The January 2016 issue of The Switch Tower is published !
Included in this issue of The Switch Tower is a recap of the Fall event, a member survey, a review of the combined MER/NER Regional Convention, and much, much more.
** Latest News **
Winter Event Fun
Thirty-six modelers participated in the Winter Event in S. Portland on January 9, notwithstanding winter weather issues. The clinic program was cram-packed with three intensive clinic presentations. In addition, Tom Oxnard and Chip Faulter brought their scratch-built models of two prototype stations that once served the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in northern Maine. Tom is building his using mostly styrene and Chip used wood for his model. Chip’s model was evaluated for merit award during the meeting and he was very successful, earning 109 points (87.5 required for merit award) out of 125 possible. Tom’s model is close to being finished and he will install it on a layout, with other structures, scenery, rolling stock, and track for purposes of earning the AP certificate Master Builder- Prototype Models.
The members also convened for the Annual Meeting. They heard reports from some officers and committee chair and then voted on open director positions. Winning re-election were Tom Coulombe and Larry Cannon. Dave Sias also won election to the Board, replacing Mike Grahame who chose not to run for re-election.
Watch for the April issue of the Switch Tower for photos and stories about the clinics and other fun activities.
Finally, the Board of Directors held a meeting and re-elected both elected officers: President Erich Whitney and VP Chip Faulter. President Whitney then re-appointed all sitting non-elected officers and committee chairs: Secretary Tom Oxnard, Treasurer Doug Harwell, Membership Chair Dave Sias, Activity Chair Peter McKenney, Derry Model Railroad Fun Night Coordinator Bruce Robinson, Switch Tower Editor Geoff Anthony, Assistant Editor Steven Russo, and Webmaster Bill Poor. The Directors unanimously ratified his appointments. You can find all contact information for all Division leaders on the Contacts page.
Jim Selberg opened his N-scale layout in Portland, the MEC Carlyle Division, for touring after the program. Everyone found something at the Winter Event to add to their enjoyment of the hobby. Thanks, everyone, for working to produce another great Event!
** Save The Date for the Spring 2016 Event**
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm, Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH
Rich Breton and other NMRA members in New Hampshire have been working diligently to populate the Wakefield Heritage Commission’s 1909 B&M Railroad HO scale model railroad with historically accurate replicas of structures, rolling stock, and scenery. Seacoast Division NMRA members are in for a treat because Rich is creating a soup-to-nuts clinic presentation using his recent experience in constructing another scene on the museum’s layout as the basis. Rich will explain the process used in developing a scene to accurately represent East Wakefield, including photo backdrop, mountain scenery constructions, rock outcroppings, trees, roads, scratch-built structures, details such as period RR crossing sign and wild flowers. This scene is one of the five villages represented on the layout.
Model railroad scenes always need rolling stock and structures. Two other clinicians will provide you with more ideas for your layout.
- Paul Lessard will explain features of hopper cars used on the B&M RR from the 1930’s to 1980’s including modeling tips.
- Larry Cannon will show how to use available kits to produce multiple structures. Larry used 3 of Walther’s Corn Receiving and Storage Building kits to make 10+ unique structures. This Power Point presentation will show what he was able to generate from the parts included, along with a few extra materials.
The Division is very fortunate that John Doehring, NER President will attend the Event and present his vision of the future of the Northeastern Region of the NMRA and respond to questions. The NER has lots of opportunities to enhance our modeling experiences and you should be aware of how, as well as how you might become involved. There will be ample time for Show and Tell and Ask, and to socialize. After the formal meeting, a special open house will be held for the NMRA members at the Wakefield Heritage Commission’s Union Station Freight House so you can see what Rich Breton and the other volunteers have been producing on the HO layout.
Do not risk missing this wonderful program. Mark your calendar: April 9!!
Derry Fun Night
February 12, 2016
"Modeling the Granite Industry in New England"
The Seacoast Division NMRA continues to sponsor their Derry Model Railroading Fun Night program in 2016. The program is held on the second Friday night of each month, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, NH. If you are interested in model trains and would like to join other like-minded hobbyists from beginner to expert for a fun evening program come to Derry Fun Night !
Scott Jewell returns with another presentation based on his modeling of the Boston harbor and Cape Ann railroading scene of the 1920’s. This presentation will showcase modeling the granite industry in New England.
Always a part of the program is Model Showcase where modelers bring in the latest project they are working on to show and discuss.
Future programs planned:
- March 11 Modular Railroad building
- April 8 Using Gatorfoam
- May 13 Modeling vehicles
Engraved Name Badges Now Available
Engraved name badges are now available to all Seacoast Division NMRA members. The badges will feature the Seacoast Division logo and up to three lines of text for a cost of $5 each (optional shipping extra). Name badges are a great way to "break the ice" and and get conversations going... get yours today !.
Please use the name badge order form to order your badge.