Jay Davis, Prairie Lakes Division Superintendent
Fall is here, and that means the fall meet is drawing near. I’m sure
everyone is ready for some cooler temps and a chance to get down to the
basement and do some modeling.
The meet is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th in Le Mars, Iowa at the
Plymouth County Museum. The museum is the former Le Mars High School and it is
located at 335 1st Ave SW. It is about a block from the Union Pacific –
Canadian National mainline.
The school is filled with historical exhibits which will be open to us. The
exhibits range from tractors to taxidermy to old farm tools. It is a very
interesting place! Also, the Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club has
their layout in the basement. It will be open for us that day. We will have the
swap meet and contest area in the old gym. We have an adjoining room for the
So far I have recruited two clinics. One clinic is by Dennis Brandt from
Nebraska. He will be showing us how to weather wood using pastel chalks.
Bill McKean from Sioux Falls will be presenting a clinic as well.
Convention Director, John Davis, has sold twenty tables so far. This fall we
will again welcome JJ&CL Hobbies of Council Bluffs, Iowa and his huge
all-in-one mobile hobby shop. Also appearing, will be the PLD’s own division
module. Check the PLD website for a full schedule a week or so before the meet.
The board had it’s summer board meeting on Saturday, August 24th in Sioux
City at the Stoney Creek Inn. It is the site for next spring's TLR convention
hosted by the PLD. We held the meeting there to get the board familiar with the
hotel. The manager gave us a tour of the convention facilities and
of the hotel. I heard nothing but good comments from the board about the
great convention facilities and fabulous hotel.
We were joined by a local modeler, Dan Holzrichter, who gave us insight into
what Sioux City has to offer. He has also agreed to have his N-scale layout
open for tours during the convention and to head-up finding some more protype
tours in Sioux City. We had a good meeting discussing the fall meet and
the upcoming convention. We also stopped at Patch Craft hobbies and the Floyd
Valley Model Railroad in LeMars on the way home. Thanks to all the board members
and Dan Holzrichter for attending.
I have been working with my two boys on their layout this summer during some
of the unbearably hot weekends. They have added some more scenery and we added
a narrow two-track fiddle yard.
I hope to see you all in LeMars this October. It will be another great meet!