August September 2020

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The S Scale Resource August/September 2020 3 From the Publisher's Desk Well the unfortunate happened… we canceled the O&S Scale Midwest Show for this year. We did not want to do this; in fact, we sold more dealer tables than ever and not one vendor canceled. It was simply that we could not get enough attendee pre-registrations to make it fair to those dealers. We were hoping the hysteria would have died down by now and the fact that we were taking numerous safety precautions, but it was not meant to be. Another issue which just caused the 2020 Harrisburg Narrow O Summer Meet to cancel is a government mandate that can come down without warning at anytime and end a show. Some states are more heavy handed than others, but can you imagine if you are putting on a show taking all precautions and have a "no gathering over 20 people" come down from the Governor or even a Mayor a day before your show opens? Refunds for the O & S Scale Midwest Show have all been issued. If you made a hotel reservation, you will need to cancel that. Once we have a signed contract for next year we'll announce the dates. Here in the Midwest, the dog days of summer are upon us. We have had some extremely oppressive heat and humidity. What better place to cool down than in the basement working on the layout? OK, I know not everyone has a basement, but you get the idea. Try to do something each day, even if it 10 minutes of modeling. Now, Amy will choke when she proofs this because I have not been doing any modeling in a month. I can't even follow my own advice. I will get back in the mood and start modeling, I promise. We have a lot of neat stuff this month for our readers: Luther Stephens shows us how he built his Pocahontas Coal Company. J Chris Rooney's article on the Alleghany, Virginia Signaling Project give us some history of the Alleghany Cabin and how he built and signaled the scene on his railroad using Arduino technology, and he includes the code for the Arduino. New Tracks looks at the history of the Old West and people who model it. If you are working on, or even planning a project, please let us know. Drop us an Email here and tell us what you are working on. We continue to request articles that will appeal to scale S projects. Now these can be anything from a kit or scratch build, scenery, wiring/DCC, or most anything else. I see some great work on Facebook and I don't have an issue turning some of those into articles. Not everyone is on Facebook or know about private blogs. So let me know what you are working on, and we'll be happy to print your projects, as well as, publicize your Facebook page or blog. Happy Reading & Happy Modeling, Dan Dawdy

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