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Division 12, Mid Central Region, NMRA, Inc., also known as the Alleghany Western Division, is a recently formed division of the National Model Railroad Association, located in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York.

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Next Membership Meeting Event:

Saturday, June 8th, 2024. Division Picnic at the Westfield, NY Railroad Park. 102-106 N Gale St, Westfield, NY 14787. 10 AM-2 PM. Division 12 will provide burgers, dogs, buns and condiments. Please bring another dish to share. Spouses welcome!

Superintendent’s Letter for June 2024

As I write this, I am just back from the MidCentral Region 2024 convention in Cleveland. As usual, it is always fun to get together with old friends from prior meetings, and even better to meet some new friends and acquaintances!

While there, I attended the MidCentral Region board meeting, and a clinic titled “What’s Happening in the NMRA” presented by NMRA Central District Director Fred Soward and Regional Advisory Council head Bob Weinheimer. In no particular order, here are a few items from those sessions that might be of interest to our division members:

  • The NMRA continues working on updating and consolidating the NMRA website. The “site” currently consists of three separate and nearly obsolescent parts: The main public-facing website, the NMRA store, and the member databases. Much of the current work is behind the scenes, but eventually the three will be brought together and updated. Some of the results that will ultimately be visible to the members are anticipated to be:
    • A single sign-on to the website and store.
    • Automatic membership renewals, including the option for monthly billing, rather than yearly.
    • Improved search function for the NMRA back-issue archive.
    • Updated beginner guides linked through the website.
  • Funds are available for Divisions for retention of membership. Division 12 is already taking advantage of this program for our upcoming picnic and the preliminary paperwork is in hand.
  • The Region Technology Committee will be discussing railroad computer simulation games as recruiting tools. If any of our Division members are involved in railroad sims, we’d like to hear from you!
  • The NMRA will be 90 in 2025, and there will be some celebratory things happening with that.
  • Lastly, there was again discussion regarding our Division hosting a regional convention. I expressed to the Region leadership that, absent a significant change in the way region conventions are planned and organized and given the small size of our Division membership, a regional convention is not a task we would be willing to undertake at this time. That said, there is continuing interest among members of other divisions to visit and/or operate on some of our member’s layouts. We have not ruled out smaller more informal events, such as weekend-long layout tours or ops weekends, for example. The goal of these types of events would not be fund-raising for our Division, but rather to showcase what we’ve got going on. Your BOD will continue to discuss these types of events. If you have any input, feel free to discuss with any member of our leadership team.

Mike Hauk

Superintendent, Division 12, MCR

 

Current Builder’s Plate newsletter available here.

Current Mid-Central Region Kingpin newsletter available here.

 

Know of any train shows in Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, or North East Ohio? Please send them to me at webeditor@div12mcr.org

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