THE OIL CAN
Cincinnati Division Volume II Issue 3
Mid Central Region
The Oil Can is a publication of Division 7, MCR, NMRA, Inc. Opinions expressed herein are the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Cincinnati Division 7, the MCR, the NMRA, its officers, or its
members. Space permitting, The Oil Can welcomes news items, articles and letters on Model Railroading and related topics. Deadline for submissions is generally the fifteenth of the month preceding the next meeting.
Merlyn Jarman, Superintendent
A March doubleheader!
Spring Flea Market is ready to roll
George Roos gave us a complete report on preparations underway for the Division 7 annual Spring Flea
Market. Mark the date, Saturday March 8th at Lakota West High School where you can sell your model railroad
goodies or prowl the aisles for something you can’t live without.
Due to a mandatory business commitment, I will be out of town. However, I’m sure George and the Crew will
have things well in hand for another successful event!
A last look at the V & O
We received word that the very famous Virginian and Ohio model railroad of Allen McClelland in Division 3-
Dayton is up for a “last run” Allen and his wife are moving to Retirement quarters and so the V&O will be
shutting down. Division 7 has been invited for a last visit on March 16th in order to enjoy some last memories
of a very fine model railroad.
We will meet at the Holiday Inn in Miamisburg, Oh. and Randy has secured a large room there to
accommodate the expected large turnout. Our meeting will consist of a short business meeting and then a Clinic
by well-known Tony Koester of Model Railroad fame to talk about progress on his Nickel Plate railroad. We’ll
then proceed to the V&O and Wes Reece’s fine layout will also be open.
Car projects pulling ahead
Jim MacKnight reports that we are already “in the black” on the V&O boxcars with over 57% of our 600 run
sold. The W&LE hopper cars are 72% sold. Recent publicity in Model Railroader and Scale Rails has really
spiked the V&O car sales. Good job Jim!
Big shoes to be filled
Scott Firth, our long-time Division 7 Publicity Chairman, is retiring. After many years of doing a fantastic job
putting out the good word on Division 7 events and shows, Scott is looking for a replacement. If you have
experience in media relations, event promotions, or just want to learn how-we need you! Scott will show you
the ropes and can provide you with the all the contact info so we promote the Division model railroad events,
shows, and programs to the public. Contact Scott at 513-624-6036 for more information.
On the mend
We got a report that our NMRA President, Mike Brestel, is slowly but surely returning to good health and is up
and about. Hang in there Mike!
We have learned that long-time Div. 7 Member, Jerry Baston will be undergoing chemotherapy and his wife
recently underwent foot surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with this lady and gentlemen and their families.
We look forward to your complete recovery.
Fair weather cannot be far away-See you in March!
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Randy Kerka, Asst. Superintendent
Are you as excited as I am about the clinics and events coming up this spring and summer?
If not… please read on!
On January 13 , we met at the Anderson Senior Center. Pretty much everyone got
the word on the venue change. Good thing, since it was necessary to change the
venue on pretty short notice. I think all will agree that Rick Stern has a promising
career as a clinician as his “Operations” presentation was very well received. Rick has
a free and easy style and a real “announcers” voice! Thanks, Rick. Once again,
evidence of saintly integrity was apparent during the raffle as I won… and Merlyn didn’t
(again). Kudos are due to Mssrs. McClure and Listermann for inviting us into their
homes to view their beautiful layouts.
March 8 : The Umpteenth Annual Spring Flea Market at Lakota West High School in West Chester. “Rookie” Show
Chairman George Roos promises his maiden event to simply be another fantastic selling and buying experience.
Member help with Set-up, Tear-down and admissions is always key to this event.
March 16 : Joint meeting with Division 3 (Dayton) at the Holiday Inn in Miamisburg. Yes, that’s the one you can kind
of see from I-75 at State Route 725. Our clinician is Great Model Railroads Editor Tony Koester, bringing us up to
date on the Nickel Plate. After the meeting Allen McClelland will be open and operating the venerable V&O. Please
do not miss this final opportunity to visit the famous and fabulous Virginian & Ohio. We have also been invited in to
see Wes Reese’s layout just a few clicks away from Allen’s.
