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Mid- Eastern Region of the NMRA

        Potomac Division Challenge 17- Your REAL Train Engine Photo (click caption to see write up)

The Division's email Yahoo group is PD2MERNMRA@groups.io. If you have not joined and wish to do so please contact the Superintendent.




The Potomac Division has "live" build and take clinics which take place at Jerry Stanley's Hobby Barn and other locations.  If you have something you would like to do a presentation on please let Jerry Stanley know  by clicking here.  ** The Using TinkerCAD clinic will require participants to bring a laptop computer to enable them to run TinkerCAD during the clinic. For more information on this clinic click here

Here is what on the schedule for the next three months.

April 13, 2024, 10:00 AM
"Using TinkerCAD"
Kurt Thompson, MMR
May 11, 2024, 10:00 AM
"Building Ships"
Bernie Kempinski, MMR
June 8, 2024, 10:00 AM
"Technical Clinic - TBD"

Click here to see ALL OF the upcoming Hobby Barn events.


The Potomac Division Virtual Clinics are normally held on the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 P.M. using the Zoom video platform. Click here for information on how to use Zoom. An email containing information on how to register and gain access to the on-line clinic is sent to via the Division email list prior to the clinic.

Here is what is on tap for the next three months:
April 21, 2024
"Portrait of a Railroad"
Jonathan Jones
May 19, 2024
"The Long Road to Achieving a Golden Spike and other AP's
Greg Cassidy
June 16, 2024
Andrew Dodge, MMR

If you have a topic you would like to present click here to contact our Superintendent, Ernie Little.
If you want to see a list of ALL Potomac Division clinics, both virtual and "build and take" click here.

To access the Virtual clinic area of the clinic page. Click here

Past Virtual clinic videos are posted on the Potomac Division's YouTube channel and can be access by clicking on "Potomac Division Mid Eastern Region NMRA".


The NMRA has virtual model railroad events and the next event has not been announced. When information becomes available it will be posted here.  For more information click here. Past NMRA virtual events can be accessed on their You Tube channel by clicking here.



Members of the Potomac Division members visited the Burnt Tree Industrial Railway located in Aroda, VA., on Saturday, September 16th. Those participating had a full day of operating and riding on this 1/8 scale model railroad. To view a report on the visit click here.


The Potomac Division brings to your attention that the PD website provides access to past Potomac Flyer issues, past clinics, and railroad trivia in form of a crossword puzzle challenge. The crossword puzzle will be a PDF file you can download that provides the puzzle, clues, AND the solution.


In person Layout Tours are back! The next Layout Tour will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024,  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, visiting Sean Hoyden's Dominion Southern and Cam Green' Maine Central circa 1980. Click here for more information.

If you are willing to host an open house of your layout please email layout-tours@potomac-nmra.org and let the layout committee know.


Virtual layout tours are recorded and can be accessed by Clicking here to access the virtual layout tour area on the prior layout tour page.

If you are interested in providing a virtual layout tour please let the BOD know so it can be scheduled.


Great Scale Model Train and Railroad Collectors Shows and Railroad Market Place. Click here to go to the show's website.

Greensberg's Great Train & Toy Show. Click here to go to the Great American Train Show's website.

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.

Click here to go to the NVMR website.

Visit our club Saturday, April 13th and see our model railroad in action. The layout's HO scale trains depict the Western North Carolina Railroad during the steam to diesel transition. Traction fans will enjoy watching our trolleys running under overhead wire. The layout also features award winning structures and operations conducted on a permanent 20 foot by 50 foot layout controlled by DCC. Bring the kids to see Thomas the Tank Engine and friends who will be running too. The Club resides in the historic, circa 1859, Vienna Depot of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad (W&OD), 231 Dominion Road, N.E., Vienna, VA. History buffs will enjoy the museum in the waiting room with its displays of the history of the W&OD. Hours are 1-5 P.M. with FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted). Virtual tour: click here. 


Did you know that the NMRA has a partnership program where NMRA members can receive discounts as an NMRA member? See the information below:




The Board of Directors meeting will be Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held using the Zoom platform and can be accessed by the clicking here.


The Potomac Division Annual meeting and meet will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Annex in Arcola, VA. In addition to the Annual meeting there will be two clinics and at least two layout tours. Watch here for more information to come as planning progresses.


The  nominations for the 2024 Marshall Abrams Award to recognize a Potomac Division member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Division have closed.

The Marshall Abrams Award was created by the Potomac Board of Directors in the Spring of 2021 in honor of the late Marshall Abrams who served the Division in several positions including Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Potomac Flyer Publisher, and Division webmaster.

The selection process has been completed and the announcement of the individual(s) will be made at the Division's Annual Meeting on May 4th.

Previous recipients of the award are Mat Thompson, MMR, and Jerry Stanley.


