Sep 152014
 

Come join us at the Prairie West Library in Sioux Falls (by Discovery Elementary and Memorial Middle School) on 9/20 from 10 AM – 2 PM.

  • Modular layout: We will bring our HO (1:87) scale modular model railroad, where trains will be running as long as we are there.
    We welcome questions/ discussion from young and old.
  • Mountain Making: As the crowd of kids permits, we will guide them in a hands on demonstration on how to make a mountain for a model railroad using foam board, rocks and sculptamold/ plaster and some simple tools. If there is interest this will be more than once during the course of the day. It’s a fun interactive activity,
  • Switching Layout: We will be featuring a new HO scale switching layout. This is a smaller layout where you can try your hands at running a Digital Command Control featured locomotive and exercising your brain with efficient movement of railcars. Also a favorite with the kids!
  • Additional layouts: We expect 1-3 additional N scale (1:160) layouts that members will bring for the public to watch. Don’t have enough room for an HO scale basement model railroad empire? N scale will do it in about 1/2 the size
Sep 082014
 

After a lot of deliberation DSED has decided to not hold an open house event in 2014 where the public gets a chance to view personal layouts in the greater Sioux Falls area.
Declining participation by the public has made us rethink how we approach this in the future. At this time this is not a permanent end to our open house events. It may come back in 2015 or later possibly in a different format and during a different time of year the the October time frame when we have typically held the event.

We appreciate all that has visited with us during past years’ open house event.

Our modular layout can be seen two times this fall though. We will be at the Prairie West Library on 9/20 from 10 AM  - 2PM, and at Train At Christmas at the W.H. Lyons fairgrounds in Sioux Falls on 11/22-23, and we hope to see you then.

Jun 232014
 

The Cowboy Line Division, MCOR Region of the NMRA will be having a Division Meet on October 11, 2014.  The Division Meet will be held at First Choice Catering, 1109 S. 9th Street, Norfolk, NE.  Registration will begin at 8 AM with the Meet starting at 9:30 AM.  Contact Division Meet Chair Craig Drenkow at nascartrainman[@]gmail.com or by mail at 1306 Parkview Drive, Norfolk, NE  68701.

Registration information packets and costs will be sent to interested parties.  Division Meet will include clinics on Model Railroad topics, a One Square Foot Contest (Any Model Railroad topic in One Square Foot), NMRA Judging, and a “garage sale” style Swap Meet.

Apr 092014
 

The link below is to a special 50th Anniversary Issue of Prairie Ponderings from Alan Saatkamp.

Alan and Jan is looking to relocate to the Kansas City area. I think I speak for all that this will be a loss for the Division and model railroad community in Sioux Falls from perspective of being a friend and enthused hobbyist.

Alan has been a driver for many in the Division to start working on their Achievement Program certificates/ MMRs, hosted numerous operating sessions, provided leadership at all levels, and has inspired me to work on many aspects of model railroading and photography and introduced me to many new people and new things – which is greatly appreciated.

Richard, DSED Superintendent

50th Anniversary Issue of Prairie Ponderings