Sep 212014

8:00 Doors open
9:00 1st clinic “Pictures of Mankato and Surrounding Area” Roger Mueller
10:00 2nd clinic “History of Railroads in St. James” Mike Lenzen
1:00 Depot by the lake opens
1:30 3rd clinic “Moving Grain- Boxcars to Hoppers”
3:00 PLD Business Meeting
3:30 Open house at Railroad club
The meet fee at the door is $3.00. The meet will be held at the St. James Armory located at 521
Armstrong Blvd N. The event will run from 8 to 3 at the Armory and the St. James Model
Railroad Club and Depot will be open until 6. The meet will have four model railroad displays in
various scales and many vendors including the C&NWHS Company Store. The clinics are all
featuring many C&NW, M&St.L, & CGW topics.
The St. James Club will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend. They will have its 25 X
40 ft. building open featuring Lionel, HO scale, and N scale operating trains. Adjacent to the
club is the Amboy Depot (C&NW), CGW caboose (In GN paint), tower and sanding tower.
The meet will have a popular vote model and photo contest. The categories are Diesel, Steam,
On-line Structures, off-line structures, rolling stock revenue & non-revenue, color photo, black
& white photo and a special C&NW category. This special category is open to any C&NW model
of structure, rolling stock, or locomotive. The popular vote contest is open to anyone attending
the meet.
If in need of lodging, St. James has a Super 8 Hotel located at 1210 Heckman Court. It is the only
lodging in town for those wishing to stay overnight. There is also a city-run campground
adjacent to the St. James Club and Depot area. This is a 21-camper site with all amenities for
$20.00 a night. This campground is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information go to

PLD/ CNWHS Fall Meet Oct. 2014.PDF

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[@] 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.

Nov 122013

DSED Member Alan Saatkamp, Master Model Railroader, will be featuring his new Progressive Rail switching layout at the 2013 Trains At Christmas November 23-24 at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.

The pictures below shows a schematic of part of the layout and a scene from Hamburg Ave. on this model of the real deal known as Airlake Industrial Park near Lakeville, MN south of Twin Cities.

Kids will have an opportunity to try their hands at operating (run trains)!


DSED will also be there with the modular layout, and we hope to feature never before seen yard modules.


We hope to see you at Trains At Christmas!

PGR Schematic PGR