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The Official Newsletter of the North Texas Garden Railways Club
May 21, 2006 Meeting
Meeting at the Mueller’s
B Y TY L E R J . HA R G R O V E
Our May Meeting will take place May 21, at
2002 Waterwood Dr., Arlington, Tx, on
George Mueller’s Santa Fe Western railway.
The railroad is only a about a year and a half
old, but is rapidly taking shape.
The Mueller’s have done quite a bit of work
since our February issue, which featured
their railroad. They have ballasted most of
the track, completed the tunnels and started
planting and landscaping too. There is still George re-rails an ATSF diesel in the coal yards.
quite a bit of work, but it is already a fantas-
tic railway. some interesting railroading.
The layout consists of fifteen blocks and four The theme of the Santa Fe Western is, of
separate loops, which have 8’ diameters and course, the Santa Fe railway. It takes place
one even has a 10’ diameter. Six engineers in the years between the use of steam and the
can operate different trains, which makes for
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How to Get There
Take I-30 to the Fielder Rd. Exit.
Go north to Lamar St. and take a left.
Take a right at the light onto Water-
wood Dr., and follow it almost to the
George’s house is on the right (Five
houses before the dead end.)
2002 Waterwood Dr.
Arlington, Tx 76012
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May (Continued) NTGRC Needs You!
merger with Burlington Northern, which
allows for quite a bit of variety in the We NEED Volunteers!
The track is running well, and is mostly
ballasted and ready for heavy operation,
but there is still plenty to keep the Muel-
ler’s busy. Part of the trolley line still re-
mains to be put in place, and a few other
additions are needed, but the railway is
more complete than ever, and it is a great
example of what hard work and a passion
The Mueller’s are still looking for land-
scaping ideas, so be sure to tell them
yours at the meeting! It is a great layout,
and a good opportunity to run some NTGRC is soon to be building a permanent lay-
trains, so bring a few and have a great out at A&M, and we need your help! Stan
time this weekend at the Mueller’s! Schere wants to hold a work weekend to cut the
trees probably before the end of May.
A&M will provide us with the “tree experts” we
May Board Meeting need, and with their expertise, NTGRC mem-
bers will learn the keys to properly cutting and
At the May board meeting, we discussed pruning trees and shrubs. This will allow fur-
plans for the coming months, and a few ther construction at the site, and help to assure
other club issues. Members in atten- that the club gets it’s own layout.
dance were Lane Haviland, Frank Cor-
coran, Dennis Cherry, Pete Dahlberg, Dr. If you want to get your hands and knees a little
Jon Williamson, Ron Natinsky, and Ty- dirty, please contact Stan Schere at (214) 328-
ler Hargrove. The following is a brief 3916, or at email@example.com so that
outline of the meeting: he can add you to the “worker bee” list. Let’s
get things rolling!
George Mueller’s meeting is going to be
May 21, 2006, from 2pm-5pm at 2002 Left: The proposed track
plan leaves us quite a bit of
Waterwood Dr, in Arlington.
room for expansion, but
Currently we only have 6 layouts for the calls for some sweat and
hard work, so volunteer
Father’s day weekend G-Scale Tour, June today!
17 and 18 from 12pm-5pm. Any member
who wants to have their layout on the an-
nual “G-Days” tour needs to contact Stan
immediately! Contact him at (214) 328-
3916, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Board Meeting (Continued)
Speaker Wanted with your name and address so that he can mail you the
for Gardening Club literature to hand out, he needs this information ASAP!
Meeting We discussed the pros and cons of having a yahoo!
We are looking for a speaker to group, and about putting a chat room on the website.
present Garden Railroading to The August meeting will be NTGRC volunteering at
our Arlington Organic Gardening
Cooks Children’s hospital, which is a rewarding opportu-
Club. We gardeners are always
looking for ways to "improve " nity for the club, and the
our gardens, and thought this new Gaylord layout will “Any member who
might be an interesting open May 22nd, and a wishes to have their
topic. Let me know if you have preview should be in the layout on the annual
someone who would like to do June issue of the news- “G-Days” tour needs to
contact Stan Schere
My husband George and I have
The July meeting seems immediately!”
a starter set and will be setting
up a small layout in our yard in to be open, and we still
the next few months. We are need a volunteer for that month, please call a board
interested in the tour and would member if you are interested!
like to become members of your
club. Look forward to hearing That about does it for the current events, make sure you
from you! stay updated by checking the calendar on the website
and in the back of the newsletter if you aren’t sure about
Maud Huber (817) 261-3572
something, or call one of the board members. Hope to
see you all at the May and June meetings!