April 13 : We will meet at the Wingate Hotel in West Chester. This is a new venue and I am particularly excited
about this meeting’s program! Andy Lester, owner of Mountaineer Precision Products is a new clinician for Division 7
and will be giving us the whole inside low-down on the laser kit business. Afterwards all members and guests have
been invited to tour the soon to open “EnterTrainMent Junction”. For those unfamiliar with this place in the old Oak
And More warehouse off Tylersville Road in West Chester, GCGRS member, Don Oeters, former owner of Watson’s,
is creating an indoor public entertainment and educational facility devoted to railroading, called EnterTrainMent
Junction. The main attraction is the very large G-scale train layout covering 20,000+ square feet, reaching heights of
20 feet and involving many operating trains. As of this writing the layout is just taking shape but it is already truly
phenomenal! We will also visit one additional layout to be announced.
May 4 : The latest Jarman/Burchnall Production. (OK… so it’s a road trip to Indy and the Indiana Transportation
Museum.) If you haven’t been on one of these Division sponsored trips… what are you waiting for? It’s cheap, it’s a
hoot and the “registrar” makes great cookies!
June 8 : Another new meeting place! The Colerain Township Senior Center opens its doors to us. I am especially
excited to announce that Ron Gough, MMR and National NMRA Clinician will be here to present his “Scratchbuilding
101 & 102” clinics. Ron is a dynamic modeler and will keep us spellbound (and probably in stitches.) After the
meeting, three layout visits are scheduled; Keith Corman, Bill Doll and John Miller. All these layouts are seldom seen
and in close proximity to this great new venue.
July 6 : The meeting is slated for Crossroads Community Church in Oakley. This meeting is moved up a week due
to the sizeable contingent of Division 7 members that are making the run to the West Coast for the Anaheim NMRA
National Convention. New clinicians Alex Kolesnikov and Rob Gruber, of DCCTrain promise a unique and
entertaining look at one of our hobbies hottest topics… what else? Digital Command Contol! Following the meeting
we will be dividing the rest of the afternoon between Gerry Alber’s “Virginian” and Sam Swanson’s “Greenbrier and
Lost River” layouts.
Please join Merlyn, Bruce and me in acknowledging Ed Wagner for his four years of service as your Division
Treasurer. Ed has reached “term limit” and his diligent conservancy of your Division finances will be missed. Thanks
I promise that the rest of the 2008 will be just as hot. For a preview, check out the schedule on the web site.
That’s all I got! See you at the Flea Market and on March 16 in Dayton.
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Fiction and Fact from Don’s Almanac
Central Indiana RR Operators (CIRROPS) is sponsoring an “Op ‘til you drop” weekend April 4 to 6, 2008.
For more information go to www.cirrops.org
From published reports, On30 (thanks mainly to Bachmann) is now one of the fastest growing gauges in
model railroading. There seems to be a growing interest in the tri-state area also. Among the various reasons
for it’s popularity are: Quarter inch scale equipment that runs on existing HO track, availability of
inexpensive rolling stock, and the romance of narrow gauge in addition to being a scratch builder’s and kit
basher’s dream size. One of the easiest ways to get started in a new scale is by building a module. Along
these lines there has been some talk lately of starting an On30 Module group. If you are interested please
Rick Stern at email@example.com or Don Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all intents and purposes, the Civil War ended on April 9 1865 at Appomattox Court House
when Robt. E Lee surrendered his starving, rag-tag, and mostly bare foot army to U.S. Grant. At the same
time, Confederate war dept. records show their warehouses were full of ammunition, guns, shoes, barrels
of pork and just about everything the army didn’t have. The big problem was getting it to the troops.
