Now a word from our past and current supers:
The S. M. D. (South Mountain Division) is part of the Mid-Eastern Region of the National Model Railroaders Association. From
September to May, we meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month. June – August there are no meetings. We meet at the homes of
members who volunteer to host the meetings, so the location of the meeting varies. See our newsletter (the Wheel Report) for our
current meeting plans. Meetings are from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.
Each meeting loosely follows this pattern;
Members arrive and have a look at the host’s layout, or at the layout plan.
Snacks (cookies are very popular in SMD) and soft drinks are provided by the host, members are expected to contribute some $ to
offset this cost.
Many times the host will encourage members to take a throttle and run a train.
The division Superintendent calls the group to order and invites the host to tell us about some aspects of their model railroad.
Usually we’ll then have a speaker (most times a member of SMD) give a clinic – which is talk on some model railroad related topic.
These vary from someone just speaking to the group, to PowerPoint slide shows, to model building tips, to hands on lessons in
“how to make rocks,” for example
The Superintendent then reviews any news that effects the group or any old business that needed follow up from prior meetings
The Superintendent asks if there are any new items the members want to bring up.
The official meeting ends.
If time allows, back to the train room!
The SMD includes the following counties in Maryland; Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington; in West Virginia; Berkeley,
Jefferson and Morgan; In Virginia; Clarke and Frederick; and in Pennsylvania; Bedford, Franklin, Fulton and Somerset.
We have many talented modelers in this division, and many impressive home and club layouts. You’ll find SMD members who hate
wiring, but some love it. Some hate doing scenery, some love it. Some hate dong track work, some love it. We’ve got modelers in G,
O, S, HO, N and narrow gauge versions of each scale. You’ll find the members of the SMD to be a relaxed bunch who just like model
railroading and enjoy the chance to meet with folks who share that interest. Members of the SMD have been a great help to us in
getting our model RR's closer to the point we’d like them to be. We encourage you to come to one of our meetings. You don’t have to
be a member, guests are welcome.
Paul Rausch (Superintendent - Current)
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