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March 2011 Meet Report and Contest Recap

March 2011 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.

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 March 2011 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 March 2011 Model Contest had superb models models, 
congratulations to our winners, and to all of our participants in the Popular Vote Model Contest for March 2011:

Category 1st Place   2nd Place
Maintenance of Way

New York Central Track Clearance Car

by:  Al Kuhn



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New York Central Standard Waycar

Modeled in HO by:  Tom Vanden Bosch



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  Rio Grande Southern #401

 Large scale model by:  Steve Wesolowski

Freight Car
<>Canadian National 8-hatch Reefer

Modeled in HO by:  Tom Vanden Bosch

More photos of 1st Place Freight car:


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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 June 12, 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 March 2011 Coast Division Meet

At the March 2011 Meet, we had another excellent Show and Tell display.

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

The displays included:   Terry Hurley's cardstock structure mockup:


Frank Markovich's display of using military models for construction equipment on a model railroad:



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We also got to see John Sing's display of upcoming X2011 West NMRA National Convention layouts open for touring:     

Click here to go see all about those layouts,
as well as 750+ photos of upcoming NMRA National activities.

More great N scale! Steve William's Google Sketchup-drawn mockup of MKT station at Lockhart, Texas:


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More great N scale!  Gordon Searle's Southern Pacific PA2 #6037 work in progress.  This is a Kato N scale model originally manufactured in *1970* - tells you how good
Kato was back then 41 years ago  :-)  :


We also had Large Scale!   Bill Swindell's proto-lanced Railtruck with full operational sound:

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More great inspiration:  Howard Lloyd's "Simple Structures" : epitome of elegance in model-building, from article published in Model Railroader in July 1999 : 



Visiting from Redwood Division was PCR Contest Chairman-to-be Guiseppe Aymar and his HO UP SD60M:


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

Participate by bringing a model - it's simply for the fun and joy of it all!   Come on out in June 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)  Southern Pacific Slim Princess Narrow Gauge

presented by: Matthew Buck

Matthew Buck gave us a 1 hour preview of his full 3 part clinic on the SP's Narrow Gauge at X2011 West NMRA Nationals in Sacramento - if you are there, don't miss it!   
Matthew is a fan and has a ton of expertise on the Southern Pacific's narrow gauge line through the Owens Valley.  He gave us a entertaining clinic on topics including:
Matthew is an accomplished modeler as well, among other recent awards, at O Scale West 2011 Model Contest Matthew was the 1st  Place Winner - Caboose for  his Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Caboose #1:

Thank you very much, Matthew, and we're looking forward to seeing you present again at a future Coast Division Meet   :-)

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2)   My Entry Into Garden Railroading

Presented by:  Bill Allen

Have a look here at Bill's great garden railroad with Live Steam in a YouTube video

Bill Allen of Woodside, California and member of the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (BAGRS), gave us a clinic on his entry into Garden Railroading.  

Bill told us all about how he got into Garden Railroading, lessons learned along the way, and most of all, all about the FUN of Railroading in the Garden. 
Here's Bill looking very serious while he's having a ball of fun  :-):

Bill's garden railroad will be part of the BAGRS's Summer Steamup taking place the week July 10-14, 2011, immediately after X2011 West NMRA National Convention, as part of the Bay Area Garden Railway Society West Coast Regional.   If you didn't have enough fun at X2011 West NMRA Nationals, you should definitely check out this local San Francisco Bay Area garden railway event, and then head back up to Sacramento for the National Summer Steamup, one of the
best summertime small-scale live steam events around.

  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 March 2011 Switching Contest :  

Here are our March 2011 2010 Allen Fenton Switching Contest results.

Winners in the Brakeperson category (5 car problem)!

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Heinz Brinks  5:17
    Eugene Brichacek  9:41
    Jim Smyrak  13:41

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
    Tom Van Horn   5:17
    Tom Crawford   5:32
   Steve Williams   5:39

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 March 2011 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 (tie)
Second Place (tie)

"Coal and Water at Ely, Nevada"
by Kenneth Martin

  "Speeder at Water Tank" 
by Mike Raposo

"Old and New" 
by Eugene Brichacek

We had a superb palette of Photo Contest entries, all of them interesting, artistic, and just excellent.                                   

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:

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)

March 2012:            Caboose, Freight Car, Maintenance of Way

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:

June 2011:                     Diesel Locomotives            

September 2011:            Cabooses       

December 2011:             Steam Locomotives

March 2012:                   Raiload Structures        

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 again to Don Shortt for his securing the Buchser Middle School for us to have our December 2010 and March 2011 meets.

Here's Don auctioneering:   

Our Meeting Room at Buchser Middle School:

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The Job’s Daughters

Once again, 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 June 2011.  

See you there!

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