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Seacoast Division NMRA 2018 Winter Event
Saturday, January 06, 2018, 10:00am

The following is a list of the presentations that are scheduled:

Modular Layout Construction by Chuck Hastings and The Southern Maine Model Railroad Club.  Once again, we are very fortunate to have The Southern Maine Model Railroad Club bringing several of their modules to the meeting.  Chuck Hastings and his crew will show us the progress they have made with their modules and go over some of the issues they have dealt with during the past year while the layout was under construction.  I have personally seen this layout displayed at a recent train show and I am sure you will all be impressed by the progress that has been made.

Backdrop Construction by Tom Oxnard MMR.  Tom will present a discussion on why you need backdrops and how to make them.  The presentation will include sky and clouds, use of perspective, important design elements to consider, choices of hand painting your backdrops or using commercial products, and creating your own photo backdrops from your pictures.  Tom will bring sky painted boards and explain good techniques for anyone who wishes to try making clouds from stencils.  I know there are several of you that are in the process of building backdrops.  This will be a great presentation!

On30 Layout Update by Bob Bennett.  Bob is one of our most outstanding modelers and he writes, "I am at the point on one end of the layout where I'm confronting the backdrop. I have done a couple of flats for different points. One is a fau covered bridge, another is a grammar school based on the building in Weeks Mills and the third is a bunk house type structure for section and station crews. I also did a very simple tell tale to provide a bit of a heads up before the covered bridge. I also chopped up a completed gas station and turned it into a general store for this area.”  Bob will discuss some of his techniques he used on these structures and have them on display for us at the Event.

The Portland, Maine Rail Network by Dr. George Carhart, Ph.D.  As the Engineering Archivist for the City of Portland’s Department of Public Works, and a railway and model railway enthusiast, George will be sharing with the group a number of plans and aerial photographs that show the development and the eventual disappearance of the rail network that once encircled Portland. The City of Portland’s DPW Engineering Archive holds some100,000 plan sheets and about 1000 photographs that document the infrastructure and developmental history of the city, below and above ground.  Starting in the early 19th century until today these plans and images are a goldmine of information for model railway and tram network enthusiasts.  There are several of you that are in the process of building layouts that model the Portland waterfront.  This is a presentation that you definitely want to see.

Track Cleaning Ideas by Dave Sias.  Keeping the rails of your layout clean can be a problem.  Over the past year or so, some of us in the Division have been turning to Dave Sias for advice with this issue.  Dave has kindly agreed to share his knowledge and techniques that he uses on his own layout.  This is a short presentation that will have plenty of good advice for every model railroader.

There will also be the usual Show & Tell & Ask session.  Everyone loves to see the modeling of our members.  If you have something that you would like to show us, please bring it to the meeting and I will give you a few minutes to describe your efforts.  If you have any modeling questions for the group, please bring those, as well.  We have plenty of experts in attendance and we can certainly get you some answers to your questions.

The FOR SALE! table will again be available for those of you that have modeling related items that you wish to sell.  Please make sure you tag each item with your name and the asking price.  This table continues to be very popular with the members and generates much discussion during the meeting.

Finally, the Winter Event is the location for The Seacoast  Division’s Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting of members will be conducted during the Winter Event and is open to all NMRA members.  At this meeting, the annual election of Directors will take place.  Information regarding each of the candidates will be listed in the upcoming issue (January 2018) of THE SWITCH TOWER.  The Switch Tower can be accessed by visiting the Seacoast Division web site,

Location The First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME
Sponsored by NMRA Seacoast Division