Meeting Schedule

September Program

Our program year begins in September with John Smith presenting a talk he gave at the National C & O Convention " Modeling the Toledo Division of the C & O RR ". John has been building his HO layout for several years and it was one of the layouts featured at the 2014 MCR Convention.

The model RR represents the C&:O double-track main line from Columbus to Marion, Ohio.
The railroad's primary revenue is from transporting coal north to Lake Erie from the WV coal producing areas. From Columbus Parsons Yard, helper service get the consist up the hill to Powell, OH. However, manifest freights and way-freights are also prominent traffic.
The layout is operated point-to-point, with a 9-track staging yard at each end. The main line is double-track, and part of the layout has two decks.
Recent additions include a Scioto River three-span truss bridge.

The meeting will be at the Greene County Historical Society in Xenia at 2 pm on September 21st. MAP

The contest will be Make It Cheap (1-3-5 Dollar Models).

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.

Thanks to a generous donation from the estate of "Butch" Orr, about 200 new video items have being added to the library! New items will be posted on the Division 3 Video Library web page as they are added. Many will be previewed here. To view a complete list of titles and links to product descriptions and reviews, go to the video index (CLICK HERE).

Two New DVD Releases

Two of the latest additions to the list:

If you wish to reserve them please send an e-mail to the Division 3 Librarian.


It is with regret that Carstens Publicatons, Inc. will be closing permanently at close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Carstens Publications, Inc. has been a leading publisher of leading hobby magazines for over 50 years. Unfortunately the current economic climate has placed us in this position. Discussion is continuing with several parties who expressed desire to take on the continuance of the magazines. At this point there is still hope that all three titles will remain in existence. But I can offer no guarantees.

We thank you for your patronage over the years, and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
--Henry R. Carstens, President
Carstens Publications, Inc.


Railroad Model Craftsman
and Railfan & Railroad
are now part of
White River Productions


(Bucklin, Missouri) – White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, effective September 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Carstens Publications’ final issues of the two titles are the June issues, and future issues will be produced by White River Productions. Staff assignments for the two publications have not yet been determined. Included in the agreement is the Books Division of Carstens Publications, which will continue under White River Productions. Not included is Flying Models magazine.
“We are excited to welcome these two Carstens titles to our family of White River Productions publications,” said Kevin EuDaly, president of White River Productions. “These magazines are an important part of railroad publications and White River Productions looks forward to continuing their legacies.” Subscribers will be pleased to know existing subscriptions are to be honored and fulfilled by the new ownership. Fulfillment will be based on the number of remaining issues in existing subscriptions. Due to the need to get the magazines’ cover dates current, a combined issue scenario will likely be employed, but the number of issues owed to each subscriber will be adjusted accordingly.
“If you have six issues left on your subscription, you will receive six issues,” EuDaly said. The magazines’ new mailing address for all subscriber, reader, and industry communication is the Bucklin address.

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 July's winners, visit our Contest page.

There is no contest in August. The September contest will feature $1/3/5 Models. Show us your creative best!


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

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