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
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
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.