The Observation Car - APRIL 2021
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Please visit our Western Heritage Division NMRA website:

Future Events:

JUNE 17 - 20, 2021: NMRA joint Mid-Continent and Lone Star Region NMRA Regional Convention, has been postponed until October 2021, details to follow.

JULY 4 - 11, 2021: 2021 National Convention, "Rails by the Bay", Santa Clara, California has been CANCELLED.

CONFIRMED - AUGUST 7 - 14, 2022: NMRA National Convention and Train Show in St Louis, MO

TRAIN SHOWS : All events are subject to change.

April 10 - 11, 2021:  Spring Creek Model Trains Free-mo Event, Thayer Co. Fairgrounds, Deshler, NE  Event time change: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm
April 17-18, 2021:  North Platte Model Train Show, D&N Event Center, North Platte, NE     Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
May 15-16, 2021:  Sherman Hill Model Railroad Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days Buildings, Cheyenne, WY     Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

June 26, 2021: Red River RPM (first ever): Forest Hills Civic Center, 6901 Wichita Street, Forest Hills, TX (Dallas-Fort Worth) 9am-6pm

July 17 – 18 Nebraska-Iowa Railroaders Train show, Sarpy County Fairgrounds, Springfield, NE Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 9am  to 3pm.

July 24-25: Spring Creek Model Train Store Bi-Annual Train Show, Thayer County Fairgrounds, Deshler, Nebraska. Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday10am-4pm

July 30 - 31, 2021: St. Louis RPM, Gateway Convention Center. 9am to 7pm on both Friday and Sunday

November 13-14, 2021:  Trainfest 2021, Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, Milwaukee, WS     Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm

Dave Husman, at the October Opsig meeting, presented great info on Pre-1977 handling of hazardous materials.  You can view the recorded meeting here. 
Just a warning.  Dave's internet went out of service about half way through the presentation.  While he was reconnecting Lee Nichols described the "mole staging" area of his Utah Colorado Western.  Dave returned with the remaining half of his presentation after Lee finished.   Dave also posted a PDF copy of his slides here

Here are the notes on a few of the past and upcoming virtual meetings as supplied by George Sinos -

NMRA-X  is the "virtual convention" put together by Gordy Robinson and several other volunteers.  The most recent updated information is on the NMRA facebook group.  Membership is free.  The actual Live event is on the NMRA Facebook PAGE not the group.  You don't need to be a member of Facebook to watch.  In the future, the live events will be simulcast on the NMRA's YouTube page.  The clinics are recorded and posted on the NMRA YouTube page a few days after the live event. 

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The Opsig has been hosting weekly clinics via Zoom. Membership is not required.  Information on the live and past events is on the Opsig web page.  Events are recorded and posted on YouTube.  I'll just include the single link to the Opsig page. The descriptions and links to the individual events can be found there.

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First Off

Congratulations to fellow Western Heritage member Carl Kempkes whose 0n30 DURANGO & WESTERN layout is featured in the April NMRA magazine. Not only did Carl's layout get published in the magazine but his layout was also highlighted on the cover! 

Next Meeting: April 3rd

We are again going to replace our in-person April get-together at the Papillion Library with a ZOOM video call.

The Saturday, April 3rd  Zoom session number for this month's meeting is 876 0712 3244 and the password is whdnmra.

The Zoom session will begin at 9:00 am. When you join the ZOOM call on Saturday, April 3rd, you will be directed to a "waiting room" and allowed access to our meeting by the zoom call host. The session will last no longer than two and a half hours.
Steve Rodie will give an overview of his new MONTANA and COLORADO SOUTHERN RR layout and including, hopefully, a demonstration of a train climbing and descending his new mountain grade.

After Steve's presentation we will open it up for layout updates from WHD members.

Please send your email address to Ron Brozanic at if you plan to take part in the call and Ron will add this event (hopefully) to your calendar for easy access to the session.

We are soliciting volunteers for a short presentation for our Zoom calls!  Please let us know if you want to show us your layout or if you have a clinic topic you would like to present at one of our monthly get-togethers.

Future Meetings - (Presentations and Clinics subject to Change)



If you have suitable information that could or should be shared with other WHD members here in THE OBSERVATION CAR, please send an email to Ron Brozanic at Thanks

Later on down the line, reb


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