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Discussions?

Submitted by Paul Kossart  (Newsletter Editor Emeritus)

There is a debate raging on one of the email groups right now propelled and defended by Tony Koester.  Did you know that the NMRA is no longer an organization for ALL model railroaders?  Yup, they basically only offer support for SCALE model railroading, as expressed in their latest mission statement, that TK admits he did some arm twisting on it to have the word SCALE included.

All in the hobby are welcome, they say, but no support will be offered to those in tinplate, collectors,  etc., - basically all segments of the hobby out of the "mainstream", as defined by the powers that be at the NMRA, rather than ALL adherents of anything with flanges that runs on rail.  They regard these people as peripheral elements in the hobby they cannot serve, and state that they have their own specialty organizations and publications that better serve their needs.

The inference I took away from that is these specialty organizations and publications sprang up alongside the NMRA so you should have joined the one the meets your interest, but in reality they were born many years after the fact because the NMRA wasn't meeting their needs.  Now the NMRA has basically made that official policy claiming they don't have the resources to serve all those in the hobby.

And that may be very well be the case, BUT, my beef is the name of the organization is now disingenuous and misleading to potential members, and so suggested it should be changed to the "National SCALE Model Railroad Association" to more honestly and accurately reflect exactly who they are and who they represent . . . Truth in advertising, and all that.  I even opined that all their membership applications, as well as statements made by individuals trying to recruit new members, prominently feature the new mission statement as a type of disclaimer so that no people considering membership are mislead by the name.  That didn't go over too well as you can imagine.

Anyway, none of this applies to me but just thought it was something you might be interested in and not be aware of.

Our last newsletter included a bit on the demographics of our division and the fact that so many are over 50 years of age. About 49 of our 85 members have internet connections and maybe 20 of those 49 are lucky enough to have higher speed/broadband connections. Yes, we are largely a rural district with a few urban centers. 

Where will we be 10 years out (in 2020) if we don't start recruiting (and retaining) new members? And then there's the question of how to do just that in today's world with competition from remote control cars/planes, wii games, iphone apps, and facebook. Traditionally, interest in trains fades in the late teens as folks concentrate on dating, mates and careers. But then in the 30-50's as their own kids start coming along (and as more time & money is available for hobbies) interest in trains comes back. [Exhibit A = your editor].

Some of us have some ideas, but we don't want to stiffle or steer discussion ... so speak up. To comment Click on the big Bold title of Vision 2020 and follow the prompts!  (By The Way: you can do that with almost every blog post too!)


Car Shop

SMRC and LSBC
05/08/2010

Springfield Model Railroad Club is offering a LIMITED Run HO  Branchline Yard Master 40’ AAR Box Car in the Springfield Terminal Railway Association (STRA) paint/lettering scheme. Both kit and RTR versions in 4 numbers. For info/order form call Tracy at 217-528-7921 or www.springfieldtrainfair.com

Bowser Manufacturing has issued a public release of our previously private HO 70t 2-Bay Covered Hopper LaSalle & Bureau County (LSBC)  Items 56710-12.

 


Website Updates

2011 Info added
01/03/2011

You can now find Meet Flyers and BOD Minutes (Board of Director) on the web. And our January Newsletter was just posted too. We've updated the calendar for events mostly thru July 2011. Enjoy!

Added a bunch of events from now thru May 2011 - we're always open to suggestions, so if you'd like to see something posted on the event calendar, let us know.

The October Issue 29-5 of the timetable has been published to the web - see the Timetable tab/page. Just as the names indicate, the READ file is better/easier to read on screen, the PRINT file is better and easier to print.

We've also updated a few officers email addresses -- sorry for the errors but we rely on you to help keep thing accurate! Thank you!

After updating some info about our Oct 3 meet, I decided to try a different premade "theme" for the site. I wonder if it makes it easier to use. Most of the GREEN text is a link you can click. In the Blog section, you can click on the GREEN text and comment!

Contact info for officers has been updated. (Click names for email links).

