Sadly, we have been informed of the passing of another long time member of our division. Mel Menk has passed on. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at For more information click Remembering Mel.

It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of Nick Folger. Our prayers and thoughts are with Shirley and the family. For more information about Nick click Remembering Nick.


Recent Updates and Additions.

**Added Remembering Mel page.
**Added Honor Roll to Achievement Program page.
**Updated meeting announcement this page and meeting page.
**Updated upcoming area trains shows on Train Show page.
**Added Standing Committees and Chiarperson to Points of Contact page.
**Several changes to the Home page.


The Miami Valley Division is the host of The Dayton Train Show, held the first full weekend of November. For 2015 it will be held on November 7 and 8 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. Click Here to visit the train show web site. You can also follow the train show on facebook at

NOTE: Our next meeting will be September 20! The contest will be Making It Cheap $1-3-5 categories. Our guest speaker will be Ed Swain, he will be talking about "Engine Servicing Facilities" with many pictures of his facility. His layout was recently featured in Model Railroader.


New pages

Check out the new entries on several of our pages:
---Achievement Program Honor Roll on Achievement Program page.
---Standing committees and the chairperson on Points of Contact page.
---A Remembrance page for those who are no longer with us.

In the Mail

A flyer from The Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles, Ky. They will sponsor a Freight Train Photo Excursion on October 10, 2015. An all day event including 3 train rides, 2 with photo ops, 1 a passenger run and the evening meal. This museum was an extra fare event during the recent MCR convention held in Lexington, KY. Scheduled photo ops include several trestles and other scenic spots. For more information go to their website at

SWOOPS website up and running. First OPS weekend coming.

The SouthWest Ohio OperationS (SWOOPS) weekend has been scheduled for the weekend of October 2-4, 2015 They will have 12 layouts available for operations in 5 sessions, beginning Friday and going through Sunday afternoon. Registration is now open. Members of Division 7 and 3 are invited to participate. More information will be made available at the group's web site: . The Miami Valley Modular Railway will be at Caesar's Creek Flea Market, as part of SWOOPS. They intend to have all the modules up and running. Stop in and say Hi.

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 email to Dennis Rahn.

August Bus Trip 2015bustrip

The annual August Bus Trip was a great success. 35 members participated in this edition. This year we visited the Age of Stream Roundhouse. John B and the crew gave a very informative and interesting tour of the roundhouse and some of the other facilities at the Sugarcreek, OH location. Well worth the trip. Visit their website at

Our next stop was the The Toledo Walhonding Valley and Ohio Railroad, the home road of the Coshocton Model Railroad Club. Located on the Coshocton County Fairgrounds they have an outstanding layout, in a 50' by 150' building. Minimum 42" radius curves and lots of long staging tracks. They were running four trains when we visited and not a derail to be seen. More information on the club can be found at:

On the way to the Marion Union Station we took the annual Bob Fink quiz. This year quiz was to match herald shapes to the correct road. There were four contestants that matched all of the heralds correctly. They are Wil Davis, Paul Jenkins, John Buhmann and Dana Yarnall. Our thanks to Bob for creating this quiz and our best wishes for the future.

The Marion Union Station Association hosted us at the station and gave a brief history of the station and the effort that has been made to restore the station. Also included was a very informative explanation of the interlocking devices on display. A great amount of work has been done to connect the interlocking panels to signal lights to show the effect of operating interlocks. More information about the Association can be found at:

The Division wishes to extend a hearty THANK YOU to the owner and employees of the Age of Steam Roundhouse, to the modelers of the Coshocton Model Railroad Club and to the volunteers at the Marion Union Station Association for taking time out of their busy schedules to show us the results of their labors.

Also a thanks to Mike Mereness for arranging the trip and to Wil Davis for coordinating the seating.

E-mail the Webmaster with your comments about the trip. Webmaster will forward all communications to Mike Mereness and/or Will Davis.


Record a Locomotive Crew View of your layout!

Announced at the July meeting Dick Straus and Ron Goble have available a USB recording device(audio/video) suitable to be mounted on a flat car at the head or end of your train. It is about the size of a thumb drive. A couple of dozen were available at the meeting, but they sold out. They indicated more will be available in a couple of weeks. The cost is $10.00. You can contact The Greene County Historical Society at (937)372-4606 or email the webmaster. You will also need to purchase a mini SD memory card. They range from 2 GB to 32GB for $4-$20. Note: All emails will be forwarded to Dick Strous.

Bob Fink provided the following link to a youtube video explaining this interesting device DVR Mini U8 . Thank you, Bob.


150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Last Train Trip

We have reached a landmark in history. April brings the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. In commemoration, there will be many special events in the city of Springfield, IL where Lincoln lived for 24 years of his historic life. In the world of rail fanning and model railroading, the most significant event of the celebration is the creation of a working replica of the funeral train which carried Lincoln's body from Washington D.C. to Springfield.

Lincoln was carried on his last trip in a car that had been created for his comfort during his life. He refused to use it because of the luxurious decor and the high cost of the car. The car was modified to carry the casket containing our 16th presdent on his final trip home.

Dave Kloke, mechanic and engineer, has created the working replica of the engine and funeral car. The engine is named Leviathon and was manufactured from scratch over a period of 10 years. The coach was reconstructed from scratch over a period of 10 years from historical documents and photographs (the original was destroyed in a fire in 1911 after being owned by a series of private owners). For the full schedule as well as other information, go to

When the commemoration celebration wraps up in Springfield, the funeral train will travel to cities all over the country. Upcoming show dates and locations:

Versailles,KY( near Lexington) Sept 5-7
Troy, Ohio Sept 10-13
Francisville, IN(northwest of Loganport) Sept 19
Richmond, IN Sept 26




The Dalmation Switching District

Help walk the Dog. The Dalmation Switching District or the Dog is a modular layout that the division uses to help spread the word about our hobby. The division needs volunteers to help with the operation of this layout at various events that it attend's. What could be better, you get to attend train shows and you run trains. If that isn't enough the time spent will earn credit toward the Volunteer Award of the Achievement Program. For more information contact the Webmaster.



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.

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 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 recent winners, visit our Contest page found in the links in the left hand column to the left.

The contest for September is make it cheap. Catagories are $1 - $3 - $5. Go through you junk and leftover boxes and see what you can create.

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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