The 2024 Potomac Division Elections for the Board positions of Paymaster and Assistant Superintendent are approaching. The following individuals are the Nominations Committee for the 2024 elections: Mark Gionet (Chair), Paul Hutchins, Bill Demas, and Brian Sheron. You can email the Nominations Committee members by clicking on their name. The elections process will be as follows:

Nominations for the 2024 Division elections have closed resulting in two persons expressing interest in running for the positions of Assistant Superintendent and Paymaster. The Nominations Committee has submitted Ken Wilson for the position of Assistant Superintendent and Jerry Stanley for the position of Paymaster. Both are incumbents for the positions. For more information click here.

April 1, 2024 - The Potomac Flyer and emails from the division will provide a list of candidates for office for the membership to consider. Ballots will be mailed out to members without email addresses on file with the division.

April 13, 2024 - eVoting will commence.

April 20, 2024 - eVoting will conclude: deadline for receipt of mailed ballots by the Nominations Committee.

April 27, 2024 - Candidates will be notified of election results.

May 21, 2024 - The new Board of Directors will meet.

Potomac Division Visits Leisure World Train Club Layout

On Saturday, January 13, 2024 the Leisure World Model Railroad Club in Silver Spring, Maryland opened their N, HO, and O scale layouts to the Division for a layout tour. The Division thanks Henry Jordan, a Division member and a member of the Leisure World Model Railroad Club for arranging this layout tour. Click here to see a write up of this event.

A Flashback: 1993 to 1996 Division Newletters found

In early February member Greg Cassidy found copies of Division newletters from Winter of 1993 to Fall of 1996 in a box at his home. Did you know that the Division was named the Dixie Division and was changed to the Potomac Division on March 12, 1994? For more information you can go to the Potomac Flyer page and look at the old issues or you can click here to see some of the history about the Division name change. While you are thinking about it do you have any old Potomac Flyers from December, 1996 to January of 2020 in a box at your house. If you do the Board of Directors would like to borrow them so they could be scanned and added to the Flyer page. Good time to look as Spring is just around the corner!


Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming new members to the Potomac Division by reaching out to them and helping them settle in to their new Division.

APRIL - 2023
Carter Murray- Silver Spring, MD
Scott Vakerics -  Kensington, MD
MAY- 2023
Earl  Boatman - Herndon, VA
Sean Hoyden - Broad Run, VA
Thomas Kane - Purcellville, VA
Mark McGowan - Round Hill, VA
JUNE - 2023
Christopher Petrone - Alexandria, VA
JULY - 2023
Stuart Sutton - Silver Spring, MD
AUGUST - 2023
Ethan Rogers - Alexandria, VA
Ty Bateman - Great Falls, VA
Chris Ruegger - Lansdowne, VA
Greg Tate - Woodbridge, VA

OCTOBER - 2023
Brendan Harrington - McLean, VA
Jeffrey Jordan - Fort Valley, VA
Michael Byle  - Colonial Beach, VA
William Hooks - Colonial Beach, VA
Abhishek Kotnis - Olney, MD
JANUARY - 2024
Jeffrey Barsky - Washington, DC
Paul Dunham - Reston, VA
Russell Hann - Chantilly, VA
Dana Richard - Nokesville, VA
Neal Shelton - Haymarket, VA
Greg Viggiano - Alexandria, VA
Zoe Wei - Fairfax, VA
John Witek - Leesburg, VA
Rodney Bosco - Vienna, VA
Thomas Braithwaite-Berg - Laurel, MD
Tom Matty - Derwood, MD

MARCH - 2024
Todd Smith - Manassas, VA
John Lyon - Rockville, MD

THE NEXT POTOMAC FLYER FAVORITE CHALLENGE - Show Me Your REAL Railroad Photos - The June - July Issue

The Challenge for the June - July 2024 Flyer will be for your favorite REAL Railroad Photos you have taken. This time, it can be anything railroad related - engines, freight or passenger, or MOW cars, stations, roundhouses, bridges, signals, anything. So get out your camera, or scroll through your old photos, and send along with a short description. Please send only photos you have taken, not something plucked off of the Internet. Let's see what you have to offer! Send your submissions to: Potomac-Flyer@potomac-nmra.org. The deadline for entries is March 5, 2024.

The staff of the Potomac Flyer thanks everyone who submitted Favorite Motive Power entries for our previous Challenge.


To see the prior Potomac Division Challenges  Click here to see the submissions.


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

There are several members working on Achievement Program Certificates and getting closer to becoming Master Model Railroaders. They continue to work toward the goal and are making progress. To see a list of the AP certificate members click here.

   Congratulations to MIke Byle on his receipt of the Golden Spike award.
Congratulations to Paul Hutchins on achieving the Volunteer AP certificate.  

Congratulations to Marty McGuirk on his achievement of the Master Builder -  Scenery and Model Railroad Engineer - Electrical certificates.

Congratulations to Gregg Cassidy on his receipt of his Golden Spike Award.

Congratulations to Alex Belida on his achievement of the Master Building - Motive Power certificate.

Congratulations to Mat Thompson on his achievement of the Association Volunteer certificate.

Many more of our members are one certificate from achieving Master Model Railroader status. Keep up the good work!

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