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  • Society of Model Engineers
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  • Society of Model Engineers - Menu
    Club Contact Info TrainTime Current Layouts CC Building Overland Western Lines Past Layouts E Building C Building CC Building Old OWL Modular All Pictures Photo Album Modeling Info Tips Techniques

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  • SOME Home
    If you see any errors or want to make a comment on the material please follow the Contact the Webmaster link at the bottom of any page Are you wondering when the next AMRC All Star Night is Check out the Upcoming Events Page Details for the shows will be updated as they become available TrainTime 2012 Looking for information about TrainTime our annual model railroad show Please visit our

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  • About SOME
    Lake Wisconsin a distance of about 60 miles The midpoint of the modeled area is Waukesha about 20 miles west of Milwaukee which is close enough for us to model it fairly accurately Learn more about the Current CC Building layout The Overland Western Lines or OWL for short is our fictional home road In other words it is the railroad we primarily model as a club but since it doesn t really exist no one can tell us we re wrong The OWL has existed almost as long as the club and has been the name of every railroad the club has built Read the Overland Western Lines Story or look at the Map Membership Information No previous model railroading experience is required to be an S O M E member only an interest in model trains and we accept members from all majors in addition to faculty and staff Our membership consists of people with different modeling skills and interests within the hobby See contact information Our meetings during the Fall 2008 quarter start on Tuesdays at 7pm and end at about 8 30pm Feel free to drop by Our club room CC356 Located behind the bookstore and to the left is open whenever we are working on the layout Everyone is welcome to stop by and look around Our main activities in the club involve layout work and operations Members have access to the layout room at any time during building hours and can often be found in the layout room throughout the day TrainTime is our annual spring train show at MSOE featuring layouts and vendors from the Milwaukee area This event is planned all year and is the most important event for the club We also take tours and have operating sessions at other area

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  • Contact Information
    Broadway Milwaukee WI 53202 Phone 414 277 7254 We are rarely near the phone so please leave a message That s a lot to write on an envelope isn t it Just send us an email at some msoe edu

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  • TrainTime 2011
    wrong directions If you are unfamiliar with the Milwaukee area we suggest the following set of DIRECTIONS They can easily be printed 2012 Show Features FREE ADMISSION PARKING FREE hourly door prizes Great event for the family Reasonably priced on location food service including Hot Dogs chips sodas snacks Ride on Train operating in a loop for people of all ages Chance to see the Society of Model Engineers updated layout You may even get the chance to run a train Many operating layouts and displays from Exhibitors and Vendors Including Groups attending subject to change Badgerland S Gaugers Cedar Creek Central Railroad Club Fond Du Lac Society of Model Railroad Hobbyists Jordan Emmett Capital City N gineers Kalmbach Publishing Company Leather Railroad Lionel Railroad Club of Milwaukee Little WISE Guys and Gals L J Schmit Enterprise METRO Model Railroad Club Milwaukee Area NTrak MANTrak Milwaukee Electric Railway Transit Historical Society Milwaukee Light Engineering Society Milwaukee N Southeastern Ltd Milwaukee Transit Archives Museum Model Railroad Club of Milwaukee Overland Western Lines Paul Brammer s Railroad Goods Sommerfeld s Trains Southeastern Wisconsin Ntrak Group Stadelmann Engineering Inc Stu Baker Alumni Layout The Pewaukee Road Lego Tain Club The Wisconsin Electric Railway Historical Society Inc Waukesha County Gandy Dancers Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers Past TrainTimes TrainTime 2011 Attractions Included On location food service Exhibitors including Overland Western Lines Milwaukee Light Engineering Society Train Ride Milwaukee Area N Trak Badgerland S Gaugers Blau American Lego Line Milwaukee N Southeastern Ltd Model Railroad Club of Milwaukee Lionel Railroad Club of Milwaukee The Milwaukee Electric Railway Transit Historical Society Stadelman Engineering Inc Milwaukee Road Historical Association Southeast Wisconsin N Trak Kalmbach Publishing Vendors selling a wide range of railroad related products including Thomas the Tank railroad photos and leather goods Tours of SOME s

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  • CC Building Current Layout
    into four main power districts Each district is supplied by a separate Lenz 4 5 amp power booster Power is delivered to the track through a combination of 12 AWG stranded bus wires color coded by district Each locomotive has a receiver called a decoder installed in it to receive the signal put out by the control system and increment the motor lights and sound appropriately We also have auxiliary buses that follow the length of the layout for future accessory and turnout power Though we use the traditional Lenz LH100 hand held controller we also employ 7 XPA s Xpressnet Phone Adapter which turn an ordinary cordless phone into a wireless walk around throttle Scenery Nearly the entire layout has a base of ground foam greenery We are slowly enhancing individual scenes and have been making slow progress on the more than 1 000 trees that will be needed to complete the layout The layout currently has a lot of scenery on the lower deck Over the last two years we have added two large forests and have even added an area that was recently burned down from a forest fire Altough this probably doesn t exist in the real area it adds a point of interest to the layout The layout base is extruded foam so we can easy build the scenery up or cut it away to produce realistic looking scenes Equipment As previously mentioned our prototype allows us to run virtually any type of equipment and just about all of it shows up on the layout at some point All members have their own personal collections and there is a pool of club owned equipment available for operation Locomotives from every major manufacturer can be found on the layout Athearn up to Kato Rolling stock mostly freight cars also comes from many different suppliers Accurail Athearn Atlas E C Shops Proto 2000 We don t have very strict equipment standards set forth at this point but all cars need to meet NMRA standards We use Kayde 5 knuckle couplers almost exclusively and try to have metal wheelsets on all cars Current Projects We are currently working on several projects which we hope to have completed by TrainTime 2008 These include Rewiring Track DCC System We were having lots of problems with track power because the four power districts were interconnected with track wiring over the years The old layout wiring had 5 sets of bus wires following the same long path making for unnecesary runs and confusion when new track leads were added Even worse if a portion of track was shorted the whole layout went dead until the short was found and removed We have since rewired all the bus wires using the shortest runs possible in the areas the wires are actually used When new members add track in the future there will only be 1 or 2 sets of wires to connect to instead of 10 The bottom deck is completely rewired while

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  • The OWL Model Railroad Club
    of the layout The modules come together at train shows across Wisconsin and at occasional alumni worksessions on campus Each year S O M E members help set up the Overland Western Lines modular layout at Trainfest and occasioanlly run trains For more information visit The Overland Western Lines Model Railroad Club website TrainTime 2002 A Burlington Route freight train approaches Jeff Hansen s big bridge under construction A Great Northern freight train passes by the lake Trainfest 2002 Mike Daley s Amtrak NPCU cab car or cabbage Amtrak s Lake Michigan International passes the lake The Lake Michigan International makes a station stop in town The Lake Michigan International on the completed big bridge Overland Western Lines U28C 2800 passes under a wooden overpass Union Pacific B39 8 5646 waits at Dontwork Tower for permission to depart the yard TrainTime 2005 Mike Daley s Amtrak locomotives 507 and 111 pull train through switchyard Mike Daley s Amtrak train passes through switchyard Amtrak train enters town Amtrak train crosses big bridge Trainfest 2006 S O M E President Tim Kaebisch runs his empty 96 car coal train 3 8 40CW UP Locomotives under umbrella on far side UP coal unit

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