While we're not running out just yet to register "ivd-nmra.org", thanks to our regional and national webmasters, folks can now find us thru the www.nmra.org and www.mwr-nmra.org page links. It should be easer perhaps than typing our longer name!

Pictures Test OK!
05/15/2010

After a little bit of technical difficulties, we've got two sample pictures posted.One is from Marion Brasher's layout, the other is a scene from Ray Tutaj, Jr's layout. Thanks & Kudos to one of the Comcast techs who listened and quickly got me the info I needed -- but then 'negative thanks' to another tech who didn't even come close to answering two simple direct questions and obviously didn't listen. 

For all the ease and a few neat features of the SiteBuilder software it seems it can't quite do some neat things that Facebook can: (1) organize photos into sub-galleries and (2) allow comments/captions on the photos. But we'll just have t live with it.  -ed.

The "blog" portion of the website is now working, so perhaps this will be the place to check for the most recent updates.

We've also tried to turn on a "widget" that gives you the weather conditions at our next meet site: in this case Utica, IL. It's on the right of the main page as you scroll down. 

DIRECTIONS! Did you see how the calendar can actually show you a thumbnail map of any event and it'll give you directions if you scroll down to put in your starting city. I think that's a great feature, let me know if you agree/disagree.

Maybe... if luck prevails we can start to post a few pictures here too.


Timetable Newsletter

The first issue under new management (Vol 29-3) has been published May 4 and both mailed and emailed to those individuals who asked about the possibility (about 6 folks) Interestingly two of those still wanted hard copies, so it doesn't seem like this will really save us as much as some have imagined. We've tried to maintain the tradition "look and feel" of a prototypical RR timetable in our newsletter and the initial PDF file does just that: it's great for reading sequentially. BUT the drawback is in printing, so we've added a second format if you want to print your own. Go to the TIMETABLE tab on the website bar and you'll see where you can download it!

We've tried to add a page in color for layout and meet pictures this time and added thumbnail photos of our officers. We'll keep on plugging.Thanks for your patience and encouragement!  -ed.


Information

  • Plans for The Gallery Exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum are moving into high gear.  To date, organizing and fund raising actions have raised two pledges of matching funds from anonymous NMRA member donors.  One donation is for $50,000 and the other is for $250,000.  Current plans call for the exhibit to be opened by the end of 2012.  You'll find out all the details of the exhibit in the May issue of NMRA Magazine.
  • A special "Carpet Cutting Ceremony" (the indoor equivalent of a Ground Breaking Ceremony) for the Gallery Exhibit will be held on Thursday evening during the x2011 Convention.  All are invited.
  • Speaking of x2011, if you haven't yet registered for the X2011 West NMRA Convention to be held in Sacramento in July, you should register now!  If you have already registered, it is time to sign up for tours and operating sessions before they fill up! For more information and/or to register or sign up for tours, go to www.x2011west.org.
  • The "Members-Only" area of www.nmra.org is currently open to all members.  Although content is still being added, right now the area houses copies of all Region and Division newsletter articles cited within the last year by Jim Zinser in his bi-monthly "Division Business Car / NMRA@Home" column in NMRA Magazine.  In addition the "NMRA magazine classics" section of the Members-Only area will contain classic articles from past issues of Scale Rails magazine and The Bulletin.  We'll be adding new material all the time so check back often.
  • The NMRA remains active with the two model railroad podcasts mentioned in a previous edition of the InfoNet News.  The NMRA is now sponsoring "The Model Railway Show" podcast, produced by well known modelers Trevor Marshall and Jim Martin.  Their website is www.themodelrailwayshow.com .   And Board Member Clark Kooning, along with other NMRA members, continues to appear as a regular guest on the "Model Rail Radio" podcast.  Their website is at www.modelrailradio.  Both of these podcasts can be downloaded directly from their websites, or via iTunes.
  • We're still looking for stories of what your Division or Region does for National Model Railroad Month.  Write a 200-word summary and send it to me at this email address.  Thanks.
  • Notice of 2012 elections.  The following NMRA Officers and Board of Directors positions are open for election in 2012:  President, Vice President-Administration, Vice President-Special Projects, Eastern District Director, Pacific District Director, and At-Large North America Director.  Please check  the NMRA Executive Handbook located at http://www.nmra.org/national/organization/nmra_organization.html for the extent of the districts affected and qualifications.  All candidate names for consideration by the Nominations Committee shall be submitted to Didrik Voss, davoss@pvmtengr.com, no later than June 15, 2011.
  • An error crept into last month's InfoNet News:  The Summer Board meeting will be held prior to the Sacramento x2011 Convention on Friday, July 1, 2011 (not Thursday, June 30 as previously reported).  The meeting is usually held at the Convention hotel, but the exact start time and room number will be announced when available.  Remember, it's the responsibility of Region and Division officials to pass along this information to members.
  • The NMRA is looking to identify and recognize any model railroad clubs that were formed in 1935 or earlier that are still in existence.  We would like the name of the club and when it was founded.  A picture from the early years would be appreciated. Send the information to Dave Thornton - NMRA Vice President of Administration, Email DThorn5552@aol.com or mail to 2027 Jeffrey Drive, Troy, MI 48085-3816. 

