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** Updated Company Store page.
** Updated Meeting Page.
** Updated Contest Page.
** Updated Callboard page.
** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 30 train shows.

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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Elections Completed

Per the By-laws of our division the election of officers was completed at the April meeting. Here are the results:

Rick Lach will serve as the Superintendent.
Ric Zimmerman will serve as the Assistant Superintendent.
Tom Mroczka will serve as the Chief Clerk.

The new officers will start their terms at the May meeting.

We wish to thank Phil Gliebe for his service as Chief Clerk for the past two years.


May meeting location and date changed.

The May meeting will be held at Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton,OH. In addition to the general meeting, the contest will be on diesel locomotives. Meeting to be held on May 22nd at 2pm. Go to the Meetings Pageor more information.


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.


Assistant Superintendent

Announces New Contest

"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 available at Contest Page.  

Company Store

The Company Store Clerk, Paul Jenkins, has reported the we now have a limited supply of the FPE box cars. He also reported that the store has a few of the NSS cars from the 2008 MCR Convention. A photo of the FPE car can be found on Company Store page 2. 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.

Coming Soon to a Meeting Near You


As noted above the May meeting will be held on the 22nd at Carillon Park, go to meeting page for more details.


The June meeting will be held at The Greene County Historical Society located at 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Phil Gliebe will be giving a clinic building a shelf layout. Contest will be Steam Locomotives.


The July meeting will be on June 19th at 2 pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be on non-revenue cars. Ed Swain will be giving a clinic on building a sanding facility.


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.

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 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. The March's contest had only one entry and it was a scratched built beauty of a poultry car plus 3 photos.

For a look at recent winners, visit our Contest page. NOTE: Contest page is under going a face lift and is a couple of months out of date.

The contest for May is Diesel Locomotives. In April the standard classes will be judged. They are kit, kitbashed, scratchbuilt and photo.


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