Volume 20, Number 10 October, 2017 

"Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station." - Ada Louise Huxtable, Architecture critic and writer

A few months ago, my editorial for the newsletter suggested that “animation” in our layouts might be an interesting addition to an already busy scene. Well, I took
my own advice. As our open house date was rapidly approaching, I took the plunge. It wasn’t much, but I derived some personal pleasure from it.

It started with a scale mill run by a water wheel. The mill came only with a building and a water wheel – pretty simple. While rummaging through some boxes of spare parts, I came across a miniature water pump that was barely a cubic inch in size. We are talking small here. Flow rate was somewhere in the range of nothing to a couple of cups of water per minute, and that was pressing it. The design is about as simplistic as you can get. But it added a new dimension to my layout beyond the movement of trains! I thought it was unique.

Now I’m trying to think of other items that might be simply modified to add that little bit extra. Sound units can give you the illusion of unseen movement such as livestock in a cattle car. Ideas are starting to arise. Where do I stop? I’m having fun playing with trains. No need to stop.

Talking about fun . . . I’m looking forward to October’s presenter, Allan Pantle. Allan is associated with Entertrainment Junction and will be sharing tales of their large-scale railroad. Mark it on your calendar for October 22. See you then.

Keep ‘em running,

1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at the last meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.

3. If you have not already done so, be sure to renew your membership soon.
Jim is asking that you do it now! A renewal form is available here.