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    Today I attended the (very successful) Northeast Fallen Flags Railroad Prototype Modelers meet in High Bridge, New Jersey. I'd guesstimate that there were 60 or 70 attendees at the gathering which was held in a pleasant space on the second floor of the fire house there. For more info and a list of the presenters and vendors, here is the group's website:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/neffrpm/

    The Itallian buffet luncheon was surprisingly good and all the presenters were right on the mark. I particularly enjoyed Dave Goessling's talk on the history of railroading in the High Bridge area. The now sleepy country community was once a bustling railroad town.

    Here's a shot of about half the room--



    About 10 people brought models to display (all were HO.) Here are a couple that I especially liked by Wayne Sittner--



    and



    I wore my NSS cap to the show today. At one point Sam Reynolds, who I've never met before, came over to me and said, "What's a National Speleological Society member doing at a show like this? (!) Turned out that Sam is a fellow retired caver. He's originally from Indiana and did most of his serious caving there and in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky. (Most of my caving career was spent in west Virginia.) Funny thing is, I know several cavers who are either railfans or modelers. Wonder what the connection is?

    Since Speedwitch Media had been listed as a vendor I hoped that Ted Culotta would attend the meet. I have really enjoyed his excellent RMC articles but never met him. Ted did show up and we chewed the fat for a while. Here are a couple of models he had on display--



    and



    When I later went over to take a picture of Ted, whom should he be chatting with but RMC editor Bill Schaumburg! So here's a shot of Ted and Bill--



    I'm really sorry that some of my RR-Line buddies couldn't make it to the show today. It was fun.

    -Dave
    -Dave

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    Dave;

    Maybe the connection between cave explorers and model railroaders is that saying. You know the one about the light at the end of the tunnel being a locomotive.[:-bulb]

    Great pictures by the way. :up:

    Looks like you had a great time.

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    • #3
      Nice pictures of the freight cars and diesel loco. I’m sure you had a great time. I’ve been to a couple RPM meets, and loved them.

      George
      "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh

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      • #4
        Some great models Dave, especially my favorite loco, the FA!! And favorite railroad, the B&O (boxcar). Two very nicely done models. Thanks for the review. Wish we had those kind of activities around here but for the most part, Michigan has never been a real hotspot for railroading since are a peninsula, a really big one, but still, it is one!!
        Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!



        Andy Keeney

        Dewitt, MI

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        • #5
          Dave,

          Sounds like you had a great time for sure! I would have liked to met in person Bill and Ted, but sadly work has gone back to 6 days again. I also understand Jim Harr was there from Stella models.

          Perhaps we can drag you off on a NMRA division meet soon, and there also is the possibility of a "meet and greet" for the "joisey gang".

          Good job on the Photos Dave! :up: :up: I really enjoyed the nice work on the rolling stock and diesel.
          ~Jeff

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          • #6
            So sorry to miss the Fallen Flags meet, but a long planned golf tournament got in the way. Next year I hope they fall on separate weekends.

            Eric

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by snarlman


              Dave,

              ...I would have liked to met in person Bill and Ted, but sadly work has gone back to 6 days again. I also understand Jim Harr was there from Stella models...


              Yes, Jim Harr was one of the organizers of the meet. He posted a message this morning on the NEFFRPM website thanking all who made the meet a success:

              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/neffrpm/message/61
              Jim, who I just met on Saturday, runs Stella Scale Models out of High Bridge. He was also one of the vendors at the show as well and I especially liked his little resin Martins Creek Station with the concrete block walls. Here's a cropped version of Jim's photo of it:



              In Jim's message you'll notice that he mentions my photos in this thread, so maybe some of the NEFFRPM guys will discover our forum over here.

              -Dave
              -Dave

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              • #8
                I found an additional photo that I took Saturday of one of Wayne Sittner's excellent models, a CNJ RS-3--



                Another Alco unit for Andy to enjoy.
                Man!-- I used to watch those stinkpots as a kid here in NJ!
                I took the model photos with my Kodak Z710 in available light, using the table for bracing. The closeup setting on this camera allows for a minimum distance of 4.7". All the pix were shot at the camera's smallest size-- 1.9 MP; way big enough for internet posting. Cropping, resizing, and lighting adjustments were done in Thumbs Plus.

                -Dave
                -Dave

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                • #9
                  Love that one too, Dave!![^] Never enough Alco pics!!! Thanks!
                  Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!



                  Andy Keeney

                  Dewitt, MI

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