Hello Fellow Model Railroaders,

 
It is time for the Maine Model Railroad Tour!  I hope you are all planning to attend as many layouts as possible during the Maine Model Railroad Tour, this weekend.  There have been some changes to the list of layouts that I wanted to pass on to you.  We were informed this week that the layouts of Brian Vaill and Chip Faulter will not be available to the tour due to personal illness.  We hope this does not cause any inconvenience to any of you that will be doing the tour.  Please take note of the changes to the enclosed pdf file.
 
I also wanted to give you an update on Chip Faulter’s battle with cancer.  Chip remains cancer free at this time.  He has had to discontinue the follow up courses of chemo-therapy because he has incurred some nerve damage in his tongue and throat.  This issue has been developing slowly over the past several months, to the point where his speech is now significantly affected as well as his ability to chew and swallow food.  The cause of these issues is being investigated right now.  So now his recovery from pancreatic cancer has taken on a new twist, that he has to deal with at this time.  This is not great news, but we all wish Chip the best as he continues his recovery from cancer.  I will have a further update for you all at the Fall Event on October 12th.
 
The Fall Event is coming on October 12th, and I will have a report for you on the recently concluded North Eastern Region Convention along with a brief slide show with some of the details.  Once again, please take some time this weekend to visit some of the layouts on the Maine Model Railroad Tour.  This is a great event and a chance to see the modeling skills of your fellow modelers.
 
Have a great weekend !
 
Best regards,
 
Tage Erickson
Seacoast Division President

President's Update September 27

 

Hello Fellow Model Railroaders,

 
It is time for the Maine Model Railroad Tour!  I hope you are all planning to attend as many layouts as possible during the Maine Model Railroad Tour, this weekend.  There have been some changes to the list of layouts that I wanted to pass on to you.  We were informed this week that the layouts of Brian Vaill and Chip Faulter will not be available to the tour due to personal illness.  We hope this does not cause any inconvenience to any of you that will be doing the tour.  Please take note of the changes to the enclosed pdf file.
 
I also wanted to give you an update on Chip Faulter’s battle with cancer.  Chip remains cancer free at this time.  He has had to discontinue the follow up courses of chemo-therapy because he has incurred some nerve damage in his tongue and throat.  This issue has been developing slowly over the past several months, to the point where his speech is now significantly affected as well as his ability to chew and swallow food.  The cause of these issues is being investigated right now.  So now his recovery from pancreatic cancer has taken on a new twist, that he has to deal with at this time.  This is not great news, but we all wish Chip the best as he continues his recovery from cancer.  I will have a further update for you all at the Fall Event on October 12th.
 
The Fall Event is coming on October 12th, and I will have a report for you on the recently concluded North Eastern Region Convention along with a brief slide show with some of the details.  Once again, please take some time this weekend to visit some of the layouts on the Maine Model Railroad Tour.  This is a great event and a chance to see the modeling skills of your fellow modelers.
 
Have a great weekend !
 
Best regards,
 
Tage Erickson
Seacoast Division President

Hello Model Railroaders,

 
Spring is definitely here, although it is June, and we have not had very many warm days here in Central Maine, yet.  It has been some time since I sent out a message. So on this rainy and dreary Sunday, I thought it would be good to do just that.  On a personal note, I have been working hard on my own layout and I am pleased to report that the first trains are running on the Sand Pond & Northern Railroad.  There will be a presentation about this at a Division Event in the future.
 

As most of you know, our 2018 President, Chip Faulter, had to resign his position this year due to medical issues.  Chip went through an extensive chemo-therapy program for treatment of his pancreatic cancer condition, and then that was followed by a successful operation to remove the vestiges of the tumor.  I am happy to report that the treatments and the operation were successful and he is now cancer free.  Chip is now going through a “final” program of chemo-therapy to close out his program of treatment.  Our best wishes go out to Chip as he goes through this last stretch towards finishing these treatments.

Here is a summary of some of the issues and events that have been happening in our area, this Spring:
 
Seacoast Division 2019 Summer Event
 
With less than 7 weeks to go, we still need presenters for our upcoming 2019 Summer Event. Our Seacoast Division 2019 Summer Event will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 144 Mill Street in Auburn, Maine.  If you have a presentation that relates to modeling, that you feel would be of benefit to our members, please get in touch with me or Glenn Mitchell, as soon as possible.  At this time, we have unfortunately had a few cancellations and we only have one confirmed presenter.  We need your help!  We would be interested in topics that relate to track work, painting/weathering, electrical work, layout design, structures, rolling stock, layout infrastructure(roads, signals, scenery).  Those of you that are contemplating a short presentation during the Show & Tell & Ask, please let us know about that, as well.  Thank you!
 
Seacoast Division 2019 Spring Event (summary courtesy of Glenn Mitchell)
 

The Seacoast Division Spring Event was held on April 6, 2019 at the Newington Old Town Hall, 334 Nimble Hill Rd., Newington New Hampshire.  Thirty-seven(37) members and two(2) guests attended the Event.  The Seacoast Division would like to thank John Newick for providing the venue.  This was the first time the Seacoast Division held a meeting at the Newington Old Town Hall.  The second floor meeting room was the ideal size for the event and was well equipped for our needs.  Overall, a great location for the Spring Event.

