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September 2007 Meet Report and Contest Recap

September 2007 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 apprection for your sharing it with us. 

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

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 September 2007 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

Steam Locomotive

Mark Schutzer
Southern Pacific #2467
4-6-2 Pacific in HO scale

Click the small thumbnails  for closeups:

Diesel Locomotive

Chuck Mitchell
Great Northern SW9 #189

Click the small thumbnails  for closeups:

Passenger Car

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Thank 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 September 2007 Coast Division Model Contest, Show and Tell, and Photo Contest tables:

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 September 2007 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 normal Show and Tell table, including:

Ken Lunders Stevens Creek Models - Chelsea Station and SRR boxcar:

Mark Schutzer HO Southern Pacific Steam:


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Alf Modine O scale tender:

Dennis Williams - 3mm scratchbuilt narrow gauge (built to use N scale track) :

Mike Blumensaadt, N scale Santa Fe 1954 El Capitan :
Mike Blumensaadt Santa Fe 1954 Golden Gate and passenger fleet:

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Steve Williams handbuilt N scale turnout:

John Sing N scale modern Santa Fe:

Historic Model Contest Award Placque from 1975:

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Display Tables:

What Car is This?

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.   We love to see what you're up to!

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

And thanks to our many volunteers, we could not do any of this without each and every one of you!  
For example, here is picture Registrar John Ameling and Photo Contest Chair Pat LaTorres:

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Results of the September 2007 Switching Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
  Dave Loveless

  (Promoted to Senior Brakeperson!  As his time was fast enough to earn this promotion)


Don Shortt

  Sean Augenstein 
(Welcome Sean, who is a guest and first time visitor to our Coast Division meet)

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

First Place Second Place Third Place
Bill Burket

  Steve Wesolowski
 Alan Havens

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.

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 September 2007 Photo Contest :    (Congratulations to all who participated!)

The theme was:  "Working On The Railroad":

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

"Track Gang at Rio Vista Jct"
by Ronnie LaTorres

"Switching at Laws"  by Bill Burket

"Conductor" by Ronnie LaTorres

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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Upcoming Model Contest categories:

Coast Division Model Contest Results for December 2007 will be determined by Popular Vote.  Arrive and enter early to get more votes!

December 2007:      "Favorite Model" (open category)

March 2008:            Freight Car,  Caboose,  Maintenance of Way

June 2008:               Structure, Display/Diorama,  Self-Propelled Cars & Traction

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

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:

December 2007:            "Trains in Action"

March 2008:                  "(Protoype) Diesel 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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