at once,
instead of just a glimpse through a gap. And now we can
say, "butt-crack be gone!" and not have to
explain a nearby rock formation that looms in the middle of
(and towers over) a
city skyline that has the appearance of being many city
blocks deep. Both the juxtaposition of the two
incongruent scenes and their difference in apparent
depth perspective destroy the illusion of reality. These two pictures show
the mirror and the gap, prior to being closed.
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June 2007. Bob
class H-8 Allegheny cruises past Meyer Junction with
a string of coal cars in tow. This magnificent
2-6-6-6 monster was one of the most powerful steam
locomotives to roam the rails in North America, capable
of 7500 horsepower (vs. the Big Boy's 6200 HP). It
is also the heaviest reciprocating steam locomotive
(when excluding the tender) built in North America.
APN is adding a steam facility that will include a
turntable to be able to handle this and other large
locomotives to get them turned around, and when needed,
into the roundhouse (also under construction) for
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Charlie and Bob discussing various options on how to
install a pair of bridges. The area at Oakley is
one of the first vistas that a visitor sees upon
entering the layout room, so they want to talk it out to
try to get the best results in realistically merging the
2 bridges that will go at this location with the
surrounding scenery. They have to consider not
just how the results will look, but how to cut the
mainline and install the bridges with minimum downtime
the layout, and at the same time, end up with rock-solid
and reliable track work. No mean feat.
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April 2007. This close-up photo shows a recently
completed scene by
of a pair of tunnel portals bored under a dramatic
rock outcrop. Working from photos his wife
found of rock formations in Arizona, Johnnie worked and
reworked this scene until he achieved the texture and
color variation he wanted. Although this photo
doesn't show it, even the ballast inside the tunnel was
sceniced to match the prototype. Johnnie is
relatively new to model railroading, but his work shows
that with practice, perseverance and by reading up on
techniques, even a beginner can gain proficiency in the
various aspects of model railroading.
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David, Dennis, Rich, Errol and Bob form an assembly line
for the inspection of rolling stock. We made a recent
purchase of 130+ freight cars and made this concerted
effort to make sure they met our standards before
turning them loose on the layout.
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John and Charlie were among the half-dozen or so members
that manned our booth at the Annual SanJac Train Show
in Stafford, February 10, 2007. We had a good
turnout of visitors to the booth, so it was well worth
our time. One surprise, though, is that SanJac was
passing out a flyer telling the more than 1300 adults
that attended the show that APN was having an open house
that evening and the next day! So a few phone
calls were made and we got other members to "man the
fort" and accepted the visitors we had come by the
clubhouse both days. Next year we'll be prepared!
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Rich and Barb graciously offered their home to host the
2006 version of APN's annual Christmas Party. In
addition to over 30 guests, there was also a surprise
visit from Santa! VP Mike won the President's Award, and
everyone was treated to gifts from Santa, and abundant
quantities of food and drink, including eggnog
(Borden's, of course). Barb offered that since Rich was
the one who decorated the house for the holiday, and not
her, that she wants to host more parties. All's we can
say, is February too soon?!
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November 2007. Scott draws the Dispatcher's job as seen in this
photo. During the Open House we broke out the radios and
held an impromptu operating session. The layout can be
run under ABS or CTC control. During the latter, the
Dispatcher has control of all mainline turnouts, unless
he agrees to temporarily grant local control to a crew. It won't be long before Operating Sessions are a
regularly scheduled event on our railroad.
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After the October 2007 Business Meeting, Mike, Charlie, along
with help from his grandson, assemble APN's newly
acquired "Topside Creeper." This piece of
equipment will support APN members on its height
adjustable padded platform as they work over and above
the layout, allowing comfortable access to otherwise
hard to reach portions of the back of the bench work.
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This photo mosaic shows the helix arrangement inside
Mount Willie, named after a former member who was
instrumental in both designing and laying out the
mainline track plan of our layout. One of the more
complex pieces of that track work to construct were
these nested helixes. Not a part of the helixes,
but underneath them is the spur track to the mine.
