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Because of issues beyond our control the November meeting will be held via ZOOM. To ensure you can attend via ZOOM we need your e-mail. Just send an email to

The Division and The Dayton Train Showsm has a new phone number (937) 424-6413.


Recent Updates and Additions. Click on underlined words to go to that page.

** Updated home page.
** Updated Train Show Page , now listing 23 train shows.
** Updated Meetings page.
** Updated Contest page.
** Updated Call Board page.Track

The Dayton Train Showsm

Division 3, MCR, NMRA is the host of the Dayton Train Showsm held the first full weekend of November. For 2021 it will be held on November 6 and 7. the show is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The show will be held at The Fairgrounds and Event Center of Montgomery County, 645 Infirmary RD, Dayton, OH. You can follow the train show by clicking Dayton Train Showsm to visit the train show website or visit our facebook page at NMRA Annual Dayton Train Showsm .

Consignment tables are back at the 2021 DTS

Consignment Sales - Operating Rules & Instructions
Operating Rules:
1. Only Division 3 members may present items for consignment sale.
2. 10% of the total sale amount will be paid to Division 3 (withheld from total).
3. Owners may withdraw items from the consignment table at any time; please coordinate with the volunteers on duty.
1. Tag each item (e.g., using a sticky label) with a code consisting of the owner's initials, the number of the item, and the selling price.
2. Provide a brief, accurate description of the item(s). The description must include:
a.  The operating condition, if an item is powered and/or has moving parts.
b.  Indicate whether a kit is complete; if not known, state that in the description.
            c.  If an item is new or never used, mark the sheet with (NIB).
d. Note: Please indicate if multiple items are being sold as a single lot.
3. If there is a minimum acceptable selling price, enter the amount in the Reserve column.
a. You may enter a higher starting price on the tag; if the prospective buyer inquires whether he/she can bargain for a lower price, we will not negotiate - we will go to the reserve price.
b. The owner may decide to lower the price at any time during the show. Please coordinate with the volunteer(s) on duty.
Final thoughts:
We are operating a quality train show, not a swap meet.  Please offer quality merchandise that is in good shape (no broken parts or inoperable equipment).
Please consider picking up any remaining items at the close of the show; otherwise, there may be a delay in getting your unsold items back to you.

Link to Consignment Sales Sheet


View the film that helped Dayton host 1975 NMRANational Convention

In the early 1970’s a group of local modelers got together and made a bid for the 1975 National Convention. Mike Mereness led a crew in the filming of 7 layouts in the Dayton Area that was used in the presentation to the committee.

The railroads included were:

W. Allan McClelland’s      Virginian and Ohio.
Don Santel’s                        Ohio, Michigan, and South Shore.
Attwell Adair’s                    Allegheny & Ohio.
Bill Fearheller’s                   Reading & Western.
James Paine’s                      Durham & Southern.
Harold Honious’s                Grand Valley.
Paul Gorath’s                       Dayton & Western.

Please take note. This film was made almost 50 years ago, using an 8 mm camera (maybe a super 8). In 2005 Rick Lach had it copied to a DVD. It has now been converted to .mp4 format. Audio and Video standards of the time are not what they are today. For the equipment used they got outstanding results. What I am saying is do not expect HD. Additionally, the audio is somewhat weak. So, crank up your speakers.

There are two files, and they are 1.4 GB total. Expect 3-4 minutes to download, depending on your internet connection. The first you will see is a black screen with the audio playing. In the center of the screen will be a menu, click on the three vertical dots, then click download.


Download part 1 Download part 2


October Call Board now available

Callboard The October issue of the Call Board is now available. Read here or Go here for archived copies.

Division Board of Governors(BOG) meetings are being held via ZOOM. Contact a BOG member for details.

Virtual Contest
The virtual contest for November is weathering. The category is the judging of the weathering effects applied to the model.
Deadline for entries is 12 pm, noon, Sunday, November 14, 2021.
Entries may be submitted at Div 3 Virtual Contest or
Deadline for voting is 12 midnight, Friday, November 19, 2021.
Rules and procedures for the contest may be found here. PDF DOC A revision for the number of entries has been made. Entries are limited to pictures of 3 models with weathering effects.

NMRA X is presenting several virtual conventions and events online. Go to NMRA x for details.


Company Store

Division 3’s Company Store is for the benefit of our members and the public. Here you will find the latest in the division's accessories, mugs, caps, and some modeling aids.
It is also the official point of purchase for our project cars. These cars are always a limited run and when they are gone, they are gone.

Currently there are two types of project cars available, both are Acccurail cars.        

The wood reefers have a built date of 6/1934 and would have been in service through the 1950’s. They are 40’ scale feet with reporting marks for Mid Central Refrigerated Express and the Virginian and Ohio(V&O) herald. Three numbers are available (More)

Click here to go to Company Store


Upcoming Events and Clinics

Date Event
Nov 6 & 7, 2021 The Dayton Train Showsm at The Fairgrounds and Event Center of Montgomery Co.
Nov 21, 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Weathering.
Dec 8, 2021 Christmas on Campus at UD.
Dec 19, 2021 General Meeting. Contest is Structures.
Jan 16, 2022 General Meeting. Contest is Open loads.
Feb 20, 2022 General Meeting. Contest is Non-revenue Cars.
Mar 20, 2022 General Meeting. Contest is Freight Cars.
Apr 17, 2022 General Meeting. Contest is Passenger Cars.
May 15, 2022 General Meeting. Contest is Steam Locomotives.

Questions?  Email at or call (937)424-6413.


Video Library Update!

The division's video library contains over 300 titles, available to Division 3 members. Titles include Allen Keller Great Model Railroads series, modeling "how-to" videos, and prototypes railroads broken out by category to make them easier to find. New titles will be added during the year. These VHS tapes, DVDs, movies and books are available, but must be reserved through the Division 3 Librarian.

The video library is now in possession of 87 clinics from the NMRA National Office! New items are posted on the Division 3 Video Library web page. Many will be previewed here. To view a complete list of titles go to the video index (CLICK HERE).

NMRA Clinics now available from the library.
If you wish to reserve them please send an e-mail to the Division 3 Librarian

Contest Information

For a look at recent winners, visit our Contest page.

Contest for November will be in a virtual format, subject is Weathering. The category is weathering effects applied to a model. See above post for details or go to the contest page.