Wiring an Alternating Passing Siding
Use this circuit and LGB components tacts are to be placed on the track, just ahead
for automatic, two-train switching of the stop blocks. The siding should be long
enough so that all of the cars on each train
B Y A LLE N N I CK E L S
SPECI AL T HANK S TO STAN S CHER E clear the turnout, before it is triggered. The
R EPR INTED W ITH PER MIS SIO N #12010 EPL switch motor on the switch exit-
ing the siding is unnecessary. Take it off and
This alternating passing siding will allow save it for another project!
you to run two trains at once on a single-line
Power for the track contacts and EPL switch
track. As one train stops at the station, the
motor comes from the AC terminals on your
other will automatically depart.
transformer. One wire from the AC terminal
The siding is made from two LGB #10153 in- is connected directly to the switch motor.
sulated track sections on each track, sepa- The other AC wire is connected to the center
rated by enough track to fit the longest en- terminals on both of the track contacts. On
gine you plan to run on it. Attach a #12030 one contact, attach a wire to the left termi-
supplementary switch to the end of the nal; on the other attach a wire to the right.
#12010 EPL switch motor on the switch lead- Attach both of these wires to the same re-
ing into the siding. The #17100 track con- (Continued on Page 4)
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NTGRC Photo Contest
NTGRC First Annual Photo
BY TYLER J. HARGROVE
Throughout this next year you can send in photos of your lay-
out or an NTGRC event, capturing a feeling or a story as well
as a great scene. I think this will be a great way to hone our
photography skills, and to show off our layouts, new rolling
stock or other features of the club. Make sure your photo
tells a short-story, and other than that do your best! I hope
this will turn out to be a fun annual event for the club. Prizes
will be discussed at the July or August Meetings!
A typical good-quality railroad photo, notice that the locomo-
The “Rules”: (Break ‘um if ya must, just let us know!) tive fills the frame, (that means GET CLOSE!!!) and that the
The photo must be taken by an NTGRC Member. focus is in the right bottom 1/3, (rule of thirds).
You may submit as many photos as you wish.
Photos must be submitted and received before the November 2006 meeting to be eligible.
Photos must be based upon large-scale trains, mostly ‘G’ Scale, but can include scenery, etc.
You cannot vote for your own photos.
Submissions may be featured in articles, but should be marked “Submission to NTGRC Photo Contest”
Photos should be sent either to email@example.com or to my home address, which is given on the last page.
Alternating Siding (Continued)
maining terminal on the EPL switch motor. To power the blocks for the alternating pass-
AC current is both positive and negative. Di- ing siding, attach a wire to the outside nega-
odes in the track contacts will allow current tive terminal of the block on the #10153 insu-
to flow in only one direction. This is how the lated track. Run this wire to one of the cen-
switch motors can reverse direction when the ter terminals on the #12030 supplementary
track contacts are activated. Attaching a switch. Attach another wire to one of the ter-
#12030 supplementary switch to the end of minals next to the center terminal. Attach
the EPL switch motor will then allow a block the other end of this wire to one of the nega-
to be powered on and off. tive terminals for the insulated section of
track inside one of the blocks. Attach an-
other wire to the other terminal next to the
center terminal. Attach the other end of that
Qty. LGB part# Description wire to one of the negative terminals for the
1 12030 Supplementary switch
insulated section of track inside the other
1 16050 Electric switch block.
1 16150 Electric switch
2 17010 Switching magnet To test the alternating passing siding, turn
2 17100 Track contact on the power and place an engine on an insu-
4 10153 Insulated track lated section, with the turnout set to send a
10260 Insulated rail joiners
train to the other siding. If the engine starts
50130 Wire, or 2-conductor
thermostat wire to move, reverse the wires of the sidings from
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Join all the members at the Alternating Siding (Continued)
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING the #12030 and it will stop. Pass a switching magnet over
the track contact that is ahead of the parked engine. If
nothing happens, reverse the wires connected to the
#12010 EPL switch motor. The switch should now operate
smoothly. It will allow the operation of two trains.
When an approaching train passes over a track contact, it
throws the switch to the other siding. In doing this, it
turns off the power in its own stop block and turns on the
AT SPRING CREEK BBQ IN IRVING! power to the block on the other siding. The waiting train
Second Monday of Every Month! leaves and the approaching train will stop. This can be run
with just one train by attaching an on/off switch to one of
the wires on the #12010 EPL switch motor.
