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NOTE: Our next meeting will be MAY 31! Be sure to note the change in meeting date. Especially since the program is so good. Learn to scratchbuild buildings. For more information, go to our MEETING page.

2016 NMRA National Convention--Indianapolis, IN

The Central Indiana Division, Mid-West Region is holding 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.

Check Out Our Calendar

Our calendar is now up and running. We are in the process of adding important dates. When you go to the calendar page, you will see the event/meeting name. If you click on that description, there will be more information. At this point, we are only putting up the name, where it is and when it is. In the future we hope to put links to the website. We plan to place local railroad meetings, national train shows of interest, and local/regional train shows within approximately a 200 mile drive. If you know of an event/meeting we should list, please send an email to NMRADivision3Calendar@gmail.com. For more information, go to our CALENDAR page.

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). The train will depart from Washington D.C. on April 21 and follow the 150 year old route, running through 10 cities: Baltimaore; Harrisburg, PA; Philidelphia; New York City; Albany, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis and Chicago and finally to end the trip in Springfield on May 2. It is exciting to have this train coming to cities in our area. According to the site, the train will be moving from Buffalo, NY to Cleveland Ohio on April 27 & 28. It will be moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio on April 29. From there it will move from Columbus, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana on April 29 & 30. For the full schedule as well as other information, go to www.the2015lincolnfuneraltrain.com.

When the commemoration celebration wraps up in Springfield, the funeral train will travel to cities all over the country.



TRAINing Day March 14, 2015

TRAINing Day 2015 was held on Saturday March 14. 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Visitors and members alike joined to build a layout which was then awarded in a drawing. There were mini-clinics, Dalmation Switching District, refreshments, suitcase layouts, and much more. It was a successful, family-friendly, fun event. For more information, visit our training day page.



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 available. 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.

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.

The May contest will be Diesel Locomotives.


A Final Run

Norm Courtney, our Division Webmaster, passed-away Saturday evening, November 22 at the OSU Medical Center.  He had been in Kettering Medical for about ten days, but they were unable to stabilize him and he was transferred to OSU on Friday. 

The memorial service for Norm was held on Friday 12 Dec, at the Salvation Army Center in Dayton. Several division members were able to attend.

Norm's passing leaves us all with a great sadness, as he was one of the members who always gave what he could to the division.  We will all miss him and the void will be hard to fill.

Photo Album Update!

Gordon Carlson has provided us with some great new photos of his Grafton & Cumberland HO layout. The album may be viewed HERE! This should serve as an incentive to the rest of us to get photos of our layouts to the Webmaster for posting. If needed, the Division can supply a photographer.

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 http://www.nmra.org/education/achievement/ap_author.html

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