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This months meeting was held at Fred's home. Mike, Fred, Sven, Matt, Mark, Gary, Jim, George and special guest Murphy were all present.
The first order of business was the Verde Canyon Railroad trip. All were in favor of planning the trip and as Mark was not at last months meeting, he was selected to see if there are any special pricing and/or events we could use. Mike brought up that this trip we would include families so they could have some fun and maybe find common interests themselves. As Sven mentioned both his wife and Fred's share sewing. So, with that the puns to keep us in stitches started flying. None of us should ever think of leaving their day jobs. Fred confirmed that the CAF will host November's meeting and he would have a docent available to give us a tour. Everyone is looking forward to that meeting. We had an open meeting in July. Mike decided he would host so we could work on the ballasting on the one side of the layout. Although Mike will set up the sections inside we decided to have the meeting early at 10 AM. Jim went to the Santa Fe Modelers convention in Albuquerque went very well and he saw some very nice layouts. He should have pictures for us to see next month. Meeting was adjourned and it was time for DCC stuff.
Well, Murphy's cousin, 'the best laid plans' started the day with Fred's Decoder Pro system not ready. OK, we can program on Fred's layout. Mark had a pair of Atlas S2 locomotives that he wanted looked at but Murphy had other plans. Mark's locomotive started up, revved up but would not go. A try on a separate test track showed the locomotive was working. The test track would not read the MRC decoders so no luck. We tried two more locomotives including a brand new out of the box BLI ATSF steam locomotive. That would not even work on the test track. Either the Digitrax system did not like our locomotives or his Great Northern layout does not like foreign road power. We all did get a good laugh as we have all seen this happen to others in the club trying to do the same. Fred does have a very nice layout.
Our next meeting will be July 20 at Mike's home.
If you live in the Phoenix metro area, and would be interested in attending our next meeting, just send an E-mail to our President, Mike Janik .
August 17 - George's Prescott Valley home
September 20 - Mike's home - Railfair set up
October 12 - 13 - Railfair
November 16 - Commemorative Air Force Falcon Field Mesa AZ
December 14 - Christmas breakfast (tentative)
A reminder: You are never too old to have a happy childhood.
President - Mike Janik
Vice President - Gary Ray
Secretary/Treasurer - Mark J. Redmond
President Emeritus - Matt Furze
We are a round-robin club. We do not have a permanent home - but rather we move from members house to members house on a monthly basis. We share our knowledge and experience with one another, displaying and critiquing each others model making, view prototype train videos, help each other in building our home layouts - laying track, wiring, building scenery and running the trains in a prototype manner. We also go rail fanning on the two transcontinental main lines as well as the dozen or so short lines in Arizona.
The club has a portable modular layout. This layout is a working layout that is run at model railroading events like the city of Scottsdale's annual Railfair event. Work is normally done at these events to show both a running of trains and a demonstration of how to work on a layout providing visitors with help building their own layout.
Annual dues for the club are $20 per year.
Ponderosa North - Goals & Objectives
The PNMRRC participates in the many public model railroad shows and exhibitions in our state. One of our main goals is to inform the public about the great hobby of model railroading. In this capacity, we put on frequent demonstrations of how to build a model railroad - from bench work and wiring, to track layout design, to building structures and scenery to operating the miniature empire. Our members practice their craft in both HO and N scales. Most of our members are also members of the Arizona Division of the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), and several of our members have been officers or volunteers in the NMRA.
If you live in the Phoenix area and are interested in joining our group, just drop some E-mail to our President Mike Janik.
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These were the 3 previous logos used by the Ponderosa North. The 3 were meant to cover different eras in railroading. The ribbon logo was used in the steam era. The round logo used in the diesel transition era. The right logo was the modern logo which started being used around the 1970's -80's. At one time club member had decals of all 3 and used them on their own layouts.
A while back we ran out of decals. The copies of the logos we did have were not good enough to use as masters to make more and of those in use, the club favored the first logo design. I contacted a friend of mine, Mark Albers, who had designed my railroad logo and another business logo, to help me redo the club logo so we could have new masters. Well, he did that and added some color. After a vote of club members at Railfair 2002 we are proud to announce the new and improved Ponderosa North Model Railroad Club Logo...
This logo could be used today as many companies have gone to a retro look but with updated features.