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2018 Business Meeting pushed to February

The annual business meeting has been pushed to February 17, 2018.

All further meetings for 2018 will be discussed at that meeting.

Please mail your dues to Don (see his email).

Seasonal Greetings and updates for 2017

Greetings Everyone,

Just wanted to take a few minutes to bring everyone up-to-date on upcoming events.
The Module SIG will displaying at the Great Train Show at the Orange County Fair Grounds on January 14 and 15, 2017.  In February 2017, they will be showing at the Greatest Hobby on Tour Show at the LA Fair Grounds in Pomona on the 11th and 12th.  The following week they will be at Del Mar on the 18th and 19th.
Our annual business meeting will be on January 21, 2017 at our house.  Please note that is the third Saturday of the month, a week earlier than our normal meeting date.  The following week has a number of conflicts for us.
Cindy and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and a great new year.
Don and Cindy

ETE SIG Group will be at Harvest Festival of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods

SoCal ETE Special Interest Group will display the group layout at the Harvest Festival of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30, 2016.

Hours of public train operation: Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday  8am-1pm.

There will be games, rides and all sorts of entertainment for the kids.

The church is located at 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods.  It’s on the west side of the 5 freeway.


Meeting schedule updated and cleared for 2016

The meeting schedule for 2016 has been updated and cleared for 2016.

Please remember that there is a meeting on Saturday, January 2016 at Don’s.

We will updated our Group picture. Please dress in Club Polos or red or black shirts/polos for a uniform look.


Summary of the annual 2015 business meeting

Membership has increased to 38!

Don was re-elected Chapter President and Bill was elected Vice-President. Cindy and Jim will continue to head the SIG.

If you need to get any Chapter apparel, contact Bill.

Tentative schedule for 2015 meetings are as follows:
2/28: John O.
3/28: John Q.
4/25: Jorge
5/23: Wil
6/20: Max (now June 13)
7/25-26: No Meeting – Eurowest 2015
8/22: Tony
9/26: John C.
10/24: Juha
*November and December traditionally have no meetings, but there may be a possible meeting at Jim’s with his new layout.

Recap by Philip.

January and February Train shows

We have received a confirmation (pending floor plan verification to make sure they can accommodate our layout) for both the Anaheim (1/10-11) and Del Mar (2/14-15) shows; we may not hear until 2-3 weeks before each show. So mark your calendars and get your trains ready…’s train time!!

Annual Business Meeting at Don’s on Jan 24, 2015

The annual business meeting to set the agenda for 2015 is on January 24th 2015 at Don’s house. Don will send an email shortly with details.

May 2014 at Erwin’s house – A great Dutch themed DC layout

This Memorial weekend, we were at Erwin’s house to enjoy his hospitality and his impressive collection of Dutched influenced DC model trains.

Below is a video from the event, which Juha put together. The video is password protected. The password is Don’s email (all lower case).

Passing of Don Fridlund

Don Fridlund

Hi ETE members!

Don and I received an email from Ian Lorentzen from the San Francisco
Chapter who closed with a short note about Don Fridlund’s death.  Ian
thought we knew, so he didn’t include any details.  Don and I are going to
try to find out more so we can send some flowers.

Don was an ETE SoCal member for years, a retired engineer from Disney and
proud of being a “cast member” for many years.  He was very detail oriented
as is obvious in the job he did as he built the vineyard.  The finest vines
were his own invention and very difficult to construct as I discovered.  He
and his wife, Janet, were both retired and as Janet’s cancer worsened, they
decided they needed to sell their long-time house in Fullerton to move up to
Livermore to be closer to both of their adult children and grandchildren.
Mere months after their move, Janet passed away, but it did not drag Don
down.  He joined the San Francisco Chapter of ETE and was very active, even
helping with Blackhawk, their multi-week show.

We in SoCal have missed him since his move about 5 years ago- his
willingness to do what was needed and his being at all the meetings. Even
Janet came to several.  They really supported ETE.  We will truly miss him.
I’m sure those of you who knew him would have wanted to know which is why I
sent this email.  Those who didn’t, check out the vineyard next time it’s
out and look at the workmanship.  It’s a little bruised from rides in the
trailer, but that doesn’t change the fine work.

I’ll miss the work day because of grandsons this Saturday, but will be
thinking about you.  Have fun and think of Don Fridlund.  He would have been
there if they hadn’t moved!


SIG Module Build Session for the Station Module

Module Frame ConstructionA few members of the SIG met to build the new Station Module at Juha’s house on a recent Saturday.

Accomplishments of the day were the construction of the new longer station module (wood work) and we also started placing the round house, which was build by Max onto the layout. That started with a valuable lesson to read the instructions before applying power to something (we mixed up AC and DC and blew the LEDs, which are located in the round house).

Philip, Juha and Max will present the new shunting yard idea to the larger SIG membership at the next meeting on March 8th.

Our general idea is that the left side station module (wood work courtesy of Pete) will house the round house and turn table. We were thinking of adding some shunting tracks and maybe a diesel or coal re-fueling station. The long module portion (right side), will house Track, Turn Table and Round house placementto its left side a small freight terminal and 2/3 of the right side will house the passenger operations.

The module will have again 4 tracks (where as the two middle ones are the main tracks). The outer one towards the shunting yard / terminal will be connected in a separate power circuit to the old Digital system the club owns. This way we can have some yard action and have the long trains running on the main track at the same time.

Track Placement IdeasThe idea is to sell the shunting yard / turn table area as a Museum to the public. This is a very typical application, since actually train restoration clubs in Germany (and I have seen it in Switzerland as well) purchase old round houses from the federal train companies to restore old steamers or diesel locomotives, such as the V200 class trains. These clubs are periodically presenting their treasures to the public during festivals. Therefore, it is legit to run the ICE or Thalys on the main track and have old style locomotives on the shunting yard or even new style locomotives, which have been moved there to push “defective” locos around.

Post by Max.