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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". Please preregister by January 16th for this event. For more information or to preregister contact Jerry at paymaster@potomac-nmra.org .

January 30, 2021
"How To Install Static Grass"
Todd Hermann
February 27, 2021
"Building a Flat Car; Scratch Building Made Easy"
Martin Brechbiel
March 13, 2021

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 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 held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 went well. 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.

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 year 2021 has arrived and with that the Board of Directors is beginning preparations for the 2021 Board of Directors Elections. In 2021 the Division's current bylaws provide for three of the Board of Director positions to be open to election. These three positions are currently held by the Division Superintendent, Division Senior Assistant Superintendent and Division Clerk, all of whose two year terms are expiring. Candidates running for office should be aware that the current Division bylaws provide for the newly elected Board of Directors to determine who will fill the Board of Directors positions at the first meeting of the new Board.

The following individuals are the Nominations Committee for the 2021 Elections; Jerry Stanley (Chair), Bill Lyders, and Mark Gionet. These members are available to answer any questions concerning the duties and activities associated with service on the Board. The following are email addresses for the committee members:

Jerry Stanley - Paymaster@potomac-nmra.org

Bill Lyders - blyders@verizon.net

Mark Gionet - mgionet@lsginc.com

Members interested in running for office in the 2021 Elections are required by the Division bylaws to notify the Nominations Committee by email, no later than midnight, February 5, 2021,and supply them with a current picture, short biography, and why they are running for a position.

The election process will take place by ballots sent to Potomac Division members due to the uncertainty of being able to have an Annual Meeting in person because of the coronovirus restrictions.

IMPORTANT DATES concerning the Election process are as follows:

February 5, 2021 (Midnight) - Deadline for candidates to notify the Nominations Committee of their intent to run for office and provide a current picture, biography, and why they are running for office.

April 1, 2021 - The Potomac Flyer and emails from the Division will provide a list of candidates for office for the membership to consider.

April 26, 2021 (Midnight) - Deadline for receipt of ballots by the Nominations Committee.

May 1, 2021 - First meeting of the new Board of Directors.

May 8, 2021 - The winning candidates and the Board of Directors positions (if possible) will be announced to the membership by posting on the Divisions Groups.IO, emails from the Division to the membership, and on the Division's website.

June 1, 2021 - The winning candidates and the Board of Directors positions will be announced to the membership in the Potomac Flyer.

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:

February, 21, 2021  "Track Arrangement and Operation"  John King
March 21, 2021
 "The Art and Technique of Lighting Buildings and Streets"
John Sethian
April 18, 2021 "Update on the Nickel Plate" Tony Koester

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

Watch here for news concerning NMRAx events. The next event has not been announced at this time. We will let you know when we receive 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. 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 and NMRA Chief Dispatcher AP certificates.

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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