February Keystone Flyer newsletter is here.

Division 2 is having a book sale, see the Book Sale Listing for selection and prices.

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See the MCR Convention Archives page for the High-line to Pittsburgh.

February 21, 2015

Division 2 Meeting

Where: Western PA Model RR Museum, Gibsonia, PA
Meeting at 2:30pm

February 27-28, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm

Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show

Where: Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
The Keystone Division's Free-Mo layout will be on display at the show.

April 23, 2016

Pittsburgh Model Railroad Jamboree

Where: Sewall Center, Robert Morris College

April 28 - May 1, 2016

2016 MCR Convention - Rails to the Capital

Where: Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio

Local Events

Kittanning Train & Toy Show

Sunday February 21, 2016, Sunday November 27, 2016, Sunday February 19, 2017, Sunday November 26, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 13126 St. Rt. 422 (3.5 miles east of Kittanning) Kittanning, PA 16201
Admission: Adults $3, children 12 & under free

Train Sale and Show

Spondored by: Mid Mon Valley Model Railroad Club and New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department
Date: Sunday January 31, 2016, 10:00am to 4:00pm
At the New Eagle VFD Social Hall, 156 Chess St, New Eagle, PA 15067
Admission: $3.00 adults, $2.00 youth 7-17 and seniors 60+, children 6 and under free with adult
Featuring: All scales, test track, free parking, handicap accessible, food and refreshments on site, operating layouts.

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Monroeville Convention Center, 209 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
February 27-28, 2016, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission: $7 for adults online, $9 at the door, children 11 and under are free
GreenbergShows.com, worlds largest train, toy & hobby show, operating train layouts, tables of toy and model trains, die cast cars and collectible toys, other hobby merchandise, free seminars, fun for the whole family, kid's train play area.

South Hills Modelers Association

8th Annual Model, Toy, Die Cast Expo and Contest
Sunday, March 13, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Broughton Volunteer Firehall, 1030 Cochran Mill Road, South Park, PA 15236
Admission $3, children under 12 free
Free parking, food and refreshments, make & take, strip tickets, giveaways, model car and truck contest, 14 classes, fireman's award, peoples choice award, special club awards. SouthHillsModelersAssociation.weebly.com

Railroad Prototype Modelers Valley Forge Meet

March 18-20, 2016
at the Desmond Great Valley Hotel, Malvern, Pa.
Registration $35
operating sessions, 60 prototype clinics, model display and vendors' rooms, Sunday open house tours.

Eighth Annual Model Railroad Home Tour

Spondored by: The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association
The tour will visit multiple layouts and displays in Westmoreland County
Ticket prices are: $15 adults, $5 under 16, tickets are advance sale only and only 300 will be sold, no tickets will be sold after April 24. Call 724-238-7819 for more information.

12th Anniversary Show 2016 N-Scale Weekend

N-Scale Model Train Show
Saturday August 20, 2016, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday August 21, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Altoona Jaffa Shrine Center, Broad Ave. & 22nd St, Altoona, PA 16602
Admission: $5, under 12 free with adult
N-Scale model trains and supplies, 17 large operating N-Scale train layouts plus several small layouts.

Announcements


A bit south of Morgantown, is Grafton WV, where Grafton Model Railroad Society is located. They are a new model railroad club, just getting started.


One of our members is starting a service that helps models that need an extra hand.


One of Pennsylvania, Laurel Highlands, newest attraction is located in Connelsville, just southeast of Pittsburgh. The Connellsville Canteen Coffee Shop pays tribute to WWII heroes of its time in a recreated B&O Train Station dedicated to the remembrance of the Canteen Ladies who served over 600 troops passing through the area on their way to war. Also housed in the Connellsville Cantteen is Harry Clark's Indian Creek Valley Railroad display. This 22x50 foot scratch built display of an era gone by will just amaze you. The Fabulous panoramic view clearly shows the craftsmanship and artistry of its builder. The HO railroad features mountain scenery with 1000s of scratch built trees, buildings, houses, rolling plains and mountains. Please come down to Connellsville and step back in time to the 1940's to learn about what our local hero's went through during WWII and also experience the Indian Creek Valley Railroad Display. One of the finest scratch built displays you will ever see.
As you watch this miniature display there is a railroad sound track which is enhanced by the actual train traffic from the very active CSX railroad yard just one half block away with its AMTRAC station serving riders between Washington DC and Chicago.
While in Connellsville, consider staying at the Connellsville Bed & Breakfast, just a block from the Youghiogheny River fishing and boating, the GAP Trail running from Pittsburgh to Washington DC for hiking and biking, and within 20 minutes of two Frank Lloyd Wright sites Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. You can check pricing, bed arrangements, availability and even make reservation on the site or call us at 1-877-892-8900.


The Ohio Northern Railway had a 2 1/2 hour workshop on October 12, 2013. Many topics were covered and a good time was had by all.


Here's a historic snapshot of Pennsylvania, Penn Pilot, from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Historic Aerial Photographs from 1937 through 1972. An easy to use map, you click on the red diamond, which denotes the center of each photo (usually there is 40% overlap in aerial photos), and a pop-up window will show the date of the flight and ask you if you want low, medium or high resolution.


Larry Kline's O scale layout was filmed by Tom Wilson during an operating session on March 24th, part of the RPM-East 2011 tour.


RailServe.com: Railroad Travel, Hobby & Industry Railserve.com has added a link to our website, click on the image for a link the their site, currently indexing 17,545 quality resources in 156 categories.


Make tracks to the Division 2 Meetings , guests are always welcome to stop in and meet other modelers. If you enjoy, or are just interested in, trains or model railroads, then you will fit right in with our interests and activities. We have members that have a few trains stored in the attic, some are master modelers, others have huge operating layouts, and others just enjoy coming to the meetings. Our annual picnic this year featured two cakes and tons of other goodies.

The Free-Mo modular railroad is a chance for anyone to model and operate a section of the layout. Members are available to help and guide you with each step in your modules construction. See our Free-Mo pictures page for photos of our modular railroad portable layout.

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