April 2022: Iron and Steel Spring Rail Fest: Saturday, April 2nd 2022. St. Mary’s Assumption Social Center, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave. Youngstown, OH 44509
April 2022: Great Batavia Train Show and RPM Meet: Sunday, April 3rd, 2022.9:30AM-3:30PM. Genesee Community College, 1 College Road, Batavia, NY 14020.
April 2022: Saturday, April 23rd. Division 2 Jamboree at Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh. Mike H. from Division 12 will present a clinic on static grass. See attached flyer.
May 2022: Indy Junction 2022: May 18-22, 2022. Tri-Regional Convention sponsored by the Midwest, North Central, and Mid Central Regions of the NMRA and includes a joint conference with the Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM). 4 days of clinics, model displays and contests, operating sessions, prototype tours, trains show, and more! Early registration ends December 31st, 2021. Save up to $25 by registering early! More details including online registration and hotel reservations at: https://www.indyjunction2022.org/.
October 2022: The Great Berea Train Show: October 1 & 2, 2022. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201E Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights OH 44130 Visit https://thegreatbereatrainshow.org/ for more info.
The NMRA Partnership Program is a member benefit that truly has a tangible payback. The NMRA has partnered with model railroad manufacturers of all sizes, giving them exposure on The NMRA website in return for receiving generous discounts for NMRA members all year long. Some provide members with special codes, others prefer a phone or email order, but all appreciate the additional business from our members. And of course, our members appreciate the extra savings…savings that can actually pay the cost of NMRA membership!
For complete descriptions of the partners, the discount they offer, and instructions on applying the discount on your order visit the NMRA Partnership Program web page. If you are not signed in as a member, you will only see a list of the partners offering the discounts. To see the instructions on how to apply the discounts you need to register or log in as a registered member. If you have not registered, here is a FAQ with instructions for how to register at the NMRA website.
Bill has scheduled an op-session on his railroad in Cambridge Springs for the afternoon after our August 11 membership meeting and would like to open it to members of Division 12. For those participating, he suggests going to the new general store in Venango for lunch (excellent sandwiches and craft beers) and then coming over to run some trains.
The railroad runs best with seven operators (it’s the number of throttles available as well). It’s an NCE DCC system with a strong coal hauling flavor of eastern PA in the late 1940s. Mostly early diesel, some steam on occasion. If anyone wanted to get more of a sense of the railroad they could also look at the video that’s listed on the “Links and Layouts” page of the website.
He has three or four positions open, one of which is a smaller yard. The other two or three positions are running trains on the mainline, using switch lists rather than car cards. He will fill the call board on a first contact/best chance basis. He can be contacted at email@example.com. All positions are now full for August 11.
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.
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 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.
The Allegheny Western Board of Directors plan to meet on Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 AM at the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. The agenda will include reports from the officers and planning for upcoming membership meetings and Division 12 activities.
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.