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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 please contact the Senior Superintendent.


The Potomac Division will be holding a "live" "Build and Take" clinic on Saturday, September 26th, where participants will build a styrene plastic track side structure. Two sessions, the first from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and the second from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.. This clinic will be held in Jerry Stanley's Hobby Barn and will require preregistration. The sessions are limited to 8 persons each due to the coronavirus restrictions on meetings. For more information click here.

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 (don't peek at the solution until you try to solve it!) We will try to have a new puzzle each week.

CANCELLATIONS due to the coronavirus:

Potomac Division Outreach Program will be rescheduled at an undetermined date in the future after the Governor's coronavirus guidelines are lifted.
For additional information regarding cancellations of Layout tours 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.

A schedule of Virtual Clinics for the Potomac Division is in progress. All Virtual Clinics take place on the third Sunday of the month starting at 3:00 P.M..Here is what is on tap so far:

September 20  "NMRA Author AP and Potomac Flyer" Alex Belida
October 18 "Tips for Researching and Building Prototype Structures" Marty McGuirk
November 15 ** "Constructing an Elevated Railway"  Brian Sheron MMR
December 13 To Be Determined
 To be Determined

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.

The first Potomac Division Virtual clinic was presented by Andrew Dodge, MMR, and our Senior Assistant Superintendent on Sunday, July 19th. The clinic was on the topic of "Railroad Infrastructure" and was well received by 25 NMRA members from the Potomac and Chesapeake Divisions.

The second Potomac Division Virtual clinic was presented by Ernie Little, MMR, and our Assistant Superintendent on Sunday, August 16th. The clinic was on the topic of "NMRA Master Builder- Cars" and was well received by 17 members of the Potomac Division.

The Potomac Division Virtual clinics  are posted on the Potomac Division's YouTube Channel. Click here to access a Virtual Clinic by selecting it in the Virtual Clinic area of the clinic page.

Note: ** This clinic will be offered in two parts, the first at 3:00 P.M. and the second at 3:45 P.M.

The next NMRAx event will be broad cast live on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday, September 26 from 11 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. (EDT). Here is the schedule of events:

11am, LCC a better way to move points, Jeff Gerow
12pm, The Georgia Northeastern Railroad, Prototype and Modeling, Thomas Klimoski
1pm, A day in the life of my Swedish layout, Patrick Grace
2pm, Layout Tour: The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington in On30, Pete Leach MMR
3pm, History of the Crowell Long Leaf Lumber Company, Chuck Lind MMR
4pm, I just bought a 3D printer - Now what do I do with it? , Dave Ackmann
5pm, Lakes & Water, Eduardo Becherell
6pm, Remote operations at Silicon Valley Lines, Bernhard Beck
7pm, History of Car Float Operations on the Chicago River, Richard Sieben
8pm, MQTT in the Model Train World, David McMorran
9pm, Carving Rocks from Foam Part 2: Adding Colour and Foliage, Joey Guinto
10pm, Scenery Clinic for Beginners, Gerry Hopkins MMR

Click here for more information.

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.Division Board of Directors thanks all of you that participated in Layout Survey.


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

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.

     MER ELECTIONS are underway and you should be receiving an electronic ballot via email this week.
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