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Mid- Eastern Region of the NMRA

        Potomac Division Challenge 7 - Passenger, Combine, and RPO cars found 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


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, January 21, 2023, and will start at 10:00 A.M. with Martin Brechbiel, MMR, conducting the clinic. This clinic will be on "Resin Casting - Part I". Attendance is limited to and you must pre-register to attend. To preregister for this event email Jerry Stanley by clicking here.

*** The January 21 and February 25, 2023 clinics 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 Little by clicking here.

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

*** January 21, 2023
"Resin Casting - Part I"
Martin Brechbiel, MMR
*** February 25, 2023
"Resin Casting - Part II"
Martin Brechbiel, MMR
March 11, 2023
"Installation and Use of Kadee Whisker Couplers"
Bill Mosteller

Click here to see ALL OF the 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 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 will be starting up again in November, 2022. Watch your email for more details about upcoming tours.


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. Next show is December 17 and 18 at the Dulles Expo Center. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. Click here to go to the Great American Train Show's website.

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders.

    Come and bring the family to see the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders in action. The club was featured on the February cover of Model Railroader magazine and been mentioned in many subsequent issues. Click here to go to the NVMR website.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 x 50’ layout using DCC.  Bring the kids to see Thomas the tank engine and his friends who will be running too.  The Northern Virginia Model Railroad Club resides in the historic, circa 1859, Vienna Depot of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad (W&OD), 231 Dominion Road NE., Vienna, VA.  History buffs will enjoy the museum in the waiting room with its displays of the history of the W&OD.  Hours: 1-5 PM.  FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted).  Virtual tour: www.nvmr.org/tour.html.  Masks optional.



The Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. using the Zoom Virtual meeting platform. To attend the meeting click on the following link:


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


The Potomac and James River Divisions held a joint mini con on Saturday, November 5th. The event, held at the Battlefield Baptist Church in Warrenton, VA, has close to 80 NMRA members and others in attendance. For more details click here.


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.


Nominations for the 2023 Marshall Abrams Award are being solicited by the Board of Directors. For more information click here. Nominations must be submitted to Martin Brechbiel, Division Superintendent, by January 1, 2023.

The 2021-2022 Marshall Abrams Award was presented at the Division's 2022 ANNUAL MEETING on Sunday, May 1st to Mat Thompson, MMR. Shown in the picture below is Assistant Superintendent Ernie Little (on the left) presenting the award to Mat (on the right).



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


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.

JANUARY - 2022
Jack Riegel - Alexandria, VA
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
JUNE - 2022
John Whittaker - Aldie, VA
JULY - 2022
Matt Hulse - Washington, DC
Al Ravella - Bristow, VA
Don Slatt - Arlington, VA Dale Roberts - Germantown, MD
Eric CalaLuca - Leesburg, VA James Butler - Springfield, VA
Peter Gentieu - Alexandria, VA


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:

December 4, 2022
"Adding Working Headlights to HO Scale Vehicles"
George Gaige
January 15, 2023
"Making Trees"
Pat Rivard and Paul Hurly
February 19, 2023
"Forty Two years of Tips and Tricks"
Brian Sheron, MMR

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. 


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 Caboose or Maintenance of Way Car --- December - January Issue

The next Potomac Flyer Challenge is for the December - January issue and the editor is asking members to send in photos and a short description of your favorite Caboose or Maintenance of Way 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 was November 10th.

The staff of the Potomac Flyer thanks everyone who submitted an entry for the Passenger Car, Combine and RPO Challenge. Check them out in the October - November issue.


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 John Griffith on his achievement of the Model Railroad Engineer Electrical and Civil certificates.

Congratulations to Bill Mosteller on his achievement of the Model Railroad Engineer Electrical certificate and Chief Dispatcher certificate.

Congratulations to Bob Rodriguez, Pete LaGuardia, and Rich Steinmann on their achievement of the Master Builder - Cars certificate.

Congratulations to Pete LaGuardia, Bob Rodriguez, Rich Steinmann, and John Griffith on their achievement of Master Model Railroader. Pete is MMR #716 ,Bob is MMR #718, Rich is MMR #719, and John is MMR #723.

One of our members is one certificate from achieving Master Model Railroader status.

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