In 1861 when the war started, less than one third of all the country’s total railroad mileage was in
the South. But even worse was the fact that being mostly an agrarian society the railroads in the South
were designed to get crops from the fields to a major city or port. With few exceptions they were usually
point-to-point from one city to another and did not interconnect with other lines. On top of that, serious
gauge incompatibility problems only added to their woes. Even when two different lines terminated at the
same city, a difference in gauge meant on arrival a car had to be unloaded, the shipment carted across
town and reloaded for the next leg of the journey. This might happen several times before reaching the
final destination. The best they could do was to supply the troops in the field by wagon train. Since hardly
any rural roads were paved in those days, it might take weeks to arrive at were the army had been. By
then, they could be hundreds of miles away. Thus Lee’s army was constantly hungry and short of
In addition, the South suffered from a lack of heavy industry and before the war had depended on
northern companies to supply rails, locomotives and rolling stock. Once cut off from these sources, they
became critically short of supplies. Since both sides were continually attempting to destroy the other sides
rail lines, the South was hard pressed to keep them running. After the end of the war, most of the railroads
in the South had to be rebuilt.
In contrast, the railroads in the North were for the most part standardized as to gauge and
interconnected in a network that included all the major industrial cities. Thus a cannon from a foundry in
Pittsburgh and flour from a mill in Chicago could arrive at any front in a day or two and possibly on the
same train. On top of this the only rail line in the North that suffered any major damage during the war
was the B&O that unfortunately ran thru the area were a lot of the major battles took place.
An example of the importance of the railroads in winning the war was Sherman’s attack on
Atlanta. He merely followed a rail line from Nashville to Atlanta. As the Confederates retreated, they of
course destroyed as much of the rail line as they could. The corp. of engineers rebuilt it almost as fast as
the Confederates destroyed it. In one instance, a report to the War Dept. in D.C. bragged about running
trains on a new bridge while the embers of the original one were still smoldering. To protect against
raiding parties slipping in behind his army and disrupting the supply line, Sherman assigned the 176th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry to protect what they could and repair any damage done by Confederate raiding
parties thus keeping the supply lines open. They evidently did a good job as Sherman’s Army arrived in
Atlanta well fed and amply supplied.
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February Competition Results
Ugly Cabooses RR Stations & Freight Houses
Box Stock Prototype Slide:
1st Pl. John Listerman—B&O Caboose # 1765 1st Pl. Jim MacKnight—–C&O Station at St. Albans, W.VA
2nd Pl. Jim MacKnight—PRR Bay Window Caboose 2nd Pl. Jim MacKnight— East Broad Top RR Station at
#496207 Orbsonia, PA
No Other Entries No other entries
Kit Bashed Model Slide:
No Entries 1st Pl. Jim MacKnight—REA Freight House on Tim Cook’s
No Entries Prototype Print:
2007 Competition Point Standings
Modeling: Senior Division Photography: Senior Division
Jim MacKnight 66
Jim MacKnight 43 Perry Simpson 17
Frank Hermanek 29 Jim Corbett 14
Ron Gribler 13 Rich Piland 12
Perry Simpson 07 Frank Hermanek 07
Ron Pearson 06 Jim Hodde 07
Dale Brown 05 Jim Rollwage 06
Clayton Hillard 05 Dale Brown 05
Charlie Atkinson 04 Clayton Hillard 05
Paul Musselman 04 Tom Brueggeman 03
Tom Brueggeman 03 Pam Molewski 03
Randy Kerka 03 Bob Adams 02
Jim Rollwage 03 Jerry Baston 02
R.Schmidt/P.Lamkau 03 Rick Stern 02
Barry Martz 02 Brad Bovie 01
George Roos 01 Robert Chapman 01
Current Division 7 Car Project
When the V & O ceases to exist,
this car may well become a collectors item.
Be sure to get yours.
