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Coast Division Contest Winners

December 2006 Meet

*Congratulations* to the Model Contest winners by Popular Vote.  We had a wonderful turnout and participation in both Model Contest and Show and Tell.  Thanks to *all* who participated - you are all winners by making a great show for us all.  

Click here to see the upcoming Coast Division Model Contest and Photo Contest categories for 2007!

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger photo.

We had a great table with eight stunning entries.  The competition was wonderfully inspiring and
very challenging, and the members loved checking out every single one: 

After a very close Popular Voting, the lucky winners were:

Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

"Favorite Model"

(Open Category)
Andrew Merriam

HO Southern Pacific Maintenance of Way Crane, Water Car, and Coach

Mark Schutzer

 HO Southern Pacific 4-8-2  #4357

Bob Booth

HO Ore Car - scratchbuilt

We wish we could have given awards to every one of you who participated.  In the end, NMRA contests are really about participation and sharing - so Thank You to *all* that entered a model, you put on a great show and inspired the rest of us.   We hope you enjoyed our admiration of your work.  

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the other worthy entrants in the December 2006 Coast Division Model Contest:.  You are all winners to us, just for your participation:


Model Contest and Show and Tell Chair: John Sing

We had a great showing at the Show and Tell Table at the December 2006 Coast Division Meet!

December's participation in Show and Tell was, frankly, also stunning.   Thank You to all who participated, you added to our Holiday Cheer immensely.   We appreciate the time you spent to bring your works of art to share with us all.

Click on any thumbnail below to see the Show and Tell models: 



Thanks again to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing what shows up at the coming Meets.

Coast Division Model Contest and Show and Tell Chair: John Sing

Results of the December 2006 Switching Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The winners in the Brakeperson category (5 car problem) are:

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Joe Driscoll,  5:15 minutes
-  First time!  Promoted to Senior
  Chip Morningstar  7:25 minutes


The winners in the Senior Brakeperson category (6 car problem) are:

First Place Second Place Third Place
 Tom Crawford,  5:46 minutes

  Alan Havens,  7:05 minutes  Denis Stokely, 8:10 minutes

Congratulations to all, and a special thanks to our Coast Division Switching Contest Chair: Mark Schutzer,  who keeps the Allen Fenton Timesaver switching puzzle running smoothly like a (fast) Swiss watch.

The Timesaver :

Is a fun, devilish little switching puzzle devised by the late, great model railroader, John Allen

Click on  these links above to learn more about the Timesaver, about John Allen, or his world famous HO Gorre & Daphetid model railroad, which inspired an entire generation of model railroaders worldwide.   John Allen lived in Monterey, California, and was a long time member of the Coast Division until his passing in 1973.

Results of the December 2006 Photo Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The theme was:  "Trains as Art":

There were eleven entries.   All of them were artistic, noteworthy, and creative, and every one is worthy of award and mention. 

Thank you to all who brought your photo to share, we all love seeing your work.  

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger copy of the Photo Contest Entry.   By popular vote, the lucky Photo Contest winners were:

First Place Second Place Third Place

"Rotary" - by Pat LaTorres

"Switch Points" - by Rod Smith

"Climax Fire Box" - by Bennett Woll

It was tough competition!  Click on any of the thumbnails below to see and enjoy the other great entries.   All of you are winners just for participating! We hope you enjoy the benefits of a few minutes of fame, and the ongoing admiration, of your fellow NMRA modellers and guests. 


Coast Division Photo Contest Chair: Pat LaTorres

Upcoming Model Contest categories:

Coast Division Model Contest Results for March 2007 will be determined by Popular Vote.  Arrive and enter early to get more votes!

March 2007:         Freight car,  Caboose,  Maintenance of Way

June 2007:            Structure, Display/Diorama,  Self-propelled Cars & Traction

Sept 2007:             Steam locomotives, Diesel & other locomotives,  Passenger Car

December 2007:  "Favorite Model" (open category)

Optional:  NMRA Judging is available at the Coast Division Meet to any Model Contest participant for:

- Achievement Program Merit Points
- Regional/National Contest entry preparation 'dry-run' and friendly expert advice     
- Or, just to see how you would have done (smile!)

Please contact the current Coast Division Model Contest Chair, John Sing,  or current Achievement Program chair if you would to have your model judged at the upcoming meet.

Upcoming Photo Contest categories:

March 2007:             "Trains in Action"

This means action photos of  prototype trains and/or equipment.   (Note:  photos of static equipment is not included in this category)

All photos should be matted (inexpensive, resusable mattes can be had at most art supply stores) and should be between 5x7 and 11x14 in size. Hope to see your work there!

Results are determined by Popular Vote. Bring your photos early to get the early votes.

Photo Contest Chair:  Pat LaTorres  

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