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It’s time for the 2nd Annual Sunshine Region, Hands On Clinic Joint Meet.
June 6-8, 2014

At the Hilton Garden Inn in Lake Buena Vista
The hotel is conveniently located between Exit 66 on I-4 and the Beach Line Expressway.
11400 Marbella Palm Ct.
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 239-9550
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We’ve changed the format slightly and added more clinics.  Attendees will have a choice of 2 hands on clinics in the morning and a choice of 2 hands on clinics in the afternoon.  For those modelers not interested in a hands on clinic we also have 5 traditional lecture clinics on the schedule.  Or mix it up and do one hands on clinic and some lecture clinics from our exciting group of clinicians.  You’re sure to learn a lot, have a great time and go home inspired for your next modeling project!
We’re also offering the one everyone’s been waiting for, Up Close and Personal Decoder Programming with JMRI’s Decoder Pro.  Yes, a hands on JMRI clinic so plan on bringing your laptop.  This clinic is strictly limited to 8 people.  To meet anticipated demand the JMRI clinic will be offered twice that day.  And if you bring your laptop, there will be a special presentation of the current state of Railroad Simulators available for the rail fan.  Today’s simulators have very realistic physics incorporated and are real time operating sessions for a single person or in a multi user session in a group.  Find out what it takes to get started in this fascinating part of the hobby.

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The next Sunshine Region Board of Directors Meeting will be on Sunday June 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM
at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lake Buena Vista,
11400 Marbella Palm Ct.
Orlando, FL 32836

Don't forget to check out upcoming events in Sunshine Region on our calendar.

Model Railroading in the News

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:33:55 -0400

Lafayette police blotter for April 17, 2014
The Advocate
Martin was the sole occupant of the older model truck and was chased on foot by a Carencro police officer for several blocks before getting away, Stout said. Arrests posted Apr. ... SEABORN BRYAN: 27, of the 100 block of Old Railroad Road, Erath. He ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:54:47 -0400

KQED (blog)

BART Unveils New Train Car
KQED (blog)
BART unveiled its “Fleet of the Future” train cars on Wednesday, inviting the public to tour a model train in downtown San Francisco. The car was greeted with mixed reviews. The most pointed criticism came from riders with disabilities, who argued that ...
BART Gives Public A Look At 'Fleet Of The Future' For 1st TimeCBS Local
See BART's New Train Cars At Justin Herman Plaza TodayThe San Francisco Appeal

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:48 -0400

Santa Barbara Independent

CA Coastal Commission Approves Paradiso del Mare Project
Santa Barbara Independent
It is going to set the model.” Commission member Jeff Duclos echoed Zimmer's comments. “This [project] is a harbinger of things to come that could change what is a rural character into an urban setting and that to me is a substantial issue,” he said ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:42:28 -0400

Community Calendar
New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
Play Macomb's Gratiot Valley Engineers model train hitching game 10:30 a.m. April 21 at the Washington Life Center, 403 N. Mary, Marine City; R.S.V.P. to 810-765-3523 for 12-2 p.m. free hearing screenings April 28, how to protect hearing given 10 a.m ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:38:44 -0400

Forensic linguistics study names Nick Szabo as author of original bitcoin paper
That declaration was met with immediate skepticism from the bitcoin community and an outright denial from the model train-loving man they identified. Now, research from Aston University in the U.K. has identified a possible new creator of the original ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:25:20 -0400

Show 'n Shine
U-T San Diego
Free, donations accepted. Old street cars on display, large model railroad, pristine museum exhibits and more. The building is a state historic landmark, the former general offices of the California Southern Railroad. Info: (619) 474-4400 and www.sdera ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:19:23 -0400

Jack & Susan take their last bow from “Talk Around Town”
Northbrook Star
“She's a good role model,” said Susan's daughter, Elizabeth Carrington, 26, a Wisconsin railroad industry civil engineer. “She was successful in her career but she also committed a lot of time to her community.” Of her mother's poise: “It taught me to ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:14:47 -0400

Central hosts Railroad Festival on April 26
Greenville News
Also open for free tours will be the Central Railway Museum, which features a large HO-scale model railroad layout complete with cities, towns and landscapes found in the region more than a half century ago. The museum also houses the Heritage Room, ...

