JRM at Washington DC Sakura Matsuri for the 10th year!
JRM will be displaying our new layout at the annual Sakura Matsuri of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on April 14, 2018. This is a wonderful event with tens of thousands in attendance.
On Sunday March 18, the 2018 NoVa Maker Faire will take place at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will feature hundreds of exhibits by tech enthusiasts, artists, builders, and many other creative people from the Metro DC area and elsewhere. JRM-DC president Thomas, himself an organizer for the Moco Makers and Montgomery Village Arduino Meetup groups, will be demonstrating "Micros in Model Railroads", part of his home project of building a home model railroad incorporating various microcomputers into the inner workings of the railroad. His Arduino-controlled train throttle has already been used successfully with the club's hands-on mini-layouts at the 2017 Ekoji Obon Festival and Rockville Train Show, as well as the MoCo Makers' Arduino Day event in April 2017.
Message From the President
Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster - Update
Ten days after the earthquake and tsunamis struck Japan, the situation is grim but improving. Railroads have been opened to Morioka (in the heart of Iwate) from the west and north, making it much easier to get supplies into the stricken area. Lines of communication and supplies are beginning to reach isolated evacuation centers and groups of survivors. Acute shortages of food, gasoline, and kerosene have been alleviated in many areas. Along with the bad news, we are seeing some reports of good news -- families reunited, survivors miraculously found inside collapsed buildings nine days after the tsunamis, hospital patients safely moved to hospitals outside the disaster area.