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PLD Fall 2014 Meet

The C&NWHS, Prairie Lakes Division, & the St. James Model Railroad Club

Fall Meet Saturday October 4, 2014

8:00    Doors open

     9:00    1st clinic  "Pictures of Mankato and Surrounding Area" Roger Mueller

   10:00    2nd clinic  "History of Railroads in St. James"   Mike Lenzen

     1:00    Depot by the lake opens

     1:30    3rd clinic   "Moving Grain- Boxcars to Hoppers"

     3:00    PLD Business Meeting

    3:30    Open house at Railroad club

The meet fee at the door is $3.00.  The meet will be held at the St. James Armory located at 521 Armstrong Blvd N. The event will run from 8 to 3 at the Armory and the St. James Model Railroad Club and Depot will be open until 6. The meet will have four model railroad displays in various scales and many vendors including the C&NWHS Company Store. The clinics are all featuring many C&NW, M&St.L, & CGW topics.

The St. James Club will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend. They will have its 25 X 40 ft. building open featuring Lionel, HO scale, and N scale operating trains. Adjacent to the club is the Amboy Depot (C&NW), CGW caboose (In GN paint), tower and sanding tower.   

The meet will have a popular vote model and photo contest. The categories are Diesel, Steam, On-line Structures, off-line structures, rolling stock revenue & non-revenue, color photo, black & white photo and a special C&NW category. This special category is open to any C&NW model of structure, rolling stock, or locomotive.  

If in need of lodging, St. James has a Super 8 Hotel located at 1210 Heckman Court. It is the only lodging in town for those wishing to stay overnight. There is also a city-run campground adjacent to the St. James Club and Depot area. This is a 21-camper site with all amenities for $20.00 a night. This campground is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information go to www.ci.stjames.mn.us

Convention Info Update

Non-Rail Tour Highlights


Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center—Showcases permanent exhibits about the Corps of Discovery's time in the present-day Sioux City area, from late July to early September 1804. The death and burial of Sergeant Charles Floyd on Aug. 20, 1804, is at the center of the story. Floyd was the first U.S. soldier to die west of the Mississippi River. Many exhibits use interactive devices, including animatronic mannequins, computers, flip books, stamping stations, text-and-graphic panels, lift-and-drop panels. There are hand-painted murals, a brass-rubbing station, and reproductions of military equipment. The Traditional Native Games exhibit displays more than two dozen reproductions of games artifacts housed at the Buechel Lakota Memorial Museum at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The Center's Buffalo Robe exhibit highlights the role of the buffalo to Native peoples.

 The Sioux City Art Center—presents exhibitions of local, national and international artists, as well as occasional touring Blockbuster shows. Part of the permanent exhibitions includes a Mural by Iowa Native, Grant Wood.

 Sioux City Historical Trolley Tour and Wine Tasting—Sit back and enjoy an historical tour of Sioux City from its earliest visitors to its founding.  Geographical, cultural and retail history will also be covered. There will be trolley stops at the Floyd and War Eagle Monuments, and a brief visit to the Palmer Candy Company Shoppe for a look at how the company got its start. During the ride there will also be wine tasting available. 

Industrial/Rail tours

 Plymouth Energy, LLC- Ethanol Plant Was established in 2005 in order to design, build, own and operate an ethanol plant in Plymouth County. Located in Merrill, Iowa, PE is in the heart of some of the Corn Belt's most productive corn producing land.  The site is 57 acres on the north side of Merrill and adjacent to the BNSF mainline railroad, was purchased by the founders with the intent to develop both a nameplate 50 million gallons of undenatured ethanol per year (mgy) ethanol plant with the capability to expand it to 100mgy if the economics dictate. Operating from its location in western Iowa, the plant is well positioned to serve local markets as well as current and anticipated markets in western and southwestern United States. 

Gus Pech Well Drilling Equipment—Has been manufacturing earth-drilling equipment for over 130 years. Gus Pech Mfg. Co., Inc. opened its doors in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1879 by Gus Pech and later moved to

Le Mars, Iowa, which is now known as “The Ice Cream Capital of the World,” to be closer to the railroad system.

Transco Railway Products—One of the nation's leading independent providers of freight car repair, modification and rebuilding services to the rail transportation industry.  

