Special Contest Information

"Preparations for the Diorama Contest have begun.  The contest judging will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Model Railroad TRAINing Day and General Meeting, scheduled for 18 – 19 March 2017.  Judging will consist of equal parts, technical and esthetic (popular vote).  The technical specifications for each diorama are explained below and can also be downloaded in 2 formats. Text doc or Power Point.

DIORAMA CONTEST

OBJECTIVE OF CONTEST:  Provide the modeler with the opportunity to demonstrate his/her skills.  The builder is encouraged to select a scene that can be incorporated into their layout or module.  Finally, and most importantly, the primary objective is to have fun.

The effort would begin as soon as possible with the final judging to be done at the 2017 Model Railroad TRAINing Day/General Meeting, March 18-19, 2017. 

Each diorama will be displayed at the 2017 MRR TRAINing Day event.  This will add a new element to the Training Day event.

JUDGING:  Judging will comprise of two sections:  Technical (meeting required specifications)- 50%; Esthetic or “popular vote” (determined by vote of membership on-hand at the General Meeting) – 50%.

Technical judging will be accomplished by a team of not less than, three knowledgeable members using a specification scoring sheet (attached).  Technical judges will evaluate how well the diorama meets the specifications, and not for quality of the workmanship, etc.  The technical judging will take place on at the Model Railroad TRAINing Day.

Esthetic judging (popular vote) shall be done by a vote of the membership on-hand at the General Meeting following the Model Railroad TRAINing Day. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

SIZE:  A specified maximum size for each diorama has been established; proportioned for each scale.  The diorama area must be equal to, or less than the allotted maximum size. Additional points will be awarded during the technical judging, for dioramas that are 75% or less of the required number of square inches.

SCALE

Z

N

HO

S

O

Scale (1:X) X=

220

160

87

64

48

Ratio (87/Scale)

0.40

0.54

1.00

1.36

1.81

Max Size (In2)

22.52

42.58

144.00

266.10

473.06

Side of a Square (in)

4.75

6.53

12.00

16.31

21.75

 A Typical Rectangle

4X5.6

6X7

9x16

12X22

15X31.5

75% of Max Size (In2)

16.89

31.93

108.00

199.57

354.80

 

THEME:  The display must involve a railroad theme and must contain at lease one piece of rolling stock and other requirements.

DEFINITIONS:

 

 

 

Diorama must be turned-in to the technical judges not later than 1:00 PM Model Railroad TRAINing Day, scheduled March 18, 2017.

AWARDS;

 


 

CONTESTANT’S SCORE SHEET

 

NAME: ______________________________________________ ID NUMBER ____________

 

SCALE: ________________ DATE & TIME SUBMITTED: __________________________

 

TECHNICAL JUDGING SHEET

SIZE:

THEME:

undergoing track maintenance need not be totally ballasted) – 10 points                ____

TOTAL TECHNICAL POINTS ATTAINED (Max = 115 pts)                                     _____

SCORE - Percent of Possible Points (Attained/Possible X 100)                                    _____

 

ESTHETIC SCORING SHEET

Each member attending the General Meeting following MRR TRAINing Day will vote for the best three dioramas, without reference to scale.

After voting is complete, the votes will be tallied.  Each vote will be scored as follows:

TOTAL ESTHETIC SCORE                                                                                           _______

 

 

TOTAL COMBINED SCORE                                                                                         _______


1st Tug-O-War and Hill Climb Results

Next Tug-O-War/Hill Climb will be at the March 2017 business meeting.

After conducting the division's business at the monthly meeting, members gathered around the test tracks for the engine pull and the hill climb. The Tug-O-War pitted engines of similar design against each other, to see who could walk away with the other. No pink slips were exchanged!! Five categories were available. Three for diesel and two for steam. 11 locomotives from 6 members were entered.

The diesel categories and winners are:

Switcher Ric Zimmerman with a Fairbanks Morse H1-44.
4 axle Gordon Carlson with a EMD FTA.
6 axle Ric Zimmerman with a EMD E7A .

The steam categories and winner is:

Only two locomotives were entered one in each class. Rick Lach's 4-8-8-4 Big Boy easily walked away with Doug Campbell's 2-6-0 Mogul. Kind of a one sided contest. But fun was to be had.

In The Hill Climb had 8 entries from 5 members.

The Diesel categories and winners are:

4 axle Wil Davis S-2 switcher managed an 11 inch pull on a 12% grade.
6 axle Ric Zimmerman a full run on a 12% grade with an E7A.

In the steam category Gordon Carlson had a Climax that went up a 6% grade.

Ric Zimmerman and Ron Sturgis did an outstanding job of developing the contest and building the test tracks. Looking forward to the next year's contest. It will be at the March 2017 meeting.

 

Monthly Contest Information

ribbonWe have three categories each month. You can enter Scratchbuilt, KitBashed, or Kit built. This should allow anyone to enter anything they are proud of and at any skill level.

Judging is by popular vote but if you wish to have your model judged by NMRA rules for the Achievement Program we will make arrangements for you. We would like to offer more judged contests so that members could gain points and experience needed to earn Achievement Progrom recognition.



Rules Update:

At the February 2011 BOG meeting, the Board decided to split the contests into Model and Photo categories and update the scoring to provide a better balanced outcome. Here are the results:


Here's the schedule:

2016 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

2015 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

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2014 Contests


*Single class, judged on weathering alone.


2013 Contests


*Single class, judged on weathering alone.



2012 Contests


*Single class, judged on weathering alone.







2011 Contests







2010 - 2011 Year-End Winners




2009 Contests






2009 - 2010 Year-End Winners





Previous Year's Contests »









Note: Anyone having suggestions for the contest program is urged to contact a member of the BOG. Let your opinion count!