Hi,  Presidents & Superintendents --

Welcome to March, and besides the usual Madness, there's a boatload of NMRA news this time around.

 
NOTE:  Forward this email to your newsletter editor and officers, mention it in your editorial, bring it up at meetings.  Your members like to know what's going on at National!
 

  • Notice to Central District and Canadian members: Due to the ballot address problems reported earlier, the deadline for returning Central District and Canada District Director ballots has been extended by two weeks.

    The new postmark deadline for these ballots is April 15. Remember that the pre-printed address on the provided envelope is incomplete. Here is the correct address:

    NMRA Ballot Committee
    c/o Skingco Services, LLC
    33530 1st Way S.
    Suite 102
    Federal Way, WA 98003-7332

    We regret any inconvenience caused by this error.
  • We're still looking for stories of what your Division or Region does for National Model Railroad Month.  Write a 200-word summary and send it to me at this email address.  Thanks.
    • For some ideas of what others do for National Model Railroad Month, take a look at the Division Business Car column in back-issues of Scale Rails.
    • Notice of 2012 elections.  The following NMRA Officers and Board of Directors positions are open for election in 2012:  President, Vice President-Administration, Vice President-Special Projects, Eastern District Director, Pacific District Director, and At-Large North America Director.  Please check  the NMRA Executive Handbook located at http://www.nmra.org/national/organization/nmra_organization.html for the extent of the districts affected and qualifications.  All candidate names for consideration by the Nominations Committee shall be submitted to Didrik Voss, davoss@pvmtengr.com, no later than June 15, 2011.
    • The Summer Board meeting will be held prior to the Sacramento x2011 Convention on Thursday, June 30, 2011.  The meeting is usually held at the Convention hotel, but the exact start time and room number will be announced when available.  Remember, it's the responsibility of Region and Division officials to pass along this information to members.
    • The NMRA is looking to identify and recognize any model railroad clubs that were formed in 1935 or earlier that are still in existence.  We would like the name of the club and when it was founded.  A picture from the early years would be appreciated. Send the information to Dave Thornton - NMRA Vice President of Administration, Email DThorn5552@aol.com or mail to 2027 Jeffrey Drive, Troy, MI 48085-3816.  
    • The Board unanimously agreed that in the future all merchandise sold by the NMRA, including by Regions and Divisions, must conform to any applicable NMRA standards. Questions about certifying whether products conform to standards should be directed to Standards and Conformance Department Manager Didrik Voss at davoss@pvmtengr.com.  In addition, Bob Amsler, the NMRA's legal counsel, says that the following language must be included in your merchandise contracts with your vendors:
    All merchandise shall conform to all applicable NMRA Standards and this term is a substantial and material term of the contract requiring strict conformance.  The manufacturer may either submit the product to the NMRA for conformance testing or the manufacturer may certify conformance by utilizing the procedures for self-certification pursuant to the process guidelines promulgated by the Conformance and Inspection Department of the National Model Railroad Association, Inc.  Any merchandise not conforming to the applicable standards will be non-conforming and rejected.

