Home
HOME SIGN UP CLINICS OPERATIONS LAYOUTS CONTESTS TRIPS CONTACT

Steam Locomotives of the Dickson Machine Company

   By Malcolm Houck

Dickson Machine Company was one of the builders brought into American Locomotive Company when Schenectady Locomotive Works principal assembled the so-called "Locomotive Trust." Those several companies included the formerly independent Schenectady Works, Manchester, Richmond, Brooks, Cooke, Rhode Island, Pittsburgh and Rogers, along with Dickson.

Dickson, with works in Scranton and Wilkes Barre, PA specialized in mining and hoisting machinery for the local hard coal - anthracite industry; — along with standard and narrow gauge mine locomotives, and including compressed air locomotives and so-called "Fireless Cookers."

With particular expertise in designs of "Double Cab","Camelback","Mother Hubbard” engines (as well as single cab engines) it was major supplier of locomotives to roads serving the "Anthracite Belt"- D&H, DL&W, L&HR and NYO&W.

This Powerpoint clinic will have slides showing the scratchbuilt construction of HO Scale Dickson Machine engines for the NYO&W; — Class B 4-4-0 Double Cab, Class T 2-6-0 Double Cab, Class S 2-8-0 Double Cab (two versions), Class R 2-6-0 Double Cab and Class H 4-4-0 Single Cab.

The Festiniog Railway - The Birthplace of the Narrow Gauge

   By Edward Koehler

Narrow gauge railways have long fascinated rail enthusiasts, historians, and economists for many reasons. But where was the genre created? Surprisingly one of the birthplaces of the narrow gauge, the Festiniog Railway in north Wales not only survives but has thrived! This presentation first reviews the history of the line and then takes the viewer on a photographic tour of this historically important railway and its articulated Fairlie type locomotives.

PROTOTYPE CLINICS

The Lehigh and Hudson River Railway

     A Pint Sized, Powerhouse Railroad You Can Model

       By John Doehring


At its apex, the Lehigh and Hudson River Railway totaled just 86 miles, but provided a strategic link between the industrial and population centers of New England and the rail lines and points both south and west. Stretching from Maybrook, NY to Easton, PA, the LHR punched above its weight class for a hundred years – hauling freight traffic south and anthracite coal north, while interchanging with most of the key railroads across the northeast. Long trains and short distances make the LHR a super choice for prototype modeling in the transition era, or freelancing up to the present. Please join our discussion, and learn a little bit more about the LHR, and how the author plans to add a slightly protolanced version of this secret jewel to his base empire dream.


Case Study: Modeling a Prototype Scene

       By Peter McKenney & Tom Oxnard


     Learn about the process for earning the Master Builder-Prototype Models AP certificate. The clinic will cover selection of a prototype scene to model through constructing the model scene, structures and rolling stock that meet the AP requirements. The benefits of sharing ideas and talents will be emphasized. In this case, one modeler studied a prototype scene that he needed for his layout, researched its history, and created CAD plans to be used in building several models of structures as well as the modules for the scene. The second modeler then used the supplied plans and reference pictures to build the model and earned the Prototype Models certificate.



Modeling Village of East Wakefield- From Bench work to Finished Section

    By Rich Breton

In this Power Point presentation, Rich will explain the process used in developing scene to accurately represent East Wakefield, including photo backdrop, mountain scenery constructions, rock outcroppings, trees, roads, structures, details such as period RR crossing sign and wild flowers. This scene is one of the five villages represented on the Union Station 1909 B&M RR HO scale layout at Heritage Park Railroad Museum in Union,NH.

Firefighting and Your Model RR

    By Edward Koehler

     This presentation looks at how firefighting is portrayed on model railroad layouts. It starts with a historical review of firehouses and then looks briefly at the history of fire trucks. It concludes with some scenes of live fire ground action and a discussion of some points to keep in mind when attempting to model these buildings, vehicles and incidents