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Contests Announced for 2013-2014 JRD Meets

They are as follows:

Fall 2013 - small on-line structure
Early 2014 - truck/tractor trailer with a detailed load Mid 2014 - kitbashed freight car Fall 2014 - structure with plaster walls

Model Railroading Down on the Peninsula

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Model Railroading Down on the Peninsula.
Gerard J. Fitzgerald
On Saturday June 15th, the NMRA Tidewater Division meeting was held at the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia.  The Tidewater group was gracious enough to sponsor this get together as a joint meeting with the James River Division (JRD) to foster camaraderie among neighboring NMRA groups. Of the approximately thirty-five attendees fifteen were JRD members from Charlottesville and Richmond (unfortunately no JRD officers were able to attend). 

Fort Eustis is of course known in model railroading circles because it is where generations of Army personnel have learned railroad operations for domestic and overseas military activities. Founded in March 7, 1918 for the military build up presaging America’s late entry into World War I, Camp Abraham Eustis became Fort Eustis, a permanent military installation, in 1923.  Today this post, along with its satellite installation Fort Story, is hom…

MER Clinics Posted

The MER has posted the final Clinics List for this Falls convention.  Thanks to Gerard Fitzgerald for the heads up.

Thanks for the Memories

Saturday June 14th was the end of an era for the model railroading community in the Richmond area.  For many years Chesterfield Hobbies stocked trains from small to large, 2 rail or 3 rail. standard and narrow gauge.  The trains occupied about two thirds of the well stocked store which is odd in these days.  A trip to the store was one which many outside of Richmond looked forward to in anticipation.   Owned and staffed by Adrian Cates and Tom English who gave years of good service and advice.  Adrian is planning to continue fixing Lionel trains as a side business. We wish Adrian well in his 'retirement' and wish Tom was still here to see it. Thanks for the memories guys.