2021-10-16 General Membership Meeting

Start Date & Time: 

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 9:15am

Meeting Location: 

Community Room of the Wethersfield Police Station 250 Silas Deane Highway Wethersfield, CT 06109

Handicapped accessible: 



General Membership Meeting Announcement

There will be an in-person and virtual general membership meeting of the NMRA Nutmeg Division on the Third Saturday of the month, October 16, 2021.
This facility is wheelchair accessible.
Non-members, family, and friends are welcome to attend.
The capacity of the room is 50 people with the tables and chairs set up. For social distancing, tables provide clear separators and cannot be moved. There is limited parking in front of the police department.
Face Masks are required for this event.
Click on the following link to access the virtual meeting https://join.freeconferencecall.com/nutmegdivnmra


Ticket Booth Opens 9:15 AM 9:45 AM Socialize, have refreshments and review the white elephant table and member’s latest modeling efforts and memorabilia.
    Passengers wishing to sell excess equipment, structures, etc. are invited to bring these items to the meeting for the white elephant table. A donation to the division of 10% of the selling price will be greatly appreciated.
    Passengers are also invited to bring in their latest modeling efforts and memorabilia for everyone to see and appreciate.
  9:45 AM 10:00 AM General Announcements
  10:00 AM 10:50 AM Clinic #1 - 3D Printing, Model Railroading, Stages of Love, and You
    Presented by Dave Ackmann
      Our Clinician, Dave Ackmann, a member of the Gateway Division of the NMRA in St Louis, will propose that 3D printing is like Stages of Love: Expensive, Complex but can be Highly Rewarding. It’s not to be entered lightly, as it is as complex as DCC. Dave will disclose what he believes is the most important consideration in buying a 3D printer. He shows where he goes for 3D models of HO structures that are now on his layout. He names filament brands that work for him, and those that didn’t. Dave will show how he used TinkerCAD to design building interiors for random room lighting. He describes what to do when the printer inevitably clogs. Dozens of successful projects will be shown.
  11:00 AM 11:50 AM Clinic #2 - Amazing Arduino Animations
      Presented by Dave Ackmann
      Want more animated scenic action on your model railroad? It’s time you discover Arduinos! Arduinos are inexpensive microprocessors, computers which can control LEDs, MP3 players and small motors to create off-line animated effects. This clinic will teach you how to include flashing lights on emergency vehicles and randomly illuminate buildings. Create a lumberjack felling a tree, a waterfall, and a musical carousel, all complete with sound and movement. You will learn how to create a speedometer for a loop of track. Don’t worry about programming an Arduino because this clinic provides all the code for free. Come join the action of Amazing Arduino Animations!
Departure Time ~12:00 PM -- We do not have any layouts scheduled for this meeting.