Antelope Valley Model Railroad Club


ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                               4 April 1998
Lancaster, California

Minutes of the April 1998 regular business meeting.


Members present: J. Beasley, J. Beckmann, T. Browning, T. Crawford,
D. Frozina, D. Jameson, E. Jones, H. Morris, and H. Veihdeffer.

Guests present: Mark Browning, Danny Lawson and Bill Shiverdecker.


Meeting was called to order by Mr. Beasley at 2020 hours in the Club car on
the AV Fairgrounds.


Mr. Veihdeffer moved and Mr. Jameson seconded that the reading of the minutes
from the last regular meeting be waived and that they be approved as written.
The motion passed unanimously.


Mr. Frozina reported that four letters were received since the last regular
meeting.  One from the AV Bank (stamp), one from the AV Fair (contact info),
and two from Driver and Associates (yet another binder and renewal notice).


President: Mr. Beasley established the following committees with the following
committee chairs:

    Construction       Mr. Jameson
    Control            Mr. Beasley
    Electrical         Mr. Crawford
    Housekeeping       TBA
    Rolling Stock      Mr. Jones
    Scenery/Structure  Mr. Veihdeffer
    Track              Mr. R. Wetzel

Secretary: Mr. Frozina reported that the April 1998 roster was available.
(Mr. Beasley said we could publish his phone number again.)  Mr. Frozina also
distributed the latest Rolling Stock Standards (but through a mix-up, had
copies of the previous standards, sans mention of Kadee-compatible couplers).
Mr. Frozina also reported on the hits for the new and improved AVMRC web
site; the home page has 224 hits, with the most popular page being that of the
pictures, with 141 hits.

Treasurer: Mr. Crawford presented the 1st Quarter Report.  (See attached.)

Superintendent: Mr. Jameson reported that he had success with the heater.

Publicist: Mr. Beckmann offered to do the announcement mailings for our
upcoming Open House during the 1998 AV Fair to Model Railroader, Model
Railroad Craftsman and Model Railroading.  Mr. Veihdeffer reported that the
letter received from the AV Fair was for current officer contacts.  Both he
and (former member) Tom Hertter were cited.  Mr. Veihdeffer said that he would
correct this in a letter to the Fair.


Control: Mr. Beasley reported that our last two booster units had arrived.

Wiring: Mr. Crawford reported that we were wired!  The DCC buss on the upper
level is complete and that the upper level Tortoises were partially wired.

Construction: Mr. Jameson reported that he will fix the stair railing on the
West end of the car (that was broken by a dumpster).  Mr. Jameson also
suggested that we purchase the paint for the stairs for the Fair workers to

Rolling Stock: Mr. Jones reported at the tech'ing and repair of Club equipment
was progressing well.  Mr. Jones also request that all members remove all of
their personal rolling stock from the layout before our next meeting.

Housekeeping: Mr. Beasley reminded the members to clean up after themselves,
as the ant season will soon be upon us. Mr. Crawford reported that he replaced
a few of the exterior lights.

Scenery/Structures: Mr. Veihdeffer promised that the branch line on the lower
level will be completed by Fair time--scenery included!




Shirts: Mr. Veihdeffer asked that this item be tabled until the next meeting.
There were no objections.

Heater: Mr. Jameson reported that the burners and control valve have been
modified by Delta Propane and have been returned.  We now need to reinstall
them, do some gas piping, then get a propane tank--just time for the warm

Metal Wheels: Mr. Beasley asked that this item be tabled until the next
meeting.  There were no objections.

Insurance: Mr. Crawford reported that our agent was looking for a new carrier,
due to the cost and lack of policy being issued by Driver and Associates.

Walther's Catalog: Mr. Beckmann reported that he had purchased a copy of the
1998 HO catalog for the Club.


Being Open:  Mr. Jameson suggested we be open during other events on the East
Lawn--such as swap meets, etc.  Discussion followed. It was generally agreed
that this was a good idea.

Timesaver Module: Mr. Veihdeffer suggested that we add a timesaver module
to the lower level.  This is the same timesaver module that John Allen
developed and (one of its variations) was published in the old issue of
Model Railroader magazine.  The module is approx. 5' x 10".  Discussion
followed.  It was generally agreed that this was a good idea.

Priorities: Mr. Beasley suggested that we set certain priorities in
preparation for the 1998 Fair.  After some discussion, the following
priorities were established:

   Plexiglass viewing barriers
   Weathering the track
   Completing the Branch Line
   Repairing the West stair railing

and continue with

   Electrical (DCC and Tortoise wiring)




The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, 1 May 1998, at 2000
hours in the Club car.


There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Crawford moved and
Mr. Veihdeffer seconded that we adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed
unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 2131 hours.

Submitted by

Donald J. Frozina

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