Seacoast Division NMRA Winter Event

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 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 – Tom Oxnard, MMR, an incumbent Director and new candidate Bob Kotsonis – for two of the seats.  We still need a candidate to fill the third vacant seat.  Any interested members are invited to throw their hat in the ring and run for a Director position.  Information regarding the duties of a Seacoast Director can be found on the Seacoast Division website,, in About Us/Division Bylaws.


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


Sound Decoder Installation by Tage Erickson

This presentation will show how to install TCS Sound Decoders into 3 different locomotives.  It will include a brief discussion of the the different sound decoders available on the market.  Then Tage will show and discuss the different installation methods required for each of his locomotives.  This will be followed up with a live demonstration, running each locomotive on the SMMRC layout that will be set up at the Event.


Making Roads with Elmers’s Wood Filler by Dave Kotsonis

While there are many ways to make roads, Dave has settled on a technique that works best for his layout.  This clinic will show the technique that Dave uses to make asphalt roads from wood filler.  Single lane asphalt roads or four lane highways can be made.  Dave will show how to plan the road, what tools work best, and how to get started making the road. Finally, Dave will show how to finish the scenery and paint the road.


How to Create your own Photo Backdrops by Chuck Hastings
While extensively searching for photo-realistic backdrops readily available on the market, Chuck Hastings determined that in order to appropriately suit his needs he should just do his own!  Armed with a Nikon D7100, some handy computer skills and a background in graphic arts, Chuck will guide you through the process of creating (or working with an appropriate vendor who can facilitate) your own custom photo backdrops. The presentation will cover soup to nuts -- more than just going out and taking the pictures, but how to weave together scenes digitally, create the appropriate print, texturing techniques, with mounting/printing guidance. 




Silent Auction with All Proceeds Going to the Chip Faulter Fund

Larry Cannon has volunteered to organize and run a Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the Chip Faulter Fund.   Thank you Larry!   We are asking everyone to bring model railroad items that would like to donate to the silent auction.


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 Tour - Please take time to visit this layout 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 switcher and a road job (running trains to the port and back and the mill and back).


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 4, 2020 at the Newington Old Town Hall, 336 Nimble Hill Rd., Newington NH.  Mark your calendar and save the date!!