Narrow Trak 12
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Great Weekend
Last Friday and Saturday I attended the Narrow Trak 12 meet. This is an annual model railroading narrow gauge and logging convention in Transylvania Co., NC. It’s not very big .. but was fun. Mostly clinics.
Clinics
MMR Ben Bartlett’s clinic was on Constructing a Laser Kit. He used Motrak Models’ HO Scale MOW Shed as an example, covering basic construction methods.
Johnny Graybeal gave clinics on the Eastern Tennessee & Western N.C. RY and Steam Shovels of the Narrow Gauge;Matt Baumgarner talked about the Ritter Lumber Co., in Mortimer, N.C.; Gordon Fewster gave clinics on Small Control Panels and Scenery; Yvonne McCall-Dickson on the Carr Lumber Company (interesting in that the buildings had been right outside where the convention took place); Jerry Ledford on Western Carolina Logging.
Tom Yorke gave a clinic on Working with Balsa-Foam
Models
Dioramas
Ha. There were only two .. my clinic model and the one from Tom York. He’s building a Gn18 operating diorama. This is the first part of it (his clinic on carving balas-foam was on the entrance).
Motive Power
The large tank engine in On18 was from Tom York; I believe the two ‘home builds’ were also by him and in On18. The other two engines were both HO. The one with the powered pulleys (they DO have a name .. I just forget what you call them) was very nice as was the Climax. I believe they were by the same person but managed to not get it which is a shame as they were very well done. The smallest was the Nn3 Shay shown with the penny. This had a note that it was produced using RP (Rapid Production .. aka .. 3D printing). Again .. I didn’t manage to find out who did that .. would have liked to talk to him about it.
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Retired from the Army in 2006. Served during Vietnam - 1969-1972 as as 72B - Communications Center Specialist (Teletype Operator). Got out .. and went back in 1987 as a 19K - Armor Vehicle Crewman - (M1/M1A1 tanker) getting out in Korea in 1999. Went into the Reserves .. got mobilized in 2001 .. stayed active until my retirement with 20 years in 2006.

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