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The Bristol S Gauge Railroaders are dedicated to S scale (1/64 scale) model railroading. Formed in 1948, we believe we are the longest running S scale club in America!

Members are interested in most branches of S scale, including, but not limited to, Scale, Narrow Gauge (Sn3 and Sn2), Hi-Rail, and American Flyer operating and collecting. Our major goals are to learn from each other and have fun doing it.

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We had many questions about the equipment used in our "in-locomotive" video system. System designer Michael Greene has supplied a page on the video equipment.

We also have been asked about the bridge that we use as an entrance to our modular layout. The bridge came from Stainless Unlimited:
http://www.stainlessunlimited.com/

 

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The June meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club is our annual Club Picnic, and will be hosted by Donna and Joe Santoro on Saturday, June 21st. Joe will have both layouts up and running, and Donna will again supply an incredible feast! If you need directions, contact our club secretary, Dick Connors, or email me.

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The March meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Joe and Kerry Haughney. Joe's excellent hirail layout was running most of the day, with three or four trains running at once. Joe has an excellent collection of rolling stock and locomotives, both classic Gilbert and current production. Kerry and Joe were excellent hosts, making everyone feel at home, and exceptionally well fed. Thanks to Kerry and Joe for a great time!

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The February meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was be hosted by Maureen and Paul Riley. Paul had the layout running flawlessly. Food and converstaion was great as always. Michael Greene had his new AF ES44AC loco running on Paul's layout under full DCC control, and and looked and sounded great! Thanks to Maureen and Paul for a great meeting!

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We had a fine time at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA. A report with some pictures is posted here.

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The January meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Jan and Chet Brown on Saturday, January 18. This was the day we got the 6" "dusting" of snow! Despite the weather, we had a good turnout of hearty souls! Chet, with yeoman help from Dick Connors, had the layout looking great and running flawlessly. Tommy ran a fascinating meeting with some great discussion on the future of the club. The meeting was somewhat shortened so that people could get back home before the roads became impassable, but everyone had a fine time! Thank you Jan and Chet! Next weekend is the Amherst Society Train Show in West Springfield. See you there!

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The Christmas meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Pat and John Fucile on Saturday, December 14. John had the layout looking and running great and Pat had a fantastic meal laid on. We had our yearly Red Sox Swap which was great fun as always. Thanks to Pat and John for a great time!

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The November meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Pat and John Ciarleglio on Sunday, November 17. The track work on John’s layout has been completed and we were able to run trains on both loops. By our next visit John hopes to have the yard and the turntable operating. Progress has been slow, but steady …Nice job John… We thank John & Pat for their hospitality.

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The October meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Phyllis and Rob Sieger on Saturday, October 5. Phyllis and Rob have been busy adding some new scenery us all to admire, and ran their yearly contest to see who could find the most hidded details. Michael Greene demonstrated using an smartphone as a wireless throttle, working through a Raspberry Pi, which is a credit-card-sized single board computer. The demonstration generated a lot of interest! And as usual, we were all very impressed with the work Phyl and Rob have done on their layout!

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The September meeting of the Bristol Model Railroad Club was hosted by Tommy Robichaud on Saturday, September 7. The weather was great, and Tommy cleared out his garage for a meeting space. This resuted in a car show in his side yard, with his 52 Pontiac, 36 Buick, and Miata convertible looking great! I can attest to the quality of the food, especially the chilli which is my favorite. Upstairs, the trains were running flawlessly. Tommy had a raffle this year, with first prize an SHS caboose. Doug Peck donated second prize, a choice from his table. All money was donated to the club. This was another great meeting!

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The June meeting of the Bristol S-Gaugers was held at the home of Joe and Donna Santoro on Sun. June 22, 2013, with 25 members and 15 guests present. Once again this year we enjoyed Joe's impressive S- layout before venturing outside to wander around his G-Gauge. After a minor rain shower we did all we could to make Donna's excellent preparations disappear. We thank Joe and Donna for their hospitality.

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Rob has posted a slide show of the layout at the Hub Show, December 3 and 4.

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Our November meeting at the home and train room of Deane and Michael Greene was absolutely top notch! Pictures and short report to follow (if someone sends me pictures!)

Dale sent these pictures of the new trailer. Dale reports that Paul E. Cutler Sales & Service, where we bought the trailer, is a great dealer. He was awesome to deal with, and to top it off threw in a few extras as well. Great job, Dale!

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We had another great meeting at the home and layout of Rob and Phyllis Sieger on Oct 22. Slideshow here.

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Three members of the Pioneer Valley S-Gaugers operated on Tommy Robichaud's CGLR Railroad on Oct 8. Slideshow here.

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The Newmarket show was Sept 24-25, and went great! A report and slide show are posted here.

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We had an excellent time at Tommy's as always. His layout continues to get better every year, plus the food he serves is just outstanding! The weather was great, the 52 Pontiac was on the lawn, who could ask for more!

The new video setup was being used, and seemed to perform well. Everyone agreed that the picture quality and brightness was much improved over the old setup. Its first show will be Newmarket.

