Upcoming Events in the Susquehanna Division

 

 

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Division Meet - New Holland, PA - CANCELED

The April Division meet will be held in New Holland, PA. The location is Our Lady of Lourdes Social Hall, at 150 Water St., New Holland, PA 17557. The event will begin at 9 AM with coffee and donuts and some time to socialize with other members and discuss their latest efforts with their railroads. The Division Business Meeting will commence at 9:30 and wrap up about 10:15. The meeting will include announcements and updates about the Division and Region as well as dates and locations of future NMRA events. It also includes the introduction of new members and the presentation of any awards and achievement certificates earned by Division members since the last meeting.

We're having two clinics that morning, one on The Basics of Scratch Building presented by Alan Mende and the other on Fiber Optic Lighting by Michael Groves with Dwarvin "Lighting without Wiring". Both of these gentlemen have extensive knowledge in their areas of expertise and are sure to provide interesting and informative clinics.

 

Saturday May 2, 2020 - Columbia Railroad Day - Columbia, PA - CANCELED

The Susquehanna Division of the NMRA, Lancaster PA NRHS Chapter, the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, and the Columbia & Reading Railway Company (CORY) are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Columbia Railroad Day. Last year this premier event was a huge success with over 500 attendees who enjoyed all the railroading activities available to them from model railroading, historical lectures and a visit to the CORY facilities.

The 2020 event will feature a Civil War theme and will be held at three locations in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Attendees will be able to visit the Columbia Historic Preservation Society at 21 North 2nd St., where they can enjoy the large HO Columbia & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club on the 2nd floor. On the first floor, the Lower Susquehanna Model Railroad Club will be displaying their "O" Gauge modular layout which will be surrounded by various model railroad displays and activities presented by the NMRA Susquehanna Division.

The second location will be the Columbia Crossings River Trails Center located at 41 Walnut Street where lectures will focus on the history of railroading during the Civil War. Currently scheduled to appear are Park Manager and Ranger Doug Bosley from the Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Site discussing Civil War canals and their link to the railroads in the area which moved troops and supplies during the conflict. Scott Mingus, a noted author, will be discussing Civil War railroads from Gettysburg to Columbia. Well-known historian, author and model railroader Bernard Kempinski will provide two presentations - one on Railroads of the Civil War and another describing his Civil War model railroad - The Aquia Line. And lastly, there will be a presentation describing how the Underground Railroad used the railways around Columbia. There will be food available at this site from "Rosies" - a well-known Columbia restaurant featuring the local favorite "The Shifter". There are also plans for a Civil War encampment by the river with re-enactors talking about the war.

The third location will be an open house at the Columbia and Reading Railway Company and their sister firm Rail Mechanical Services, Inc (RMS) located at 380 South 4th St. There will be maintenance demonstrations of the work they do such as hot riveting. Participants will be able to see their current restoration projects and view the equipment they use to do their work. There are many other activities being planned at the CORY site to include a return of several local chapter Speeder groups. Food may also be available here as well as a possible bluegrass band. Various vendors will be present selling everything from model railroading items to railroad memorabilia. This is a great place to visit to see what is involved working on a real (yes, 1:1 scale) railroad.

The all-day program will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and all the activities are free. The only charge is a one time all-day $5.00 charge for riding the trolley. Clearly, this is a can't miss railroad focused event for rail aficionados of any age and specific interest.

 

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - Divsion Meet - New Oxford, PA

 

Sunday - Saturday, July 12 - 18, 2020 - NMRA National Convention - St. Louis, MO

Gateway 2020 - The 2020 NMRA National Convention will be held July 12-18 in St. Louis, Missouri

Start the registration process here: https://www.gateway2020.org/

 

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - Division Meet - Denver, PA

 

Friday & Saturday, October 2, 3 - LSOP - TBD

 

Thursday - Sunday, October 15 - 18 Charlotte, NC, MER Convention, Carolina Southern Division

Carolina Southern Division is proud to be hosting the MER 2020 Convention October 15-18. Convention activities will include:

Start the registration process here: http://carolinasouthern.org

 

Saturdays & Sundays, Nov 7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22 Section-wide Open House Tour

 

 

 

Future events  

We would like to schedule more meets with museum visits, clinics, and layout tours in the future.  Please, let us know if you'd like to open your layout to the division membership.  Also, let us know if you have additional ideas for a Division meet.

If you will be willing to host a Division event or help arrange one, please contact the Susquehanna Division 11 Superintendent, or contact any division officer. 

 

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