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Seacoast Division NMRA 2018 Spring Event
Saturday, April 07, 2018, 10:00am - 02:00pm

All NMRA members and people interested in becoming NMRA members are invited to the spring meeting of the Seacoast Division NMRA in Rochester, NH.

Clinics and Presentation Topics:
•    An Introduction to Model RR Automation Using a PC, DCC, & Sensors by Chris Oliver
Chris will provide a general overview of what is achievable as well as the basic methods for planning then adding software based computer automation to enhance any model railroad using DCC and occupancy sensors.
•    Improving Rolling Stock - Making Old Like New by Rich Breton
Rich will show how to evaluate used rolling stock, upgrade couplers, trucks, metal wheels, and weight to achieve good reliable performance. He will also describe how to add details and add wheel resistors for block occupancy detection.
•    How To Replicate A 1950s Full Size Railroad in HO Scale by Dwight A. Smith, MMR
Dwight designed and built his Northern Vermont as a generic layout with “Vermont Flavors” but no attempts were made to replicate specific sites or structures. Dwight will show what types of rolling stock and locomotives were commonly seen on the rails in Northern New England back in the 1950s. In addition he will describe structures, facilities, and industries necessary to support the railroad industry.  Dwight will also show how the railroads met the traveling and commercial needs of the local population.
•    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.

Show and Tell and Ask: 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 we 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.

For Sale!:  There will be a table set up for any members that wish to buy/sell any surplus modeling items they may have.  If you have any model railroad related items (loco’s, rolling stock, buildings, etc.) that you don’t need and wish to sell, you are encouraged to bring them to the meeting.  Please put a tag on each item with your name and the asking price.  Maybe one of your fellow members might be interested!

Layout Tours:
Chris Oliver’s Southern Pacific thru Donner Pass - Chris models the Southern Pacific’s route over the Donner Pass with over 3000 feet of track on multiple levels.  The route is signaled and fully automated.  We will see the progress that Chis has made since he opened his layout for the Seacoast division a year ago.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see an incredible layout.  Directions to Chis’ layout will be provided at the Event.

Heritage Park Railroad Museum’s Boston and Maine – 1909 – Museum volunteers including several Seacoast Division members have created a historically based replica of the five villages of Wakefield as they existed in 1909. This includes Sanbornville which was the Northern Division headquarters of the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1909. The layout has recently been updated to run multiple trains automatically. In addition to the 1875 Freight House with the 1909 HO scale layout, the Museum now has a full size restored B&M water tower,  restored 1911 passenger station housing a railroad museum, 1950’s era B&M steel caboose, and restored 1902 Russell snowplow.  The museum is located at 282 Main St., Union NH

Coffee and sodas will be provided at the Spring Event for a donation to offset costs.  Please bring your own lunch or snacks.  There will be a 30 minute break for lunch and socializing.  There is a restaurant/pub [Check hours of operation] in the hotel and food establishments within close proximity to the meeting.

There will be a drawing for door prizes, too!

A Board of Directors meeting will precede the program at 8:30 AM.
Come to the Spring Event and Share the Fun of Model Railroading!

Location Governor's Inn, 79 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH
Sponsored by NMRA Seacoast Division