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The NMRA Michiana Division holds scheduled meetings on Saturdays at public libraries located around the division. Our meetings are open to the public and we always welcome potential new members to join us.

Illiana Garden Railroad Society, "The Bull Moose Line"
Time and Date:  June 18, 2022 11 AM CDT
Where: Illiana Garden Railroad Society, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, Indiana

The park is located on the north side of Valparaiso. From I-80/90 exit south on SR 49 at Chesterton, IN; then turn right at U.S. highway 6 (notice the Hospital on the right at the interchange), then turn left on Meridian Road, then about ¼ mile left into park. Pass the gatehouse and take the small drive immediately to the right. Follow the pavement until it ends. Parking is available on the grass next to the layout. The park opens at 10 AM Central and we meet briefly at the entry to the layout at 11 AM Central and enjoy a guided tour afterwards.

Past meeting topics:
Indy Junction Convention
Monon Connection Museum, Monon, IN
Elkhart Model Railroad Club 17th Annual Train Show
Railroads of Porter County, Indiana with Ken Hough
The Michiana Railroad Video Archive with Greg Bueltmann
Industries Served by the South Shore Frieght with Andy Laurent
Achievement Program - The Golden Spike Award
Elkhart Model Railroad Club Train Show
Railroad Sites in Lake County, Indiana
National New York Central Railroad Museum
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, North Judson, IN
Tanks For Solids, Liquids and Gases by Rich Mahaney
Backdrop Paining Techniques by Norm Logan
A tour of the Panhandle Division of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad. by Bill Neale
Uppgrading Generic Rolling Stock to Prototypical Standards by Clark Propst
Adhesives and Their Uses by Master Model Railroader Lester Breuer
Ken Chick's (MMR) Danforth Hadley & Northern
Evolution of Duck Lake by Chuck Hart
Achievement Program - Scenery - Learn about the program and requirements with examples
A Ride on the BS Line: The Engineer's View of John Hanske's Layout
A Cab Ride on the Milwaukee road: The Engineer's View of Ron Christensen's Layout
Proto-freelancing the GTW Trenton & Western
Creating Routes using JMRI
Building the Michiana Southern: Conceptualizing and building an operations-based model railroad
Using Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) for turnout control and physical panel display
Using Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) for model railroad operations
Layout Operations: Waybills for industries and car card holders
Layout Operations using Waybills
Railroad LCL (less than carload) Operations
Achievement Program on rolling stock
The Ridge Model RailRoaders Visit
Poultry Cars
Layout and Track Construction
Xxtreme Modeling
Under the table discussion of frame work for your railroad benches
Presentation on Oil Dealers
Visit and lunch at the Cass County Model Railroad Club in Dowagiac, Michigan
NMRA EduTraIn presentations
How to tune rolling stock for improved operation
How to create believable structure stand-ins and models with Model Builder Software
Weathering with Guache, Powders, and Pan Pastels
Professional railroading videos
Using Touch Toggles to control turnouts
Operating Sessions at various members layouts
Open discussion of layout design considerations -
Bring 'em if ya got 'em Clinic on adding details to Structures
Presentation on the history of the NJI&I Railroad (with maps)
A visit to a local Model Railroad Club and other area layouts!

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