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** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 33 train shows.
** Updated Support Your Division Page.
** Added October Call Board.
** Added Diorama Tip, see below.
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The Miami Valley Division is the host of The Dayton Train Show, held the first full weekend of November. For 2017 it will be held on November 4 and 5. The show is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. The venue will be announced. You can follow the train show by clicking Dayton Train Show to visit the train show web site or visit our facebook page at this location https://www.facebook.com/DaytonTrainShow.
New Clinic Available
Ric Zimmerman made an excellent and very informative clinic at the November meeting. It covered an Operations Oriented Industry, the Sugar Beet Industry. From its start in Germany, to todays operations in the States. For those who wish to review the clinic it is now available in two formats, as a PDF of the power point slides and as a power point presentation. When viewed in the Power Point format you can review the notes and comments made by Ric. Both files are rather large.
Operations Oriented Industry, the Sugar Beet Industry in PDF format. 5.5MB
Operations Oriented Industry, the Sugar Beet Industry in Power Point format. 36.9MB
Upcoming Layout Visit
Joe Becker will hold an open house for the "Queen City Big 7 Railroad". A HO layout inspired by the Cincinnati Union Terminal and the 7 railroads that were involved. It is a freelance road set in the late 40's and early 50's. It features steam and some first generation diesels, all with sound. Both passenger and freight service is presented. A 33' by 39' L shaped layout with a large terminal and yard. Approximately 85% sceniced and 99% of track laid. Directions will be available at the December 18th general meeting.
Wil Davis Photo. Click Queen City Big 7 Railroad for more photos of this layout.
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<
Division 3 Diorama Contest
We know there is plenty of idle time while watching a football game. Make use of that time by working on your entry for the Diorama Contest.
The contest judging will be held at 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 available at Contest Page.
Diorama Contest Tips
Use the information from Wil Davis' clinic on LED's to light some of your structures, cars, signals or other effects. A lighted building gives you the opportunity to enhance the structure by adding an interior. Go to the Tips, Clinics and Techniques page for Wil's clinic.
Want lightweight scenery material for your diorama? Try Fast and Final by DAP, a super lightweight spackling compound that goes on easily, can be smoothed with a wet paint brush; and is hard enough, when dry to allow positive results while adding scenic materials.
Want to add little pizazz to your diorama? Try adding a wood structure. There are numerous laser-cut kits out there for very reasonable prices. Wood kits look more realist than plastic kits molded to look like wood. They will add some class to your diorama that people will notice.
The Company Store Clerk, Paul Jenkins, has reported the we no longer have any of the FPE box cars. He also reported that the store has one of the N&SS cars from the 2008 MCR Convention. No photos of the NSS cars are available. They are 40 foot wood box cars from Accurail. These cars are Division 4 project cars.
Also available are AAR 40 ton hoppers with V&O reporting marks. These are project cars from Division 7. Any of these would make a nice addition to your fleet. No photo available.
He also reported that our V&O wood reefers and steel reefers have been reviewed by Railroad Model Craftsman and will be part of a two page article on the V&O in an upcoming Model Railroad News. This has increased the demand for these cars. If you don't have them in your fleet you may want to place an order. These are our division project cars and supply is limited. Photo and information on these cars can be found Company Store page 1. There is only one outside brace box car left, it's numbered 992.
Additionally, Division hats and the redesigned mugs are available.
Coming Soon to a Meeting Near You
The December meeting will be on December 18th at 2pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be on Structures. The standard categories of Kit, Kitbashed, Scratchbuilt and Photo will be judged. Rick Lach will do a presentation on Amtrak's Auto Train.
Bill Ford will present a clinic on The Speeders of the C&O at the January meeting. This meeting will be held on January 22, 2017 at 2pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be on Open Loads. The standard categories of Kit, Kitbashed, Scratchbuilt and Photo will be judged.
In February we devote the meeting the the Annual Auction. This is an opportunity for Division members to re purposed some of their extra equipment. The purpose is twofold. First to provide an opportunity for you to put up some of the extra or not longer needed items you have collected and to get a little cash for them. The second is to give other members of the division a chance to get needed items at a very reasonable price. No contest. Meeting at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Meeting to be held February 19, 2017 at 2 pm.
The weekend of March 18-19, 2017 will be busy for the division. March 18 is the Annual TRAINing Day. An all day series of clinics and fun for all. Starting at 9am and going to 4pm, everyone will have an opportunity to share their talent and ability. You can also pick some new ideas, methods, and tips. Bring your dioramas for the technical judging.
On March 19th will be the monthly meeting. In addition to the popular judging of the dioramas, the 2nd Engine Hill Climb and Engine Tug-o-War. The Contest will be on Freight Cars. The standard categories of Kit, Kitbashed, Scratchbuilt and Photo will be judged. Meeting starts at 2pm.
All events will be held at the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, 7505 Taylorsville Rd, Huber Heights, OH
NOTICE: THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY FOR LATEST INFORMATION.
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
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 like to just 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. NOTE: Contest page is under going a face lift and may be slightly out of date.
Contest for December will be on Structures.
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