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Recent Updates and Additions. Click on underlined words to go to that page.

** Updated home page.
**Updated Contest Page.

**Updated Train Show Page , now listing 38 train shows.
**Added flyer to TRAINing Day Page.
**Updated Callboard page, Meeting page.
**Updated Support Your Division Page.

The Miami Valley Division is the host of The Dayton Train Show, held the first full weekend of November. For 2016 it will be held on November 5 and 6 at Hara Arena. The show is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. You can follow the train show on facebook at or click Dayton Train Show to visit the train show web site.


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Check out the first video of the V&O Express as it highballs through town. Courtesy of Wil Davis.

V&O Special 1

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Our December meeting will feature Brad Jonas, from Division 7, presenting Installing Backdrops on your Layout. Meeting to be held on December 20th at 2pm . The contest will be on Structures. Location is The Greene County Historical Society in Xenia, OH. Go to the Meeting Page for more information.

Division Cup PresntA huge THANK YOU to John Burchnall, Brad Jonas and Mike Tener (not pictured)for their excellent presentation comparing various types of roadbed materials and the demonstration on using Dynamat for your roadbed. For those who missed the meeting or desire to review the slides again, you can go to Roadbeds for a PDF view or download.
Left to right: John Burchnall, Brad Jonas and Rick Lach.
Picture by Wil Davis.

Support Your Division

Our Division, as with most non-profit organizations, depends upon it's members to support the various projects and activities it undertakes. All of our activities are hobby related, most involve presenting to the public the joy of our hobby. Click here to find a listing of current projects and events that are upcoming. The giving of your time and talent would be appreciated.

Our next event is Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace at The Airport Expo Center on December 5th and 6th. On December 8th the division will be part of the University of Dayton Christmas on Campus event. Both events are using the Loop layout as a demonstration of the various scales and to pass out candy to the children. Volunteers are needed. A few hours of your time, in the holiday spirit, would be appreciated.

Support Your Division

As a member, I’m a relative newcomer to NMRA and Division 3.  I especially appreciate the supportive, caring, knowledgeable, fun atmosphere.   Division 3 really is dedicated to education (as indicated in our non-profit charter).   For any train group, this is a very busy time of year.  Now that the annual train show is over, we have two more events coming up very soon with some easy ways to support your division. 

Mistletoe Magic  is December 5 & 6 at the Dayton Airport Expo Center, 3900 MCauley Drive in Vandalia.   This is a holiday marketplace including “. . . a carefully selected array of the finest artists, handcrafters, gourmet foods, commercial products and services.  The Claus Café will be providing chef inspired foods. . .”  The hours are 12/5 at 10am-7pm and 12/6 at 10pm-4pm.  What we need:  Division 3 needs volunteers to work with the loop layout, help the children get their candy from the gondola, help with the drawing, and the Thomas Selfies.  Admission is $7 but for those who work admission is free and we ask that you work at least 2 hours but we would welcome you for longer.   Be sure to allow for shopping time in your schedule before or after you work—fun is important.   If you have family or friends who would like to attend, we have $2 discount cards.  Just let us know what you need (they have to have the card when they pay for admission to get the discount).  We have a wonderful booth this year—right next to Santa’s cottage.  It should be a fun event.  If you would like to help or have questions, please contact Gail at 937-727-4064 or   

Christmas on Campus is an event designed to help the underprivileged children have a special Christmas.  On December 8 we will be taking the Loop Layout to University of Dayton for 3 hours of Christmas Magic.   We need people to help with the Loop Layout and to help the children get their candy from the gondola.  If you would like to help or have questions, please contact Rick at

Walk the Dog (help run the Dalmatian Switching District).  The Dog is one of our most unique assets.  We need volunteers to help run the layout so we can take it out and show people how a prototype railroad picks up and drops off cars within a manufacturing area.  This is a great tool to educate and interact with the public as well as a chance to get experience and have fun assembling a modular layout and running trains.  To volunteer, e-mail E-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate members.

Loop Layout  We also have a small portable layout called the Loop Layout.  This is a teaching device to show the differences in train gauges.  The layout is 5’ by 5’ and fairly easy to transport.  It shows Z, N, HO, S, O and G gauges by running the trains on side by side loops.   We need operators and people to help with maintenance of the layout and engines.   Because of its portability, the Loop Layout gets some very heavy use and must be maintained between uses.  If you would like to be a part of the Loop Layout supporters, please contact

There are so many ways to support our division that everyone should be able to be an active partner.   You are what makes our Division.  Without our members, we have no way to educate the public, help to save our railroading heritage, and support each other in our own efforts to be a part of this great hobby.     

