The June meeting will feature modeler and author Richard Todd and his presentation on Modeling with Portland Cement. He will discuss using this unusual medium to model cliffs and rock faces, as shown in his article in the April 2013 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
This months contest is Steam Locomotives. Bring out your best!
The meeting will be at 2pm on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at the Family Life Center, Chapel 3, WPAFB, OH. (MAP) The contest will be Passenger Cars.
Due to federal budget cuts, this will be our last meeting at Chapel 3. We will be looking for a new meeting facility beginning in September. If you have suggestions, please contact any member of the BOG.
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 April's items visit our Contest page.
Articles NeededJ. 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
Weathering and More!
We had a terrific response to our "Weathering" contest last November. If you would like to see some additional great examples of the art, check out Ken Patterson's column on page 58 of the February 2013 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist about Butch Eyler's techniques. The column includes some amazing photos of Butch's work, an example of which appears at the left. The e-Magazine is free for download or viewing on line. Photo courtesy of Model Railroad Hobbyist.
Dalmatian Switching District
The Dalmatian Switching District is looking for operators. No experience required. The layout would be available for two weeknights and a weekday. The times would be 7pm to 10pm and 9am to 4pm operators would not be expected to stay for the entire time. The location would be the Brandt United Methodist Church and is handicap accessible. The church is located on US 40 one block west of SR 201, approximately 3 miles north of I70 exit 38 in Huber Heights. There would be no cost to operate but donations would be accepted to cover the cost of refreshments.
The layout would be run continuously during open hours with a minimum of 6 people required. The dates for operation would be determined by the group wishing to operate. We are hoping to make this a monthly event. Membership in the NMRA would not be required. If you would like more information please contact J. Hedge at email@example.com.
Sat-Sun June 22-23: Carillon Park, Dayton OH, 9:30AM-5PM Sat, 12PM-4PM Sun
Sat-Sun July 13-14: Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert OH, Sat 10AM-4PM, Sun 11AM-2PM
Sat-Sun November 2-3: Division 3 Train Show, Hara Arena, Dayton OH
Sat-Sun November (TBA): National Trail School, New Paris OH
Sat December 7: Marion County Fairgrounds, Marion OH
2013 MCR Convention
The 2013 MidCentral Region Convention, themed Operations Dayton 2013 has ended and from all accounts was a resounding success! Congratulations and our thanks to all involved. Watch for follow-up information, including photos of contest winners and activities. These will be posted on the convention website at www.mcr2013convention.com.
Over the next few months, both this site and our sister site, www.daytontrainshow.com, will be undergoing major revisions as we implement a Content Management System. This will enable us to make changes and updates to the sites more simply. During this redesign, we will be able to easily make any changes needed in either site. If you have questions or suggestions, we welcome them. Feel free to contact the Webmaster either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or at the Division meeting.
A Blast from the Past!
Gene Smith from Smitty's Hobby Shop recently shared with Mark Stiver, Division Historian, a collection of photos of early members and activities of the Division and model railroading in the Dayton area. Click HERE to view the photos. They came with minimal descriptions and documentation. If you can identify additional people or places in these pictures, please contact the Webmaster through the website or see Norm or Mark at any Division meeting.
UPDATE! December 20. We have received updated information from Curt Marshall and Bob Fink on a few of these photos.
Video Library Update!
The Video Library contains over 200 titles of how-to programs, tours of great model railroads, and a wide range of prototype videos. Many new titles have been added recently. These VHS Tapes and DVD's are available for checkout by members. See Jim Montgomery at any meeting. To view a list of titles, click HERE.
Members are reminded to please return videos and books promptly so other members may enjoy them.
Note: This site is continuously updated. We try to keep all information as current and relative as possible. Please contact me with your suggestions and comments. - Webmaster