Tom Oxnard MMR, Tom Nelson, and Mike Pedersen gave terrific presentations at the Event.  Tom Oxnard’s presentation about “How to Scratch Build a Locomotive” was very special.  Tom went through all the details on how he scratch built a very rare Boston & Maine GE-IR 1100 Center Cab switcher.  Tom was able to show us the final product that he ran on the test track.  This was a superb effort by Tom as he is seeking to complete the requirements for the “Master Builder - Motive Power” AP award.
 
Tom Nelson was the second presenter and his topic was “An Introduction to LCC”.   Tom is on the committee that has developed the NMRA standards for LCC.  He talked about what LCC is, and what it isn’t and compared and contrasted LCC to DCC.  The presentation was very informative on a very current topic.  At the end of his presentation, Tom demonstrated a typical LCC function on his portable layout.  This was a really excellent presentation by Tom.
 
The third and last presenter was Mike Pedersen.  Mike presented “Uncle Bob’s Trains”.  The presentation was a sample of the great collection of photos taken by his uncle Robert L. Wilkerson.  Mike’s Uncle Bob, who lived in the Chicago area, traveled extensively to capture photo’s, primarily of steam locomotives, in the mid-west and eastern states.   Most of the steam locomotives were shot in their final days of service.   Most of the locomotives are now gone, as well as most of the railroads that operated them.  We thank Mike for giving us this great look back at the glory days of railroading.
 
The “Show, Tell and Ask” session had the largest number of participants in recent history.  Rich Breton led off with his explanation of how he created stained glass windows in model railroad structures.  First time attendee and guest, 10 year old Namo Lomax, presented three HO scale freight cars that he built. Namo did a great job modeling and presenting and we hope to see him at future events.  Paul Lessard presented two boxcars and a covered hopper and described the many weathering techniques that he used.  Tom Oxnard showed his York Industries and Olympia Tool and Die buildings made from ITLA brand modular building kits that are fabricated from laser cut MDF (medium density fiberboard).  Dave Emery presented his 3D-printed automobile and several City Classics company houses.  Lastly, Jim Wiggins showed the audience his N-scale super detailed locomotives.  Also, earlier in the program, Chris Oliver presented several of his structures.  We would like to thank all of the presenters for taking the time to show their work to all the members.
 
Following the Event, John Newick’s Central Maine & Aroostook Railroad and Dick Fralick’s New Haven & Central Railroad were open for layout tours for our members.  We really appreciate the efforts of all the presenters and layout owners that made this Event such a tremendous success.  The next event will be our Division Summer Event, to be held on July 20, 2019 at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 144 Mill St., Auburn, Maine.  We hope to see you there!
 
Southern Maine Model Railroad Club Train Show
 
The first annual Southern Maine Model Railroad Club Train Show was held on April 6, 2019 at the Westbrook Community Center, in Westbrook, Maine.  Our Membership Chairman, Lou Champagne and our Treasurer, Dave Kotsonis attended the show.  The show was successful and they had a pretty steady flow of people at our Seacoast Division display for most of the day. They seemed very happy with the turnout.  Lou Champagne reports:

"We had a very successful day with 2 new Rail Pass members & one new full regular member. Dave was a natural at working the table and did a great job !! Two of our new members were folks I've been staying in touch with for 1-2 years ... so, following up with people who show an interest initially does pay off. The additional good news is that seven folks gave us their contact info so that we could remind them of upcoming meetings, etc (Dave was especially good at getting folks to register). I'll be sending all these folks an email within the next couple of days.”
 
You may have noticed that the SMMRC Train Show was held on the same day as our Division Spring Event.  Unfortunately, this conflict could not be avoided.  We will work with the leadership of the SMMRC to insure that this does not happen again, in future years.
 
CNY Division Ops ’til You Drop 2019
 
On the weekend of April 27-28, 2019, I attended 3 Op Sessions in the Syracuse, NY area during the CNY Division Ops ’til you drop annual weekend.  There were 8 layouts that were available for the 3 Op session periods.  This is the second year that I have done this.  The 3 layouts that I operated on, were all wonderful experiences that I won’t soon forget.  These sessions are open to all in the Northeast Region and I decided to take advantage of it. You can sign up for this, also.  There are many opportunities in our NER to attend sessions like this.  There is the Railrun Ops weekend in late March or April in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts area, and also the Hudson-Berkshire Division has something like this in the Albany, NY area.  Please contact me at any time and I can get you more information.
 
Train Shows in the New England Area
 
Your Seacoast Division Directors are working to put together a list of local area train shows that we will support with our Division Displays.  We currently support several train shows in our area each year.  We could use your help with manning these displays at those shows.  We use these shows as a place to show prospective members all the advantages of being and NMRA member.  Once we publish the list of shows for the year, please consider giving an hour or two of your time to help us do some recruiting at these shows.
 
