The Palmetto Division took their T-TRAK-HO modular layout to the Model Train Show in Columbia, SC on March 27, 2021. The layout performed well with only some minor issues. The show was well attended and we brought smiles to some faces, especially with Thomas the Tank Engine. We had a number of visitors interested in the layout and the NMRA.
The Division has built several T-TRAK-HO modules We plan on setting up the T-TRAK-HO layout at the Easley show and we can use it at other events in the future. A number of T-TRAK-HO modules have been adopted by members of the Division. But there are still two straight modules that are orphans, plus there is one of the Division's corner modules available for someone to add scenery to it. Cost for adoption of the straight modules is $10 for a bare module with no track and $25 for a module with track and power wiring already installed.
Our Spring 2020 Division meet was held SATURDAY March 14, 2020 at Northgate Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall.
The attendance was off a bit (understandable due to CoronaVirus concerns), but by all reports it was a successful meeting. We had two great clinics (click links for presentations) and two great layout visits. Check out the great photos from the event.
On November 23 2019, Jack Varadi hosted a mini-clinic on his fantastic Greenville & Ohio RR, with 4 members participating, plus a few more helping.
Our Fall 2019 Division Meet was held on Saturday, November 9th at a nice new location for us, Northgate Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC.
Our Columbia 2019 Division Meet was held April 13 at Arsenal Hill Park in Columbia, SC. This historic building is home to the AMROC (Associated Model Railroads of Columbia) club.
This is the first time we've met in Columbia in a LONG time, so we adjusted the format a bit to provide more of an informational "show and tell". We had 22 in attendance, and shared a great deal of info. Steve Todd gave his "High Tech, Low Cost DCC" presentation and demo'ed some of his gadgetry. Rich Lehman and Clark Gregory shared the history and vision of AMROC, then we adjourned downstairs to check out this intriguing set of layouts in various scales. After lunch, we toured Rich Lehman's excellent basement layout. Everyone indicated the meeting was time well spent.
Our Spring 2019 Division Meet was held March 30 at SWU (Southern Wesleyan University) in Central, SC.
We had a great meet at this nice facility, with great entries in the Tips & Techniques contest. Sandy Eustis had a great clinic on "Consider the Wye". We missed out on Howard Garner's "Awesome Awnings" clinic as he had an injury. Attendance was down, but it seemed that all had a great time. After lunch, we were able to visit three excellent layouts: Bob Folsom's Norfolk & Western Pocahontas Division, Howard Garner's Cascade Western, and the Central Railroad Museum. The Central Museum also hosted an excellent scenario-based operations session for us.
Our Fall 2018 Division Meet was held on November 10, 2018 at the Berea Library. A big thanks to everyone who helped get the show started quickly. Attendance was not quite up to recent meetings, but those who attended reported a great time. We had quite a few "Favorite Models" this time, with some very close voting.
We heard two great clinics (click to download slides):
We held our Spring NMRA Palmetto Division Meeting on Saturday March 10th, at the Woodmen of the World (WOW) Lodge in Greer.
The meeting was well-attended (51 plus guests) and everyone had a great time. The contests are getting more popular every meeting, with lots of fantastic models and tips and techniques (see photos for winners). Jon Judd honored our friend Mike Jensen, and helped us all to remember what a fantastic man he was. We had two excellent clinics: