Recent Updates and Additions.

**Added counter and YouTube video link on home page.
**Updated meeting page.
**Added article of USB recording device being available on the Home Page.

**Added new information below on the August bus tour. VERY IMPORTANT on the home page!
**Added new date for Lincoln Funeral Train at Troy, OH on the Home Page.

NOTE: Our next meeting will be September 20! No meeting in August. The activity in August will be THE BUS TRIP For more information see article below.

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:

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 is rapidly approaching. This year we will travel to the Age of Stream Roundhouse. we also will make a stop in Marion, Ohio to do some train watching, reportedly up to 4 per hour,additionally we will be given a tour of the model layout at the depot.The cost is $45.00 per person. This change is due to a tour fee of $20 each for the Age of Steam. Bus will depart Xenia Adult Recreation and Services parking lot, 130 E Church St, Xenia, OH. promptly at 7:30 AM August 15, 2015. Limited seating. The location is approximately 2 blocks from the Historical Society, where our monthly meetings are held. Contact Will Davis or Webmaster for additional information and to make reservations. NOTE: Webmaster will forward all commications to Will Davis.

Note that there are some safety requirements for the tour of Age of Steam: The tour lasts approx 1 1/2-2 hours and covers approximately 4/10 of a mile. The tour will be guided, no free roaming. To be on the tour, proper clothing must be worn: long pants and good walking shoes (no sandals, open toed shoes, high heels or flip flops). Although they allow sports shoes, I (your faithful webmaster) wore sports shoes to their tour a couple of years ago and it is very uncomfortable to walk on the rocks and surfaces in sports shoes unless they have very thick soles. I would highly recommend hard soled shoes for comfort. Note that the engine areas are very greasy and dirty so dress accordingly. Photographs may be taken but you may not publish them (ie on your Facebook page) or share them. You will be required to sign a release that states you will not share your photos. Note that no children under the age of 10 are permitted. For children 10 to 18 the LEGAL GUARDIAN is the only one who can sign the child's release. We have the two information sheets about this tour (links below) and we suggest you review them.

Age of Steam info sheet pg 1 of 2
Age of Steam info sheet pg 2 of 2



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 at the meeting, but they sold out. It was 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 right hand column.

There is no contest for August.

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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