    The model can be sent to the Standards & Conformance Dept. for certification testing. The final paint scheme of the model is not necessary. NMRA has also established a Self-Certification program in which the manufacturer may complete the appropriate paperwork, signed by a legal representative of the company, and send to the Standards & Conformance Department for issuance of an NMRA Conformance Warrant number. The paperwork will be provided upon request. The NMRA reserves the right to check the model upon delivery to ensure the model, in fact, does pass all applicable Standards.  If you have any questions, direct them to Vice President Bill Kaufman at whk58@pacbell.net.

    Here are some highlights of the Winter Board meeting, held in Las Vegas last month.  For full details, see an upcoming issue of NMRA Magazine, or look in the "What's New" area of the homepage at www.nmra.org right now.

    • Jenny Hendricks was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer.  She's a true gift to the NMRA -- congratulations, Jenny!
    • The Board authorized revising NMRA by-laws to make the election of two vice presidents a permanent change.
    • Although the Diamond Club met its initial goal of $75,000, we're still looking for additional donations so that more of our collection can be scanned and posted.  The Online Archives site is up and running, and accessible via the link on the www.nmra.org homepage.
    • The Board is investigating the feasibility of occasional National conventions that are markedly different from those currently scheduled.
    • In an effort to maintain contact with all NMRA members, the Board is investigating various means of sending regular communications to the 4,000 NMRA members who don't subscribe to NMRA Magazine.
    • The Board adopted one of two versions of NMRANET standards which were presented.  It also approved two new tables to Standard S-7 to accommodate clearances for model railroads set in the modern era.
    • Important announcements of the scale model railroading exhibit in the Gallery area of the California State Railroad Museum will be coming shortly.  Those attending the National Convention in Sacramento will have a chance to see the Gallery exhibit area and proposal drawings.
    • Lastly, my apologies to John Lowrance and Fred Bock, for screwing up their titles in the last InfoNet News.  John is actually the Manager of the Education Department, and Fred is Assistant Manager.
    If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, please send them directly to a Director or Officer. You'll find those addresses at www.nmra.org or in NMRA Magazine.

    And if you're changing email addresses, please let me know at this email address:  
    NMRA-infonet@earthlink.net
     

Always be careful around tracks, guys!

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Hi, Presidents & Superintendents --
 
If it's mid-December it's time for the December NMRA InfoNet News.
Forward this to your newsletter editor and officers, mention it in your editorial, bring it up at meetings.  Your members like to know what's going on at National!

 

  • Some of your members who don't subscribe to NMRA Magazine may not know there's a section on our website devoted to reporting the same NMRA news found in The Bulletin section of the magazine every month.  Direct them to www.nmra.org/membership/bulletin/bulletin.html
  • We'd also like you to remind your editors about the "Division Business Car" column (also known as NMRA@Home) found in NMRA Magazine every-other month.  It's written by Jim Zinser, MMR, and features interesting summaries of articles he's found in Division newsletters from all around the world.  Make sure your Division or Region's newsletter is getting seen by Jim -- contact him at divbizcar@wowway.com.  It's a great way for your Division and its newsletter to get some national recognition!
  • John Stevens, our national Boy Scout coordinator, wanted me to forward this to everyone:  In order to create the most secure environment possible for its youth members, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies for its adult leaders.  Effective June 1, 2010, those policies included Youth Protection Training.  After that date, no adult may register with the BSA as an adult leader in any capacity without first completing this training.  The training is good for two years and can be accomplished online.  The training can be found at www.scouting.org.  Across the top of the page find and click My Scouting.  You will be required to create an account which will then allow you access to the training.  Upon completion of the training, you will be able to print a certificate of completion which should be included with your next Adult Leader Application.  The whole process should take less than an hour.  If you have any questions, contact John Stevens at scouts@hq.nmra.org
     