 
So that’s about it for now.  The NMRA and NER 2019 Conventions are still coming up and I hope as many of you as possible are considering attending one or both of these conventions.  There is so much you can learn about our hobby at these events.  
 
Please consider my request for clinicians/presenters for our upcoming Summer Event.  We need your help with this.  Thank you!
 
Best regards,
 
Tage Erickson
Seacoast Division President

Early Fall 2019 President's Message

 

 

 

Greetings Model Railroaders,

 
The summer has passed and I hope you all found some time to work on your layout or your favorite modeling project, in between all of your other warm weather activities.  Unfortunately, I did not get as much done on my layout as I had planned, but there was ample model railroading activities nonetheless. As I mentioned at the Summer Event, the NMRA 2019 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah was a tremendously enjoyable experience that I will not ever forget.  The annual NMRA Convention is an event that is very much worth the time and expense to attend.  In the future, I hope that those of you that have never attended one of these conventions, will be able to do so.  You will certainly enjoy it!  So I want to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on Division activities and to remind you of some of the near-time upcoming events that will soon be upon us.
 
The Concord Model Railroad Club Train Show
 
On Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Division supported the Concord Model Railroad Club train show, which took place at the Everett Arena in Concord, New Hampshire.  I was pleased to see many of you from the local area come out and support the show.  There were lots of layouts on display and of course, the usual gathering of vendors.  I thought the show was well attended.  Dave Kotsonis and I had the opportunity to speak with many people regarding the benefits of becoming NMRA members.  This train show is one of the largest in our area and is well worth supporting each year.
 
2019 Northeastern Region Convention
 
This year, the 2019 Northeastern Region Convention, “Empire Junction 2019”, will be held in Liverpool, New York (Syracuse) at the Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool from September 19-22, 2019.  The show is almost upon us and if you plan to attend, you should have already signed up on line at www.empirejunction.org.  However, you can still register at the convention itself in Syracuse.  At last count, we had 15 Seacoast Division members signed up to attend the convention.  There are a lot of great activities planned and also some terrific clinic presentations.  Please take some time to examine all the information provided on the web site.  If you think that you may want to attend, then by all means, please do so!
 
Maine Model Railroad Tour 2019
 
The fifth annual Maine Model Railroad Tour begins in less than 2 weeks!  This year, the tour will be held on 2 separate days, September 28 & 29, 2019.  The list of this year’s hosts is attached (Sorry, I can only do a pdf file). This is a great, no charge, opportunity to see layouts in several scales and gauges, socialize with fellow model railroaders and get new modelling ideas and tips.  Visit the tour website www.mainemodelrrtour.com for descriptions and photos of the layouts.  Please take some time and browse through the great layouts that are available to us this year.  I hope that many of you will take advantage of this great opportunity, to see these really fine layouts.
 
I hope to see you on the tour!
 
Seacoast Division 2019 Fall Event
 
The quarterly Seacoast Division Fall Event will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Stratham Firehouse, 2 Winnicutt Road, in Stratham, New Hampshire.  The Event will begin at 10:00 AM and adjourn by 2:30 PM.  We will have a great group of clinics which are listed below.  Additionally, we will  have our “For Sale” table, and our “Show, Tell, and Ask” table.  Bruce Robinson will present the entrants and winner of this years one square foot "module" contest.  There will be plenty of time for socializing and fellowship.  This is a good opportunity to touch base with all your friends in the Division.
 
James VanBokkelen will present his signaling system on his layout that he designed himself.
Rich Breton will present and demonstrate how to make castings.
Scott Lindquist will present how he makes coal, gravel etc. loads for open topped cars.
Mike Grahame will describe how he uses water based urethane for gluing track and ballast.
 
Given the subject of the clinics, there will be lots of great modeling information that you can take home and use to help construct your layout or improve your modeling.  We are also planning to have layout tours after the Event, but as of this writing, the layout tours have not been finalized.  So we have a great Event planned for you and I hope that many of you will decide to attend.
 
Great Falls Model Railroad Club Fall Train Show
 
The 2019 GFMRC Fall Train Show will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Mt. Ararat High School Gym, 73 Eagles Way, Topsham, Maine 04086, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Seacoast Division will be manning a table at this show.  If you would like to help support this effort, please contact our membership chairman, Lou Champagne at lucien.champagne@roadrunner.com.  If you can help us man the table for an hour or so during the show, that would be greatly appreciated.
 
Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club Train Show
 
The Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club will hold its annual train show at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine 04412 on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Once again, the Seacoast Division will be manning a table and we could use some help from our members.  If you will be in the area and would like to donate an hour or two of your time, please contact me at .
 
As you can see, there are a lot of activities this Fall, in our area.  I strongly encourage all of you to take advantage of the opportunities presented and be a part of them.  There is a lot to see and the possibilities to learn more about our great hobby are abundant.  So good luck with your modeling efforts this Fall and I hope to see many of you at one of these events.
 
Best regards,
 
Tage Erickson
Seacoast Division President