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TCD SHARE YOUR SKILLS DAY

Details
Date:

April 13

Time:

01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Venue

Ameritek

155 Hardman Ave S

South Saint Paul, MN, 55075

The Twin Cities Division’s “Hands on” Share Your Skills Day.

This event is for all modelers – new and experienced – and everyone in between.  Please join us and share a skill, as we make something, try something, do something – getting our hands dirty in the process, or at least having a better understand on how to do a skill.

April 13, from 1pm to 4pm

$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

The following are the current planned skills:

Skill #1 Loads – Make-n-Take:  Make a load for an open Hopper – Coal, Sand, Gravel, Woodchips.  Make a load for an open Gondola – scrap steal.  Bring an open top Hopper and/or Gondola car and make a load.  The TCD will have materials available.  It would be great for others to share how they make their open top carloads – please also bring your own materials to show and share.

Skill #2 Soldering – Try-n-Tell:  Learn how to solder – what to do, what not to do – as you try your hand at this skill.  The TCD will have a small project kit that you can make as part of this skill.  The TCD plans to have soldering irons and solder available at this event.  However, availability may be limited.  If you would like to bring your own soldering station and supplies, it would be appreciated.

Skill #3 DCC Programming:  Learn JMRI as you try your hand at programming a locomotive.  This skill will show how to change CVs (Configuration Variables) via the JMRI programming platform.  Programming can include changing Engine Address, speed table, and more.  Depending on time and participation, speed matching may also be possible.  (Due to time and the sometime complex nature of decoder installation – we will not be doing decoder installations at this event.)  DCC Race-tracks – with DCC/JMRI systems – will be available for use.  Bring your loco and learn some DCC programming.  (Please know the decoder manufacture and model, of the loco you bring.)