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Mid- Eastern Region of the NMRA

        Potomac Division Challenge 6 - A Tour of Hometowns found on Division Layouts seen in the Potomac Division (click caption to see write up)

The Division's email Yahoo group is PD2NERBNRA@groups.io. If you have not joined and wish to do so please contact the Superintendent.

POTOMAC DIVISION HOLDS "Build and Take" Clinics

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED


The Potomac Division has "live" build and take clinics which take place at Jerry Stanley's Hobby Barn. The next clinic is set for Saturday, August 20th,  will start at 9:00 A.M. with Kurt Thompson, MMR and MER President, conducting the clinic. This clinic will be constructing a wooden trestle bridge and applies to the NMRA Master Builder - Structures certificate.

*** The August 20th clinic will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 3702 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. Click here for more information as there is some preparation work that you need to do to save time at the clinic. Attendance is limited to and you must pre-register to attend.
To preregister for this event email Ernie by clicking on Ernie.

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

DATE
TOPIC
CLINICIAN
August 20, 2022***
"Division Structures Workshop"
Kurt Thompson, MMR
September 17, 2022
"Turning Plastic into Wood in all Scales Inexpensively"
Nicholas Kalis and Gary Eames
October 15, 2022
"Painting a Backdrop In a Train Room"
Kate Kalis

Click here to see ALL OF the upcoming Hobby Barn events

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH ALL THE TIME YOU HAVE AVAILABLE?

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.

Layout Tours:

The Board of Directors is looking for a person(s) interested in serving as the Division's LAYOUT COORDINATOR in anticipation of starting Layout Tour visits up again. If you are interested contact the Division Superintendent by email or phone.

It has been almost two years since our first Virtual Layout tour held on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Todd Hermann and his camera person Molly took forty two of us on a tour of the Lehigh & New England Catasauqua Branch. Click here for more details of the railroad.

This and future virtual layout tours will be recorded and posted to our You Tube Channel. Click 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.

Layout tours have been suspended due to the coronavirus and we hope to continue as them soon as the coronovirus guidelines permit and hosts allow visitation of their homes.



POTOMAC DIVISION NEWS

AUGUST  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. using the Zoom Virtual meeting platform. To register to attend the meeting click on the following link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpf--sqj4qHtadkcG92m3CLX-_JSTcUe_G

After registering you will receive an email with the link to the BOD meeting. The agenda will be available before the meeting date.

CHESAPEAKE TRAINMASTERS CLUB MAKES DONATION TO DIVISION

The Board of Directors thanks the members of the Chesapeake Trainmasters Club for their recent donation in amount of $485.07 in memory of deceased Club and Division members Charlie Kilbourne, Ron Schmidt, and Mike White.

MARSHALL ABRAMS AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED.

The Division's ANNUAL MEETING took place on Sunday, May 1st. Please join the Board of Directors in congratulating Mat Thompson as the recipient of the MARSHALL ABRAMS AWARD for 2021-2022. Due to the meeting being virtual Assistant Superintendent Ernie Little (on the left) presented the award to Mat (on the right).

    

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

The Division is seeking donations of HO scale rolling stock, locomotives, track, or structures to be used with a previously donated layout kit that the Division donated to a local church group to allow the children to learn about model railroading. If you have something you can donate please contact Jerry Stanley.

POTOMAC DIVISION MEMBERS IN ACTION

Eleven Potomac Division members were at the Great Scale Model Train Show (GSMTS) the weekend of February 5th and 6th staffing the Potomac Division booth. The Board of Directors thanks all involved and appreciates their time spent and also thanks the GSMTS organization for their donation of the table space for our booth. This kind of activity is important to the recruitment of members and supporting the model railroad hobby. The following members participated:

Bob Yetter Nick Kalis Gary Eames Ken Wilson
Doug Hess Thomas Washburn William Mosteller Mike Powers
Tim Tilson Mike Fleming Paul Hutchins

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION -

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.

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
Keith Jordan - Germantown, MD Daniel Travis - Dulles, VA
NOVEMBER
Charles Hall - Waldorf, MD Keith Jordan - Germantown, MD
Kipp Martin - Washington, DC Diego Procacci - Manassas, VA
DECEMBER
Kimball Carpentier - Poolesville, MD
Chris Pigott - Clifton, VA
Michael Zazzero - Clifton, VA
JANUARY - 2022
Jack Riegel - Alexandria, VA
FEBRUARY, 2022
Dave Smith - Springfield, VA
Kestutis Pauliukoni - McLean, VA
Ralph Hix - Manassas, VA
David Legal - Pomfret, MD
Gregg Cassidy - Silver Spring, MD John Berg - Fairfax, VA
Edward Mason - Falls Church, VA
MARCH - 2022
Phil Bell - Vienna, VA
Roger Blocker - Forestville, MD
APRIL - 2022
William Broadus - Cheverly, MD
Charles Kaltwasser - Solomons, MD
David Strohmeyer - Gainesville, VA

MAY - 2022
Paul Bastek - Silver Spring, MD
Michael Zelaska - Woodbridge, VA

    POTOMAC DIVISION VIRTUAL CLINICS-

 
The Potomac Division Virtual Clinics are normally held on the the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 P.M. and are presented using the Zoom video platform. This allows attendees to have video and audio, video only, or just listen access. Click here for Information on how to use Zoom. An email containing information on how to register and gain access the on-line clinic is sent to the PD membership email list prior to the clinic. Here is the what is on tap for the next three months:

DATE
TOPIC
CLINICIAN
August 21, 2022
"Deconstructing a Track Plan"
Bob Sprague
September 18, 2022
"Bullet Proofing your Layout for Train Running"
David Hughes
October 16, 2022
"The Ma & Pa in HO, Design of my Layout Related to the Prototype"
Bob Sprague

If you have a topic you would like to present contact Martin Brechbiel, our Superintendent.

If you want to see a list of ALL Potomac Division clinics, both virtual and "Build and Take" click here.

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. 


NATIONAL VIRTUAL MODEL RAILROAD EVENTS

The next NMRAx event has not been advertised. When it is we will post the link here.

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 NEXT POTOMAC FLYER FAVORITE CHALLENGE - Your Favorite Passenger, Combine, or RPO Car --- October - November Issue

The next Potomac Flyer Challenge is for the October - November issue and they ask members to send in photos and a short description of your favorite Passenger, Combine, or RPO Car.  Come on, get out your camera, take a picture, and make up a short description of what it is. Let's see what you have to offer! Send your submissions to: Potomac-Flyer@potomac-nmra.org. The deadline is September 10th.

The staff of the Potomac Flyer thanks everyone who submitted an entry for the Hometown Challenge. Check them out in the September -October issue.

PRIOR POTOMAC DIVISION CHALLENGES

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


  ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM NEWS:

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. To see a list of the AP certificate members click here.

Congratulations to Bill Mosteller on his achievement of the Author AP certificate.

Congratulations to Jerry Stanley on his achievement of the Author AP certificate.

Congratulations to Bill Mosteller on his achievement of the Chief Dispatcher AP certificate.

Congratulations to Rich Steinmann on his achievement of the Structures AP certificates.


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