Once a month from October through May, the Twin Cities Division holds its monthly meeting. It’s a time when prototype and model railroad lovers alike get together with “others of their kind” for story swapping, fellowship, and informative presentations.
You’ll find it’s the perfect place to meet people who share your railroad interests, to get answers to those tricky questions, and to find out what’s going on in the prototype and model railroad community. No matter if you’re just getting started in the hobby or if you’re an old pro, chances are the Twin Cities Division has a member who knows the answer and is more than happy to share it.
Modeling Clinics & Prototype Presentations
Each monthly meeting usually features a “how-to” clinic on a modeling topic. Recent clinics have included everything from building three-dimensional background buildings, assembling benchwork, and backdrop cloud painting to detailing model autos.
The evening’s second presentation is typically a slide show dealing with some aspect of prototype railroading. In the past these presentations have featured guest speakers from railroads in the surrounding area, and TCD members themselves who have extensive prototype slide libraries. Topics have included a look at Twin Cities rails over the last 50 years, Progressive Rail, The Hutch Line, and weed control on the right-of-way.
Other fun reasons to come
Most meetings features a Popular Vote Contest for models, based on a pre-announced theme. Themes have ranged from grain elevator dioramas to maintenance-of-way cars to whimsical railroads. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third place winners as selected by the meeting attendees.
In addition, NMRA Merit Award judging takes place at one meeting every year. Members participating in the NMRA’s “Master Model Railroader” Achievement Program – and other modelers curious to see how their work rates with qualified judges – are free to bring in models for judging.
The evening usually wraps up with a ticket drawing for half-a-dozen or more prizes, generously donated by local hobby shops.
Twin Cities Division of the NMRA is a 501c3 educational organization. In addition to our regular meetings, the Division conducts Clinics that educate the community on the history of railroads and enjoying the hobby of model railroading. Monthly contests are held where participants can show off models and projects in the area of interest.