Recent Updates and Additions. Click on underlined words to go to that page. *********************************************************************************

** Updated Meeting Page.
** Updated "Callboard" Page.
** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 28 train shows.
** Updated Remembering Page .
** Added Wil Davis' LED presentation.



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 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. You can follow the train show on facebook at or click Dayton Train Show to visit the train show web site.

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bus trip

August is nearly here and that means it is time for the annual bus trip. This year we will be visiting layouts in the Cincinnati area. Cincinnati is home to some truely outstanding layouts. Several of them have been featured in various hobby magizines, both monthly issues and special annual issues such as Great Model Railroads. The trip this year will be on August 20th, the third Saturday. We will depart from the parking lot next to the Kettering Medical Center at 8 A. M. sharp. Suggest you get there about 7:30 A. M. The address is 472 Sycamore Glen Drive. From I75 exit 44 go west on Rt 725 to S Gebhart Church Rd, turn left. Go south to Leiter Rd and turn left. Turn right on Sycamore Glen Drive. The parking lot is on the right. The cost is $25, a box lunch is included. Contact Wil Davis or the Webmaster for your seat. As of July's meeting only a dozen or so seats were available. Click map for larger image.



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.


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


August will be the annual bus trip. This year we will be touring some layouts in the Cincinnati area. Contact Wil Davis or the webmaster. No contest. The bus trip will on August 20th. See above notice or meeting page. Cost is $25.


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.

No contest for August.


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