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Prairie Lakes Division Fall 2015 Meet

Fall 2015 Meet to be held in Sibley, Iowa to celebrate the Otter Valley Model Railroad Club’s 30th Anniversary

 Planning is going on right now for the PLD fall meet coming up in Sibley, Iowa on September 26th. There will be a popular vote contest, vendors, clinics, and of course the Otter Valley Model Railroad. There were some great clinics presented this spring in Algona, so let’s keep them coming. If you have a presentation you would like to show, the upcoming meet is the perfect opportunity. Bring something for the contest, or maybe a swap table. There will be further information in the Fall Issue of the Journal.

A special popular vote Contest will be held for "Fallen Flags" consists.

There will be a clinic on Athearn History presented by John Galstad. Rich Wilkinson will present a Power Point on Local Railroads and Rock Island in the area.

The PLD Modular Layout and Larry Pedley's N scale layout will be set up for display.

The Otter Valley Club guys are really going to put on a great meet for us! So come out and have a good day!

Doors open at 6:30 am and the Club Layout will be open at Noon.

Morning and Noon Lunch will be served by Trinity Lutheran Church

Business Meeting will be at 2:30

Check back here and the PLD Journal for further information.


Prairie Lakes Division

Superintendent’s Report


Jay Davis


On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the PLD had its spring meet in Algona, Iowa. The event was held at the Museum of Motorsports and Agricultural building at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds. This building is attached to a 40' X 60' O-scale layout built by Arlen Benschoter, a 90 year old bachelor farmer with a passion for Lionel trains.

The meet was a great success with more than 350 general public and members attending. The great turnout was, in part, due to a lot of free publicity from the Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper. Rainy conditions also helped to bring the general public in for the day.


We had three great clinics by Jim Bernier, Gordy Miller, and Rein Vanderhill.  Thank you to these presenters for volunteering their  great presentations.


The business meeting was lightly attended. We had our annual election of officers.  Miles Rohan, Assistant Superintendent had asked to be relieved from the board. Caleb Van Der Brink of Orange City, Iowa volunteered to join the board.  After some discussion, Tim Lynn agreed to take on the Assistant Superintendent position and Caleb took on the Secretary position.

A vote was taken and the board was elected with the addition of Caleb. Welcome Caleb to the board.


The PLD is planning its fall meet in Sibley, Iowa on Saturday September 26, 2015. The Otter Valley Model Railroad Club will be hosting this event and celebrating the club's 30th anniversary.

The meet will feature clinics, popular vote contest, vendors, a business meet, and a tour of the Otter Valley Railroad. More to come in the Journal and at the PLD website.