Welcome to the Prairie Lakes Division Website. The PLD is a division within the Thousand Lakes Region of the National Model Railroad Association. We hope to promote Model Railroading as an entertaining and educational hobby for the whole family. Through this website, our semi-annual meets, and train shows hosted in NW Iowa and SW Minnesota, we hope to further your enjoyment of this and other modeling hobbies. Please join us at one of our upcoming meets, email us, or call one of our officers to find out how you can join in the fun by becoming a member today.
Prairie Lakes Division Fall 2015 Meet
PLD’s fall meet will be here very soon! This year’s meet is being hosted by the
Otter Valley Model Railroad Club. They have done a great job of setting up this
meet. They have lined up many great clinics, including Rich Wilkerson’s
historic presentation of the Rock Island in Northwest Iowa, Southern Minnesota,
and Eastern South Dakota. Rich does a
great job with his presentations. The last one I saw was at a PLD meet in
Spencer, and it was about the M&St.L’s line from Mankato to Storm Lake. It
was super detailed and insightful. I’m
sure this one will be great too!
Otter Valley Club will have their layout opening for viewing. If you haven’t
seen this large club layout, you need to. It is a true gem of large layouts in
Northwest Iowa. Club members have been
busy adding new highlights, like the logging branch line at the top of the
mountains as you enter the layout. The PLD’s own Assistant Superintendent Tim
Lynn, has been adding lighting to a main street district on that layout.
sight for the meet is at Trinity Lutheran Church. It has a large meeting hall
which will host the PLD’s module railroad and two of Larry Pedley’s fine
N-Scale mini layouts. The meet will also feature many great vendors like
JJ&CL Hobby Shop from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Food will be served on site for breakfast and lunch.
don’t have a site for next spring’s meet yet, but we will be looking for one.
Next fall marks the PLD’s thirtieth anniversary. Plans are to go back to the
home of the PLD, Estherville, Iowa.
There will be more information to come in future Journals.
help the Otter Valley Club celebrate its 30th Anniversary by
attending the fall meet!
PRAIRIE LAKES DIVISION & THE OTTER VALLEY RR CLUB
TRAIN SHOW SEPTEMBER 26,2015
“ FALLEN FLAGS”
LOCATION; TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 704 POPLAR DRIVE
SIBLEY, IOWA 51249
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
TIMETABLE: 8:00 AM DOORS OPEN
9:00 AM JOHN GALSTAD ATHEARN HISTORY
10:00 AM RICH WILKINSON POWER POINT PRESENTATION ROCK ISLAND IN AREA
12:00 PM OTTER VALLEY LAYOUT OPEN AT FAIRGROUNDS
1:00PM JIM BERNIER "RTR TO LAYOUT READY"
2:30 PM BUSINESS MEETING
MEET FEATURES: KEN BERGHORST FAIRMONT SPEEDER; FALLEN FLAGS CONTESTS(POPULAR VOTE)
PLD AWARD WINNING MODULAR LAYOUT, LARRY PEDLEYS N SCALE LAYOUTS, 42”
CONSIST DISPLAY( BRING YOUR FAVORITE CONSIST FOR DISPLAY OR CONTEST ENTRY)
THE MEET WILL WILL ALSO BE CELEBRATING THE OV’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
MORNING & NOON LUNCH BY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Please Click this link to veiw a map to the Fall Meet in Sibley, IA: