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Seacoast Division NMRA 2019 Winter Event
Saturday, January 05, 2019, 10:00am - 02:00pm

Seacoast Division NMRA Winter Event

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm

Westbrook Community Center

426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME


Handicap Accessible


All NMRA members and people interested in becoming NMRA members are invited to the Winter Event of the Seacoast Division NMRA.


Seacoast Division Annual Meeting and Election

Every year three of the Seacoast Division’s nine Directors are elected to three year terms.  The nomination committee has put together a great slate of candidates – Tage Erickson an incumbent Director and new candidates Date Kotsonis and Mike Pederson.  Any interested members are invited to throw their hat in the ring and run for a Director position.


SMMRC Module Display

The Southern Maine Model Railroad Club will set up a few of their modules.  Seacoast Division members are invited to bring in their locomotives and try them out on the modules


Into the Woods:  Some Notes on New England Trees and Forests by Dr. Jack Lutz, Forest Economist.  

On model railroads, rivets get counted and buildings get compressed, but the trees and forests are often an afterthought.   Jack will present some notes on modeling New England forests based on the prototype.   Topics to be covered include Pointy Trees, Edges and Tree Heights—and why they matter.


Smartphone Throttle with Rasberry Pi by Dave Delorey

Dave will present a low cost alternative to proprietary technology DCC throttles (e.g. Digitrax DT500D, NCE-Procab, Lenz LH100, MRC Prodigy, etc.).  Dave operates DCC using a smartphone and a $35 Rasberry Pi 3 Model B small format computer instead of a proprietary DCC device.


Modeling the Paper Industry by Chuck Hastings   

Chuck Hastings will provide an overview of the intricacies of modeling a modern day paper mill. For years the backbone of railroading in Northern New England has been the forest economy and even to this day pulp & paper mills continue to rely heavily on rail service as an important part of their supply chains. Depending on the production capability and type of mill, Chuck will break down various railcars that are common to mills, as well as different raw materials that come in and outbound products that exit the mills. Further, he will provide concept of mill layouts and how they function at a broad level.


Show and Tell and Ask: Everyone loves to see the modeling of our members.  If you have something that you would like to show us, please bring it to the meeting and we will give you a few minutes to describe your efforts.  If you have any modeling questions for the group, please bring those, as well.  We have plenty of experts in attendance and we can certainly get you some answers to your questions.


For Sale!:  There will be a table set up for any members that wish to buy/sell any surplus modeling items they may have.  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!


Layout Tours - Please take time to visit these layouts on your way home from the Fall Event!

Rob Selberg’s St. James Sub (N)

The Port Asbestos Terminal "St. James Sub" is an 8x12 N scale layout built for operation, small trains but plenty of action! The layout is based "somewhere" in the northeast and was once a connection between the Canadian pacific and Conrail (now CSX). The layout can support 5 operator with none of them bumping into each other. The layout boasts an active port with car float operation, a midsized paper mill, a local town switch job, a yard switche,r and a road job (running trains to the port and back and the mill and back).

Lou Champagne’s Cape Porpoise & Western (HO)

The year is 1957 and the 32’ X 13’ Cape Porpoise & Western (CP&W) is a freelanced short line based in Southern Maine with connections to the Maine Central, Boston & Maine and the Canadian National. The CP&W’s mainline runs from Westbrook, Maine to Dover, New Hampshire (N/East - S/West). The Maine Central connection in Westbrook allows the CP&W to utilize MEC’s “Mountain Division” trackage for its northern routes to Berlin, NH and Newport, Vt. (via Lancaster, NH). The railroad’s focus is on operations with 25-30 trains running in a 24 hour period. Traffic includes mainline way freight & passenger trains, local freight, passenger & commuter trains as well as several extras. In addition to freight, there is a lot of “head-end” traffic, RPOs, REA express reefers & reefers that require icing. Motive power is both steam and early diesel, controlled by NCE DCC, with 95% of engines having sound. Operations utilize the Micro-Mark car card system as well as other local forms plus a “fast clock”. There are many structures on the layout and scenery ranges from minimal to very complete. Enter through the bulkhead.  Welcome Aboard !


There will be a 30 minute break for lunch and socializing.  Bring your lunch or visit food establishments within close proximity to the meeting.


There will be a drawing for door prizes, too!


A “Regular” Board of Directors Meeting will precede the program at 8:30 AM.

A brief Supplemental Board of Directors Meeting will follow the general meeting to address the appointment of officers per the bylaws.


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



Next Event: The Spring Event will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Newington Old Town Hall, 336 Nimble Hill Rd., Newington NH.  Mark your calendar and save the date!!

Location Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME
Sponsored by NMRA Seacoast Division