Great Tri-State Rail Sale
January 28th at the LaCrosse Center
9:00am - 3:00pm
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forming in the Twin Cities!
Check out the North Metro Model Railroad Club at http://www.nmmrc.org
Also consider attending their upcoming flea market event:
February 11, 2012
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
VFW Coon Rapids, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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Vendors will be selling trains, accessories, books, videos, railroad collectibles, hobby items and more!
Food & refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: $5 Kids 12 and under FREE. ($4 with canned food donation for local food shelf)
For more information, visit: http://www.nmmrc.org
Vendor Tables $15/Each. Vendors see website for information on how to reserve tables.
Next meeting is
November 10th, 2011
Clinic topics will include module construction and standards, turnout construction, and tips & techniques to improve your trackwork.
The topic for the modeling contest is "Boxcars With Loads" - bring your scratchbuilt or kitbashed boxcar showing a visible load and enter!
See you at the Roundhouse!
There were some fantastic entries in the October model contest, not to mention one of the largest groups of entries in recent memory! Here are some photos of the first-place winning entry.
The Twin Cities Division and the Great River Valley System N-Trak club have joined forces to promote model railroading! Ron Bodin has constructed an N-Trak module to function as part of the GRVS modular layout. The module has traveled to one show with the GRVS so far, and there was considerable public interest in the Division, a direct result of being present at the show. We need volunteers to take the module to other shows with the GRVS, hand out flyers, operate the module, interact with the public, and to represent the Division. In return for your time, you get free admission to the show, and you'll be helping the Division to grow and flourish. PLEASE consider volunteering to take the module to one of the shows listed below. Contact any of the Division officers if you'd like to help out!
October 29-30, 2011 - St. Alphonsus School - Setup: Friday 3:00pm
November 12-13, 2011 - Trainfest, Milwaukee, WI - Setup: Friday 9:00am
November 19-20, 2011 - Duluth/Mariner Mall, Superior, WI
January 28-29, 2012 - GTE Council Bluffs - Setup: Friday
February 18-19, 2012 - Mad City show, Madison, WI
March 10-11, 2012 - Westminster Junction, St. Paul, MN
March 17-18, 2012 - La Crosse, WI
April 14-15, 2012 - Menomonie, WI - Setup: 4/13 5:00pm
April 28-29, 2012 - The Great Minnesota Train Show
May 19-20, 2012 - Ohio N-Scale Weekend, Hilliard, OH - Setup: 5/18 12:00pm
October 27-28, 2012 - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Setup: 10/26
Twin Cities Division
Fall Layout Tour
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
As usual, this tour will be for NMRA members and one guest.
Three Layouts - Three styles - Three philosophies.
We will be visiting Richard Remiarz's operational Great Northern - Willmar Division Layout.
This is an established, two deck layout with great track work and timetable and train order operations. It models Central Minnesota as it was in September 1956, with familiar places including a fine quarry scene near St Cloud. The yards are huge and prototypical. There is good scenery and a long main line that winds throughout the entire basement, giving the feeling of long distances between stations. This layout was designed and built for timetable and train order operations and a night of running trains is a first class experience. This is a chance to visit with a great modeler and discuss operations and scale trains, especially Great Northern.
We will visit Art Hill's "Wormhole and Timewarp Division of the Sublime to Redikulas Railroad".
This is more a model world with a train running through than a model railroad. This layout features scenery from Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Yellowstone Canyon. The prototype is the collection of memories and experiences of Art Hill and covers a lot of ground in a small space. There are more than 25 sheets of "dumpster foam" carved into floor to ceiling canyons and Hoodoo covered mountains. This summer more scenery was added with an attempt at painted backdrops. There will be an opportunity to discuss carved foam scenery and homemade trees from the garden.
We will visit Don Stewart's new table top layout.
This is a three year old layout that is a great example of what a table top layout can do. There are great scenes, including an intermodal scene, a busy lake with sailboats and a harbor with cabin cruisers (not quite finished). There are some nice electronic signals and a great sense of whimsy. There is a large logging scene and more vehicles and people than can be counted. This really demonstrates how much fun a table top layout can be.
For more information regarding the fall tours, please contact Art Hill at email@example.com
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