Guest Speaker and BNSF Employee Pat Hiatte
BNSF and Pat Hiatte have trains waiting on both sides to cross.
BY TYLER J. HARG ROVE
“The ‘trans-con’ route from Chicago to L.A. runs about
100 to 110 trains a day, depending on the ships, and in
Pat Hiatte has been with BNSF for over 30 years, and the Powder River Basin (PRB), the coal fields are produc-
has worked throughout the midwest. He originally ing 16 million tons.” This coal is growing enormously in
worked for Frisco, but changed companies with the differ- popularity, due to the lower sulfur content. At a 5-6%
ent mergers. He was still around during the merger of increase, BNSF is delivering more coal every day, though
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, and worked on parts it will take 3-4 years to put all the assets in place. China
of the system which were not as up-to-date as the Santa and India are expected to become buyers of PRB coal as
Fe parts. well, and the popularity in the US is skyrocketing.
“Earnings are good,” he said, “and for the first time the “The Southern Payless Power Station near Birmingham
railroad needs to add capacity,” as they are extending was built on top of a coal seam, but it’s cheaper for them
second and third tracks throughout the system, and tack- to buy our coal,” he stated.
ling projects on the Peycos River, where they have 3 miles In the end of 2003, the railroad had more employees than
of single track, and in Abo Canyon, where the track will at the beginning of the year, which shows how quickly
“weave in and out and play tag with existing track.” It BNSF is hiring, though jobs are mostly transportation
will require enormous fill work for both of these projects
and engineers. (Continued in the June newsletter)
and a new bridge for the Peycos River, which is known to
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Burnt Journal Article
Did You Ever Wonder? is how slow they can crawl, essential for sensitive cou-
pling. I feel that M 420’s were ahead of their time with
B Y D A V E S IM P SO N their wide cabs, with Alco M stands Montreal and 4 for
R EPR INTED W ITH PER MIS SIO N 4 wheel trucks or B and that leaves 20 the power rating
which is 2000 HP. (didn’t have room for that extra “0”)
Did you ever wonder if people who talk about abbrevia- Alco built some really big freight locomotives called
tions on locomotives know what they are talking about? Century’s and used the horsepower ratings to give them
such labels as C-425 means a Century with B axles (4)
Here’s a scenario for you; let’s say you are listening to a
garden railway enthusiast bragging about his latest and a HP rating of 2500 (25) and C-630 means a Cen-
acquisition. He says he just added a GP 30 and an SD tury with C axles or 6 wheel trucks and a HP rating of
45 to his fleet of EMD E and F Units, and that he would 3000 (30) complicated huh? Here’s where it gets totally
have grabbed an SW 600 or an NW 900 if there were stupid. Alco switchers such as MLW (Montreal Loco-
any available. His wife had said that he already had an motive Works) S-13 were only rated at 1000HP, go fig-
RS18 and if he was good this year she would buy him ure! They could have been de-rated from 1300 HP to
an AC4400CW to go with his SD70MAC. If only some- 1000 HP.
one made an MK5000C that would be so cool. He is in
fact talking about diesel locomotives. Jumping ahead to today’s big fellas we have the GE
AC4400CW definitely a heavy hauler built by General
The foremost manufacturer of steam locomotives be- Electric, AC is Alternating Current, the kind of elec-
came very big in the manufacture of diesels and that tricity produced by it’s generator, 4400 the amount of
was Alco or the American Locomotive Company. In horse power the prime mover gives out and CW, C
Canada Alco’s were built my MLW (Montreal Locomo- meaning the wheel arrangement, 3 axle trucks and
tive Works). Many engineers called the locomotives Old with General Electric the W is Wide cab. SD and GP
Smokey’s, as all Alco diesels were well known for pour- are abbreviations used only by EMD products. Now
ing out as much smoke as a steam engine. Baldwin was comes the really big stuff SD70MAC and SD90MAC.
another steam engine builder that launched itself into These are EMD products and a big ones too. SD as you
the diesel era. So let’s go through the list of abbrevia- know is Special Duty (3 axles), M is wide nose cab (go
tions that were thrown at us. Any locomotive that has figure) and AC is Alternating Current.
GP ahead of it’s power number has four axle trucks or
BB wheel arrangement and is used for General Purpose All the locomotives so far have been freight haulers and
work such as switching and local freight hauling and is now we look at passenger equipment from EMD.
built by Electromotive Division OF General Motors, E’s and F units have long dominated the passenger lo-
hereinafter known as EMD. comotive scene with F’s being the most predominant.
