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Seacoast Division NMRA 2019 Summer Event
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00am - 02:00pm


Seacoast Division NMRA Summer Event

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm

Great falls Model Railroad Club

144 Mill St., Auburn Maine 04210


Handicap Accessible


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




NMRA National Convention in Salt Lake City by Tage Erickson

Tage will present his experiences from his trip to the NMRA National Convention.


Developing a Rolling Stock Roster by Larry Cannon, MMR

Larry Cannon’s clinic explores planning a freight car roster that supports a layout with 260+ car spotting locations and creating the information to plug into a mathematical matrix to test if the car fleet will satisfy basic operating needs of the layout.  It includes planning for cars needed to be in route or in staging and an explanation of train assembly/switch lists utilized for operations.


Alternative Structures for the Railroad by Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett is approaching the final stages of construction on his On30 South China and Sheepscot River Railroad, but that doesn’t mean that he has to stop scratch building outstanding structures.  Bob will demonstrate how he continues to build a number of Maine-based flagstop stations and water tanks and swaps them out with existing structures on his layout.  Many of his structures have been featured in magazines and you may recognize them.  Bob will bring in many samples of his work and mock-ups of locations on his layout to demonstrate his technique.


Pulp and Paper Mill Car Fleets by Dr. Jack Lutz

At the Seacoast Division’s 2019 Winter Meeting, Chuck Hastings presented “Modeling a Paper Mill”, where he discussed pulp and paper mill operations and the types of railroad cars that bring materials in and out of those mills.  In this presentation, Jack uses published reports and data to estimate how many cars of each type would arrive at or leave a mill in a week (or a year).  His research and analysis indicate he needs to add a few more tank cars and several modern high-capacity covered hoppers to his car fleet.


Prototype Railroad Photographs in Maine and New England by Victor Hand



Palmer Ice kits have arrived

If you ordered a Palmer Ice House kit, bring your $25 and Dave Kotsonis will give you a kit.


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 Summer Event!

Larry Cannon’s Otter Valley Lines (HO)

The HO Otter Valley Railroad layout is 95% complete on two levels and features more than 80 industries with 260+ car spotting locations and well over 100 structures.  There are four yards that originate trains and two small staging yards.  The layout is NCE DCC.  In addition to the home road, MEC, CN/CV, D&H and CP trains operate on the layout.  The geographic territory extends from Richford, VT South to Wells River, VT and from Rouses Point, NY East to Whitefield, NH.  The period modeled is 1980 into the 1990's.


There will be a 30 minute break for lunch and socializing.  Bring your lunch or buy 2 hotdogs with chili, chips, and a soda for $5.00


There will be a drawing for door prizes, too!


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


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


Next Event: The Fall 2019 Event will be held at the Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham NH on Saturday October 12, 2019.  Mark your calendar and save the date!!


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