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Union Pacific Museum, Council Bluffs, IA : We will have the N-scale (DC) trains running on the T-Trak modules and N-scale (DCC) running on Bill Dodge's Layout. We need help supervising the kids running on the T-Track layout. To help with either of these layouts contact Henry Nipper.

If we have enough volunteers we would also like to run the HO switching layout. The kids also need supervision for this. To volunteer for this contact Ryan Moats or Bob Finkenbiner.

Schedule at the museum
Setup - Thursday, Dec. 15 starting at 10am, through the Family night activities, ending about 8PM.
Layout operations: 10am-4pm each of the following days:
- Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17
- Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23
- Thursday, Dec. 29, Friday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 31
Teardown has yet to be determined.

If we have enough volunteers we would also like to run the HO switching layout. The kids also need supervision for this. To volunteer for this contact Ryan Moats or Bob Finkenbiner.

The Great Train Show, Council Bluffs, IA : The T-Trak and HO switching layout were big hits last year. If we can get enough volunteers we'd like to do it again.

Your admission will be covered by getting an exibitorís name tag from Henry Nipper on Friday at setup or before you enter the MAC.

Layout operations: 9am-4pm each of the following days:
- Sat. Jan. 7th 2016
- Sun. Jan. 8th 2016

More volunteers are needed for operating, teardown, and transportation. The T-trak is a definite go, the switching layout will depend on the help of more volunteers.

Again, to help with either or both layouts contact Henry Nipper.

Thanks to Bill Dodge and Richard Ralston who have steadily advocated for returning operating model trains to the UP museum at Christmas. Bill has been doing this for two years, now, and he has garnered great publicity for the museum and for the hobby. Letís help build on their work and promote the hobby and the museum!

We were able to have over a hundred kids per day operated trains at the Great Train Show with our help. Dave Mrsny has provided discount coupons for each operator to the House of Trains and the museum will provide stickers for the engineers.

Thanks again, Henry

- Holiday Dinner - Jan. 7th, 2017: 6p Pizza Ranch, Papillion, NE

- Please RSVP Rusty if you are planning on attending.

- Next Meeting - Feb. 4th, 2017: 9am-12, Sump Library, Papillion, NE

The new issue of the Caboose Kibitzer is now online. 1st Quarter 2017 Caboose Kibitzer

Other items

2016 Division Elections

The results of the Division elections are as follows.
- Superintendent - Harvey Swanger
- Assistant Superintendent - Robert Albano
- Paymaster - Scott Crites
- Clerk - Bob Finkenbiner

The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc. (NKPHTS) has made its "Modeler's Notebook" available to the public.

- - See our Resources Page

Observation Car

December 2016 Observation Car

October 2016 Observation Car

September 2016 Observation Car

August 2016 Observation Car

July 2016 Observation Car

Observation Car Archive List

Apr 2nd, 2016 - Thank you to Mike Klapp for hosting this meeting.

Election next month. Ryan is sending an electronic ballot to members that have provided an email address, paper ballot to those without.
Henry talked about convention. Registrations trickling in. 25 registered.
Clinics will be scheduled on Friday and Saturday.
No show and tell, but toured Mike's layout.

Mar 6th, 2016 - Thanks to

George Sinos presented some updates about the JMRI PanelPro system.
George has a presentation available through his web site. JMRI - Getting Started

Paul DeLuca shared slides of his visit to Train Mountain Railroad near Chiloquin, Oregon.

Bob Roegge showed the progress he has been making on his layout as well as a "dead rail" HO locomotive he has modified.

Ricky Keil brought his Farmers Coop Elevators he's building for a Free-mo module.

A short business meeting followed. By a majority vote of those present, it was decided that the HO module group's DCC be donated to the Nebraska Railroad Museum.

February 6th, 2016 - Thanks to

Bob Albano for a presentation some detailing and weathering he has done on his equipment.

George Sinos did a presentation about the JMRI PanelPro system and what he has been learning of late.
George has made the presentation available through his web site. JMRI - Getting Started

December 5th, 2015 - Thanks to

Dave Mrsny for a very nice presentation on soldering.

Rich Hulsey did a photo presentation from TrainFest at Milwaukee.

Rusty Westermeier presented some results he has had using printed sides for constructing buildings.

Bob Roegge showed one of his new creations at our Dec 5th meeting. Click on the picture to see the photo at higher resolution.

News

It is my sad duty to report that Rich Hulsey passed away yesterday morning, April 11th.

He will be missed greatly.

Richard Hulsey, May 27, 1947 - April 11, 2016

I've added links to various prototype historical/interest societies on the Resources page.
NEW The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc. (NKPHTS) has made its "Modeler's Notebook" available to the public.

I'm attempting to maintain a list of events within the local area (days drive).
-- If you know of an event that should be included please email me the information.