2018 SpringRail

The 2018 version of SpringRail will held just down the road from Highland Pacific Railroad headquarters, is at the College Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 8221 College Avenue at Second Ave., Whittier, the City of Trees (Directions: 2018 SpringRail). Our own James Keena is conference chair for this ;popular gathering of model railroad intelligentsia.. 

Registration begins at 7 AM and is $20 for NMRA members, $25 non-members. The Swap Meet begins at the same time where members buy no longer wanted model railroad gear.

Morning donuts and coffee included free although donations are accepted (cash, not used model railroad equipment). A pizza lunch is free if you enter a model into the model contest; otherwise the lunch cost is $7.

The flyer below provides additional details. 

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Scenery Upgrades Proceed Apace

 Gerry overlooks his recent handiwork. 

Gerry overlooks his recent handiwork. 

The past couple of months have seen a burst of color on the west side of layout from Bayshore to Deka siding. The most recent revitalization was to the area around West End Yard up past Bayshore Valley Traction Station to the west.

Gerry Willis is the groundskeeper on this project. You can see how much brighter the scenery upgrade has made the layout in the photo at the right. Notice the better-defined path leading to the steps up to the bridge and trolley station. The greens are more vivid no doubt enhanced by the newly replaced trees. 

Some of the new trees here and along the layout edge near Bayshore are from Gerry's own layout that he had when living in Reno. Other materials come from the stock of scenery supplies that have been hidden in various parts of the club rooms for many years. The new and repurposed materials used in this project look so much better because they are not covered by a patina of 50 years of model railroad dust.

Come on down and check Gerry's work. He will give you a personalized tour of the newly renovated areas. Keep moving or he will give you a tree to plant. 

Jack Ross Joins Up

 Jack Ross

Jack Ross

My Name is Jack Ross. I am 37, married, and I have an 8 year old daughter. I have lived in Southern California my entire life. 

I got interested in trains when I was 11. When I moved to Azusa from Pasadena, my parent's bought a house 2 blocks away from the Santa Fe mainline. I loved hearing the sounds of the trains as they went by so I started reading about them in school. 

I started collecting HO scale models shortly after and have been active with the hobby ever since. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with anything train related and own a decent collection of HO scale model trains. 

I model mainly 90's era Southern Pacific, but also have some "freelanced" modern Pacific Electric models.

Jack joins us as a Probationary Member and looks forward to being a member of the finest model railroad club in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Welcome Jack!

 

He's Back for a Return Engagement: Gerry Willis is Our Newest Active Member

 Gerry Willis

Gerry Willis

No stranger to the HP, Gerry Willis returned to club membership following a teaching career in Nevada and Sacramento. An early member from 1973-1984, he remembered stringing block wire and throwing plaster around Pinehurst when trains could be seen from cab one.

Currently the band director at Duarte High School, he is an accomplished conductor and composer for public schools, universities and professional orchestras. Further, Gerry has composed music for several computer games.

Most importantly, he is an avid fan of the Rio Grande railroad, and looks forward to running his cars with new metal wheel sets that pass inspection. We all look forward seeing to his aging equipment that runs without derailing.

Gerry Willis was (re)voted in as an Active Member of Society at the January 2018 Quarterly Business Meeting. Welcome back Gerry!

New Videos Added

The Videos page of the club's Web site has recently been refreshed and a number of new videos have been added. Videos included feature action on or about the club's large and eminently accessible layout. 

Ray Olesen, long-time member and recent retiree from Amtrak, has become the club's unofficial documentarian of Highland Pacific Railroad Annual Open House. There are now 8 videos that document the club's Open Houses back to 2010. 

Check them out on the Videos page.

Full Timetable Operations Scheduled for January 31st

Calling all Highland Pacific Crew and Guests ...

 Van Facko, Founding Member

Van Facko, Founding Member

Reminder that Wednesday, January 31, 2018 is again a 5th Wednesday of the month and is the Quarterly Railroad Operation Session. We will begin scheduled operations at 8:00 P.M.

Come by early for orientation on the Rights of Trains and to begin assembling trains in the yards. We will utilize Time Table No. 10 for mainline operations.  There will be plenty of trains to run over the railroad with extras added to the dispatchers train line up and local operations via the Blue Island, Doring, and Pinehurst locals. Also available will be Commuter lines, both Metrolink and Bayshore Valley Traction running from Bayshore to Del Mar.

There are yard positions available at Bayshore, Vista Yard, West End Yard, Roundhouse and Delmar Passenger Terminal.  Yard operators will be assembling trains for departures and receiving incoming trains with cars that will need to switched out for the local deliver. 

Both DC and DCC locomotives will be used in the operating session utilizing the block control assignments.

Timetable No. 10 can be downloaded here (click anywhere on the green text).  Timetable 10 is based upon a train line up prepared by Van Facko, one of the Club's founding members. Copies will be available at the operating session.

Future Operating Session for this year will be on May 30, August 29, and October 31, 2018. Mark your calendar.

James Keena
Paymaster

HPRR Annual Banquet Set for January 13

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Come one, come all, but come.

The Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. will hold its Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 13, 2018 beginning at 6 PM, at the Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Click this for directions from the club to the restaurant.

Dinner will cost $25/person; pay your share to James Keena, Paymaster before the banquet.

Thanks to Steve and Holly Smith for organizing the banquet again. 

Photo of HPRR Doodlebug Wins Photo Award

 Doodlebug at Bayshore

Doodlebug at Bayshore

A miniature picture of Doodlebug at Bayshore has won an Honorable Mention Award for Arie Korporaal. The miniatiue print, mounted on an easel, won the award in the Photography category at the Whittier Art Gallery Miniature Show. 

Arie has won awards in the same show 3 years in a row, all images were taken on the club's layout and feature Bayshore Depot, Greely Diesel Facility, and this of James Keena's HPRR Doodlebug. 

Open House is Around the Bend

Make it a model railroad grand tour next weekend. 

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The Highland Park Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Inc., operators of the Mighty Highland Pacific Railroad, will be hosting their 69th Annual Open House on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M.

Start at the Highland Pacific Railroad and take in some or all of these events on the same weekend:

  • Arnie's Trains will have their anniversary event on Saturday, November 4, 2017. This is co-sponsored by the Cajon, Los Angeles and San Diego Divisions of the NMRA.
  • The Santa Susana Train Depot will have their swap meet the morning of Saturday, November 4th.
  • Glendale Mode Railroad Club will also have an open house the same weekend.
  • The La Mesa Model Railroad Club has their November on "Tehachapi Operation Event" the same weekend.

Lots to pick and chose from. Make it a family day at the railroad!

--James Keena, Reporter