for adventure or a challenge related to model railroading? Maybe you are
new to the hobby or just want to know more about the National Model
Railroader Association's (NMRA) Achievement Program (AP). The NMRA AP is
all of this and more, as well as the fact that you, yes YOU,
can become a Master Model Railroader (MMR) by completing the necessary
Mid-Eastern Region President Kurt Thompson, has challenged members of
the Mid-Eastern Region to increase the number of Region Master Model
Railroaders and the Potomac Division supports this goal.
in the AP is voluntary and all NMRA members are welcome and encouraged
to participate. The AP will help you to learn about railroading by
taking you on a journey through a series of AP certificate activities
where you will learn and master the knowledge, crafts, and skills
necessary to be successful in the hobby of model railroading and learn
about the working and operational aspects of a real railroad. On the
journey you will receive incentives in the form of various AP
certificates awarded when you meet the AP standard for each category.
You only need a total of seven AP certificates in the appropriate
categories to achieve becoming a MMR.
Potomac AP Coordinator is Mat Thompson, MMR # 595, who is available to
answer questions about the AP and if he can't answer the question, he
will find someone who can. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com or phone at 703-743-1895.
on the NMRA AP and its requirements can be found on the NMRA AP web page.
When you read the requirements they may appear difficult but in
reality they are very achievable. You will find that if you experience
difficulty there is lots of help available through several AP related
websites, groups, fellow AP participants, and the Region and
Division's Master Model Railroaders who have been there and done that.
They can explain how to meet the AP requirements.
The NMRA Achievement
Program web page contains a lot of information. it provides an
overview of the AP and its objectives and provides the requirements
for each of the AP certificates and instructions on how to prepare
the necessary certificate application package, including the
necessary forms, for each of the eleven certificate categories. There is a link to a
web page that contains additional links to a series of articles
referred to as “The Master’s ” articles. This series of articles
provides practical guidelines on how to meet the requirements of
each of the eleven AP categories. Although the articles were written
in the 1991-1993 time frame, much, if not all, of the information
presented in them is still relevant.
Some AP certificates
require an evaluation of the modeler's efforts by a group
local NMRA members of at least one of them has already earned
a certificate in the area being judged.Judging
can happen at NMRA events or you can contact the Division's AP
Coordinator who will arrange for an evaluation team to visit your
A good source
of advice for meeting the specific requirements for a specific AP
certificate is a NMRA member that has earned the AP certificate in
Click herefor a list of Potomac Division Members who
are AP Certificate holders and on their way to becoming an MMR.
Click here for a list of the Potomac Division
Master Model Railroaders.