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June 2008 Meet Report and Contest Recap

June 2008 Meet Report

We had so many beautiful models displayed again for all of us to enjoy.  We had switching contests, photo contests, 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 it with us. 

Click on the links below to see the:

Model Contest
Show and Tell
Switching Contest
Photo Contest
Our Volunteers

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 gorgeous models presented at the June 2008 Coast Division Meet..

Model Contest

*Congratulations* to the Model Contest winners by Popular Vote.   Thanks to *all* who participated - you are all winners by making a great show for us all.
New web page feature:     Closeups!        Click on the small thumbnails to see a close-up view of the Model Contest entries.

By Popular Vote, the Model Contest  lucky winners were:

Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place


Kenneth Martin
Hilltop Station in HO, scratchbuilt


Click the small thumbnails  for closeups

Traction and Self Propelled Cars
Kenneth Martin
Burlington gas-electric #9568 in HO


Click the small thumbnails  for closeups

George Friesleben
"A Streetcar Named Desire" in HO, scratchbuilt


( no entries this time )

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hank 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.  

Here is a picture of our June 2008 Coast Division Model Contest table: 
We all are fortunate to have the opportunity to come together.   Remember, the Model Contest is not about winning, it's about participating and having fun doing it.   Hey, your model is better than you think it is, come on out to the next Meet's Model Contest, we'd love to see your work. And who knows, you may even win a ribbon or placque as a bonus:  

In the end,
NMRA contests are not about winning, rather, they are about the fun of participating to share your pride and joy in modeling, and having fun self-inspiring yourself.  We all love love to see your pride and joys.  Bring something to share, and enter for the fun of it in a future edition of 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 June 2008 Coast Division Meet

We also had great participation and wonderful models in our regular quarterly Show and Tell table.  

Click on any of the many thumbnails below to see the great models shared by participants in the Show and Tell table:


Here's a photo of our Show and Tell table:

Thanks again to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing you at 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.   Come on out, we love to see what you're up to!

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

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Results of the June 2008 Switching Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Dave Falkenburg  - 5:05  (promoted to Senior)
  Norm Morris  - 5:29 (promoted to Senior)

  John Sing - 8:32

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Tom Crawford  - 4:00

  Steve Wesolowski -  6:31
 Norm Morris  -  8:18

The winners in the Expert Brakeperson category (7 car - only for masochists) are:

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Dave Loveless - 8:59

  Tom Crawford - 10:00

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.   Here's Mark, watching over the winning 7-car time by Dave Loveless:

About the Timesaver :

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.

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Results of the June 2008 Photo Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The theme was:  "Prototype Railroad Structures":

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 lucky Photo Contest winners were:

First Place Second Place Third Place

  Stanley Keiser - "Davis Depot"

 Ronnier LaTorres - "Keddie Wye"

 Pat LaTorres - "Fairfield MOW Building"

We had many entries, all of them interesting and artistic.  Click on a thumbnail below to see our other beautiful entries:    

Here's picture of our Photo Contest table:


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.

Coast Division Photo Contest Chair: Pat LaTorres
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Our Volunteers

We are very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers at all of our Meets, and this quarter we'd like to share a few photos of these folks who give their time and energy for us all.

Food by the Daughters of Job:

Our Auction Volunteers:

Led by our star-struck outgoing Auction Chair for the past 40 years, Bill Burket: 

Bill, on behalf of Coast Division, Thank You! for your years of service. 

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Upcoming Model Contest categories:

Coast Division Model Contest Results for September 2008 will be determined by Popular Vote.  Arrive and enter early to get more votes!

September 2008:     Steam Locomotives, Diesel & Other Locomotives,  Passenger Car

December 2008:      "Favorite Model" (open category)

March 2009:            Freight Car,  Caboose,  Maintenance of Way

June 2009:               Structure, Display/Diorama,  Self-Propelled Cars & Traction

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 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:

Sept 2008:        "Prototype 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:  Pat LaTorres  
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