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December 2010 Meet Report and Contest Recap

December 2010 Meet Report

We had many beautiful models displayed again for all of us to enjoy.  We had our usual model contests, photo contest, and fun was had by all.  Thank you to *all* the participants who entered and put on such a good show for the rest of us;  we hope you enjoyed our deep admiration and appreciation for your sharing your beautiful work with us.

We also wish Don Shortt a very Happy Birthday!  (the young man is 75 :-)  ).   Thanks to Don, the Coast Division has been able to use the Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, CA, for many of our recent Meets.

Click on the links below to see the:
Model Contest
Show and Tell  
Switching Contest
Photo Contest
Volunteers and People

Click here to see the upcoming Coast Division Model Contest and Photo Contest categories for future meets
You can click on any of the thumbnails below, to see a larger photo of the absolutely beautiful models presented at the December 2010 Meet.

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Model Contest

As always, NMRA contests are not about winning, rather, they are about the fun of participating, about sharing your pride and joy in modeling with all of us (your appreciative audience), and having fun self-inspiring and self-challenging yourself.

Our December 2010 Model Contest had superb models models, 
congratulations to our winners, and to all of our participants in the Popular Vote Model Contest for December 2010:

Category 1st Place 
2nd Place 3rd Place (tie)
Favorite Model


MB&T Well Car with Tunnel-Bore equipment load

by:  Al Kuhn



Southern Pacific Bay Window Caboose

by:  Eugene Brichacek

Kansas City Southern caboose hop

by: Tom Vanden Bosch

Tom is building models for his son's under-construction 40' x 60' HO Kansas City Southern layout.   What a great collaboration - the son having his father build great models for the KCS layout!


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Thank you to all who participated - we love seeing your wonderful models.
   A view of our Model Contest area for December 2010:

In the end, NMRA contests are not about winning, rather, they are about the fun of participating, about sharing your pride and joy in modeling, and having fun self-inspiring yourself.  We all love to see your pride and joys, and you are all winners for participating. 
Thank You to *all*, you put on a great show and inspired the rest of us.   We hope you enjoyed our admiration of your work.  

So for March 2011, bring an entry and participate!  Bring something to share, and enter for the Fun of it in the Coast Division Model Contest.
Click here to see the upcoming Model Contest categories.  :-)

Model Contest and Show and Tell Chair: John Sing
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Show and Tell  at December 2010 Coast Division Meet

At the December 2010 Meet, we had another excellent Show and Tell display.

Thank you to all who brought a model for us to enjoy! 

The displays included Chuck Cantania's San Juan Pacific Railway display:   



Ken Lunder's Dolly Varden Mine Car kit, available from Ken's company Stevens Creek Models: 

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We also got to see John Sing's six-axle N scale Santa Fe diesels:     


And  the X2011 West Facebook team shared with us photos from the 2010 NMRA British Region convention:     

Here's a couple of great samples:       

You can see a full set of these 2010 NMRA British Region convention photos by clicking here, here, and here , these go directly to the appropriate X2011 West Facebook photo pages.

Thx, all, for sharing and inspiring us,
and for your participation.  

Participate by bringing a model is simply for the fun and joy of it all!   Come on out in March 2011 and share with us, something that you would like us to see - we look forward to it!

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

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We had our Clinics and Model Railroad Roundtable as we do at every Coast Division meet.   This time, we were fortunate to have:

1)  Backdrops and Beyond

presented by: Dave Biondi

Dave took us on a whirlwind tour of his famout backdrop painting, and showed us how to really make the most of it.   Here's two shots of recent backdrops painted in 1 hour in a Biondi clinic:


Imagine if this is what *your* backdrops looked like  :-) Dave showed us how he does it, and how you too, can paint your own backdrop using his simplified techniques:
     and here's his audience: 

Dave is in high demand painting backdrops for model railroads all over the local area, has presented numerous painting clinics for the Pacific Coast Region.  A winner of a clinic!

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2)   Roads Less Traveled

Presented by:  Brad Lloyd

Brad's June 2010 clinic on "Details Make the Difference" was so popular, we had him back for this December 2010 clinic on "Roads Less Traveled". 

Brad discussed making roads fun and illustrated how to enhance our layouts with multiple types of road surfaces. 
Brad uses anything from dirt to plastic to patching compound depending on what is needed.

Brad is a well known nationally and regionally for his scenic modeling, and he built two of the sections of the beautiful
Yosemite Short Line On30 traveling modular narrow gauge layout:

Brad Lloyd lives in the San Francisco Bay Area but grew up and lived in other parts of the US, before coming to California. He is in several local round-robins. 
HO is his primary scale, but he also models in On30, and is a narrow gauge and short line modeler. 
Brad's primary interest is the Denver & Rio Grande Colorado narrow gauge.