Available at the Company Store
John Listerman’s Ugly Caboose
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“ The Indy Special ”
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Deluxe Motor Coach tour with Special Attractions at the Indiana
Transportation Museum and three Premier Model Railroads
Departing 7:00 AM and Returning 9:00 PM, from and to Harrison, OH
Exclusively for Cinti Div 7 NMRA Members, their Spouses and Kids (10 years and up)
Registration Deadline Sunday, April 13, 2008 – No Refunds After Then
Indiana Transportation Museum! See Three Premier Model Railroad Layouts!
Train ride and nice large collection of vintage locos & cars Featuring select N, HO and O scale model railroads
Special attractions not open to public (see below) within the Central Indiana Division (CID) of the NMRA
Single Departing Location: Harrison, OH Fantastic Inspirational Day for a Great Price!
Exact location disclosed later only to registrants Deluxe motor coach transport, RR museum special attractions
Carpools encouraged - park at own risk – see hours above and ride, deluxe box lunch, nice affordable extra-fare dinner stop
Matt Hewitt – Shadowton Ridge – scratch built super detailed HO coal hauling Appalachian branch line set in Sept 1953
Warner Clark – Maumee Basin Lines – 1950 era precision proto48 standards O pike with NKP, DT&I and nice scenery/track
Brad Philbrick – High Dry District of IC – nice large 1950’s era N pike featuring prototypical interchanges and huge bridges
Fares and Registration
Basic Fare of $57 per person includes:
• Deluxe Motor Coach round trip transportation from Harrison, Ohio to all included Indiana attractions
• Transport & admission to museum, vintage train ride, 3 premier model railroads, deluxe box lunch, waters
• Comfortable 26 mile ride with ex-ATSF Scout fluted side Budd passenger cars pulled by 2 vintage diesels
• See NKP #587 Baldwin 2-8-2, Fs, GPs, NKP S, NKP VO-1000, Traction, Flagler FEC #90, cabooses and more
• Transport to nice affordable Santa Fe Cattle Co. dinner stop (separate cost at time of service, not included in $57 fee)
• Depending on the availability of additional buses, this trip may be limited to the first 48 registrants that sign up
• Cincinnati Div 7 reserves the right to modify or cancel this event due to complications beyond our control
Besides the Museum & Layouts, this trip has 4 Special Bonuses!
Bonus #1 Special tour inside the Indy Trans. Museum shops (adults only - long pants and closed toe shoes required)
Bonus #2 Rare exclusive ride in 1929 Pullman Standard NKP #1 Business Car, plus potentially another surprise
Bonus #3 Potential exclusive photo run-by at mid-point terminus of the train ride
Bonus #4 Exclusive $25 optional fare diesel cab rides – only 6 available – assigned by registration date and lottery
Address: __________________________ City ________________ State_____ Zip _______
Telephone: ___________________________ Email: _______________________________
Number of persons __________ x $57 ea. = $_________ Mail to:
Number of cab rides _________ x $25 ea.* = $_________ Indy Special Registrar
* only 6 available, assigned by reg. date and lottery Total $_________ 17765 Horizon Way
Must pay by check or money order to: Cincinnati Division 7, NMRA Lawrenceburg, In. 47025
Further information: Jean Jarman email@example.com Tel: (812) 539-3232
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Scenes from the Indiana Transportation Museum Railroad
Photos by John Burchnall
Annual Spring Swap Meet and Flea Market
Division 7’s annual Spring Swap Meet and Flea Market is being held on Saturday, March 8th,
2008 at Lakota West High School.
The hours, table rates and admissions are the same as last year.
Rent a table. Turn that old stuff into cash for some of that new stuff you gotta have! There was a
Table Order Form enclosed with last months Oilcan. Fill it out and send it in to Roy Hord before
If you don’t have enough stuff for a table, share one with a buddy.
Frank Koch will also have the Division White Elephant tables in operation.
George Roos is the new chairman of this event.
Please volunteer to help by signing up for Set-up, Admissions table, or Tear-down.
