Model Railroading


Derry Fun Night

October 11, 2019


Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association is running their Derry Fun Night program for 2019. The program is held the second Friday night of each month, 7:00-9:00pm, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, NH.


They are everywhere- Containers, of course


Nelson LeMay will show us how he builds containers for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them.


Always a part of the program is Model Showcase where modelers bring in the latest project they are working on to show and discuss. Each month a different AP certificate will be discussed.


We will set up a swap table for modelers to bring anything that you would want to give away, sell or swap to other modelers. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.


If you are interested in model trains and would like to join other like-minded hobbyists from beginner to expert for a fun evening program come to Derry Fun Night the second Friday of each month.


For additional information go to the Division’s website at


November 8- TBD


Seacoast Division NMRA Fall Event

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm

Stratham Firehouse

2 Winnicutt Rd., Stratham NH


Handicap Accessible



All NMRA members and people interested in becoming NMRA members are invited to the Fall Event of the Seacoast Division NMRA in Stratham, NH.




2019 NMRA NER Convention Report: Tage Erickson will give us a rundown on all of the clinics, presentations, field trips, op sessions and layout tours that he attended while at the North East Regional Convention – The Empire Junction – in Syracuse, New York


B&M Signaling System by James van Bokkelen

James built a working signal system for his HO scale, DC/DCC '50s and '60s layout. He followed B&M prototype three ways: Signals and the aspects displayed are based on B&M documents including a 1961 Rule Book, signal control logic is located next to block boundaries and interlockings to minimize wiring, and he avoided unnecessary signals and made maximum use of off-the-shelf electrical parts to keep costs down. 50 minutes


Casting Small Parts: Mold Making / Resin Castings by Rich Breton

Mold making / casting is a way to get small detail parts not otherwise available. This presentation will cover materials, tips and techniques to make masters, various open and closed two-part molds, and alternatives. Live demonstrations are planned including some simple temporary molds. 50 min 


Making Open Car Loads by Scott Lindquist

Scott needed a good number of loads for open top cars on his freelanced Oxbow RR.  Buying commercial loads for hoppers, gondolas and flat cars that Scott had in mind was possible, but would have been cost prohibitive.  With some trial and error Scott was able to make sand, crushed gravel and rip-rap loads that will look great on the layout. The ingredients he used for the loads came from what he had on hand. Hopefully Scott’s presentation will help you think about creating your own loads for your open top cars.  30 minutes


Polyurethane - An Alternate Bonding Agent for Scenery by Mike Grahame

Polyurethane is a bonding agent with far more penetration and holding power than other methods. Cost is less than most others and application is just as easy if not more so. Mike will be demonstrating ballast techniques, securing building and even applying scenery to near vertical surfaces. “I vacuum my layout regularly with little or no loss of scenery.”  30 minutes. 


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:

Dave Kotsonis’ Greenland Valley RR (HO) – Dave’s Greenland Valley RR was featured in the May 2004 Model Railroader.  The layout is about 22” x 30” modeling the Boston & Maine in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s.  All track work is done and 95% of the scenery is finished.  The layout features a large granite quarry, logging camp, paper mill and a waterfront area. Many of the buildings are scratch built with other kits by Southriver Mode Works, Sheepscot Model Products and Fine Scale Miniatures are on the layout.



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


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

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


Next Event: The Winter Event will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, Maine.  Mark your calendar and save the date!!


The Seacoast Division Modular Group (SMG) was formed to develop a standard and support modelers that are pursuing the construction and operations of modules based on the concept of Free-mo.

What is Free-mo ?

Free-mo was developed with the idea that a set of standards focusing mainly on module endplates would enable faithful modeling of prototype trackplans and operations in a modular environment.  The standards just mandate the ends where modules connect together, leaving the length and track configuration up to the modeler.  This in turn yields extremely flexible standards that work! For example, if you want to build a module that is 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches long with an angle of 19 degrees and a 2% grade, you can do it with Free-mo!

Free-mo enables the modeler€™s creativity to shine through their modules. No longer are modelers confined to fixed-length modules of 4, 6, or 8 feet long.  They may build a module to their own needs and dreams.

Free-mo operates like a permanent or sectional layout but still retains its modularity.  Free-mo layouts are operated with a single track mainline in a point to loop, loop to loop, or point to point.  Layout sizes can vary to any size conceivable.

Additional Free-mo information:

Bill Hodges of the Seacoast Division Modular Group is available to answer questions and can be contacted via email at