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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, 31 Jul 2014 12:54:46 -0400

Letter: Nifty start to Nifty Fifties fundraising
Elko Daily Free Press
Hot Rod – donor level: Canyon Construction Company, Genesis Home Health, Model A Car Club, Morroders Car Clu, Nevada Youth Training Center (for five great carnival games and manpower), Raley's Elko, Red Lion, Elko Boys and Girls Club (for our dunk tank ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:01:10 -0400

What's happening Thursday in the north valley
High Sierra Model Railroad Club: 6-10 p.m. 3650 Morrow Lane. New members welcome. Joe Clark, 342-4305. Weekly. Also Tuesdays. Paradise Cribbage Club: 6:30 p.m. American Cribbage Congress Rules apply. $7 per session; first two weeks free.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:14:50 -0400


Railroading in miniature in Appalachia
The trains still roll through Appalachia, just not as frequently as in years past. "Railroading and coal mining, that's what's been our livelihood for years here," says Larry Jackson with the Lonesome Pine Model Railroad Club. And it's railroading that ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:05:44 -0400

Editorial: Cliff's notes on the hole story
Kingman Daily Miner
"Yeah, they reopened it in the 1960s when the underground railroad that ended here helped people get away from Mao and communist China." ... Bergdahl, to those people, is a role model, a soldier who did what they would do if they were in uniform. •••

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:32:21 -0400

'Touch-A-Truck' rolls into Madison this Saturday
New Jersey Hills
Families will view working Lionel “O gauge” model trains, shown in an authentic 1928 railroad baggage car, along with a 1928 training safety car and a working Morristown & Erie diesel locomotive. “Touch-A-Truck” will keep families happily entertained ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:02:18 -0400

Study looks at options to ease traffic on North Harrison Avenue in downtown Cary
Cary News
In the short term, Cary could reduce traffic backups by working with the railroad companies, including Amtrak, to make slight tweaks to their current operations. For instance, sometimes the protective railroad crossing arms are activated to block ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:38:12 -0400

Usain Bolt in controversy at Commonwealth Games
Yahoo Sports
A model with a tattoed face, the new hashtag singlies and a life hack that will teach you how to make sure your wine is always cold without getting watery. In a world of too much ... Two women narrowly escape death on railroad tracks Now watching Up next.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:06:59 -0400


Oil on the Iron Road
U.S. News & World Report
The deal would order older tank cars, model DOT-111, off the tracks or into workshops for safety upgrades. There are approximately 94,000 of them currently in operation, according to the Railway Supply Institute. Approximately 39,000 are used to carry ...
Hell On Wheels: Exploding Oil-Carrying Trains Endanger Unsuspecting CitizensHuffington Post

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:01:52 -0400

American Legion hosts pig roast and music Sunday afternoon
Watch for Hobart's annual Model Railroad Swap & Sell Meet to be held this year Sept. 6. Now in its 25th year, organizer Ron Jackson reports that the proceeds still benefit the Hobart F.O.P. 121 Vest Fund. Contact Ron at 420 N. Ohio St., Hobart, IN ...

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:03:32 -0400


Warren Buffett Really Likes Oil Trains — Despite the Explosions
Railroads were quick to step into the breach, loading oil into just about any tank cars they could get their hands on, including a notorious model, the DOT-111, that federal safety investigators have been flagging as being unsafe for transporting ...

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Railroading in the News

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:59:59 -0400

Anchorage Daily News

Railroad says switch failure caused derailment in Southeast Alaska
Anchorage Daily News
When their ship docked in Skagway on July 23, they planned to take the historic White Pass & Yukon Route railroad across the Alaska-Canada border and into Fraser in British Columbia. When they arrived, Kratz said, the family was supposed to go on an ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:42:09 -0400

Port executive asking railroad for better service
His objective is to remind BNSF — the major rail connection between Pacific Northwest ports, the markets of the Midwest and the wheat fields of the Dakotas, Montana and Eastern Washington — not to give the region's ports short shrift in the railroad ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:23:27 -0400

KCCI Des Moines

Railroad Rescue Cart Helping To Save Lives In Clinton
It only takes 15 minutes to get a patient to an ambulance with this railroad cart, otherwise first responders would have had to hike two miles this Monday, carrying a teenager who fell down the bluff. "We've seen people with punctured lungs, broken ...
Teen who fell 80 feet found along railroad tracksKCCI Des Moines

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:51 -0400

Tighter Scrutiny Needed for Railroad Disability Claims, GAO Says
Roll Call (blog)
The Railroad Retirement Board, which administers the retirement and disability system for railroad workers and dates back to the 1930s, paid $276 million in disability benefits to nearly 13,000 beneficiaries in fiscal year 2012. But the Government ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:28:57 -0400

2 women narrowly escape death on Indiana railroad trestle
Chicago Tribune
A video of the women's brush with death was released this week by the Indiana Rail Road Co., along with a warning about the consequences of people trespassing on its tracks. "Not only did two trespassers narrowly escape a horrible death, but had the ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:57:19 -0400


WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks
NPR (blog)
"The person who first saw the trespassers was the engineer in the lead locomotive of a northbound, 14,000-ton Indiana Rail Road (INRD) freight train traveling at 30 mph. Imagine, if you will, rounding a curve just before a 500-foot-long, 80-foot-high ...
2 women narrowly escape death on railroad tracksIndianapolis Star
Two women became trapped on an 80-foot-high Indiana railroad bridgeNewsday
2 women narrowly escape death on IN railroad -KOMO News
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:06:41 -0400

Video: Terrified women meet train on railroad bridge
Contra Costa Times
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana when a freight train surprised them as they walked along the tracks. The incident happened just before ...

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:15:34 -0400

WATCH: Women escape death after diving under train on railroad bridge
MONREO COUNTY, IN — Two women narrowly escaped death after facing down a train earlier this month. On July 10, the women were walking on the railroad tracks on the Shuffle Creek Trestle, a bridge over Lake Lemon about ten miles northeast of ...

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:48:53 -0400

WRTV Indianapolis

UNBELIEVABLE VIDEO: Train runs over women attempting to cross railroad ...
WRTV Indianapolis
Indiana Rail Road Company Manager of Intermodal and Economic Development Eric Powell said just before 7 a.m. on July 10, a train was headed northeast in Monroe County, approaching Lake Lemon (see our map below) when the train's engineer saw two ...

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:04:49 -0400

Iowa City Press Citizen

Fire Destroys Massey Station Railroad Bridge
DUBUQUE, Iowa — A railroad bridge near Massey Station in Dubuque County is considered a total loss after a fire heavily damaged the structure Monday. According to a news release from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, the fire at the bridge, located ...
Railroad bridge 'total loss' after blazeDubuque Telegraph Herald
Authorities: Fire destroys railroad bridge in IowaWGEM

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