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Seacoast Division NMRA 2021 Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm

A New Kind of Event – On-Line with Zoom

Since Covid-19 continues to be a major health risk, especially to older people, the Seacoast Division Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel “in person” events for the foreseeable future.  The BOD has also decided to help fill the void by holding on–line Zoom meetings.  Many of you are already familiar with Zoom since other organizations are already starting to use it.

 Zoom is one of several video conferencing applications available for use on your computer that is connected to the internet.   For several years, lap top computers have been equipped with a camera that faces the user, a microphone, and speakers.  The computer with the camera/microphone /speaker combination lets the user take advantage of the full capability of Zoom.  If you don’t have a computer with the camera/microphone /speaker you can still use your computer to view the event and you can communicate with everyone using a phone.  Finally, a smart-phone can also be used to participate in a Zoom video conference.

 New users will have to go to and then download “Zoom Client for Meetings” if you use a computer, or download the Zoom Mobile apps for IPhone or Android from the APP store.  You will not have to register for an account.  The host of the Zoom Meeting, in our case Seacoast President Tage Erickson, will send out an email with a meeting invitation which includes a link to the meeting.  The non-host attendees will click on the link a few minutes prior to the meeting to get connected to the Zoom meeting.  The host will then accept you into the meeting and you will be able to see all the attendees that have cameras and you will be able to hear all the attendees that have microphones or have called in on the telephone. 

 President’s Welcome by Tage Erickson

Tage will address the members of the Seacoast Division.


Creating Strong Rigid Scenery by Joe Linquata

Joe will demonstrate how he creates strong rigid scenery using spray foam and screen material.


Designing and Laying Out Scratchbuilt Structures by Dave Emery

A great way to scratchbuild structures to fit a specific location is to start with a drawing of that structure, and adjust the drawing as necessary until the structure fits its location.  The tools to do this are readily available. Dave will demonstrate how he uses PowerPoint to design structures, including using the computer to efficiently lay out sets of windows and doors, and using ‘construction lines’ to ensure the openings are set at the correct location on the structure.  Additionally, Dave will briefly review the “Nehrich Scribe and Snap” approach, describing how to use the drawing to lay out subwalls.

Video Layout Tours

Since we can’t tour member’s layouts in person, we’ll be doing the next best thing – seeing layouts on video.  Seacoast members Bob Kotsonis and John Newick recorded a video tour of John’s layout.

Central Maine and Aroostook by John Newick

John Newick’s Central Maine & Aroostook is a multi-level N Scale model railroad that is well known in the New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine area.  It depicts Maine railroading in the mid 60”s to mid 70’s running from the B&M at Rigby yard going north into well-known lines and interchange points on the Maine Central and Bangor & Aroostook.  He has a great focus on rail operations and his operating sessions closely resemble the actual schedules and routes used by the B&M, MEC and BAR.  Operations are supplemented by a unique method for managing car moves and the use of Railroad & Company software for computer aided dispatching and train routing.  While his interest in operations is known, John has put long hours into the scenery and buildings that occupy the layout to keep the feeling of Maine Railroading alive and well.

What’s On Your Workbench?

We invite members to show a few photos, PowerPoint slides, or even a short video of what you are working on or a layout tour etc. 

Open Forum

Let’s discuss what members would like to see in future Zoom Events.

Next Event: Summer Event, July 17, 2021

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Location Zoom
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