NOTE CHANGE IN PROGRAM!
SMALL TOWNS AND RAILROADS
Bob Fink, MMR will be presenting this month's program. If you are in the process of setting up a layout's operating scheme or just dreaming of the one you will have someday here's an interesting way to use the way the prototype roads developed their traffic. They began with the small towns they connected and generated revenue from them. There were some elements in any small town that produced traffic and we'll look at these and then examine some examples of towns around the region. Finally a look at how Bob adapted his hometown to his layout. He'll show the industries and traffic they develop for his operating sessions.
The contest this month is "Freight Cars". We should have a terrific turnout.
The meeting will be at 2pm on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Greene County Historical Society in Xenia (MAP)
Model Railroad TRAINing Day
We held our third annual Model Railroad TRAINing Day on February 15th. In addition to the usual one-on-one presentations we added the attraction of building a 4' x 4' HO layout. Saturday dawned bright and clear with three to four (more) inches of fresh snow that had fallen overnight. I was concerned that the roads would not be clear for the presenters, who came from all over the division and beyond.
Amazingly almost everyone made it in spite of the weather and the whole day went well. Unfortunately, the attendance from the public was lighter than expected. However, those who came seemed to have a great time. We had about six to eight young people who were really interested in the layout construction.
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 January's items visit our Contest page.
March contest will be Freight Cars! This category covers a lot of ground. Bring out your best!
Every two years Division 3 elects a group of three officers to guide the operations. I've been in on the nominations, on and off, for a long time and we have always been lucky enough to have a dedicated group of people keep the old division moving. This March we will need to elect a Superintendent, Assistant Super. and Chief Clerk (sec./treasurer). Again we want to extend an invitation to any member to join in the operations of the division.
Some have done it before and want to keep the ball rolling with their experience. We like to also tap new folks to give us their ideas and I've talked to some of you over the past weeks about helping by running for an office. I think it adds another dimension to the hobby to offer your ideas and leadership and though the pay and power are nil the fun of the fellowship is high. I look back with fond memories to the people who came from "plain old member" to grow into division officers.
I'll be around as nominating chairman in January and I can assure you the small amount of time spent on any of the jobs is not that burdensome.
We're famous around the NMRA for the volunteers and programs we come up with. Please help us continue it with your new ideas and energy. Call me, email me or let me know of ideas you have that we need and if you would like to help by leading our division.
Dalmatian Switching District
The Dalmatian Switching District will be up and operating at our annual Model Railroad TRAINing Day on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The location would be the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church and is handicap accessible. The church is located at 7505 Taylorsville Road, just east of SR 201 in Huber Heights. (MAP) There would be no cost to operate or participate in the TRAINing Day.
The layout would be run continuously during open hours, 9 am to 4 pm. The layout will also be open and operating between 1 and 2 pm on the following day (Sunday, February 16) before our annual Auction meeting at the same location. Come on out and learn the joys of operating!.
Articles NeededJ. 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 http://www.nmra.org/education/achievement/ap_author.html
Video Library Update!
The Video Library contains over 200 titles of how-to programs, tours of great model railroads, and a wide range of prototype videos. Many new titles have been added recently. These VHS Tapes and DVD's are available for checkout by members. See Jim Montgomery at any meeting. To view a list of titles, click HERE.
Members are reminded to please return videos and books promptly so other members may enjoy them.
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