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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, 24 Jul 2014 17:27:41 -0400

FCC's Pai: Net Neutrality Debate Is Distraction
Multichannel News
"The irony is we already know that the public-utility model, so beloved by Title II proponents, would deter innovation and drain private investment in broadband," he said. "The U.S. broadband market is a success story worth celebrating. And that ...

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:13:16 -0400

More trains moving oil through BC raise fears of a Lac-Mégantic disaster
A TSB website states that Class 111 cars, an older model deemed susceptible to “product release during accidents”, should meet enhanced protection standards when used to transport flammable liquids. Railway companies should also conduct route ...
Quebec police try to prevent auction of Lac-Megantic's 'train from hell'CTV News
Quebec police try to prevent US auction of Lac-Mégantic locomotiveThe Telegram

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:17:15 -0400

Microbrewer looks to get on board Souderton train station project
Montgomery Newspapers
The only one of the buildings now occupied is the train station, which has the Local restaurant on the first floor and the Logan Model Railroad Club on the second floor. Plans for the train station include moving the restaurant's kitchen and pantry to ...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:35:32 -0400

Modesto Bee

Sweeping oil-by-rail announcements set the stage for Bakken battle
Environment & Energy Publishing
Both proposals shore up tank car designs and outline how shippers can retrofit older-model, DOT-111 cars that have been prone to puncture during accidents. A train hauling crude in DOT-111s derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, last summer, ...
Government proposes to retire older railroad tank cars that transport oilKansas City Star
Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank carsSacramento Bee
Proposed oil train safety rules include lower speeds, improved brakingLos Angeles Times
WAMC -Modesto Bee
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:10:21 -0400

Warner and Kaine praise new rail safety standards
Roanoke Times
The newer models still may be acceptable under the new regulations that emerge. Federal authorities are debating the details of the rail car safety standards. One option calls for a thicker steel shell on the cars, enhanced brakes and rollover guards.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:04:07 -0400

KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest

Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates
KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
There's trains coming in and out. We've got railroad and lumber mills. These parks were called the lungs of the city," McGinnis said. There was a problem, though. City leaders didn't have the money to develop, plant and maintain the parks. So Tacoma ...

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:53:48 -0400

The Morning Download: Role of CIO, Security Chief, May Diverge Amid Rising ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Rather, the streamlining concerns the following: a unified development team; a single “core” on top of which all Windows variants will be built, a unified commerce model and a unified developer platform. Dropbox ... U.S. seeks new rules for rail ...

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:31:33 -0400

New rules proposed for railroad oil shipments
Chicago Tribune
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today proposed new rules on "high-hazard" shipments of crude oil by trains, including a phase-out of older model tank cars that critics contend are unsafe. The department proposed that the older model tank ...

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:11:19 -0400

Rupture-prone oil tanker rail cars would be phased out under proposed new US ...
Kingston Daily Freeman
WASHINGTON >> Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under federal regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including one in the Quebec town ...

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:26:40 -0400

Lac-Megantic's 'train from hell' goes on the auction block
“(We've sold used) locomotives anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000 before . . . It depends on the make and model number and condition, of course.” The cash generated by the auction will help pay back the US$3.7 million owed to MMA's secured creditor, the ...

Railroading in the News

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:06:13 -0400

Skagway-Canada Train Derails; 9 People Slightly Injured
White Pass and Yukon Railroad President John Finlayson tells The Associated Press that the injured are being treated at a clinic in the tourist town of Skagway, about 100 miles northwest of Juneau. Finlayson says railroad crews got power to the train ...
White Pass & Yukon Route Railway train derailed on a tourist trip at the ...eTurboNews
Alaska tourist train derails; injuries reportedUSA TODAY
Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailmentFort Worth Star Telegram

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:52:52 -0400

Railroad's plan to build culverts hits snag in Flowery Branch
Gainesville Times
Norfolk Southern is looking to install two lines of 9-foot-by-9-foot box culverts where Flowery Branch Creek flows under railroad tracks. And it is looking to put one 9-foot-by-9-foot box culvert at a tributary some 250-300 feet south of the creek ...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:19:48 -0400

Two incidents spark reminders of railroad safety
Safety precautions near trains and railroad crossings aren't always at the front of people's minds until something happens. Well, in this case two things have happened here within a very short time. Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to an ...

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:40:55 -0400


Government proposes to retire older railroad tank cars that transport oil
Kansas City Star
The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed on Wednesday a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx ...
DOT proposes sweeping changes for railroad tankersPittsburgh Business Times
Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank carsRavalli Republic
New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train FiresKUOW News and Information

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Men Arrested for Crossing Railroad Bridge
"No one needs to be walking on the railroad tracks whether its crossing the Ohio River, which of course increases the danger because you have no where to go if a train comes along. But even here in town we've had deaths over the years. " The railroad ...

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:35:13 -0400

Colebrookdale Railroad invites public to trial run
Reading Eagle
Nathaniel Guest walked through the Boyertown Rail Yard Wednesday morning, crunching gravel under his shiny black shoes as he went. He tipped his conductor's hat to Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust volunteers and periodically wiped his brow ...

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:16 -0400

WFMZ Allentown

County redevelopment board rejects bids for railroad work
Reading Eagle
The Berks County Redevelopment Authority voted Tuesday afternoon to reject bids it received for a project that is part of the redevelopment of the Colebrookdale Spur Railroad. The authority temporarily owns the 8.6-mile Colebrookdale Spur freight rail ...
Historic Colebrookdale Railroad comes back to lifeWFMZ Allentown
Colebrookdale Railroad ride ends in $200K grant announcementThe Mercury

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:31:33 -0400

New rules proposed for railroad oil shipments
Chicago Tribune
Foxx is also proposing new speed restrictions on so-called "unit trains" that carry more than 20 tank cars of crude oil, a risk assessment of railroad routes along which the trains travel, and higher standards for the classification and testing of ...

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:25:52 -0400

Supreme Court sides with railroad in collision
Washington Times
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Memorial Day parade that led to a traffic jam blocking railroad tracks in a Milwaukee suburb did not amount to a specific hazard that could make the railroad company liable for striking a minivan, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ...
State Supreme Court sides with railroad company in collision with minivan in

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:23:07 -0400

New lawsuits put small railroad money again in jeopardy
The Tennessean
The state's 18 short-line railroads have long depended on a 7 percent sales tax on diesel fuel for locomotives to pay for track maintenance and upgrades. But under challenge from the state's big railroads, that law was struck down last year by a ...

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