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Keystone Division

September Division Two
Full Color Newsletter

We are the Keystone Division, our members get together monthly to share an interest in trains, any scale, model or prototype, hobby or obsession. Our goal is to keep the spirit of the railroads alive for future generations and to support the NMRA. Go to our about page to see more.

The NMRA advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.

Join the NMRA and enjoy membership benefits, Family and Student memberships are available. Apply on-line for Membership Application and Renewal.

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.

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The Free-Mo and the T-Trak modular railroads are 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 module construction. Visit our Free-Mo photo page or our T-Trak photo page for photos of our modular railroad portable layouts.

We have an annual Model Railroad Jamboree where experts share their skills and knowledge.

See the Division 2 Reward Program for New Members

Division 2 and Regional Events

Oct. 15, 2023, 2:30pm

Division 2 Meeting

Rochester Area Heritage Society
350 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074
Mike DeSensi - Acrylic Paints - matching Floquil to acrylics

Oct. 19-22, 2023

Round the Curve to Altoona, 2023 MER Regional Convention

Where: Altoona Grand Hotel
Hosted by the Susquehanna Division 11

Nov. 4 & 5 2023

Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show

10:00am - 4:00pm
Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA

Nov. 19, 2023, 2:30pm

Division 2 Meeting

New Eagle VFD Social Hall
156 Chess Street, New Eagle, PA 15067
Program: Susan Werner - Scenery Tips, Tools, & Techniques
NMRA member to member White Elephant

In the books

Rails to Pittsburgh, 2023 MCR Regional Convention

Congratulations to our Div. 2 members at the May 2023 Regional Convention; 2 MMRs, 16 model contest awards (more than any other division), 8 Merit Awards, and 3 Certificates.

Convention Cars, Kits, & Shirts

These items are available for pickup at a Div. 2 meeting, or to be shipped.

Jan. 6 & 7, 2024

Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show

10:00am - 4:00pm
Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024

New Eagle Train Sale and Show 2024

10:00am - 4:00pm
New Eagle VFD Social Hall, 156 Chess St, New Eagle, PA 15067
$4 Full Fare, $3 Senior, Children free

April 13, 2024

Div. 2 Jamboree

Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce Campus in Monroeville, PA

May 16-19, 2024

North Coast Limited, 2024 MCR Regional Convention

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7230 Engle Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Hosted by The North Coast Division 4

September 11-14, 2024

44th National Narrow Gauge Convention

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Web Page Volunteers Needed

May 15-18, 2025

The Buckeye Express, 2025 MCR Regional Convention

Where: Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Buckeye Division 6

Coming Events Far and Wide

posted on the web page of the Allegheny Plateau Division 11, MCR, NMRA


Division 2 Reward Program for New Members

During the remainder of the year (July to December 2023), we would like to encourage current members to seek out potential new NMRA members at train shows, hobby shops, clubs or anywhere such candidates might be found. Division 2 will reward active members for any new NMRA members they recruit.

This is how the reward program will work:

  • 1) The current member tells them about the NMRA’s RailPass program and that the division will pay for that RailPass if the following takes place: saves his/her receipt.

  • 2) The new member will complete an application on the NMRA website and purchase a RailPass membership.

  • 3) The new member comes to a Division 2 meeting in one of the next 3 months that meetings are held.

  • 4) The new member is issued a check for the RailPass membership ($19.95) when their membership is confirmed on the Divisions Membership list provided by the Mid-Central Region on the first of each month and they fulfilled the requirement to attend a Division 2 meeting. Note that if the new member enrolls in any other membership level, we will only award the cost of a RailPass membership.

  • 5) The recruiting active member is issued a check for $10.00 when the new member fulfills the requirement to attend a Division 2 meeting.

The Kingpin, June, 2023

Congratulations to our Div. 2 members at the May 2023 Regional Convention; 2 MMRs, 16 model contest awards (more than any other division), 8 Merit Awards, and 3 Certificates.

Susan Werner and Ray Helster get Certificates of Achievement

At the February Division Meeting, Susan Werner and Ray Helster were presented with Certificates of Achievement for earning a category in the NMRA Achievement Program.

