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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sort of Minutes - January Membership Meeting

In the absence of Larry who was home with a bad cold, the following is a general outline of the Tuesday night meeting.
*Chair/Treas. Don could hardly handle all the money flowing in as 2017 dues. He updated the treasury total several times as members arrived with cash in hand. When arrivals settled down he announced the kitty total as $1200.00 with 2 dues yet to be collected. This does not include the rent for the 1st quarter which he had in his shirt pocket. Since Ralph was unable to attend this meeting, Don will pay the rent. Jim F. suggested we should consider paying the whole year's rent so that we have an accurate picture of funds for alterations and upgrades. No action was taken on this suggestion.
*Jim F. wondered about upgrading our Digitrax Command Station with the recently announced DCS210 Evolution Advanced Station with a one button reset if and when they can be purchased
separately from the whole system [ which includes a DT500D Adv.Duplex Throttle, UR92 Univ. Panel, PS615 Power Supply and a LT1 Loconet Tester] retailing for US$660 MRSP. Jim offered to buy our current command station if we go this route and Don S. said he was also interested. When
queried recently, Gord King said he had no details or Cdn pricing as yet. There was some discussion whether it might be bought stateside?
*The Chair brought up the possibility of Sunday afternoon operation. Consensus after discussion was to start it January 8 from 2 - 4 pm on every other Sunday. An email in this regard has been sent out.
Concern was voiced about the key "floating around" so Glen will open up for the time being.
*On behalf of Larry, Glen brought up the timing to redo Wellington Yard, i.e. could it be done before the May open house? Consensus was that it could so it was cleared following the meeting with all buildings stored underneath and rail cars distributed around the layout in yards and some switch leads. Operation will be restricted to main lines only to and from Elsewhere Yard. The branch line is not operable as well at this time.
*Some of the ore train track was lifted and the landscaping removed so that another low level switch and track can be added in that area to replace the lifted track.
*Jim F and Don W soldered leads on several dead switchpoints and installed a runaround switch at the logging camp area.

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