  • Trainfest, which takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is operated by the WISE Division of the NMRA, set an all-time attendance record this November when 23,476 people walked through their doors.  It's the highest attendance in the event's 39-year history.
  • There are still a few shopping days before the holidays, so we want to remind you that giving a gift of an NMRA membership is a gift your recipient will treasure all year long.  They make great gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day... even Valentine's Day, too!
  • The folks at x2011, the Sacramento 2011 Convention, report that they've now implemented RSS feeds from their website.  Attendees and potential attendees can simply subscribe to the RSS feed and they'll receive email messages when items are added or changed on the website.  Go to www.x2011west.org and click on the orange RSS box.
  • Incidentally, the x2011 online registration system is up and running.  Presently it's limited to convention registration, but once tour information is released, registrants will also be able to sign up for tours and extra fare events online.  Not only will this be convenient, but registrants will be able to see immediately if a tour is sold out.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, please send them directly to a Director or Officer. You'll find those addresses at www.nmra.org or in Scale Rails.

And if you're changing email addresses, please let me know at this email address:  NMRA-infonet@earthlink.net 

 

I hope everyone has a safe and peaceful holiday season.  See you next year!

  -Gerry Leone, MMR
   NMRA Communications Director

The last 10 or so coal hoppers on a BSNF freight derailed in February in Mendota near the south signal bridge; if you knew where the old tower was, most guys say it would have been taken out by this. Very interesting to see the organization and coordination with Hulcher and all the railroad departments. Interesting to see the operations!
 
 

 

Union Pacific Railroad's World's Largest Operating Steam Locomotive to Pull 'Ringling Bros.' Circus Train on Way to Sedalia, Mo., Celebration
The Special Steam Locomotive Will Travel 2,200 Miles During the 17-day Tour
Media Kit Missouri River Eagle/Sedalia Sesquicentennial Special
Map/Schedule Download ((PDF File) View Schedule

Omaha, Neb., September 15, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad's "Challenger" No. 3985, the world's largest operating steam locomotive, will be on a six-state, 2,200-mile tour from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Gorham, Ill., to celebrate railroad heritage. To kick-off the tour, Challenger will pull the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus train between Speer, Wyo., and Denver, Colo.

"We are proud No. 3985 will pull the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus train on September 28. History will be made that day when No. 3985 will pull a 65-car train that is more than 6,000 tons and nearly 6,100 feet long, the most for a steam locomotive in the 21st century," said Dick Hartman, Union Pacific's director of public affairs for Colorado and Wyoming.

"Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is excited to be part of this railroad heritage celebration; we've been riding the rails for the last 175 years, so Ringling. Bros. is a part of rail history," said Keith Anderson, trainmaster of the Ringling Bros. Blue Unit train. "No. 3985 will pull a mile-long train, stocked full of international performers, animals and all of the gear we need for The Greatest Show On Earth," he added.

No. 3985 is on the Missouri River Eagle tour to help Sedalia, Mo., celebrate the community's Sesquicentennial on Sunday, October 10.

"Sedalia has such a rich railroad heritage that it is only fitting that the world's largest operating steam locomotive help in celebrating their sesquicentennial," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific's director of public affairs for Missouri and Kansas. 

During this tour, the 67-year-old locomotive will be on display in:

  • Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 3 and Oct. 11;
  • Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 5; and
  • St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8; and

The Challenger will make overnight stops in:

  • Denver, Colo., Sept. 28;
  • Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 29;
  • North Platte, Neb., Sept. 30 and Oct. 13;
  • Marysville, Kan., Oct. 1 and Oct 12;
  • St. Louis, Mo., Oct.6 and Oct. 7; and
  • Sedalia, Mo., Oct. 9.

