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** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 9 train shows.
** Updated Call Board page.
** Updated Meeting page.


Dayton Train Show Cancelled

The Dayton Train Show Committee regrets to announce that due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 Dayton Train Show℠ originally scheduled for November 7 & 8, 2020 has been cancelled. There were multiple issues:  the age of many of the show participants and attendees; the ever changing federal, state, and local regulations concerning shows and exhibitions; and insurance availability.   We spent months making plans to address these issues,  but various factors accumulated to the point where we determined that it was no longer feasible to stage the show with any degree of certainty and do so safely for all concerned.

We are now putting our efforts into planning the 2021 Dayton Train Show℠.  If you are a vendor, exhibitor, or are on the waiting list, you will soon be receiving a letter. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at (Sorry, due to high call volume currently, please do not try to contact us by phone).  We are looking forward to November 6 & 7, 2021 for the next Dayton Train Show℠.

The Dayton Train Show Committee 

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The Value of Membership 
An opinion

As we wearily make our way through the event called 2020, the annual clamor over the cost of membership in our organization has reached new heights, along with dissatisfaction of how the NMRA is being conducted. This article is not going to deal with the dissatisfaction. If you are in this group, you have two choices, get involved and make the changes you desire or quit.


Currently, a lot of people are having income problems. Be it either a fixed income that is losing its buying power or a reduction, maybe a total loss, of income because of career field decline (unemployment). Let’s be clear, if you are having to decide between membership or maintaining your household and standard of living, you have only one choice. Life trumps hobby.


Your membership gives you access to the three levels of the NMRA represented above. So, let’s get to the heart of the subject. Is NMRA worth $50 or $82 a year? The $32 is for the magazine, which is a full color, monthly periodical called “NMRA Magazine”. Of the three names our magazine has had, this is the least imaginative, but we have come a long way from issue after issue of articles on outhouses. READ MOREWord .docx .PDF


The general meeting for October will be held October 18 at 2 pm. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Details to be announce. Check our Facebook pages for current information or contact a division officer. Board of Governors(BOG) meetings are being held via ZOOM. Contact a BOG member for details.

Virtual Contest
The virtual contest for November is Weathering.
Deadline for entries is 12 noon, Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Deadline for voting is 12 midnight, Friday, November 13, 2020.
Rules and procedures for the contest may be found here. PDF DOC

NMRA X is presenting several virtual conventions and events online. Next schedule convention is September 26th. Go to NMRA x for details.

The 45th Dayton Train Show, scheduled for November 7 and 8 has been cancelled.

The Mt Hope Train Show for November 7, 2020 has been cancelled.

Trainfest, held in Milwaukee on Nov 14 and 15, 2020 has been cancelled.

The Danville Train Show at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, IN is scheduled for November 21, 2020.

The Springfield Model Train Show, to have been held December 6, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Massillon Train & Toy Show for December 13, 2020 has been cancelled.

The 2022 National Convention, to have been held in Birmingham, UK has been cancelled. Click on links to the left for latest information.

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V&O project car

Supplies are getting low. Get yours now before it is too late. Less than 8 cars total.

V&O project car

The project cars are available at the Company store and will be available at the general meetings. There are 2 styles of 70 ton 2 bay covered hoppers and two numbers per style. The cost is $20 per car + sales tax + shipping, as applicable. Supplies are limited.


Upcoming Events and Clinics

Date Event
Nov 7-8 2020 Dayton Train Show. Montgomery County Event Center and Fairgrounds. 645 Infirmary Rd. CANCELLED
Nov 15 2020 General Meeting. Contest is Weathering.
Dec 20 2020 General Meeting. Contest is Structures.
Jan 17 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Open Loads.
Feb 21 2021 General Meeting. Contest will be non-revenue cars. Auction is moved to July.
Mar 21 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Freight cars.
Apr 18 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Passenger cars
May 16 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Diesel locomotive

Questions?  Email at or call 937-301-0746.


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.

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

Contest for November will be in a virtual format, Subject is Weathering. Categories are weathering and photo. Rules and procedures are explained above and on contest page. Voting by e-mail.