Fall 2023

Morning Sun Books new releases

Contact the company store with any orders or questions.

Fall 2023

Morning Sun Books new release descriptions

Contact the company store with any orders or questions.

May 2023

Latest information on the newest book offerings, (remember the 20% discount).

Contact the company store with any orders or questions.

New Directions in NMRA Education

The Education Department of NMRA has generated three new documents focused on NMRA educational efforts at the regional and division levels.

Member Layout Web Pages

If you are a Keystone Division Two active member and have a web page for your layout, contact the webmaster to get a link here. We can also host a page for you. One way to create a web page is to create a Word document, along with some photos, which can be converted to a web page by the webmaster. See George's page for an example.

PRR Panhandle Division in O Scale

George Pandelios

Pittsburgh Mainline

Charlie & Andy Blenko

Plum Creek Railroad

Tom Gaus

Pennsylvania Clubs

Clubs and Societies in PA

West Virginia Clubs

Clubs and Societies in WV

Ohio Clubs

Clubs and Societies in OH

Pike Ads

Pike ads are available to publicize your home or club model rail empires for a $15.00 yearly fee. You may supply artwork or have it produced by the editor for a nominal fee. Pike ads are posted here and in the Keystone Flyer newsletter.

Tid Bits

Tid Bits is a listing of links to internet web sites, mostly YouTube videos, that you may find interesting and see what other modelers are doing.

The Complete History of America's Railroads

Tubi: Documentary Series

CASS Scenic Railroad Journey: Yesterday and Today!

Tubi: Documentary Series

Extreme Steam

Tubi: Documentary Series

Lots & Lots of Really Big Steam Trains

Tubi: Documentary

Todd Treaster's Wonderful N Scale Layout and Collection

YouTube: Big G's RR

2023 EBT Winter Spectacular - 1st runs of 2-8-2 Mikado #16

Youtube: by Jimmy Braum

Chicago Crossing N Scale Layout Tour

Youtube: Chicago Crossing Model Railroad

City Edge Layout, Street Running Scenes - by Vic Smith

Youtube: Rex Smith

FSD Shorts: Weigh In Motion O Scale

YouTube: Fairmont Subdivision

O Scale Allied Switch Job

YouTube: Fairmont Subdivision

2020 Layout Presentation - Per Laursen

YouTube: Summit model train videos

PRR Q2s in Action

YouTube: Norm's Trains

Model Train Layout N&W in the City

YouTube: dferg100

RF&E-The Final Year

YouTube: ssnk79

Troels Kirk's On30 Coast Line RR

YouTube: Conny Jörnryd

Central New Hampshire Diesel Trains

YouTube: Dynamo Productions

H0 Utah Belt of Eric Brooman - vintage 4x3

YouTube: JSVideoUTube

Dave Clune On3 Cascade County Narrow Gauge

YouTube: JeffJohnston

mrhmag.com - Colorado Style - Jim Reardon's On3 D&RGW

YouTube: Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

HO Ops Session-CN Caramat & Kinghorn Subs - 10/2021

YouTube: BArailsystem

Southern Pacific Donner Pass HO Scale Layout Tour

YouTube: TSG Multimedia

Tehachapi Pass - San Diego Model Railroad Museum

YouTube: Need4Life

Trains of NAPMs Open House 2020

YouTube: North American Prototype Modelers Channel

Bar Mills Scale Model Works Main Display

YouTube: TwoSheds deCosta

Last Days of the PaTrain

YouTube: fmnut

Vol 1: Howard Zane's Piermont Division

YouTube: Nace's Videography LLC

Classified Ads

Over 1,000 HO Freight Cars for sale,
Mark Hoeller is changing his layout
plans, selling from his home in
Upper St. Clair Twp, PA.
Cell: 757-510-4132
There is a correction to our 
mailing address for the Div.2 
Company Store for ordering porch 
swings and market decals:
 Address no longer active:    
    P.O.Box 152
    Greensburg, PA 15601-0152
 Company Store address to be used:
    292 Salem Church Rd
    Rostraver Twp, PA 15012-2922