SD means Special Duty and the trucks have six axles or For years I thought E meant Extended since they are
CC wheel arrangement. Wheel arrangements such as nothing more than a stretched F unit with more power.
BB and CC were later shortened to B and C. EMD The E8 is simply Eighteen hundred horsepower and 3
built many switching locomotives including SW 600, axle trucks. Early E units had a drastically sloped nose.
NW 900, SC 600, NC 900. An F7 is a Fourteen hundred horsepower loco with 2
axle wheels. Later F7 units had 1500 HP and F9’s went
You would think that SW means switcher, well it does- as high as 1800HP. We don’t have room or time to go
n’t it stands for Six hundred horsepower and the W is into the entire E and F units starting with E3 and F3
for Welded frame (eventually the brains at EMD even- as it becomes too complicated and most of the changes
tually decided that it should stand for Switcher). with each unit was basically cosmetic and only of inter-
est to rivet counters. Later versions of E and F units
SC 600, S meaning Six hundred horse power and C is had powerful prime movers of 2400 and 1750 (1800)
for Cast frames. Then we have the NC900, also switch- horsepower respectively.
ers with cast frames but the horsepower is nine hun-
dred. Alco built many switching locomotives an RS 18 An MK 5000 C is a Morris Knudsen 5000 horsepower
being one of them and finally some numbers and letters freight locomotive with 3 axle trucks or C wheel ar-
that make sense. RS meaning Road Switcher and the rangement and a very nice looking unit similar to a GE
18 means 18 hundred horsepower. Another popular AC4400CW. Morris Knudsen is not a popular manufac-
Road Switcher was the RS-3 with B axles and the RSC- turer but is does hold it’s own in a tiny corner of the
3 with C axles By the way, the mark of a good switcher locomotive market. Many of their freight locomotives
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Burnt Journal Article (Continued)
have far better visibility from the engineer’s point of EMD’s DDA40X Centennial weighed 445,500 pounds,
view and mine too. Take a look at the Railpower had 2 turbo charged V16 prime movers (engines) put-
Green Goat a battery hybrid locomotive, it was in- ting out 6600 HP (I wonder how much of that HP was
vented and prototype manufactured in New Westmin- needed to move itself?) It carried 8,230 US gallons of
ster, you will see a remarkable similarity in driver cab fuel and was almost 99 feet long, the frame was too
appearance to earlier Morris Knudsen locomotives. long to build in the EMD shops and had to be con-
tracted out. There were only 47 built in 1969 and that
We shouldn’t leave out Alco’s venture into the passen- was for the Union Pacific Railroad.
ger locomotive market. Their passenger units were
called FA and FPA’s, FA for Freight unit A and The DD wheel arrangement is the largest ever, D
Freight Passenger unit A. The designation A was for meaning 8 wheel trucks. There appears to be no infor-
driving unit or unit with a cab, B was for the cab-less mation on what the 40 means but stay tuned. The A
booster unit behind the A, and many trains had multi- means that it is a cab or lead unit. The X stands for
ple units designated ABBA. This was the same for experimental since this locomotive was a test bed for
EMD FA and FB units. Having a cab unit on the rear future electronics systems and engine refinements. M
of the multiple saved having to turn the train around
on it’s return trip. Fairbanks Morse made a large dent (wide nose) should have been added to the designation but then we
in the passenger locomotive market with their Consoli- would have choked on the name.
dation line or better known to model railroaders as the
C-Liner. They designated their passenger and freight
locomotives as CPA units and CFA units respectively.
One of FM’s most popular and powerful freight locomo- Need Structures?
tives was the Trainmaster which was also used in pas-
senger service. This unit had an H designation mean- Anyone wishing to purchase building
ing High Hood and like most high hood engines ran kits from Garden Texture, Stan Schere
long nose forward as a safety factor. I thought I would
would be happy to assemble them at a
leave the most complicated one until the second to last
and that’s the GG-1. Baldwin built these famous elec-
fee of about $100.00+ per kit.
tric locomotives and they ran mostly on the Pennsyl- “The material to construct the
vania Railroad. To figure out it’s name we have to go buildings is made out of Redwood and
back to steam days, the wheel arrangement of 4-6-0 Rough Cedar. The various components
locomotives was called G class. The Wheel arrange-
are cut to size and angle where needed.
ment of the GG-1 is 2 4-6-0’s placed back to back and
so it was classified as 4-6-0+0-6-4 and if you’ve been The accessories can include Doors,
paying attention you’ll see that it becomes a 2-C+C-2. Windows, Time pieces, Nails etc as
required of the model.