With 3 sets of track passing through this complex, sometimes an operator has to scratch
his head to remember where the train that just went into
the mountain will reappear. This photo may help
de-mystify just what is going on inside there.
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The scenery committee at work.
Richard, and our
other scenery committee member Mike are busy making
is creating the basic form of the mountain by stapling
and hot-gluing together a lattice of cardboard strips.
This is covered with a layer of paper towels soaked in
Hydrocal. Richard and Mike are smoothing on the 3rd
layer - Sculptamold. Later plaster rock castings
will be added, then stains, paints, dirt and ground
cover. Sound like fun? Come and join us!
Openings are available for Club membership and
membership on the Scenery Committee.
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25th Birthday Party. This month's picture is a
little bigger than most months, but it also commemorates
a big event! On July 15th, 2006 we celebrated our 25th
Birthday as a club and the 5th anniversary of our
Clubhouse dedication. We also re-dedicated the Clubhouse
in memory of Steve Hashagen who passed away earlier in
the year. Steve was the guiding force that made our
ownership of the Clubhouse a reality.
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Also find here a copy of a Testimonial made to Steve at
the event, and the Program.
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Click here for the Program (61kb)
Artist Brian Chapman shows his work. APN Alumni
and former resident artist Brian Chapman at work on his
masterpiece, Ded Hoarse Gulch on July, 9 2005. Ded
Hoarse Gulch is the striking scene that visitors see as
they first enter the APN Clubhouse. Brian was meticulous
in completing this vista, spending months of Saturdays
working on it. Even though at the end of every Saturday
members could look at his work and consider it beautiful
and complete, Brian would return the following Saturday
and put in another full day, adding to it, and making it
look even better (or in his words, "making a mess with
plaster and paint"). Brian is now a member of the
Amarillo Railroad Museum.
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Structure Kit-Bash Clinic. As members look on,
John conducts a clinic on kit-bashing structures at the
May, 20, 2006, meeting. Duane commented that if John
were to find the "perfect" model kit, John would not be
able to resist the temptation and build it without
changing something on it. The proliferation of
warehouses in the Port area stands as a testament to
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Ops Session at Don Bozman's. APN members look on
as Don explains how to make setouts on both trailing
point and facing point sidings. Don and his wife
graciously invited us into their home April 22, 2006 for
an operation session on Don's Great Great Northern
layout. APN members attending where John C, Richard Cl,
Rich Cu, Steve D, Jim D, Kevin G, Mark H, Johnnie K, Mike
Kr, Charlie R, and Jerry W.
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Retaining Wall Clinic. Greg & Jane Butler,
members of the N.U.T.S. Club, presenting a clinic at our
April Meeting. APN members watch attentively as Greg
demonstrates 5 different techniques for building
retaining walls. Afterwards the Butlers invited APN
members to their home to view the retaining walls
adorning their layout.
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Electrical Committee handiwork.
Electrical Committee Chairman, performing maintenance on
the 3-way switch at the west end of the ladder into
Conroe Yard. In addition to the wiring needed for new
construction on the layout, there is always plenty to do
taking care of electrical work needed after
modifications are made to existing track, or just for
repairs needed due to normal wear and tear on the
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Richard had APN members' rapt
attention as he presented a weathering clinic in the
clubhouse meeting room on February 18, 2006. The tips
shown included using chalks, ink washes, airbrush and
aerosol can techniques.
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APN Booth at WGH Train Show.
Charlie (in the
green vest) with prospective members at the booth APN
hosted at the
World's Greatest Hobby Show January 7-8,
2006 at George R. Brown Convention Center. Other members
that assisted with the booth included Errol, Duane, John
C and Mark H. We gave out several hundred flyers.
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Duane standing at our
Dispatcher's Desk demonstrating the DCC programming
track and the software DecoderPro to new members Moe,
Rich and Mike after the January 2006 Meeting. DecoderPro
allows APN members to program their DCC equipped
locomotives via a graphical interface on the club's PC.
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