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 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 proto-freelanced version of this secret jewel to his base empire dream.

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 a 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

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.

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.

Two Feet in the Pine Tree State

     By Edward Koehler

    The narrow gauge technology developed in North Wales was adopted on this side of the Atlantic Ocean in New England. See how one man virtually put his mark on a segment of the rail industry in an entire region. We are proud to say that this part of the History of the Narrow Gauge doesn’t just concentrate on just one line but takes the viewer on a tour of the entire milieu, as close to the present day as one author who lives outside of New England is able to do.