Not to complicate things too much it was decided to call it a GG-1,
you know what the G’s stand for and the 1 means it’s the only Over the years of constructing them, I
model they ever built. The GG-1 was a large locomotive at almost have devised some ways to make
80 feet long, it weighed 477,000 pounds and was rated at 4620 it simpler to construct the models and
HP. The passenger versions were geared to run at 100 MPH and to finish . I would be happy to advise
the freight version close behind at 90 MPH, hardly seemed worth any one, club member or not, on
the bother. construction of these great structures!
If you’ve ever wondered why diesel locomotives have
an FR and an FL on their fronts that’s because they Anyone who likes the models, but
need to know that this is the front of the engine. This doesn't have the time to build them, I
stems from the days of early locomotives with high would be delighted to build them for
hoods, many railroads ran their engines long hood first you. Please call Stan at 214-328-3916
keeping the engineer furthest from the crash. When
to make arrangements or email me at
engines were turned on the turntable it helped to have
the F to show which way it was to run. I thought I firstname.lastname@example.org.”
would throw that simple item in before the next item
that you may find complicated.
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Name Badge Board of Directors 2005
Lane Haviland (President 2006)
Our club’s badge are available from any Office Depot store for around $6.49 (817) 236-1020
plus tax. email@example.com
You want to order a 2EB1 (SKU 320751) badge size is 1" x 3", it comes stan- Ron Natinsky (Treasurer 2006)
dard with a pin on the back, if you want anything different you must add that to (972) 732-4000
the order. Ron@obgt.com
The Style is S23, that is a Pine Green background with White lettering. You Dr. Jon Williamson (Secretary 2006)
can have up to 3 lines of text on the badge. (817) 429-2259
Typestyle = B04 All Capitol Letters
Franc Corcoran (First V.P)
All members are encouraged to wear their badges to all club functions. Not (972) 503-1079
only does it help new members to firstname.lastname@example.org
put names with faces, but it also
gives our host a good feeling to NORTH TEXAS GARDEN Bryan Liles (Second V.P)
know there are no strangers in their RAILWAY CONSORTIUM (817) 534-7901
house. YOUR NAME HERE
NTGRC has arranged for PANDA Embroidery located in Grapevine, Texas to provide members with NTGRC logo and
clothing. They offer a wide variety of styles and price range. Simply visit their facility
one street north and 1/2 block east of the Grapevine Railroad Station and choose the
style, color, price range etc. They will embroider the NTGRC logo for you.
351 E. Hudgins Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
The Conductor’s Submission Policy
The Conductor will now be sent to you towards the end of Handwritten or typed articles and pho-
the month due to the delay from submissions, and the tos must be received before the 10th of
time it takes to ensure that what is published is of good the month, as I have access to a scan-
quality. ner, but it takes much more time to
The deadline for articles to be included in the newsletter
is generally going to be the 20th of the month. Please If you would like me to write the article,
submit your article(s) the way you would like to see it ap- I would be more than happy to get a
pear in the newsletter. Check your spelling, and make private tour of your railroad!
sure it is accurate. If it concerns a membership function,
make sure it has the four W’s, (Who, What, When, and Send all submissions to:
Where). Please include an address or directions in case
of an event. Your submissions are subject to the cutting
floor, so no hard feelings please! Tyler J. Hargrove
1611 Oxford Dr.
Submit your articles using any possible means, email is Mansfield, Tx 76063
preferred. If it is digital, use Word or Acrobat, or prefera- email@example.com
bly just contact me first, in case of software compatibility
T H E C O N D U C TO R Links
1611 Oxford Dr. The Tuscarora Railroad
Mansfield,Tx 76063 (Featured in GR magazine)
(817) 477-5987 TRRHomepage.html
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May 21, 2006 Next issue:
George Mueller’s “Santa Fe Western”
2002 Waterford Dr. Meeting at Stan Schere’s
Arlington, Tx. 2pm—5pm.
Our Annual “G-Days” Open house tour infor-
(Bring your trains and rolling stock, and
he might let you play too!)
Speech by BNSF Employee Pat Hiatte (Cont.)
June 17th – 18th
5th Annual NTGRC Open House Tour Work days and times at the A&M permanent
(Let the board know what you think!) layout site.
12:00am - 5:00pm
East of 360 is on Saturday
West of 360 will be Sunday
August Meeting Check the club website “Local Events” calen-
Cooks Children’s Hospital dar for any changes, corrections, or additions.
Go to http://www.ntgrc.org