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Prairie Lakes Division website in need of articles, news, events, and information!

If you have an article or a picture with a caption that you would like to have in this space, contact Keith Wells, webmaster. There is always room for your information, and articles. If you know of an event coming up in the region, let us know and it could go on this website. Boost up your attendance to your layout tour by sending some photos and a description about what people are to encounter! 
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Have a vendor table at one of our shows? Send us your business flier or information and get a little boost to your sales if members know that you'll be at our next Meet!


Prairie Lakes Division Meets

On April 9th, the Prairie Lakes Division held it's spring Meet in Le Mars, Iowa. The Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club hosted the train show and meet at the Plymouth County Museum. There were Clinics, Model and Photography Contests, and vendor tables. The Meet was a great success and The PLD looks forward to the fall 2016 Meet in Estherville. This will be the 30th anniversary of the Prairie Lakes Division.  Join everyone on Saturday October 1st at the Regional Wellness Center located at 415 South 18th Street. There will be vendors, clinics, a popular vote contest, and model railroad tours. Since it will be a special celebration, members will be invited to a banquet in the evening. More information to come so check back here to be updated.

See you There!

Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club Vice President John Schneider talking to local children that visited the Model Railroad Layout located in the basement of the Floyd Valley Historical Museum.

The Prairie Lakes Journal

Job Opening

The PLD is currently looking for an Editor for its publication, The Journal. Former Editor Keith Wells stepped down during the summer of 2015 and PLD Superintendent Jay Davis has taken on the duty of temporary Editor. If you are interested in this position, please call Jay Davis.

Superintendent's Report

By PLD Superintendent Jay Davis

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and wish you all a happy New Year. It has been a different sort of winter so far, but the cold and snow will soon be here to drive us into the basement to work on our model railroads. I did a little work on my layout last fall. I had the track gang working on some track improvements under the train shed at the Milwaukee depot. I never glued down the track in this area, so over time the passenger platforms have worked their way above the track resulting in engines and cars lifted off the track and causing derailments and engines to lose power. This was a needed fix and a very hard place to reach. 
I also had the honor to work on the scenery for Miles Rohan’s Rusty Spike RR layout in Everly, IA. We have had a big push to complete the layout in the last year. The scenery is about 98% done. There was a core group of us that worked on it every couple weeks. It looks great and in the words of one of the scenery guys, “No more pink foam!” 

Back on September 26, we had our annual fall meet in Sibley, Iowa. This event was held in conjunction with the celebration of the Otter Valley Model Railroad Club’s 30th anniversary. The meet was attended by ninety members and general public. I think more would have attended, but the weather was unseasonably nice for late September. For those who didn’t attend, you missed a great day of clinics, vendors, contests, and fellowship with old friends. We had three remarkable clinic presenters. Rich Wilkinson presented a great look into the Rock Island’s impact and history around Sibley. He also shared some classic photos he had taken in the late 70s and early 80s, of the Rock and C&NW. Next up, John Galstad gave us a history of different early products and train sets from Athearn. He had many examples from his collection on display. It was very interesting to see the advancements that the hobby has made. Lastly, Jim Bernier from Rochester, MN, showed us how to get freight cars ready to perform on your layout by upgrading wheel sets, correct car weighting and couplers. He gave many helpful tips and hints to attain great performance out of your fleet. The contest and the special fallen flag display, drew many great models. Thanks to all who took part in the days activities, and to John Galstad for arranging the fallen flag display. 
The Otter Valley had its layout open for viewing. The club has added many new attractions to this great layout. Big thanks to Denny, Tim, and the rest of the club, for helping out with the meet. The day concluded with the business meeting. At the meeting Keith Wells submitted his resignation as editor. He said he would still carry on as webmaster for the PLD. Thanks Keith for your many years as editor. We are looking for an editor! If you are an NMRA member, and interested in taking on this job, please contact the superintendent.