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** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 27 train shows.
** Updated Support Your Division Page, with Silent Auction details.
** Added Phil Gieble's Shelf Layouts presentation.


The Train Show has a new location

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Click here for revised show flyer .PDF

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. The show is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. The new venue is at the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield. You can follow the train show by clicking Dayton Train Show to visit the train show web site or visit our facebook page at this location

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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.


Division adds Silent Auction

Curt Caden, who manages the raffle at the monthly meetings, is presenting a new feature for our meetings. He will be conducting a silent auction for several items each month. In addition to the meeting, bidding on these items will be available on line during the month preceding the meeting. You can submit your bid to the webmaster, who will forward the bids to Curt. Minimum bid is a dollar. Click Sept Silent Auction to view items for auction and the current high bid. Click Support Your Division for more details.


Shelf Layout Clinic available

At the July meeting Phil Gielbe gave an outstanding over view of shelf layouts. A PDF of the presentation can be found hereshelf


LED Clinic available

At the June meeting Wil Davis gave an excellent primer on LED's. A PDF of the presentation can be found here. Click the LEDs LED

Division 3 Diorama Contest

This heat wave makes an excellent time to be working on your entry for the diorama contest. Stay cool and enjoy your hobby. The contest judging will be held at 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.  

Diorama Contest Tip

Use the information from Wil Davis' clinic on LED's to light some of your structures, cars, signals or other effects. A lighted building gives you the opportunity to enhance the structure by adding an interior. Click on the LEDs above to view the clinic.

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.

Additionally, Division hats and the redesigned mugs are available.

Coming Soon to a Meeting Near You


The September meeting will be on September 18th at 2pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be Make-It-Cheap. Categories will be $1, $3 and $5. Rick Lach will do a presentation on passenger trains.


The October meeting will be on October 16th at 2pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be Cabooses. Categories will be kit, kitbashed, scratchbuilt and photo. Mike Mereness will do a presentation.


The November meeting will be on November 20th at 2pm at The Greene County Historical Society, 74 W Church St, Xenia, OH. Contest will be on weathering. The only category will be the weathering. Ric Zimmerman will do a presentation on An Industry You Should Model..


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. July's contest had 4 entries.

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

Contest for September will be Make-It-Cheap, $1-$3-$5. Check your junk or parts box and see what you can create.


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