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Unfortunately, we are CANCELING all scheduled live FVD meets beginning September 20, 2020. This decision was made by the Board of Directors for a variety of reasons and in an abundance of caution. Please take a moment to share this last minute information with other members you know that might not receive our email or Facebook notices.

See the Timetable tab on this site for details on all the forthcomming meets. Be calm, stay well and keep the trains running.

Mike Hirvela, Superintendent, FVD

Congratulations to Denis Zamirowski (Assistant Super) and Tim Kleimeyer (Paymaster) on their recent elections to office

The NMRA welcomes:  

Mark Bozzano
Northbrook, IL
January 2021
Thomas Burr
Glencoe, IL
January 2021
Simon Small
Woodstock, IL
January 2021
Roger Dart
Deerfield, IL
June 2020
Michael Kavka
Northbrook, IL
May 2020
Joan Bieler
Chicago, IL
April 2020
Christopher Czyzewski
Grayslake, IL
April 2020

May 2021 Contest Category: Repurposed Railway Equipment

CLICK HERE to view the winning entries as well as photos of all of this month's contest entries.

Jeff Jarr's Photo

  Jeff Jarr's "Kit Built Crew Shed" took 1st place honors.

Clinic Presentation:  Building Cars for the Achievement Program by Jim Osborn, MMR™
Jim shared his experiences about building 8 merit award cars for the Achievement Program during the Covid Lockdown.

Click Here
for all past FVD clinic presentations or notes if they are available.

Walt Herrick, Midwest Region Photographer and member of the FVD, authored an article about Mike Ritchdorff's N&W Pocahontas Division RR in the January FVD Semaphore. That article was picked up by the Division Business Car column of the April 2018 NMRA Magazine.

NMRA members CLICK HERE to link to the NMRA Members section to read the article.

2018 Great Model Railroads
will feature Pete Walton's Great Midwestern Railroad
The article was photographed and written by Dave Rickaby
and will be available in October 2017

Click Here for a few photos of Pete's RR

The High Wheeler Train Show is suspended indefinitely due to facility issues. We hope to run the show at a future date yet to be determined.

Here is a list his awards won at the National Convention.
Photos can be viewed at: Jim Allen Award Pictures
Congratulations to Jim!

Craft: First Place: Jim Allen for his locomotive carrying case
Diesel: First Place: Jim Allen for his ATSF TR-4 cow and calf engine set
Freight Car: First Place: Jim Allen for his Hot Metal car
Non-Revenue Car: First Place: Jim Allen for his On3 Water Car
Display Category: First Place: Jim Allen for his Forest Scene with Holt ‘Caterpillar’ tractor and log buggy
Locomotive, Scratch-built: 2nd Place: Jim Allen for his Single-Truck, 2-Cylinder Shay
Locomotive, Scratch-built: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his On3 Rio Grande Southern Beyer-Garrett 2-8-0 + 0-8-2 steam engine
Structure, Scratch-built: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his Flying “A” gas station (with the DC-3 on pedestals)
Thumbz model: 2nd Place: Jim Allen for his Grandpa Percy with walker
Thumbz model: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his Big Breakfast egg-carrying flatcar

Additionally, Jim also won the:
• Iwata Air Brush Motive Power Award for his On3 Single-Truck, 2-Cylinder Shay
• NMRA Magazine Award for Most Photogenic Model for his Flying “A” Gas Station
• The NMRA Contest Chairman’s Award for his RGS On3 Beyer-Garrett locomotive

The Ft. Wayne RR Historical Society Steam Excursion Ran on Sunday June 12th.  

No. 765 departed from the Glen in Gleview, IL
to The Fox Lake, IL Metra Station
and headed to Janesville, WI

Here are a few photos by some of our members:

NKP 765Photo by Jim Osborn

NKP 765Photo by Walt Herrick

NKP 765Photo by Walt Herrick

NKP 765Photo by Mike Hirvela

NKP 765Photo by Walt Herrick

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Click here for a video of NKP 765 by Mike Hirvela

Click Here
for more info on NKP 765.

No recent Achievement Awards Presented.

The NS & W Modular Group is a 100% NMRA Club. The club's modular layout is HO scale and consists of two main lines, and a branch line. All three lines are electrically isolated from each other. We run DC on the outer main line, and DCC on the rest of the layout. We also have a large staging yard with a turn table that the crew uses to setup or remove trains. Our typical modular setup consists of 28 modules occupying an area about 45 feet long by 21 feet wide.

Click Here to see photos, learn more about the club and how to join.

The Golden Spike Award is the easiest and generally the first award of the Achievement Program - and applying for is easy. All you need is to have a small area (size is dependent on scale) of your model RR judged by our AP Chairman meeting simple criteria of scenery, structures, track-work, rolling stock and motive power.

Click Here to see Jeff Jarr's clinic on how to apply for the Golden Spike. (5.2 MB PDF file.)

Click here to go to the NMRA web-page featuring the Golden Spike Award discussion.