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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.

January 2022 Division Zoom: The Michiana Railroad Video Archive  
10 AM Central, 11 AM Eastern
Date: January 15, 2022
Where: Zoom - click for link and more information

Our January meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM Central. Our topic will be the Zoom clinics that have been delivered on Thursday evenings since May 2020 that are sponsored by our Michiana Division and delivered to a national audience. Since May 2020 we have had over 70 Zoom clinics delivered in addition to the monthly Saturday clinics that have continued during the pandemic. These meetings have all been recorded and are available on our Michiana Division YouTube channel. An online index of these clinics is being developed and will be premiered at our meeting on the 15th. We will demonstrate how to navigate the index to find content that might be interesting to you and discuss the methods used to prepare and deliver clinics in this way. It has never been easier to deliver a presentation to an audience that is next door or thousands of miles away. Please plan to join us for this meeting.

Past meeting topics:
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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