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Philip Taylor
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Never assume that the way it is now is the way it has always been
Never assume that the way it is now is the way it has always been

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Great Meeting in Midlothian
Thank you to Keith and Mike for great clinics and Keith and Don for opening their homes to us today.  It was good to see the progress and updates to the layouts and how to put sound in older Kato drive Stewarts while fixing the split gear issue.  It was a g...
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Passing of Chuck Hladik
It is with profound sadness that I have to announce the unexpected passing of Chuck Hladik early on the 4th of July 2018.  Chuck was a valued member and friend of the James River Division and model railroaders in general.  Though Chuck could have a gruff ex...
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Meeting on July 12th Reminder
July 14, 2018— Midlothian , VA   Time: Doors open at 9 a.m. and we start at 9:30 a.m.   Location :  Mt Pisgah United Methodist Churc h Church near old Chesterfield Hobbies site and across from Arby's Clinic  1 : Agriculture on the Move - Keth Pritchard Clin...
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Update on Module Initiative
The module initiative began earlier this year with an ambitious goal of starting an HO modular group and renewing the On30 group.  In line with these goals I ordered with my personal funds an end plate template from the Switching and Sipping Society group i...
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Remembering Railroaders
We as modelers tend to focus on equipment and structures of the railroad as that is what goes on our model railroads.  What we tend to forget is the men and women who work or worked the railroad during the period we model our chosen prototype or freelance. ...
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Operations Day
This past Saturday 10 March 2018 the JRD was treated to two excellent clinics on operations.  The first by Chris Artale on operating without car cards in N Scale which is still applicable to other scales.  Chris opened up his house in the afternoon to see h...
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Something Old Something New in S Scale?
Today saw the arrival of two Ma & Pa kits for engines 41 & 43 made by BTS.  I had these kits previously and sold them with much regret but now I have another set.  These two kits are in S Scale and are just magnificent.  Perhaps someday I will find one or t...
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Passing of a friend and a fixture
This Thanksgiving we lost a fixture of the Richmond Model Rail Community when Mike Trader unexpectedly passed away.  Mike was the constant stretching back to Bob's Hobby Shop and in each new place he was behind the counter with helpful ideas.  He will be so...
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New Innovation, Youth and Growth
We hear so much about the hobby as aging and not appealing to the youth. Today at an operations session of a large layout we having a good time with the normal issues of crowded tracks or aisles and the normal couplers that adjustment.  Several of our opera...
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