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Mid- Eastern Region of the NMRA

Photo tour of some Division layouts (click caption to see more)

The Division has a an email group named PD2NERBNRA@groups.io. If you have not joined and wish to do so please contact the Senior Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent.


The Potomac Division is holding "live" build and take clinics. The clinics take place at Jerry Stanley's Hobby Barn. The next clinic is set for Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 A.M.. Todd Hermann will present a clinic on "How to Install Static Grass". For more information or preregister contact Jerry at paymaster@potomac-nmra.org   Click here to see upcoming Hobby Barn events

The Potomac Division brings to your attention that the PD website provides access to past Potomac Flyer issues, past clinics, and a new activity, where if you like railroad trivia, then take a try at the Potomac Division crossword puzzle challenge. To go to any of these just click on the blue link and you will be taken to them. The crossword puzzle will be a PDF file you can download that provides the puzzle, clues, AND the solution.

Layout Tours:

We are pleased to announce  our first Virtual Layout tour to be held on the Zoom video platform on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Todd Hermann will take us on a tour of the Lehigh & New England Catasauqua Branch. Click here for more details.

For additional information regarding cancellations of Layout tours due to the coronavirus you can click here. Layout tours will continue as soon as the coronovirus guidelines permit and hosts allow visitation of their homes.

The Potomac Division Board of Directors has received word of the passing of Marshall Abrams on Saturday, September 12th. Marshall, an active Potomac Division member, served the Division in many capacities as a past Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Potomac Flyer Publisher, and Division web page developer. We offer our condolences to his family.

The Potomac Division has received contributions from many sources in memory of Marshall's work with model railroading and his efforts of support of the Division. These contributions were designated to be used toward the establishment of a paid Zoom account. The contributions came from "The Anachronistic Operating Group"- Marshall's operating group consisting of Tom Brodrick, Gil Fuchs, Ken Nesper, Tony Jenkins, and Dean Ripple. Other donations toward the Zoom account were received from William "Buck" Buchanan, John Paganoni, and from the Division's "Build and Take" clinic held on September 26th.

These contributions and donations  has resulted in the establishment of a paid Zoom account for the Division's virtual events which can now be up to 24 hours in length and accommodate up to 100 members to be in attendance. The Division provides a Thank You to all of members and persons who made the contributions and donations.

The Potomac Division holds Virtual Clinics on the the third Sunday of each month. They start at 3:00 P.M. and run until they are completed. All Virtual clinics are presented using the Zoom video platform which will allows attendees to have video and audio, video only, or just listen access. Click here for Information on how to use Zoom. An email with information on how to access the on-line clinic will be sent to the PD membership prior to two weeks prior to the clinic and reminder emails will be sent one week prior and the day of the clinic.Here is the schedule:

December 6
"Using Styrofoam as a Scenery Base"  Tim Barr
December 13 "3 D Printing, How to use it and related services"
Zack Pabis
January 17, 2021
 "Painting figures using Citadel Paints"
 Alex Polimeni
February 21, 2021 "TBD" TBD

If you have a topic you would like to present contact Andrew Dodge, our Senior Assistant Superintendent.

Our past Virtual clinics were:

Andrew Dodge, MMR, on the topic of "Railroad Infrastructure".

Ernie Little, MMR, on the topic of "NMRA Master Builder- Cars".

Alex Belida, on the topic of "The Potomac Flyer and the NMRA Author AP certificate".

Marty McGuirk, on the topic of "Tips for Researching and Building Prototype Structures".

Brian Sheron, on the topic of "Constructing an Elevated Railroad".

Past Virtual clinic videos  are posted on the Potomac Division's YouTube Channel, "Potomac Division Mid Eastern Region NMRA". Click here to access the Virtual Clinic area of the clinic page.

The next NMRAx event has not been scheduled. Watch here for future events.

The NMRA has posted videos from the clinics and layout visits that took place at the NMRAx events. Click on the following link to go to their NMRA You Tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHw-7-1FWB5zQgTM0ZVY-Yw/videos


The staff of the Potomac Flyer is looking for articles on railroad related projects our members are working on during the Coronavirus 19 restrictions. If you have something please reach out to them and share what you have. You can contact the staff by clicking here.


The Potomac Division has several Master Model Railroaders (MMRs). To see a list of the PD MMRs click here.

Congratulations to Brian Kidd on his receipt of the NMRA Author AP certificate.

Congratulations to Alex Belida on his receipt of the NMRA Master Builder - Cars AP certificate.

Congratulations to Bob Rodriguez on his receipt of the NMRA Author AP certificate.

Congratulations to Brian Sheron on his receipt of the Association Official AP certificate.

Congratulations to Bill Lyders on his receipt of the NMRA Model Railroad Engineer Civil AP achievement certificate.

Congratulations to Bernie Kempinski on his receipt of the NMRA Master Builder – Cars, and Master Builder – Prototype Models AP achievement certificates. With receiving these he is now a Master Model Railroader- MMR #654.

Congratulations to Alex Belida on his receipt of the NMRA Master Prototype AP achievement certificate.

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