Call George at 513-931-7314. 7
Bruce McClure’s “No Rhyme Nor Reason Railroad”
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John Listerman’s “B & O CC&T”
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Division 7 Officers Next Meeting
Superintendent: Merlyn Jarman 2 PM Sunday March 16
17765 Horizon Way Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 At
812 539-1232 Mjarman1@comcast.com Holiday Inn Miamisburg
Asst. Super: Randy Kerka St. Rt. 725 & I-75
8127 Fox Knoll Dr. W. Chester, OH 45069
513 777-0536 firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: North on I-75 to exit 44.
Secretary: Bruce Knapp
118 Cliff Rd. North Bend, OH 45069 East on Rt. 725 (Miamisburg Centerville Rd.) Turn right at
513 941-2713 Bruce_knapp@adelphia.net next intersection (Prestige Plaza) to Holiday Inn on your
Treasurer: Ed Wagner
9687 Rexford Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45241
513 563-8409 email@example.com
I-75 Rt. 741
Board of Directors N
Bob Adams 859 384-0369
Charlie Atkinson 513 856-7881
Mike Brestel 513 661-2141
John Burchnall 513 860-3852
Rick Crumrine 513 231-5328 Rt 725 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.
Roy Hord 513 777-5337
Paul Maciulewicz 513 779-1686
Jim MacKnight 513 733-1246
Don Phillips 513 226-2233
Dave Read 513 398-7323
Ed Swain 513 779-8211
Committee Chairs Exit 44
Frank Koch 513 732-6208
Jim MacKnight 513 733-1246
John Altshool 513 851-0559
Co. Store: Neil Rothe 513 232-7959
Contests: Jack Laubisch 513 752-3988 Mall
Bob Adams 859 384-0369
Modelers Aid: Pat Homan 513 861-2057 Rt. 741
Bruce Knapp 513 941-2713
Fall Show: Rick Crumrine 513 385-4898
firstname.lastname@example.org Around the Region
Flea Market George Roos 513 931-7314
Editor: Don Phillips 513 226-2233
Web Master: Ivan Baugh 03/08/08 Div 7 Spring Swap Meet Lakota West High School
email@example.com 03/15-16 Div 5 Railfest 2008 Train Show Kirtland, OH
03/29/08 Div 8 Train Show Louisville, Ky
04/03-05/08 All Scales Narrow Gauge Show Greenford, OH
04/04-06/08 CID Central Indiana RR Operators Weekend Indianapolis, IN
05/02-03/08 MVSG 2008 Spring “S” Spree Hare Arena Dayton, OH
Mid Central Region Officers 05/03/08 On30 Mini-Meet Johnson County Park Edinburgh, IN
05/04/08 Div 7 The Indy Special Indiana Transportation Museum etc.
Regional Trustee- Howard Smith 05/15-18/08 MCR Port City Meet Mid-Central Region Cleveland, OH
Pres. Jerry Ashley 06/28-29/08 World’s Greatest Hobby Show Louisville, KY
235 Franck Ave. Louisville, KY 40206 (All Scale Show in conjunction with National “N” Scale
V.Pres Dick Briggs
Convention “The Derby City Express” see below)
4397 Hidden St. Grove City, OH 43123
13524 Newton Rd. Middleburg,OH 44130
06/25-29/08 “N” Scale National Convention — Louisville, KY
Trsr. Gary Sole 07/13-19/08 NMRA National Convention —– Anaheim, CA
1837Farr’sGardenPathWestlake,OH44145 09/10-13/08 National Narrow Gauge Conv.— Portland, OR
07/05-11/09 NMRA National Convention — Hartford, CT
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We returned to The Anderson Senior Center for our February meeting; this seems to be a popular venue with
most of the membership. Our clinician for the afternoon was Division 7 member, Rick Stern [part of the
Division 7 Santa Fe Mafia], who gave an excellent presentation on model [and prototype] operation. Rick is a
member of NMRA’s Operations SIG. Rick’s clinic was concise and yet really presented a lot of very valuable
information. Our layouts were Bruce McClure’s and John Listerman’s. I made a point to visit both layouts and
was extremely impressed by both men’s work. Both layouts are large, very well detailed, and operate
flawlessly. I recommend both layouts for future visits. Thanks for sharing your creations with us.
