The layout performed flawlessly, with dirty track being the only impairment to flawless operation. Thanks to running only one train per track, we didn't have to worry about trains running into each other. We also didn't have operational catenary, so we didn't run off the overhead wire. Our next show is Oktoberfest, again in Fisher Hall in Frankenmuth, in September. Our plan is to have all modules scenicked and full catenary operational on both main lines.
We did it. After several years of thinking, testing, rethinking, retesting, arguing, debating, compromising and finally building, the new ETEGL modular layout was presented to the public at the Frankenmuth, Michigan Bavarian Festival the weekend of June 10-12, 2022. Thanks to an excellent turnout by a dozen ETEGL members, along with optimization thanks to the new spec, the layout went up quickly with little issue. Marty Blessing's new tester worked amazingly well, identifying the only electrical issue, amazing when you consider that there were twenty(!) new modules in attendance.
If you are a non-member and wish to confirm that we're not all a bunch of whackos before joining the chapter, reach out to Carsten Ramcke at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to join us for either event.
It's 2021, and the ETEGL is ready to return to normal! That's not to say we haven't made the most of the changes 2020 has brought. For example, our monthly chapter meetings have continued, with an average of more than a dozen members joining since July. The development of the new module specification continues, and we have set a date for launching the new layout: Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival in June 2022.
We look forward to resuming our in-person lunches this summer (fingers crossed), as well as continuing the virtual meetings to allow members near and far to join. We also look forward to setting up an 'assembly line' to build the frames for our new modular layout.
Please stay safe, and we look forward to being together again soon!
Want to stay a part of the ETEGL newsgroup? Trying to find us on Yahoo Groups? Well, with Yahoo announcing the end of Yahoo Groups we have moved the chapter email server to groups.io.
If you would like to join us at groups.io, please follow this link to enroll.
Our virtual meetings take place on the first Saturday of the month at noon, lasting about an hour. We are open to presentations by our members, so please reach out if you have a topic you'd like to present, whether it's a layout tour, a pictorial of your trip across the Alps on the Albula line, or my personal favorite, a slideshow entitled 'KOPLOPERS IN ACTION'.
ETEGL members, keep an eye on your email inbox for call-in and log-in information for our next monthly get-together. We hope to see you in an upcoming Zoom meeting soon!
We will be using this new virtual format for the foreseeable future. On the bright side, it gives all our remote members the opportunity to join us. The service we have chosen is the popular ZOOM. If you are not familiar with ZOOM and need to install it on your phone, tablet or computer, a detailed set of instructions is available here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
We look forward to seeing everyone again on Saturday at noon!
The Taj Mahal. The Arc de Triumph. The World's Biggest Ball of Twine. These destinations pale in comparison to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan when the Great Train Show is in town. That goes double when the Great Lakes Chapter of ETE is exhibiting their H.O. scale European-themed layout. Come out and see us the weekend of February 22-23, 2020 and enjoy trains galore!
You can even get a discount on admission by ordering your admission ticket on their website: http://trainshow.com/novi/
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Great Lakes Chapter of European Train Enthusiasts wishes all railroad fans around the world a very happy and healthy Holiday Season! May your time with family and friends be merry, and the only ice you encounter be of the variety shown above...
For only the second time in its history, the ETEGL will not be attending the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival this year. Fischer Hall is usually filled with trains during the coming weekend, but unforeseen issues have caused us to have to cancel our attendance. At this time we still plan to display the layout at Oktoberfest in September, as we usually do. We apologize to anyone who was looking forward to enjoying the display, but look forward to seeing you in September and at next year's Bavarian Festival!
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