Volume 20, Number 12 December, 2017 

James Watt patented his steam engine on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.
Jeremy Rifkin – American economic and social theorist and author (January 1945 -)

As I noted a couple of months ago, Allan Pantle, piqued my interest when he started talking about the design and construction of the turntable at Entertrainment Junction in West Chester, OH. I stated that the design was “old school” with relays, sensors, lots of wire, and an amalgamation of custom built bits and pieces - no ICs. With apologies to Allan, I got carried away with “old school” design and incorrectly noted that no ICs were used. They WERE used. Regardless of the type of design, the result was a very reliable system with extreme accuracy in lining up the turntable with multiple tracks leading up to it. Thanks, again, Allan.

Thanks, also, to Bill Schwartz for his presentation of “Great Little Trains of Wales”. Lots of narrow gauge and varieties of gauge were used to serve the slate quarries. They were considerably smaller than the engines that ran on the Great Western Railway (GWR) that used a 7-foot gauge. The GWR was developed and managed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859). Fabulous name, fabulous railway. But that’s a story for another time.

I’m looking forward to the next meeting and dinner on January 28, 2018 at the Rose Garden Café. This is our new venue for meetings, so make sure you have your directions laid out. The address is 111 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove. This is on the southeast corner at the intersection of Higgins and Arlington Heights roads.

We will be dining buffet style starting at 5:30 pm. The menu format will be like what we have been having, i.e. Choice of entrée, vegetable, soup, ice cream and drinks. The charge will be $20 per person. The price is the same as previous, but I think you will find the quality of food to be very good, which I know some of you can attest to. A cash bar will be available.

The number of attendees needs to be called in no later than the Tuesday prior to the meeting. This means that your RSVP will need to be returned no later than the Tuesday before. If you have any questions, please call me.

Keep ‘em running,


This item did not make it into the December CAGRS newsletter.

For those of you who would still like to share in the late Dietrich Gruchot's large scale collection, Toby (Dietrich's son) will have assorted pieces for purchase at the

Great Train Show - Grayslake, IL

December 30-31, 2017
Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm
Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL 60030


Dietrich had a diverse selection from old western style through Amtrak.

Toby is offering discounts to CAGRS members, so it will be a good time to take advantage of this offer.


1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at a recent meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.