The Crossing Gate

THE CROSSING GATE is our quarterly newsletter containing schedules of upcoming meetings, presentations and clinics, plus articles, modeling tips, photos and lots more.

TCD members are more than welcome to submit articles, tips, photos, letters, comments.  Just email Walter Thompson, the editor, at editor@xxxx (substitute "" for "xxxx").

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Fall 2014
In this issue:
New RR Museum to Open to Public; Art VanDeWater Tour; NMRA Cleveland Layout Scenes; Meet Ron Olsen.

Winter 2013/2014
In this issue:
Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Night Trains

Spring 2014
In this issue:
Island Paradise in Central America; Israeli  Layout; Squirrels Attack Boxcab

Winter 2013/2014
In this issue:
Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Night Trains

Fall 2013
In this issue:
Long Distance Switching Action

Summer 2013 In this issue:
Convention Follow-up and Skyscraper Art
Spring 2013 In this issue:
Programming a decoder, Trollies, and The Convention Comes to Town!
Winter 2012/2013 In this issue:
Staging yards, DCC, and the Hennepin Overland
Fall 2012 In this issue:
Ironhorse, Hobo signs, and the End-o'-Line
Summer 2012 In this issue:
Spring layout tour, skyscrapers, AP certificates, and even MORE contest winners!
Spring 2012 In this issue:
Gapless expansion joints, tarpaper roofs, and more contest winners
Winter 2011/2012 In this issue:
Layout tour recap, contest winners, Scratchbuilt warehouse completion
Fall 2011 In this issue:
Fall layout tours, Lighting Al's Diner, Scratchbuild a warehouse: Part 3
Summer 2011 In this issue:
TCD Layout tours, scratchbuild a warehouse: part 2, Al's Diner, lighting your caboose
Spring 2011 In this issue:
TCD Programs, HO Genesis engine revamp, scratchbuild a warehouse, "Dead Man's Throttle" on Digitraxx
Winter 2010/2011 In this issue:
Fall layout tour recap, TLR 2011 Convention, Living above the depot, Golden Spike information
Fall 2010 In this issue:
NMRA 75, TLR 2011 Convention, TCD 2011 Season and Tours
Summer 2010 In this issue:
NMRA 75, TLR 2010 Convention
Spring 2010 In this issue:
NMRA 75, ATCS, Part 2
Winter 2009/2010 In this issue:
Galloping Goose, ATCS Monitor-Introduction
Fall 2009 In this issue:
Fall layout tours, Trainfest 2009
Summer 2009 In this issue:
TLR Convention recap, Tell-tales for your railroad
Spring 2009 In this issue:
Winter layout tours, Convention
Winter 2008/2009 In this issue:
TLR Conventon, hilltop structures
Fall 2008 In this issue:
Anaheim awards to TCD members, layout storage, recap of layout tours
Summer 2008 In this issue:
TLR Convention recap, publication of new Bylaws and membership changes
Spring 2008 In this issue:
Perske remembrance, layout tools, call for discussion of membership
Winter 2007/2008 In this issue:
Membership & Bylaw changes proposed
Fall 2007 In this issue:
2007 NMRA Convention report, layout tour pictures
Summer 2007 In this issue:
Changes for the TCD, trip to the National Railway Museum, Business Meeting Minutes, layout tour pictures
Spring 2007 In this issue:
25 years of the TCD, part 2 of engine performance, peeling paint, spring layout tours, TLR '07 Convention recap
Winter 2006/2007 In this issue:
Miving to Mill City Museum, TLR '07 primer, more modeling tips & tricks, engine performance
Fall 2006 In this issue:
Modeling tips, Wayzata depo, new Superintendent
Summer 2006 In this issue:
Division at the Crossroads, Proposed By-Law changes
Sprint 2006 In this issue:
Railroading for young people, Kalmbach Memorial Library, Pike Registry
Winter 2005/2006

In this issue:
Auction results, TLR Convention primer, new members

Fall 2005 In this issue:
Layout tours, vacationing by rail, December auction
Summer 2005 In this issue:
Upcoming changes for TCD/ Mounting Switch Control Boxes/ Almeda & Indian Beach Operation
Sprint 2005 In this issue:
The Life and Death of Glouster Depot/ Light Rail's Final Leg Opens/ Spring layout tours
Winter 2004/2005 In this issue:
A steamy summer for the Grand Excursion 2004 / Light Rail's Opening Day / Errors in kit design & workmanship
Fall 2004 In this issue:
A Ride on the Minnesota Prairie Lines / Looking for Non-Rails / Seen on the Internet
Summer 2004 In this issue:
Special Business Meeting / Proposed By-Law Amendments / TCD Rideshare Program / 3 Division Members win at TLR convention
Spring 2004 In this issue:
A founder looks back at the early TCDivision years / A young modeler's view of the future / A brief history of the TCDivision
Winter 2003/2004 In this issue:
A tour of MTC's Light Rail Maintenance Base / Great American Train Show Model Contest winners / A look at the Achievement Program
Fall 2003 In this issue:
Maple Leaf 2003 Convention Report / Railroad Club at the U of M / A quilt shop in an old depot
Summer 2003

In this issue:
New monthly meeting location /
TCD visits the 261 / NMRA model contest at GATS

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