We are close enough that we don't need to rush on Thursday morning. Because of the three modules and the associated models and cars that go on these modules we use a full size work van to haul everything. The van was emptied out of tools and equipment on Wednesday night and the modules were loaded. We loaded the remainder of our models and luggage in the morning and waited until just after rush hour to depart. The ride only takes about two hours or so and we arrived in the vicinity of the meet by 11pm. Usually two early to check in or set up, we had an early lunch and made it to the hotel just after noon. As we were in charge of the Display Room this year we didn't need to wait around to set up and were able to begin moving in the module components. This year we had a second room across the hall from the Display Room to set up the modules and hold the Saturday workshops.
|Turf Valley Resort|
|Leon Dorak's N-Scale BOF|
|Glenn Sonnier's Blast Furnace - Glenn (seated left) is talking Blast Furnaces with Eric Craig (seated Right)|
|Dave Alley's Steel Mill modules|
We arrived at the seminar room just in time for John Glaab's welcome, followed by an excellent primer on steel mill modeling. John's seminar was followed by Dick Buchan's talk on building steel mills on modules - things to consider and a proposal for new or different standards for building modules with large industries. After this we spent an hour or so in the display room looking and shopping, before calling it a night.
NOTE - This will be a continuing series as time allows.
NOTE - Something has changed with the blogspot page template I use that allows me to post the pictures in a better manner and caption them too. Hopefully this will make my blog more readable.