Mar 082017


Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:00 PM.  Railroad songs and the explanation behind the songs. Performed by “Boxcar Tourists featuring Boyd Bristow” 


South Dakota State Railroad Museum    featuring Rick Mills – Noted Author and Historian

Saturday afternoon at 1:00:

“South Dakota Railroading 101”

A PowerPoint program focusing on the most important and topical people, places, and trains that have shaped Dakota Territory and the State as we know it today. Designed for both children and adults alike.

Sunday afternoon at 2:00:

The South Dakota Railroad Photography of Otto Perry”

Otto Perry (1894 – 1970) was an accomplished American photographer specializing in railroad photos. Perry traveled extensively in Colorado, the surrounding plains, and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota in a five-decade pursuit to preserve a changing, and ultimately diminishing, era of railroading. His historic images captured narrow gauge steam locomotives, classic passenger trains, lowly freight trains, quintessential short lines, and the rise and ultimate dominance of diesel locomotives.

In South Dakota, Otto trained his camera lenses on the equipment and operations of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy; the Chicago and North Western; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific; and the local favorite – the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western. This PowerPoint program presents a selection of these images, plus re-photographed images of some of the same scenes today. 

Also at the show:

Featured model railroad vendors scheduled to attend:

  • Spring Creek Model Trains – Deshler, NE
  • Teskey’s Trains – Waseca, MN
  • Tyler Neesman – Columbus, WI
  • Other model railroad vendors:
  • Edgemont, SD
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Royalton, MN
  • Various local vendors

Featured model railroad layouts scheduled to attend:

  • Frankfort Sub Division Model Train Club – Frankfort, KS – 38’ x 26’ layout HO scale
  • Other model railroad layouts on display:
  • Z scale – 4’ table
  • N scale – 12’ x 12’
  • HO scale – 6’ x 12’
  • S scale – 6’ x 18’
  • Lionel scale – 4’ x 12’
  • Two switching layouts
    • For children and kids at heart to operate
May 212013

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This is the N-scale layout recently donated to DSED (photo by Bill McKean). We will discuss its future at the June 13th meeting.

One of the things we will need to do, is to solve the puzzle of all the switches / block control.

Apr 242013



Following the last DSED meeting we had a presentation on how to make your own turnout by Wes Garcia (see picture above – by Dave Bauman).
Do you have a clinic, product demonstration or something else related to our hobby you would like to present to the group? Let the superintendent know or leave a comment to this post.


Oct 242012


What other model railroad organization in the Sioux Falls area can you test drive for six months absolutely free of obligation?

Individuals that have never been NMRA members before can sign up to be a NMRA member and have your first 6 months reimbursed by the Dakota Southeastern Division. Sign up today at Click ‘Join the NMRA’ to begin.

Railpass Benefits:

  • Experience the fellowship and fun of getting modeling help and discussing the hobby with other members in your area
  • Receive reduced rates on special insurance for your layout or collection
  • Get admission to local model railroad meetings and events
  • Receive 6 monthly issues of Scale Rails magazine
  • Have access to standards information and data sheets
  • Be a part of programs like “Modeling With The Masters,” Pike Registry, Estate Counseling, contests, clinics, the Achievement Program and more!