Gail Richardson, Webmaster


Division Elections on the Horizon

The Division's By-laws direct us to hold elections biannually, on even numbered years. April 2016 is the next election. Detailed information on the elections can be found on Support Your Division, scroll down to Division Elections.


2016 MCR Convention "Rails to the Capital"--Columbus, OH

The host for our 2016 regional convention, Buckeye Division 6, is looking for layouts for open house tours on Sunday, May 1st. They are also looking for layouts for operating sessions on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon, travel time to operating layouts will need to be a consideration. For more information send an e-mail to Mike Wolf or Webmaster.

2016 NMRA National Convention--Indianapolis, IN

The Central Indiana Division, Mid-West Region is hosting the NMRA National convention in 2016. They are looking for layouts in our region for their tours. They need layouts in the area from Darke County down through Dayton (they are already working with Div 7 in the Cincy area), and also west to Richmond, Indiana. If you would be interested in participating in the layout tours or you know someone who might be, please send the information to Dennis Rahn (who owns Growls & Whistles) by sending an e-mail to Dennis Rahn.

In the Mail

Schultz's Hobbies is now open.

There is a new hobby shop in town. Schultz's Hobbies is located at 2270 E Dorothy Lane Dr., Kettering, OH 45420. It is at the corner of Woodman and Dorothy Lane, in the shopping center behind the UDF. Chris has put together a wide variety of model railroad items in various scales. There are two layouts in the shop. The first is an operating O scale layout, the other is a HO scale layout partially completed. Chris indicates he intends to use it as a teaching aid for visitors who have questions about how to do something on their layouts. He also offers a repair service.

Chris is a fixture at local train shows. At our show he was the vendor to the right at the entrance to the food court.

Hamilton Hobbies 2015 Open House

Hamilton Hobbies will be hosting an Open House at 1534 Plaza Dr., Hamilton,OH on November 27 and 28, 2015. Santa will arrive at Noon on Friday. Free hot coffee, cider and cookies. There is a promotional flyer, if presented at the open house, you will get you will get 10% off your purchase.

Record a Locomotive Crew View of your layout!

Dick Straus and Ron Goble have available a USB recording device(audio/video) suitable to be mounted on a flat car at the head or end of your train. It is about the size of a thumb drive. The cost is $10.00. You can contact The Greene County Historical Society at (937)372-4606 or e-mail the webmaster. You will also need to purchase a mini SD memory card. They range from 2 GB to 32GB for $4-$20. Note: All e-mails will be forwarded to Dick Strous.

Bob Fink provided the following link to a You tube video explaining this interesting device DVR Mini U8 . Thank you, Bob.

Video Library Update!

The division's video library contains over 300 titles, available to Division 3 members. Titles include Allen Keller Great Model Railroads series, modeling "how-to" videos, and prototypes railroads broken out by category to make them easier to find. New titles will be added during the year. These VHS tapes, DVDs, movies and books are available, but must be reserved through the Division 3 Librarian.

The video library is now in possession of 87 clinics from the NMRA National Office! New items are posted on the Division 3 Video Library web page. Many will be previewed here. To view a complete list of titles go to the video index (CLICK HERE).

NMRA Clinics now available from the library.
If you wish to reserve them please send an e-mail to the Division 3 Librarian.

Contest Information

The contests at our monthly meetings have been becoming more popular. We are getting several terrific entries in the various categories. Some folks like to enter, some just to look and judge. In any case, if you go to the contest page and click on the monthly category for a past contest, it will take you to a table of the winners, complete with links to the photos when available.

For a look at recent winners, visit our Contest page.

The contest for December is Structures. The standard classes will be judged. They are kit, kitbashed, scratchbuilt and photo.








Articles Needed

J. Hedge, editor of the Call Board, has repeated his call for articles and material for publication in the Division newsletter. Anything relating to Division activities, model railroading or railfanning is acceptable. The deadline for articles has been moved from the Friday after the meeting to the Wednesday after the meeting. Writing for the newsletter is an excellent way to accumulate points for the "Author" category in the Achievement Program. See details at

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