  And of course, our ever popular Model Railroad Roundtable, moderated by Jerry Littlefield

Got an idea for a clinic?   Want to see what's coming up?   Contact the Coast Division Clinics chair:    John Marshall

Thanks again to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing you at Model Contest and Show and Tell in upcoming Meets.  Bring something that you would like share - a model(s), display about your current project, a work in progress, it's up to you, as any category is always welcome for Show and Tell.   We love to see what you're up to!

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Results of the December 2010 Switching Contest :  

Here are our December 2010 Allen Fenton Switching Contest results.

Winners in the Brakeperson category (5 car problem)!

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Stanley Keiser
    Bernard Peato
    Eugene Brichacek

Our winners in the Senior Brakeperson category (6 car problem)!

First Place Second Place Third Place
    Bill Burket
    Alan Havens
   Steve Wesolowski

A special thanks to our Coast Division Switching Contest Chair:  Steve Peters, who keeps the Allen Fenton Timesaver
switching puzzle running smoothly and staffs the TimeSaver for us.   Thx, Steve! 

Here's a picture of Steve: 

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Thanks to all who participated, it's a blast.    Remember... it's not about winning, it's about you and your switching.  You have to give it a try :-).

What is the Timesaver ?  (click below to find out!)

It 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.

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Results of the December 2010 Photo Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The theme was:  "Trains in the Seasons".

There were many artistic, noteworthy, and creative entries, 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 Photo Contest winners were:

First Place Second Place (tie)
Second Place (tie)

"UP 844 on Altamont Pass July 2010"
by Eugene Brichacek

  "Amtrak California Zephyr on Donner" 
by Pat LaTorres

"Flanger Train at Truckee" 
by Ronnie LaTorres

We had a superb palette of Photo Contest entries, all of them interesting, artistic, and just excellent.  Click on a thumbnail below to see all of our other beautiful Photo Contest entries: 

Thank you to *all* who participated.  We hope you enjoyed a few minutes of fame and the ongoing admiration, of your fellow NMRA modellers and guests.

Bring a photo to the next Meet's Photo Contest!

Click here to see the upcoming categories.  
Here's a picture of Coast Division Photo Contest Chair:  Keith Wandry:  
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Upcoming Model Contest categories:

<>Coast Division Model Contest categories are rotated annually according to the following schedule (i.e. we always have the same categories as shown below, every March, June, September and December).   The categories for the upcoming Coast Division Model Contest Meets are:

March 2011:    Caboose, Freight Car, Maintenance of Way

June 2011:                Structure, Display/Diorama, Self-Propelled Cars & Traction

September 2011:      Steam Locomotive, Diesel & Other Locomotives, Passenger Car

December 2011:      "Favorite Model"  (open to any category)

Results are determined by Popular Vote.  Arrive and enter early to get more votes!

  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 the current Achievement Program chair Kermit Paul, if you would to have your model judged at the upcoming meet.

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Upcoming Photo Contest categories:

March 2011:                  Railroad Structures

June 2011:                     Diesel Locomotives            

September 2011:            Cabooses       

December 2011:             Steam Locomotives         

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:
Keith Wandry  

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Volunteers and People
One of the great things about our Meets is sharing information and kibitzing about all things related to trains.   It's the People that make our hobby as much fun as it is.

One of the favorite Coast Division Meet activities is treasure hunting at the Auction tables.  You will find some of the most unusual and hard to find items at our quartery Coast Division auction:
   This HO item was auctioned off, what a find for someone!:

Our thanks to our many Coast Division volunteers, we could not do any of this without each and every one of you.   Volunteers -  thank you!
You can see our current volunteers on the
Coast Division Call Board by clicking here.

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Thank you to Don Shortt!

Thank you to Don Shortt for his securing the Buchser Middle School for us to have our meet!   In addition to wishing Don a Happy 75th Birthday, Don was recognized for his contributions in this area.

Here's Don auctioneering:   

Our Meeting Room at Buchser Middle School:

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The Job’s Daughters

provided the crowd-pleasing fare of Polish hot dogs, drinks, snacks and chili for lunch for us, as they have for many meets now. Thanks for feeding us so well!!!! 

Steve Wesolowski, our Publicity Chair (and super helper on Model Contest) recently said it well for all of us:  

"So many people happily volunteer to make our Coast Division Quarterly Meetings possible.  In appreciation, whenever you have
the chance, please remember to thank someone else in our Division who in whatever way, helps to make our Coast Division Meets
the success they are today."

Thank you, Steve, well said.  :-)

Invite a new friend to come to the next Meet, and see what we're all about!

See all of you at the Coast Division Meet in March 2011.  

See you there!

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