Antelope Valley Model Railroad Club


ANTELOPE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB                               12 June 1998
Lancaster, California

Minutes of the June 1998 regular business meeting.


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

Guest present: Norm Schultz.


Meeting was called to order by Mr. Beasley at 2029 hours in the Club car on
the AV Fairgrounds.


After some discussion, Mr. Veihdeffer moved and Mr. Jones 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 we received one letter, which was from the AV Bank


Secretary: Mr. Frozina reported that the total hits on our web site home page
was 463.  The most popular section, with a total of 284 hits, were the

Treasurer: Mr. Crawford reported that we still have funds.


Construction: Mr. Crawford reported for Mr. Jameson that we spent $135.94
for 3, 4'x8', 1/8" Plexiglas sheets.  We were able to get a good discount
from Palmdale Glass & Mirror through our contact there, Jennifer.  We will
display their sign during this year's Fair for their assistance.  The stairs
and the masonite backdrops are our remaining priorities before the Fair.

Track: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that Mr. R. Wetzel installed 2 switches leading
to the mine on the lower level.  Mr. Beasley reported the he donated 10, 3'
sections of Atlas Flextrack and the he has been working on the lower yard lead
and caboose track.  Mr. Crawford reported that on one Wednesday session he
smelled burning plastic (see what stop smoking can do!).  Seems one of the
drop lights did just that -- drop! -- right on the inner track on top of the
helix!  That section of track now needs to be replaced.

Wiring: Mr. Crawford reported that all power buss and control wiring was
complete.  Great job Tom!

Control: Mr. Beasley reported that we received a couple of sections of the
10' coiled cord for the handheld throttles and that he would call Tony (of
Tony's Train Exchange) about the remainder.  (We still need to return the 2
PBB units and the 30' of flat cord.)

Rolling Stock: Mr. Jones reported that all our Athearn SD 40-T2 "Tunnel
Motors" are RTR.  The tanks of the tank train still need massive rework.

Scenery/Structures: Mr. Veihdeffer reported that the mountain was almost
done -- much of it has been painted and textured.  Mr. Veihdeffer also
suggested a name for this section of scenery -- Old Rock Gorge -- since some
of the old rockwork from the old layout was recycled.

Housekeeping: Mr. Crawford reported that the halogen bulbs on the South side
of the car went out again, and it was decided that when our spare halogen
bulbs we used up, we'd replace the fixtures with incandescent ones.




Shirts: Item tabled.

Heater: Item tabled.

Metal Wheels: Item tabled.

Insurance: Mr. Crawford reported that this item was in progress.

Timesaver Module: Item tabled.

Backdrop: Item tabled.

Ground Throws: Mr. Jones reported that he ordered 50 Caboose Industries ground
throws, 50 were received and 47 are now at the Club.  Mr. Crawford reported
that he paid Mr. Jones his the monies due.

Double Crossover: Mr. Beasley reported that Mr. R. Wetzel put it the double
crossover on the upper level an that it was functional -- including Tortoises.

House Cleaning: Mr. Jones reported that, even though he was unable to attend,
that the members who showed up for the car cleanup on 9 May 1998 did a "nice


Naked Wood: Mr. Veihdeffer thought that we should paint the fascia of layout.
Discussion followed as to what color to use.  It was decided that we'd paint
the facia Pullman Green (well, any dark green).  Mr. Veihdeffer moved and
Mr. Beasley seconded that we allocate $20.00 for the materials necessary.
The motion passed unanimously.  (Mr. Veihdeffer will take an Athearn "Pullman
Green" heavyweight passenger car to get its color matched.)

Ballast: Mr. Veihdeffer also thought we should decide on the ballast colors
we'll be using.  It was decided that for the upper level we'll use 3 parts
gray to 1 part green ballast, to simulate SP ballast colors here in the
Antelope Valley.  For the lower level we'll use 3 parts gray to 1 part red
ballast, to simulate SF ballast colors in the Cajon Pass.  Mr. Jones mentioned
that bulk ballast cost more per quantity that individually packaged ballast.

Business Card Train: Mr. Frozina moved and Mr. Veihdeffer seconded that
we allocate $50.00 for the purchase of 10 bulkhead flat cars for a proposed
business card train.  Each car of said train will hold 2 business cards of
a business willing to donate $25.00 toward the Club.  Said train will run
continuously during the Fair.  The motion passed unanimously.

Reverse Loops: Mr. Veihdeffer moved and Mr. Morris seconded that we add a
reverse loop from the upper layout into the helix and from the lower part of
the layout into the helix.  The motion passed on a vote of 5 "yea" and
1 "nay".  Mr. "Nay" Beasley mentioned that Lenz had an automatic reverse loop
module, the LK100, for around $50.00/each.

Scenery Budget: Mr. Crawford moved and Mr. Veihdeffer seconded that the
purchase of scenery material be like the purchase of electrical supplies --
"If you need it, you get it".  The motion passed unanimously.

Club Logo Caps: Mr. Morris found a local place that would do baseball-style
caps with our logo for about $3.00/each.  We might be able to sell them for
$5.00/each (or you get one if you donate $5.00).  Mr. Morris to return with
more info next meeting.

Donations: After much discussion, it was the consensus of the members to
leave the suggested donation at $0.50/person for this year's Fair.


July 4th at the Loop: To be, or not to be, that is the question!


The next regular business meeting will be on Friday, 10 July 1998, at 2000
hours in the Club car.


There being no further business or discussion, Mr. Veihdeffer moved and
Mr. Crawford seconded that we adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed
unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 2137 hours.

Submitted by

Donald J. Frozina

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