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.
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
for March 2011:
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.
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
Kato was back then 41 years ago :-) :
We also had Large Scale!
Bill Swindell's proto-lanced Railtruck with full operational
We had our Clinicsand Model Railroad Roundtable as we do
at every Coast Division meet. This time, we were fortunate
1) Southern Pacific Slim Princess
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:
Route and history of
the rails: history of the road starting with the first rails laid by
the Carson and Colorado up to the abandonment of the route by the
influences of the area and decisions made by the officers of the road
topography and changes of route throughout the life of the 80 year road
and Industries along the Way,operation and maintenance of the road
Hows and whys
industrial comings and goings
discovery of each of the towns and significant places along the right
throughout the life of the road will be understood.
rolling stock of the line, from the locomotive back to the caboose
Why the road
stocked with the cars and engines it had
origin to scrapped
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
Bill Allen of Woodside, California
and member of the Bay Area
Society (BAGRS), gave us a clinic on his entry into Garden
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
3) 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
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!
Here are our March 2011 2010 Allen Fenton Switching Contest results.
Winners in the Brakeperson category (5 car problem)!
Heinz Brinks 5:17
Eugene Brichacek 9:41
Jim Smyrak 13:41
Our winners in the Senior Brakeperson category (6 car problem)!
Tom Crawford 5:32
Steve Williams 5:39
A special thanks to our Coast Division Switching Contest
Chair: Steve Peters, who
Allen Fenton Timesaver
switching puzzle running smoothly
and staffs the TimeSaver for us. Thx, Steve!
Here's a picture of
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
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.
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:
2011: Structure, Display/Diorama,
Self-Propelled Cars & Traction
2011: Steam Locomotive, Diesel & Other
Locomotives, Passenger Car
2011: "Favorite Model" (open to any
Freight Car, Maintenance of Way
are determined by Popular Vote.
Arrive and enter early to get more votes!
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
- 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.
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 Boardby clicking
Once again, provided the crowd-pleasing fare of Polish hot dogs,
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
"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