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Contests for 2021 - 2022


     The awards and rewards of the 2021 - 2022 Model Contest season were presented at the June meeting.  The recipients of the Model Contest were, third place and a seventy-five dollar prize to Dave Lawler. Second place and a prize of one hundred dollars went to Jim Grell with first place and a prize of one hundred and fifty dollars going to George Gelehrter.  The Diorama Contest saw John Hughes take third place and a seventy-five dollar prize.  Second place in dioramas went to Rick Toll with a one hundred dollar prize.  First place in diorama construction went to John Witt with a one hundred and fifty dollar prize.  Congratulations to these fine modelers and thank you to all of the members who shared their talents of railroad modelling with us. 


     Another fun season of sharing our model railroad treasures and talents with others is upon us.  As in the past, the contest will have two categories; a model that conforms to the contest for the month and the other category is the “mini module” or most often referred to as a diorama.  A division member may enter one or the other category, but not both.

     The voting will be a little different.  The ballot will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place to mark your choice for each of the categories.  If an entry receives the most votes in 1st place and also receives the most votes for 2nd place, the higher place will be awarded to the entry but the 1st place winner will not be eligible to receive the 2nd place award.

     Points will be awarded as follows; 4 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place and 1 point for participation.  I know rules can be a pain, but without them, we would have a corn field meet which would be chaos and yelling.  We will leave that nonsense for the politicians.

I will list the different contest subject matters in a minute, but first I want you to know that some months will see a contest that is quite open for interpretation for the solution to the challenge. Other months will be more specific and not all contests will involve steel wheels on rails. Somethings will change and others will remain the same; for example, the ballots will give you the opportunity to vote 1st, 2nd, and 3rd but we will continue to have two categories; models and dioramas.


"October is a wood sided rail car with outside metal bracing that is not a common box car."

"November is a private residential house that is trackside. Make it interesting."

"January is a self-propelled passenger car (vehicle) on rail."

"February is a first-generation re-purposed diesel (name change, body modification, B unit steam generator, slug)."

"March is a yard crew office."

"April is an open hopper car purposed for something other than coal."

"May is a military train. Something that would be found on a military train consist."








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