National Model Railroad Association

North Central Region, Division 9

It's March and almost Spring by the Calender. Mother nature didn't get the notice and snow was in the forcast for March 19, 2022, the date for the most recent meeting of Division 9 of the North Central Region of the NMRA. Some brave members bundled up and ventured to the monthly division meeting at Colonial Kitchen and Pancake House. Several more joined via the Zoom link, including your web master. A rather long business meeting was held, starting at 9:30. The chief topic was planning for the October Clinic weekend. This will begin on Friday with layout tours followed by a get together at Clara's Battle Creek. Saturday will have formal clinics and more layout tours. The Division 9 meeting will end Saturday afternoon, but stick around for the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Club Show and Sale on Sunday.

It wasn't all work for the members as a great clinic was presented by Barry Hensel concerning water affect consturction on model railroads. The presentation was augmented by Rich Mahaney with numberous photos that he has collected over the years.

Please plan on attending our next meeting on April 16. It will start at the Club Car Grille on D Avenue at 9:00. After breakfast we will proceed to the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Club for a layout tour.

As noted above, the Division has been busy planning for our day and one-half clinic on October 28 & 29, 2022. On Friday the 28th there will be layout tours in the afternoon. The tours will be followed, at 6:00 P.M, by a gathering at Clara’s in Battle Creek. Clara's is in the old New York Central depot. The tracks of the NYC and the Grand Trunk & Western were combined on the south side of town and are gone from the depot as are the NYC and GTW. While there are no tracks, the inside has been beuatifully restored. On Friday evening attendees can choose an a la carte dinner from Clara's menu and the beverages of their choice. There will also be a dinner presentation.

Saturday morning will have a series of clinics in downtown Kalamazoo at the River Church located just north and east behind the Amtrak Depot (not quite walking distance). Bring your camera a get a photo of the station sign indicating its location from Detroit and Chicago. In the afternoon, following the clinics, there will be layout tours and op-sessions. At the clinics you’re sure to learn some tricks to use on your layout when you get home.

While the Division 9 clinic will end on Saturday afternoon, stick around in Kalamazoo for the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society’s Fall show and sale on Sunday, October 30, 2022. There will be plenty of treats for your layout at the sale.

If you run into down time, be sure to have your camera. Michigan fall colors should still be out. Go down to the Grand Elk Yard and get some shots of the action. Also, Amtrak pulls into the Kalamazoo Station just after 12:30 in the afternoon, just as the clinics are ending.

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