Program Topics

Each meeting of the Division features a Program Topic of interest to Members and guests.
Please see the Announcements page for the next Division meeting.
Details of each monthly topic follow:

 Month  Topic
 January  Steam Locomotive Development by John Sokash
 February Weathering by Bill Davis & Bill Hanley
 March Building an extension to a layout by Kevin O'Connor
 April Detailing and Upgrading Vehicles by Lou Sassi
 May Operations with JMRI by Charlie Rausch 
 June Anatomy of an RPM by Bill Hanley
 July Operations using a Car Card System by Dan Fisher
 August Speedometer using an Arduino by Pete Jerkewitz
 September DCC Discussion Panel
 October CPD Open House for residents and guests
 November Scenery Update by Lou Sassi
 December Annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Potluck

Popular Vote Contest

To encourage Members of the Division, Region, or NMRA to display models or scenery they have constructed and/or modified/super-detailed from a kit, a Popular Vote Contest is held at each Division meeting, or elsewhere as directed by the Superintendent.

 Month  Topic
 January  Bit and Pieces junk-box model
 February Your Earliest Period Steam Locomotive (any type)
 March Weathered Freight Car
 April Structure with Kit-bashed Extension/Expansion
 May Detailed Vehicles 
 June Animated Structure/Accessory
 July RPM Model
 August Your Favorite local freight
 September Your Speediest Loco (But Hustlers are not eligible)
 October No contest due to open house
 November Military Flat Car with Load
 December N/A due to Holiday Potluck & Yankee Swap

Popular Vote Contest Rules

  • Contests will occur at each scheduled monthly meeting of the Carolina Piedmont Division or as directed by the Superintendent. Only Carolina Piedmont Division Members, visiting NMRA, Regional or Division Members may participate.

  • The Contest Coordinator will decide contest ideas, but suggestions will be accepted from the membership. A list of upcoming contest ideas will be periodically published in the newsletter. This is to give ample time to prepare for the upcoming contests and show any changes to the original schedule.

  • In order to encourage participation, any model owned by the member may be entered in an appropriate contest, with two exceptions:
    1) Scenery Items: This category requires members to assemble, detail, scratch-build, and/or weather any item entered for contest.
    2) Additional requirements (ie, scratch-built, kit-bashed , etc), determined by the contest coordinator as required for a specific contest.
    All other category items may be new, out-of-the-box, kit-bashed, weathered, scratch-built, purchased, etc. Items may be any scale or gauge. A brief description will be allowed on a 3"x5" card. This description card may contain product information (detail parts, building materials, etc), the name of your item (ie, Thompson Mill), and/or what the item represents (ie, a northeastern Pennsylvania coal mine). No visible owner names are to be placed anywhere on the contest table. Model submitters will remain anonymous to the voters. Members may enter up to two (2) items per contest. In the event there are several models in different scales, the Contest Coordinator may split the votes into scale categories.

  • Contest items will be placed on the designated table. Items are requested to be on display 15 minutes prior to the meeting being called to order. Each contestant will be assigned a number. Each item will have the appropriate contestant's number posted near the item. Every member will be given a ballot slip. Members are to cast their vote and place the ballot slip in the designated container. Only one vote per Member is allowed! Voting will end 15 minutes into the break. This is to give latecomers a chance to participate and vote. Awards will be given out immediately after the program topic or as directed by the Superintendent.