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Seacoast Division NMRA 2021 Winter Meeting
Saturday, January 09, 2021

Seacoast Division NMRA Zoom On-line Event

Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm

On-line Zoom Event



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


A New Kind of Event – On-Line with Zoom

Since Covid-19 continues to be a major health risk, especially to older people, the Seacoast Division Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel “in person” events for the foreseeable future.  The BOD has also decided to help fill the void by holding on–line Zoom meetings.  Many of you are already familiar with Zoom since other organizations are already starting to use it.


Zoom is one of several video conferencing applications available for use on your computer that is connected to the internet.   For several years, lap top computers have been equipped with a camera that faces the user, a microphone, and speakers.  The computer with the camera/microphone /speaker combination lets the user take advantage of the full capability of Zoom.  If you don’t have a computer with the camera/microphone /speaker you can still use your computer to view the event and you can communicate with everyone using a phone.  Finally, a smart-phone can also be used to participate in a Zoom video conference.


New users will have to go to and then download “Zoom Client for Meetings” if you use a computer, or download the Zoom Mobile apps for IPhone or Android from the APP store.  You will not have to register for an account.  The host of the Zoom Meeting, in our case Seacoast President Tage Erickson, will send out an email with a meeting invitation which includes a link to the meeting.  The non-host attendees will click on the link a few minutes prior to the meeting to get connected to the Zoom meeting.  The host will then accept you into the meeting and you will be able to see all the attendees that have cameras and you will be able to hear all the attendees that have microphones or have called in on the telephone. 


President’s Welcome by Tage Erickson

Tage will address the members of the Seacoast Division.



Detailing a B&M Doodlebug by Tom Oxnard, MMR

Doodlebugs were common in the 1920s and 30s. They were the predecessor of the RDC. Many railroads had them. Tom will show you how he took a Bachmann B&M Doodlebug and upgraded it to look like the prototype with some fairly simple steps.


Cardstock Structures by Jim Gore, MMR   

Cardstock structures - A survey of cardstock models as craftsman-level entities.  Jim will describe cardstock modeling, the necessary tools and glues, new techniques that must be mastered, as well as examples of structures, vehicles, and rolling stock made from cardstock.  There will be a more extensive examination of the construction of John Allen's engine house at Gorre to demonstrate the techniques. 


Video Layout Tours

Since we can’t tour member’s layouts in person, we’ll be doing the next best thing – seeing layouts on video.  Seacoast members Victor Hand and Herm Botzow recorded video tours of their layouts for the NERx regional event held in early December, 2020.  Victor and Herm will be here to introduce their layout videos.

Buckeye Railroad by Herm Botzow

New York Central – Harmon to Cold Spring by Victor Hand


What’s On Your Workbench?

We invite members to show a few photos, PowerPoint slides, or even a short video of what you are working on or a layout tour etc.  Send me an email to sign up and describe what you will be presenting. Please limit your presentation to about 5 minutes in length.  If you have a longer presentation, let me know and I can schedule it in a future Zoom meeting.


Open Forum

Let’s discuss what members would like to see in future Zoom Events.


Sponsored by NMRA Seacoast Division