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Contests for 2021 - 2022

     Another fun season of sharing our model railroad treasures and talents with others is upon us.  As in the past, the contest will have two categories; a model that conforms to the contest for the month and the other category is the “mini module” or most often referred to as a diorama.  A division member may enter one or the other category, but not both.

     The voting will be a little different.  The ballot will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place to mark your choice for each of the categories.  If an entry receives the most votes in 1st place and also receives the most votes for 2nd place, the higher place will be awarded to the entry but the 1st place winner will not be eligible to receive the 2nd place award.

     Points will be awarded as follows; 4 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place and 1 point for participation.  I know rules can be a pain, but without them, we would have a corn field meet which would be chaos and yelling.  We will leave that nonsense for the politicians.

I will list the different contest subject matters in a minute, but first I want you to know that some months will see a contest that is quite open for interpretation for the solution to the challenge. Other months will be more specific and not all contests will involve steel wheels on rails. Somethings will change and others will remain the same; for example, the ballots will give you the opportunity to vote 1st, 2nd, and 3rd but we will continue to have two categories; models and dioramas.



February's contest is asking for an R.P.O. (railroad post office) car.

March is the "blank box car" contest. Blank box car bodies will be available at all the meetings at the Contest Table. You can have as many as you need at no cost to complete your model project. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with these box cars.

April's contest is a grain hauling car. Forty foot box cars were the standard until covered hoppers came along. Let's see what you find interesting to haul grain in.

The May contest is challenging you to show a piece of logging industry equipment that needs rail to move on, other than the locomotive.






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