The Model Railway Show – Episode 0044

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Presidents and Superintendents

In this episodeā€¦

Charlie Getz, NMRA President.
Dave Arnovitz, Terminal Superintendent, Norfolk Southern Corp.

Welcome, Charlie

Members of the National Model Railroad Association welcomed a new president at 2012 annual convention – held this past summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But Charlie Getz is well-known to many in the hobby, especially those whose interests tend to be “narrow-minded”. Charlie is a regular columnist for the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette and a popular speaker at the annual National Narrow Gauge Conventions.

Charle joins Jim to describe his goals as the new president of the NMRA, and provides some teasers about plans to boost the benefits of membership.

Layout as Training Tool

There’s a long history of prototype railroads using models as training tools – for everything from learning to switch cars safely, to understanding the nuances of dispatching and signalling. And that tradition continues today. When planning an educational display for a corporate banquet, a group of employees from the Lake Division of Norfolk Southern Corp turned to the hobby world for inspiration.

Dave Arnovitz – Terminal Superintendent for Norfolk Southern in Detroit – recruited hobbyists Mark Olstyn and Greg Rich to build the portable layout. Mark and Greg created a 12′ long switching layout featuring a pair of identical yards – allowing two, two-person teams to switch cars while learning about safe operating procedures. At Dave’s request, they delivered a fully-scenicked layout with its own case for transportation – and accomplished this in approximately two months.

Dave joins Trevor to discuss how the project came about, and how this interactive lesson in railroad safety has now become a permanent training tool for the railroad.

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Next time on The Model Railway Show:

Trevor talks to Layout Design SIG founder Doug Gurin about the importance of good planning, the role of the LDSIG, and the unexplored frontiers of layout design.

Jim welcomes back NMRA president Charlie Getz to discuss the proposed Magic of Scale Model Railroading exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum.

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