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August 2009, Volume 38 No. 12, Page 2

News for our members

Our next meeting

Our meeting will be starting at 7 PM on Thursday August 6th.

Clinic: Scratch Building with styrene by Ben Bartlett.

Summary:Ben will expound on his MMR knowledge of scratch building with styrene. The pitfalls, best practices and most of all the fun of assembling your unique styrene model for your railroad.


Have an interesting idea for a clinic that you can do.
Please call Fred Coleman to schedule your time today!
Hurry, there is a limited availability, call now for preferred placement.


Layout for sale

Jim Stefen has contacted us with the following message: I have a very large layout of the Durango Silverton HO model RR. We are selling our house and I need to sell the complete set. I have sev-eral trains, lots of cars & engines, houses, hand built, houses, cars, people, lots of track, many ex-tras, roundhouse, you need to see it. This would be a great project if several people got together on it. I never did finish the layout but it's pretty much on it's way to completion. It comes apart in 3/4 sections. It's been a labor of love but can be no more. I will e-mail pictures. I live close to Maggie Valley at exit 15 (Fines Creek area). Please call me at 828-627-9676 So anyone wanting to jump start their layout building, please call Jim Stefen, or contact the webmaster for his email.

Minutes of the Division Meeting, Thursday, June 7, 2009

Ken Granzin, Company Clerk

Before the picnic lunch Superintendent Williams made a few announcements, and presented an award. He reported on the recent Board of Directors meeting where it was decided to keep the dues at the present level. He reported that discussions are still ongoing regarding space at Eliada for our activities. We can expect to move the material now in the barn to a near-by temporary storage space in the near future, and we may need some help for that move. Long term arrangements are still pending.

Superintendent Williams presented the Superintendentís award to Fred Coleman for his tireless efforts as superintendent these past few years, and for his continued involvement at the local and regional level. Fred remains active in many ways, organizing our effort in train shows (ours and othersí) our picnic lunch and Christmas party, etc. He serves as a director and as the Good and Welfare chair of the SER, NMRA.

Fred Coleman reported that next yearís train show will be in the new Exhibition Building of the NC Agriculture Center. This venture offers good location, lower costs, free parking, and easy access. Hotels are close by.

Mike Nicoletti discussed details regarding the upcoming open house activities. Details on page 4.

Picnic picture

Members enjoyed good company and a delightful lunch, in the rain proof air conditioned eating pavilion at our annual picnic.