If anyone has any pictures from the meeting, please send them to me, and I'll post them.

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The Club Picnic was Saturday, June 11, 2011 hosted by Dawn and Dale. It was rainy, but we were able to meet in Dale's future layout room which worked out great! As you can see, there was plenty to eat! Slideshow here.

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On Saturday, May 21, 2011, we met at the home of Donna and Joe Santoro. Joe has a great new layout built over his garage. The day included a visit to a local hobby shop and a cruise on the lake! It was a great meeting, thanks Joe and Donna! And thanks to Helen and Rob for the pictures! Slideshow here

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On Saturday, February 26, 2011, we met at the home of Maureen and Paul Riley. Paul is currently building a new layout, which will feature the Rutland Railroad. He also showed several videos, including some of historic S layouts! It was a great meeting, thanks Paul! And thanks to Don Haiges for the pictures! Slideshow here

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On Sunday, Jan 9, we met at the home and fine layout of Jan and Chet Brown. Chet has been spending a lot of time on his layout, and it shows! Once again we feasted on Jan's famous pulled pork, and lots of other great goodies. It was a Great meeting! Thanks, Jan and Chet! Pictures here.

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The Bristol Model Railroad Club Christmas Party was held at Deane and Michael Greene's on December 12th. A short report and slide show are here.

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The Hub Show, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA, was great! A short report and pictures are here.

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We were at Greenberg in Wilmington, MA, November 20 and 21, 2010. Pictures and a short report here. Slideshow here.

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The November 13 meeting was at Bob Cunningham's. Bob has a large layout featuring a mix of AF and modern Hi-rail. His layout features Digitrax DCC control, with lots of engines, both classic Af and modern high rail. I don't think anyone took pictures, but there are pictures from a previous meeting at Bob's here.

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The October 16 meeting was at Phyllis and Rob Sieger's. It was a really great time! The Sieger's outdid themselves with food and munchies, and the layout looked and ran great! Jim Babish and Rob Sieger have sent a few pictures, but I could use some more. If you took some, please send them to me!

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The Newmarket Heritage Festival was September 25 and 26 and we were there! The Mad Bavarian Brass Band liked our layout. Some pictures and a short report here.

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The September 11 meeting was at Tommy Robichaud's. As usual, it was a great meeting! Some pictures and a short report here.

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The club picnic/barbeque at Bobbie and Ed Stead's was a fantastic time! Pictures here.

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Congratulations Scott! Pictures from Scott's graduation here!

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The May meeting was Saturday, May 15th, at Donna and Joe Santoro's in Wolfeboro. This was an exceptional meeting, pictures here! Pictures of Joe's layout here.

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The Greenberg show March 27 and 28th, at the Shriner's in Wilmington, went very well as usual. I was on winter vacation in Phoenix and missed the show (bummer!), but I will be happy to post any thoughts or pictures you might have of the show.

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March 20th we met at the home of Pat and John Fucile. Pat and John are both avid modelers, and have built an excellent hi-rail empire! Weather was gorgeous that day, and those lucky enough to attend (15 members and 1 guest) had an excellent time! Click the photo for more pictures. (Dick Connors sent along several pictures, which have now been posted).

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We had a fine meeting Saturday, February 20, at Richard Haley's house. There were about 24 members, and the joint was jumping! Richard made briskett of beef with his special sauce, and chilli, along with the usual munchies. We also had fun playing with his floor layout. Click the photo above for more pictures.

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Another Amherst Railroad Society Show is now history! This is the biggest show in the Northeast, and is especially fun for us because we have our own "S scale" section where several S dealers and manufacturers are all together. This allows lots of catching up with old friends, and is the highlight of the show weekend for me! The show attendance was the best in the last 4 years, with 21,458 people attending!

The Bristol Club also had a Great show! Think we may have set a record for coal dumped and smoke generated this time! Tommy Robichaud brought his Big Boy and it generated lots of interest at its' first outing. This was also the first show for out new TMCC system, donated by Doug Peck. We set up TMCC on the outer loop, and had DCC running on the inner loop and yards as usual. The TMCC system and Big Boy worked flawlessly, and generated a lot of interest (and smoke). The Big Boy also did a little landscaping, making one of the stone cuts a little wider than it had been. I think many of us were happy to see AC return to the layout after many years absence!

On the DCC loop, the coal dump and camera car/TV continued to catch the crowd's interest. Tommy also brought his circus train pulled by an AM Northern with a souped up smoke unit. At one point during the Big Boy/Northern National Smoke-off (unofficially won by the Northern) our end of the Young Building was enveloped in a smoky haze. It was a blast! Throughout the weekend the club members were out in force, and we had great set-up and tear-down crews and wonderful help all during the show. Phyllis Sieger and Bobbie Stead did a great job scheduling everyone so we all got to both work and play. All-in-all a dynamite weekend!

Click here for more pictures. If anyone else took any pictures please send them in for posting!