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:21:36 -0400

Around Town: Model railroad enthusiasts propose idea for abandoned east ...
Naples Daily News
A group of enthusiastic railroad train hobbyists have a terrific idea on how to use it and are joining together to make the idea a reality. The major starting point would be something similar to the Minatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, the third ...

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:14:54 -0400

BART invites public to tour model train car
Progressive Rail Roading
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will hold several events this month and next to allow the public to walk through a model train car that will represent the agency's new "Fleet of the Future." The model will be displayed at 10 events to be held April 16 ...

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Railroading in the News

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:22:09 -0400

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Railroads: Most freight train track won't have safety technology by ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
WASHINGTON — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday. The ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:57:06 -0400

Quiet Zone railroad project underway in Montgomery
Township residents and commuters who travel County Route 601 will soon see a newly redesigned railroad crossing that will enhance safety and is expected to lead to a “quiet zone” designation that will reduce train-horn noise. “This project will provide ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:51:33 -0400

Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield
biz bridge 1.jpg. The remainder of a temporary bridge over Route 20 in West Springfield can be seen in this April 15 photo in the background as work over the railroad tracks continues. The permanent bridge is now open. (The Republican / Michael S. Gordon).

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:49:28 -0400

Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, SpongeBob to visit Tweetsie Railroad during ...
Tweetsie Railroad, dubbed North Carolina's first theme park, is open for its 58th season. The Wild West-themed park in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers amusement rides, gold panning, animals at its Deer Park, train rides, live shows and a Western town.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:50:35 -0400

Want to run a railroad? Here's your chance.
The Patriot-News
Want to run a railroad? Here's your chance. train engine.jpg. The SEDA Joint Railroad Authority is expected to seek proposals from anyone seeking to run a group of short line railroads, including the Lycoming Valley railroad. Print · John Beauge ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:14:47 -0400

Central hosts Railroad Festival on April 26
Greenville News
The Central Railroad Festival will pull into historic downtown Central from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 with music, food, arts and crafts, and festivities for all ages. city of central with train_DSC4402.JPG. The Central Railroad Festival will have free ...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:08:23 -0400

Wall Street Journal (blog)

CSX Railroad Expects Modest 2014 Profit Growth
ABC News
Officials with the railroad said on a conference call Wednesday that the improving economy and stronger domestic utility demand for coal will boost CSX's earnings in the second half of this year and in 2015. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad had ...
Winter Took its Toll on the Achilles' Heel of American RailroadsWall Street Journal (blog)

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:22 -0400

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Canada Is Strong-Arming These Railroad Companies
Motley Fool
Grain companies, at risk of not being able to get their product to customers because of a massive railroad bottleneck, have pressured the Canadian government to issue emergency measures and introduce legislation that would force the two railways to ...
Buffalo getting impatient with old No. 9 (and 10, and 11 ...)Minneapolis Star Tribune
Federal Suit Focuses on Toxic Chemical Safety on MN RailwaysLegal Examiner

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10:40 -0400

Deadline set for claims against bankrupt railroad
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Creditors who are owed money following a deadly train derailment and Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the railroad have two months to file a claim. Bankruptcy judges in the U.S. and Canada have agreed on a June 13 deadline for claims ...

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:10 -0400

Dallas Morning News

Railroad-tracks safety emphasized in new campaign
Lynchburg News and Advance
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Railroads are launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of being near train tracks after a spike in rail deaths last year. Recent tragedies in Central Virginia underscore the potentially catastrophic power of locomotives ...
Railroads defend secrecy as accidents raise concernsDallas Morning News
Jump in fatal train accidents prompts national safety campaignCronkite News
Despite rise in spills, hazardous cargo rides rails in

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