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June 2010 Meet Report and Contest Recap

June 2010 Meet Report

We had 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
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 gorgeous models presented at the March 2010 Meet.

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Model Contest

Our June 2010 Model Contest had another great set of displayed models, this time at our new location at the Masonic Lodge in Mountain View: 


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.

Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our participants in the Popular Vote Model Contest for June 2010:

Category 1st Place 
2nd Place 3rd Place (tie)
Traction and Self-Propelled

Chicago CSL MU car #3217

by:  Alf Modine




Burlington Gas-Electric RPO/Baggage #9725

by:  Kenneth Martin

Streetcar Named Desire

by: George Freisleben


Colorado & Southern Forks Creek Station

by:  Kenneth Martin


 (no entries)

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Thank you to all who participated - we love seeing your wonderful models.

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 September 2010, 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 June 2010 Coast Division Meet

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

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

Mike Blumensaadt's  amazing N scale Circus Wagons and Heavy Equipment:




Alf Modine's superdetailed O scale Chicago & Northwestern "400" diner - received an Achievement Program Merit Award:  


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Terry Hurley's splendid "3rd Ave on the Judah Line" stucco buildings  (Terry can come and build stucco on my layout anytime!  :-)   :


Two excellent photographs in our Show and Tell (unfortunately, I don't know the participant - if you know who it is, would you please let me know):


A picture of our Model Contest, Photo Contest, and Show and Tell area:

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:

1) John Sing:  Building a Web Site for Your Model Railroad", you may click on the icon below to download an Acrobat Reader copy of the presentation:

Click here to download a copy of John's presentation

2)   Brad Lloyd:   "Details Make The Difference"

A great clinic with great reviews by all who attended.   Brad's modeling speaks for itself:

  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 June 2010 Switching Contest :  

We had fun and games again with the June 2010 Switching Contest. 

The skilled winners and their competitors were as follows.   Congratulations to all who participated!

Our winners in the Youth category:

First Place Second Place Third Place
   Kevin Renner  (12:30)


Our winners in the Brakeperson category (5 car problem)!

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Steve Williams (7:25)
   Steve Wesolowski (7:39)

    Stan Keiser (7:39.5)

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Bill Burket (5:16)
   Alan Haven (5:21)
Mark Schutzer (6:02)


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, and welcome, Steve!

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 June 2010 Photo Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The theme was:  "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 Photo Contest winners were:

First Place Second Place
Third Place

"Stockton Tower"
by Stanley Keiser


  "Coal/Water Tower, Ely, NV" 
by Kenneth Martin
"Davis Station" 
by Stanley Keiser

We had many 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.   

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.

Therefore, the categories for the upcoming Coast Division Model Contest Meets are:


September 2010:      Steam Locomotives, Diesel & Other Locomotives, Passenger Car

December 2010:      "Favorite Model" (open to any category)

March 2011:            Caboose, Freight Car, Maintenance of Way

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

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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:

September 2010:                    Diesel

December 2010:                     Trains In The Seasons 

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.

Here is our new location in Mountain View, the Masonic Hall:       

Our registration and Auction number volunteers: 

Visitors included Sierra Division Superintendent Jim Long and our Pacific Coast Region President, Ron Plies:  

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The lunch area and the Switching Contest:    

Intently focusing on the Switching Contest  :-) : 

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!

Thank you, Ted Stephens, who does the essential job of meeting all of us at our Meets as our Registrar: 


Our Switching Contest Chair is Steve Peters.  Here's a picture of Steve: 

Here's a picture of our Coast Division Photo Contest Chairman, Keith Wandry:  

You can see our current Coast Division Call Board by clicking here.

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The Job’s Daughters

provided the crowd-pleasing fare of Polish hot dogs, drinks, snacks and chili for lunch. Thanks a bunch as usual! 

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 September 2010.  

See you there!

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