Union Pacific's No. 3985, an articulated locomotive with a "hinged" frame to allow it to negotiate curves, is 122 feet long.  It weighs more than one million pounds, has six-foot diameter drive wheels and can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour. No. 3985 was built in 1943 for fast freight service and was retired in 1959. In 1981, it was restored to running condition by UP employee volunteers for special service. This is the first trip for the locomotive after undergoing maintenance work during the last two years. The Challenger is based in Cheyenne, Wyo.

A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) transmitter was installed on one of the rail cars that will travel with No. 3985. The GPS system has been integrated with a map on UP's website. Enter the word "Steam" in the search box on the homepage for a shortcut to the map.

Website visitors will be able to access route maps with varying amounts of detail. The GPS system will update the map every five minutes showing No. 3985's location. GPS updates are also available at http://twitter.com/UP_Steam.

During 2010, the Reed Jackson concession car displays a commemorative sign celebrating the National Model Railroad Association's 75 years of service to the model railroad community.

About National Model Railroad Association

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is a nonprofit corporation with members from every U.S. state as well as countries around the world. The organization is charged with establishing and enforcing the standards and recommended practices that ensure compatibility of products in the model railroad hobby. Local divisions host meetings, conventions, home layout visits and train shows. Throughout 2010, the 20,000 members of the National Model Railroad Association are celebrating its 75 years of service to the model railroading hobby and industry. NMRA was founded in Milwaukee in 1935. Learn more at www.nmra.org.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

Media contact: Mark Davis at 402-544-5459 or mwdavis@up.com

Welcome to the May NMRA InfoNet News. Please forward this information to your newsletter editor, and mention it in your editorial or at meetings.  Your members like to know what's going on at National!
 
This month's edition features some highlights of the NMRA Board of Directors meeting, as reported by Director Tony Koester and Vice President Dave Thornton.  (Last month's InfoNet News contained the announcement of officer and department manager replacements and retirements.)

  • Paid registrations to the Milwaukee convention topped the 1,600 mark, and all 345 booths at the National Train Show were sold.  However public attendance at the Train Show was down from past years.
  • Dave Thornton, 75th Anniversary Year Committee chair and current VP-Administration, announced that Diamond Club donations were approaching the $70,000 mark -- only $5,000 short of the initial funding requirement of $75,000.
  • Scanning of photos for the Diamond Club project has already begun.  The project is spearheaded by Paired Rail Railroad Publications and Historical Archive Solutions (a division of PRRP).  Members can see how the NMRA's photo archives will look by visiting another PRRP/HAS website for the Santa Fe at www.atsfry.com.  The NMRA's system is expected to go into beta testing in November, and initial posting of images will occur in early 2011.
  • An anonymous benefactor has promised to donate $250,000 toward the creation of a tribute to scale model railroading at the California State Railroad Museum.  This donation represents approximately one third of the funding needed, providing that the amount is matched by other fundraising efforts.  None of the National Model Railroad Museum's exhibit costs will be funded by NMRA member dues or non-dues income.  A mockup of the proposed exhibit is expected to be available for viewing at the 2011 convention in Sacramento.
  • The Board approved a motion to create sub-districts within the British and Australasian Regions, to serve emerging pockets of interest in NMRA membership.
  • A change was made to candidate nominating procedures.  The Nominating Committee must publish its report and recommendations no later than the annual summer Board meeting.  Nominations by petition will be accepted no later than 30 days after the publication of the Nominating Committee report, and election timelines will be adjusted accordingly.  Allowable length for official statements of candidate qualifications will be 500 words when published in NMRA Magazine, and 1,200 words when published by electronic means.
  • Awards given at the Milwaukee Convention banquet included:
Honorary Life Member:  Rutger Friberg and Robert "Bob" Brown (Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette)
Distinguished Service Award: Aubrey Olson (Caboose Industries) and Stan Ames
NMRA Fellow:  Len Firth (British Region)
Pioneer Award: Leo and Ruth Campbell (Campbell Scale Models), Bernd Lenz (Lenz Gmbh), and W. Allen McClelland, DSA, MMR
President Awards: Bob Amsler; Chuck Diljak; Gerry Leone, MMR; Eric Lundberg, HLM, MMR; Allen Pollock, HLM, DSA; Jim Sacco; Miles Hale, MMR; and James "Lumpy" Lupfer
Meritorious Service Award: Ed McCaney and Ken West (Standards & Conformance Dept.)
 