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We met Saturday, January 9, at Chet Brown's house for our regular meeting. As always, the food was great at Jan and Chet's, I especially liked the pulled pork! Chet has a large layout featuring DCC for us to play with. He is currently making some improvements, but he had two trains running continuously, one pulled by a B&M F7 consist, the other featuring a Pacific with smoke and sound. Chet's layout has lots of detail, so it repays a careful study! Click on the picture above to see some photos of Chet's layout. We had 28 members present, including a brand new member, Deane Louise Greene! It was an excellent meeting, with a lot of time spent in the train room, great railroad oriented conversations, and a spirited business meeting. Thanks, Jan and Chet!

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The Greenberg show at the Shriner's in Wilmington went very well. We tested out our new DCC throttles with duplex radio. All returns aren't in yet, but at least one throttle worked flawlessly. The other tested ok, but had some problems during actual operation. We'll continue testing at the HUB show.

Jim Babish took a stop motion video of setup at Greenberg. We did some testing with various video formats. People seemed to be having trouble with the Quicktime and MP4 versions, so he sent two more, AVI and WMV. I asked everyone to try the various formats, and let me know which is best for us to use. It looks like the best solution is the MP4 format. This is the format we will be using for all videos, including some archive videos that Jim is working on now.

Here is the link to the video: Greenberg Setup MP4 (13MB)
 

If you click on the link and it will not run, you can download a very good, eay to install and use, FREE Player: AVS Media Player

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We had a great time at the club Christmas meeting! Pat and John Ciarleglio put on a dynamite spread and I think that everyone had a fine time. We had our traditional Yankee swap, which was a lot of un. John's new layout is coming along well and we ran several trains, including the Flying Yankee. It's currently point-to-point, so it was critical to stop the train before running off the table! Fortunately, there were no major mishaps.Its coming along well, and will be a dynamite layout!

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The Bedford Boomers Show is now a memory. We had a slight delay in setting up due to some recent changes on the layout, but eventually all was ready when the show began. Thanks very much to the small crew who helped setup and tear down at the event. I understand Michael Greene's assistance on Sunday morning was truly appreciated. This was an all layout event, no vendors at this show. We had interest from other clubs in our coal dump operation. Also the kids really enjoyed seeing Thomas the Train running around the layout with the big trains

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The November meeting was at the home of Connie and Charlie Bachman in Lexington. Charlie has completed a new layout to allow him to run his original American Flyer trains again. He says he was unhappy with them just sitting on the shelf, they need to run! The meeting was fun, and Connie supplied us with lots of great food! Thanks to Rob Sieger for the picture of Charlie and his son John running Charlie's layout. Anyone else who took pictures, please send them to me and I will post them. By the way, a few people asked about the silver cup on Charlie's mantle. I did a quick google, and here's what I found!

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The October club meeting was held at Rob and Phyllis Siegers' home.They had completed a tremendous amount of scenery work on their layout. To help us find some of more interesting aspects of the layout, the Siegers gave everyone a short sort of treasure hunt list of questions. To answer the questions you had to search around the layout. Some of the questions wanted you to find out what was going on at the swamp area, determine which type of donuts the police force ate, and how many dogs were scattered around the layout. A fun way to get people to really see all the little details that had been added to this layout. There were prizes for the club members who got the correct answers too. Just like last year, we enjoyed some really good food, from hot cider to delicious desserts. Here are a few photos of the layout. Click on an image to see it larger.

Sieger layout photos

The pumpkin patch at the farm.

Another house being built.

Maine Central passing thru.

Makin' a batch of moonshine at the still behind the barn area.

Guys working the cranberry bogs.

What's happening at the swamp?

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Our First show of the season, the Newmarket Heritage Festival is over. We had great weather on Saturday and despite showers on Sunday, had good attendance. Our location at the American Legion Hall is a perfect venue to setup and run trains. Thank you to our hosts for allowing us to use this facility. Since it rained on Sunday, we shared the hall with several musical acts who had originally been scheduled outside at the Waterfront area.

The local newspaper, Fosters Daily Democrat, featured our layout in its write-up about the Sunday Festival events. Go to this link to view full article: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090928/GJNEWS_01/709289965.

We had a wonderful military train set running on our layout at the Newmarket show. A series of flat cars had been meticulously loaded with military tanks, jeeps and other military gear. These cars had been donated by club member, Dan Lundy, who passed away in August this year. These cars were just a small portion of the trains and freight donated by Dan. We truly appreciate his generous donation and will miss him. Other donated items will appear at shows later in the year.

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September started our club season and what better way to start it than at the home of club President, Tommy Robichaud. He suggested a Western theme for this year's club meeting.

It was a surprise to see our club members had so many different western hats. Of the 25 or so I saw at the meeting, not one of them was alike! Tommy's now famous chili was a key feature of the food provided for the club meeting and by mid afternoon all of the chili had been eaten. Click Here to see Photos some club members in their Western gear at the meeting.

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Review the Club's Summer Picnic by clicking here.

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If you are interested in joining the Bristol club, please contact our Club Secretary, Dick Connors at flyingyankee1@verizon.net.

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