**Added notice of SWOOPS initial operating session.
**Added PDFs to Achievement Program Page.
**Updated Video Library Page


NOTE: Our next meeting will be JULY 19! Get expert information on Layout Planning from Ric Zimmerman of Division 3. For more information, go to our MEETING page.

SWOOPS website up and running. First OPS weekend coming.

The SouthWest Ohio OperationS (SWOOPS) weekend has been scheduled for the weekend of October 2-4, 2015 They will have 12 layouts available for operations in 5 sessions, beginning Friday and going through Sunday afternoon. Registration will be open in July, date and time to be announced. Members of Division 7 and 3 are invited to participate. More information will be made available at the group's web site: https://swoopsrail.wordpress.com/

2016 NMRA National Convention--Indianapolis, IN

The Central Indiana Division, Mid-West Region is holding 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 email to Dennis Rahn.

Check Out Our Calendar

Our calendar is now up and running. We are in the process of adding important dates. When you go to the calendar page, you will see the event/meeting name. If you click on that description, there will be more information. At this point, we are only putting up the name, where it is and when it is. In the future we hope to put links to the website. We plan to place local railroad meetings, national train shows of interest, and local/regional train shows within approximately a 200 mile drive. If you know of an event/meeting we should list, please send an email to NMRADivision3Calendar@gmail.com. For more information, go to our CALENDAR page.

150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Last Train Trip

We have reached a landmark in history. April brings the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. In commemoration, there will be many special events in the city of Springfield, IL where Lincoln lived for 24 years of his historic life. In the world of rail fanning and model railroading, the most significant event of the celebration is the creation of a working replica of the funeral train which carried Lincoln's body from Washington D.C. to Springfield.

Lincoln was carried on his last trip in a car that had been created for his comfort during his life. He refused to use it because of the luxurious decor and the high cost of the car. The car was modified to carry the casket containing our 16th presdent on his final trip home.

Dave Kloke, mechanic and engineer, has created the working replica of the engine and funeral car. The engine is named Leviathon and was manufactured from scratch over a period of 10 years. The coach was reconstructed from scratch over a period of 10 years from historical documents and photographs (the original was destroyed in a fire in 1911 after being owned by a series of private owners). For the full schedule as well as other information, go to www.the2015lincolnfuneraltrain.com.

When the commemoration celebration wraps up in Springfield, the funeral train will travel to cities all over the country. Upcoming show dates and locations:
Galesburg, IL June 27
Versailles,KY( near Lexington) Sept 5-7
Francisville, IN(northwest of Loganport) Sept 19
Richmond, IN Sept 26




The Dalmation Switching District

Help walk the Dog. The Dalmation Switching District or the Dog is a modular layout that the division uses to help spread the word about our hobby. The division needs volunteers to help with the operation of this layout at various events that it attend's. What could be better, you get to attend train shows and you run trains. If that isn't enough the time spent will earn credit toward the Volunteer Award of the Achievement Program. For more information contact the Webmaster.



Video Library Update!

The division's video library contains over 250 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 found in the links in the right hand column.

The July contest will be Non-revenue cars.

Photo Album Update!

Gordon Carlson has provided us with some great new photos of his Grafton & Cumberland HO layout. The album may be viewed HERE! This should serve as an incentive to the rest of us to get photos of our layouts to the Webmaster for posting. If needed, the Division can supply a photographer.

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. J. has suggested that a series on "Pikes in Progress" would be interesting. If you have done work on your layout and have photos, etc., share them with J. Writing for the newsletter is an excellent way to accumulate points for the "Author" category in the Achievement Program. See details at http://www.nmra.org/education/achievement/ap_author.html

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