If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, please send them directly to a Director or Officer. You'll find those addresses at www.nmra.org or in Scale Rails.

To promote comradery between our neighboring NMRA divisions, we've shared the eVersion of our Newsletter with the Illinois Terminal Division superintendent (Mike Lehman) who's passed it along to the membership. We hope to see them join us sometime - Welcome! ITD is located south & east of our division.

261 Sold & Bought !
05/10/2010

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America & Friends of the 261  "Friends" purchases No. 261 from National Railway Museum!4-8-4 will be rebuilt for operationIt's like something out of a movie. All seems lost, but at the last minute the hero finds a way to resolve the situation and everyone lives "happily ever after." That scenario seldom ever happens in real life, but in the case of...... Milwaukee Road No. 261, it did. Earlier this month the "Friends" Board of Directors approved the purchase of Milwaukke Road No. 261 from the National Railway Museum of Green Bay, Wis. The purchse agrements were signed by the Museum and "Friends" Chief Operating Officer Steve Sandberg the week of April 25 and May 2. The formal announcment of the agreement was made on National Train Day, May 8.

The purchase marks the end of a long period of uncertainty for the “Friends.” The locomotive, which operated from 1993 to 2008, was owned by the NRM and leased to the Friends for operation. For the past several years the two organizations have been negotiating for a new lease, but were unable to agree on terms. At one point NRM offered to sell the engine to the Friends for $800,000 or lease it fo $70,000 per year. Things finally came to a head in November 2009 when negotiations ended and it was agreed the No. 261 would return to NRM for display – the engine had been on exhibit in Green Bay from 1958 to 1992.

Rumor has it a few of our northern NMRA brethern might come down for the Utica meet. A few of us have been their guests on several occasions, it's nice to finally reciprocate!

Less than week after we had to mail our newsletter the new IVD Board of Directors (BOD) has approved the next years line up of meeting dates (as always this is  t e n t a t i v e:

August 29     Moline (Quad Cities)
Location: Butterworth House 'Garage'
Clinic(s):  by Dave Piskorik
Contests: Displays/Modules Off Line & Photography
Layouts: Dave Piskorik, Quad Cities Society of Model Engineers
NOTE:   Board of Directors meeting same place starts at 11 am!
Trainmaster Host: Dave Piskorik

October 3     Bloomington-Normal Area
IVD will be hosting the NMRA-MWR BOD meeting starting at 10 - Welcome our Guests!
Location: TBA
Clinic(s): TBA
Contests: Passenger Cars & Steam Locomotives
Layouts: Bill Zeter? Mark Cleary? Bloomington N-Trak?
Trainmaster Host: Bill Zeter

January 10   Springfield Area
Location: TBA
Clinic(s): TBA
Contests: Maintenance of Way & Structures
Layouts: Springfield Club?
Trainmaster Host: Mike Yurgec

March 7   Peoria
Location: ReMax Center
Clinics(s): TBA
Contests: Traction & Freight Cars
Layouts: TBA
Trainmaster Hosts: Mike Shockley & Jack Andrews & Jim Wise

April 15-18  Madison, WI  MWR Convention: Badgerland Express

May 15   Mendota IL
Location: Mendota RR Museum
Clinic(s): TBA
Contests: Displays/Modules OnLine & Diesel Locomotives
Layouts: Mendota RR Museum? Cherry Library? Jim Carrow?
Trainmaster Host: Ed Brown

 


 
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