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.
Spring 2013 Meet
The 2013 Spring PLD Meet
The Prairie Lakes Division is holding its Spring 2013 meet at the Spirit Lake Expo Building on April 20th. The Meet is scheduled to run from 8 am to 4 pm with the PLD business meeting at 3 pm. There will be a full article of information in the upcoming Journal and posted on this website later in March. Be sure to bring articles, pictures, or just some information to the meet that can be published in the PLD Journal. It has been running on the light side due to the lack of information and articles from members. After the meet there will be local layout tours. See you in April!
Use this Map to get to the PLD Spring 2013 Meet:
The Address to the Expo Building is 1602 15th St. Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Otter Valley Video
A small video of the Otter Valley RR, an HO layout located in Sibley,IA. The Osceola County Farigrounds is the home of the layout. The Northwest Iowa Railroad club was started in 1985 and began building the Otter Valley Railroad. Enjoy this video submitted by Jay Davis.
Contests Categories for the Upcoming Spring Meet
Bring some entries to the meet this April 20th. The following are the categories accepted.
Rolling Stock: Revenue
Rolling Stock: Non Revenue
There are always rewards for the winning entries as well as the chance for you to show off your work to others in the hobby.
2013 Spring Meet Schedule
Welcome to the 2013 PLD Spring Meet
Sprit Lake, Iowa
Schedule of Events
8:30 Show Opens
9:00 Contest Registration Opens
10:00 Clinic: History of HO Scale Freight Car Kits
Presented by John Galstad
11:00 Clinic: Scenery Tricks
Presented by Jay Manning
11:30 Contest Voting Closes
1:30 Clinic: Jon Bratt’s HO Scale Northern Pacific
Yellow Stone Division
Presented by Terry Davis
2:30 Business Meeting
See you in the fall in LeMars, Iowa!