As I mentioned last month, Mike is now home and on the mend; he is walking every day and has made a visit
to the Cincinnati Model Railway Club. I took lunch to Mike last week and spent some time visiting and
watching the UC game. I did make sure that Mike had a healthy lunch; I stopped a J & J’s and took him a
double deck grilled cheese and bacon sandwich.
Many of my closest friends come from the music world or the hobby. Musicians and music teachers have a
very special bond, just as model railroaders do. In fact some of my friends are involved in both. I value my
model railroad associates very much and look forward to our work group meetings and the division’s monthly
meetings. One of my new friends, in the hobby, is auctioneer Dan Miller. I met Dan as I was starting to thin
out my 40+ year collection of model railroad treasures [sounds much better than junque]. I put some items
with Dan and was very pleased with the result. I have also attended several of his auctions. Dan’s auctions are
like a gentleman’s “Night Out”. Dan is a former chemistry and physics teacher and is great fun to drink coffee
and “shoot the bull” with. If you haven’t been to one of Dan’s auctions; I really recommend the experience;
you will have a great time!
Progress on the Raton Pass, Part II
I mentioned, in last month’s Oil Can, that track laying had hit a temporary snag. Margaret had said,”Not until
 the storage room was cleaned and all excess railroad equipment is disposed of and  the layout room is
completely cleaned. Even with the assistance the Ohio Valley Gentlemen’s Sipping and Switching Society,
Mike Koslovsky, John Altshool, Don Furnish and, others, it looks like we won’t be ready to start for quite a
while. Keep watching this my column; someday I will report at least a little progress.
The Anaheim National Convention
We are counting down the days until we trek west to Anaheim. John, Merlyn, Keith, and I are like little kids
waiting for Christmas. July seems a long time away; but we are still getting together and planning for the
event. Convention will be here and gone all too quickly I am afraid. As my hero Red Green always say, “Keep
your stick on the ice [and your trains on the track]”; see you at the Swap Meet.
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The Oil Can
Coming Down The Line
Cincinnati Division 7, Mid-Central Region, NMRA
NOTE: ALL REGULAR MEETINGS START AT 2 PM
(Unless otherwise notified)
Month Date Location Program/Speaker Layout Visit Contest Topic
Spring Flea Market
Mar NA NA No Contest
8 Lakota West
Nickel Plate update
Mar 16 Holiday Inn McClelland No Contest
Miamisburg Tony Koester Wes Reese
Joint meeting w/ Div. 3
North Don Oeters
Laser Kits Models: Maintenance of Way
April 13 Wingate Inn EnterTrainMent
7500 Tylers Place Andy Lester Photos: Trains in Inclement
West Chester Weather
One other TBA
On the Road Indiana Several
Again Transportation Including a No Contest
Museum 1:1 Layout
West Scratch Building Keith Corman Models: On line Dioramas
June 8 Colerain Township
101 & 102
Senior Center Photos: Black & White shots
Ron Gough MMR John Miller Steam & Diesel Locos
East Digital Command Jerry Alber’s
Control Virginian Models: Rolling Stock with
July 6 Crossroads Graffiti
Community Church Alex Kolesnikov Sam Swanson’s
Rob Gruber Greenbriar & Photos: Personnel Workin’
Lost River on the Railroad
Modeling Problems? Member aid Committee
Cincinnati Div. 7 Hotline
Pat Homan (513 861-2057)
Bruce Knapp (513 941-2713)
Div 7 Web Site - www.cincy-div7.org
MCR Web Site - www.midcentral-region-nmra.org
As of February 1, 2008 Division 7’s membership stands at 321