Membership Meeting: April 14, 2018

Membership Meeting at the Trolley Station

Division 12 held a membership meeting on Saturday, April 14th at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. The minutes of the meeting are available on the Documents page.

During the business segment of the meeting, the three appointed officers were elected by an election of acclimation, keeping us in alignment with our even-year election cycle. Also, a motion to amend the Regulations put forth by the clerk and recommended by the board of directors passed unanimously. The amended Regulations and the minutes explaining the rationale for the amendments are both available on the Documents page.

One of the ongoing features of our membership meetings is the Bring and Brag segment. Five members (including a brand new member) shared a variety of structures, rolling stock, and plans that they have been working on recently:

  • Doug Sandmeyer shared an On30 queen post bridge built from an S scale Hunterline kit.
  • Brad White shared a Lasercut kit of an elevator and a cement hopper.
  • New member, Ray Goetz shared a heavily kit bashed box cab HO locomotive as an example of the crazy things he builds in his basement.
  • Dave Ellis shared a hand drawn, 1″=1′ track plan of an addition to his attic layout.
  • Mike Hauk shared several really nicely weathered Bowser F-30 flat cars with Owl Mountain lumber loads.

Photographs of the Bring and Brag projects are on our Facebook page.

Blaine Hays

Our presentation, by Blaine Hays, got us off to a great start for having interesting and informative presentations at our membership meetings. He presented information, great photographs, and even some personal stories of his researching trolleys and interurban systems of the Erie area over the years.  Despite our having to troubleshoot dimming the light in the trolley station for our presentations, the topic and quality of his presentation couldn’t have been more appropriate.

Division 12 at Railfest 2018

Division 12 will have an information table at Railfest, an NMRA sponsored show presented by Division 5 of the Mid Central Region. It is one of the largest train shows in Ohio including dealers, operating layouts, and displays. Railfest is held at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio 44094. It is open on both Saturday the 17th of March and Sunday the 18th of March from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Meeting and Event Schedule 2018

  • February: First Membership meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Erie, PA.
  • March: Board of Directors meeting Saturday, March 10 at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Planning for 2018 meetings and activities.
  • April: Membership meeting: Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 PM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Presentation: Blaine Hays on Erie Interurban transit.
  • May: Membership meeting: Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 PM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Presentation: Dick Bradley on short lines of the 1960s.
  • June: Event: Saturday, June 9th Picnic and train watching at Gale Street in Westfield NY. Time and details to be determined.
  • July: Membership meeting: Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 AM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Presentation: Dave Ellis on model railroad backdrops.
  • July: Event: Division 12 Information Table and T-Trak Layout at the Jefferson Historical Society’s Train Show.
  • August: Membership meeting: Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 AM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Presentation: Brad White on model railroad operations on the Chautauqua Branch.
  • September: Membership meeting: Saturday, September 8th at the Salamanca Railroad Museum. Details to be confirmed
  • September: Board of Directors meeting: Saturday, September 29th, at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. Planning for November Division 12 events: Erie Train Show, T-Trak Displays, NMRA Layout tours.
  • October: Membership meeting: Tentatively, Erie area meeting with presentation on operations on a model railroad and then operating on the railroad after the meeting. Details to be confirmed.
  • November: Public Event(s): Erie Train Show and possible other public demonstrations of Division 12 T-Trak layout. NMRA only event: Layout tours.
  • December: Break and holidays.

Erie Train Show

Division 12 had a table at the March 4th, Erie Train show displaying our new signs and banner. Several visitors with interest in the NMRA, or our local division, stopped by and took hand-outs such as brochures and applications. The regular NMRA application and the RailPass (9 month discount application) are always available online at the NMRA website

As several members gaining an interest in T-Trak were gathered together, we started discussion on “guidelines” for our modules. Members of the I-80 group visited our table to share their insights into building and operating T-Trak. Having some trains running on T-Trak modules could add another layer of interest for visitors at future events.

Next Membership Meeting

Our next membership meeting will be held on Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 PM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station located at the intersection of Venango Avenue and Railroad Street in Cambridge Springs, PA. If you are not familiar with the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station’s restoration and re-opening, here is a video about the station’s history and its restoration.

The program, by Blaine Hays, author of several books on urban transit, will be on the city of Erie’s Interurban and city cars.

We will continue to have a Bring and Brag segment where members share something they have been working on related to model railroading.

First Membership Meeting

Division 12 held its first membership meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Quality Inn and Suites at Route 97 and I-90 in Erie, PA. The minutes of the meeting are available on the Documents page.

One of the features of our membership meetings will be the Bring and Brag segment. The initial participation demonstrated some excellent modeling in our division as members brought examples of what they have been working on.



Start-up Grant

David Neff, the superintendent of Division 5, (on the right) presenting a check to Brad White, the superintendent of Division 12 (on the left)

Dave Neff, on behalf of the Board of Directors and General Membership of Division 5, presented a grant of $2,500 to Alleghany Western, Division 12 at the Division 5 membership meeting on February 2nd. The grant is for start-up expenses to get our new division up and running. The generous grant is much appreciated as we meet the expenses associated with starting a non-profit organization.

Upcoming Model Railroading Events in 2018



2018 Pittsburgh Model Railroad Jamboree

Division 2 is holding its annual Jamboree on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Yorktown Hall, Robert Morris University.

Cincinnati Express 2018 MCR Convention: West Chester OH, May 17-20, 2018

The Cincinnati Express is our region’s convention. It will include over sixty layouts open for the convention, guest operating sessions, industry tours, rail clinics, contests, and more.

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show: Monroeville, PA, July 21-22, 2018

The Greenberg Great Train Show is a large train show geared towards both the public and modelers. It is located in the Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd. Monroeville, PA 15416.

NMRA Kansas City National Convention: August 5-12, 2018

The NMRA National Convention has clinics, tours, contests, the largest train show in the country and more. This is one of the years that the Operations Road Show will be part of the convention.