2014 TLR Convention Schedule


6:00pm – 9:00 pm                   Registration                 Registration at River’s Bend

Conference Center


7:00am - 5:00pm                     Registration                 Registration at River’s Bend

Conference Center

8:00am                                    Dakota Rm                  Begin accepting contest entries

Non-rail Tours:

8:45am                                                NON-RAIL                Meet at entrance of River’s Bend Conference Center

For the tour of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

11:00                                       NON-RAIL                Tour of the Sioux City Art Center (approx. 1 hour tour)

12:15-1:15                               NON-RAIL                Lunch

1:30-3:00                                 NON-RAIL               History and Wine tasting trolley tour --meet at the

entrance of the River’s Bend Conference Center (approx.

1.5 hour tour)

3:30pm                                    NON-RAIL                Arrival at the hotel

Rail/Industry Tours

9:45am                                    Industrial Tours           Meet at entrance of River’s Bend Conference Center and

Load bus for Industry Tours (**group will alternate between the two tours)

10:30am                                  Industrial Tours           Tour of Ethanol Plant in Merrill (approx. 1 hour tour)

10:45am                                  Industrial Tours           Tour of Gus Pech Well Drilling Equipment Company

in Le Mars (approx. 0.5 hour tour)

12:00pm-1:30pm                     Industrial Tours           Lunch at the Plymouth County Museum

1:35pm                                    Industrial Tours           2nd group dropped off to tour GP Well Drilling

Equipment Company in Le Mars (approx. 0.5 hour tour)

1:45pm                                    Industrial Tours           2nd group arrives in Merrill for tour of the Ethanol Plant

                                                                                    (Approx. 1 hour tour)

3:30pm                                    Industrial Tours           Arrival at hotel



4:00pm-5:00pm                       Iowa Room                 Clinic presented by Fred Headon, MMR on the

Achievement Program

4:00pm-5:00pm                       Siouxland Room         Clinic presented by Doug Harding on Meat packing

plants and meat trains

6:00pm-9:00pm                       Salon C                       Reception of light sandwiches and desserts with cash bar

Rudy Daniels- visual historical presentation of the RR’s in SC

Terry Davis- Building Lifelong Friendships- The Benefits of Being an NMRA Member

9:00pm                                    Siouxland Room         TLR meeting



7:00am-10:00am                     Registration                 Registration at River’s Bend Conference Center


8:00am-9:00am                       Siouxland Room         Program by Robert Blake on the EduTrain program


9:00am-11:00am                     RAIL TOUR              Transco Railway Products Tour

Transportation is on your own Meet at River’s Bend Conference Center to make Car Pool arrangements

You must have your convention badge for admission to the tour. (sign up at registration to receive your time slot)

It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the tour from the hotel. Please be there 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time!


10:00am-4:00pm                     RAIL TOUR              Visit the Milwaukee Road Shops and Roundhouse ON

YOUR OWN. To receive free admission into the shops and

roundhouse you must wear your convention badge.


10:00am                                 Siouxland Room         Clinic by Charlie Duckworth on his Mopac-Bagnell

Branch Model Railroad

10:00am                                  Iowa Room                 Clinic by Jim Bernier on Decoder Pro

11:00am                                  Siouxland Room         Clinic by Dennis Brandt on using pastel chalks for

coloring and weathering wood

11:00am                                  Iowa Room                 Clinic by John Koskovich on Speed Painting Figures


Noon-1:00pm                                                              LUNCH  {on your own}


1:00pm-4:00pm                       Home Layout Tours    Layout tours {on your own}


6:00pm                                    Salon C                       Social Hour

6:30pm                                    Salon C                       Banquet and contest awards. Rudy Daniels will be the

guest speaker.

8:00pm                                    Salon C                       Chinese auction

9:00pm                                    Siouxland Room         PLD general meeting

 Sunday, May 4

6:00am                                                Salon C                       Set up for swap meet begins

8:00am                                                Siouxland Room         TLR general meeting

9:00am-1:00pm                       Salon C                       Swap Meet

1:00pm-4:00pm                       Layout tours                North bound layout tours. For those traveling North, there

will be 2 layouts open: Rein Vanderhill- Alton, Iowa & Otter Valley Model Railroad Club- Sibley, Iowa

Attention! Do you have a special talent? Are you an excellent flower arranger? Do you quilt? Do you take photographs? Paint or create craft items? Or is there anything else you would like to showcase? Show off your talent at the TLR Convention by entering your craft in the Craft Contest open to all convention participants.


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