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Seacoast Division NMRA 2018 Summer Event
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00am - 02:00pm

All NMRA members and any person(s) interested in becoming an NMRA member are invited to the Summer meeting of the Seacoast Division NMRA in Auburn, Maine.

Clinics and Presentation Topics:

  • Provisional Structures by Victor Hand. We are again, very fortunate to have a retired "real railroader" and a very fine model builder from the Bangor, Maine area, Mr. Victor Hand, with us. Victor will be giving us a presentation on the pros and cons of building “Provisional Structures” for a layout, prior to constructing the final detailed models.  He will describe the methods and materials that he uses and show us some items that are the results of his efforts.  This will be a very interesting presentation that you won’t want to miss.
  • The Portland Maine Rail Network by Dr. George Carhart, Ph.D.  Since many of our members were not able to attend the Winer Event due to weather related issues, I received many requests to have this presentation re-done.  George was very willing to do this for us.  As the Engineering Archivist for the City of Portland’s Department of Public Works, George has access to the City of Portland’s DPW Engineering Archives which hold some 100,000 plan sheets and about 1000 photographs that document the infrastructure and developmental history of the city, below and above ground.  As a railway and model railway enthusiast, George will be sharing with the group a number of plans and aerial photographs that show the development and the eventual disappearance of the rail network that once encircled the city of Portland, Maine.
  • Layout Construction Techniques and Update by Jerry Clark. This presentation will focus on Jerry’s layout construction progress and the lessons learned.  Jerry is utilizing a sectional construction approach and has just finished laying the track in his main yard.  He uses the new Micro-Engineering #5 ladder turnouts and the Berrett Hill Shops touch toggle switches and controls with the yard.

Show and Tell and Ask: 

We are going to try something different at this Event.  Rick Mills has graciously volunteered to coordinate the “Show & Tell & Ask” segment.  He will have some time at the beginning of the Event to explain how it will work.  All members are highly encouraged to bring examples of your modeling to show to other attendees for educational purposes (two-way!) and also any questions on model railroading topics to pose to the other members. 

We will designate a table for "mini poster sessions”.  If you have something that you would like to show the members, bring your "show" items and place them on the table, along with a written description, at the beginning of the Event.  It would not have to be a poster, a simple printed sheet of paper would work.  Your item would be on display for the other members to look over during the course of the Event.  If you would still like to have a few minutes to describe your item, you will be able to do that during the “Show & Tell & Ask” segment. 

If you have a question that you would like the members to answer, you will be able to place that in a designated area of the table, also.  The questions will be answered during the “Show & Tell &Ask” segment.  Take advantage of the cumulative experience of all of the attendees to make your modeling experience more enjoyable.  Contact Rick Mills or Tage Erickson, with any questions or information about your showing. 

Figure Swap:

Also during the Event, we will be having a “Figure Swap.”  Some scenes on layouts are not complete until they are populated with model people.  We are inviting all members to bring any figures that they are interested in getting rid of, or swapping with figures another member might have that you may need for your particular layout situation.  You may find another member that needs something that you have or vice-versa.  Larry Cannon will be running this segment and will explain the ground rules at the beginning of the Event.  The basic guidelines are for members to bring groupings of five or more painted or unpainted figures in clear plastic sandwich or other clear plastic bags.  You decide the “exchange rate” for swaps.  Members without figures to swap are allowed to make cash offers to those offering figures.  The “Figure Swap” will take place during the Social Time/Lunch Break.


Layout Tours: 

Larry Cannon has once again volunteered to open up his layout for tours, following the meeting.  Larry has been working steadily on the scenery and track-work of his layout.  If you have never visited or haven’t seen his “Otter Valley Lines” layout recently, this would be a great opportunity to do so.  Directions to Larry’s house will be provided at the meeting.



There will be a table set up for any members that wish to display any surplus modeling items they may have  available for sale.  If you have any model railroad related items (loco’s, rolling stock, buildings, etc.) that you don’t need and wish to sell, you are encouraged to bring them to the meeting.  Please put a tag on each item with your name and the asking price.  Maybe one of your fellow members might be interested!


Social Time:

Similar to our other recent Events, there will be a 30 minute break for lunch and socializing.  As in past Events at this venue, lunch will be available on-site for purchase, or you can bring your own lunch or snacks.  It will be similar to the lunches that have been provided in the past and will be coordinated by Dave Kotsonis.  Also, please take some time to visit the many different scale layouts that are available for viewing at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club.  If you haven’t been here before, you will find this is a very special place.

There will be a drawing for door prizes, too!


The Quarterly Board of Directors meeting will precede the program, beginning at 8:30 AM.

All members are welcome to attend and observe the Board of Directors Meeting.


Come to the Summer Event and Share the Fun of Model Railroading!

Location Great Falls Model Railroad Club 144 Mill Street, Auburn, Maine 04210
Sponsored by NMRA Seacoast Division