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  Craftsman Structure Kits by Jack Dziadul VIDEO
 February How to Sell Model Trains on eBay by Charlie Rausch, MMR
 March Model Railroad Photography - Group Panel DIscussion
 April Original Norfolk Southern Locomotives by John Sokash
 May Original Norfolk Southern Cities, Routes, etc by Rob Rousseau
 June Making Coke - Video & Presentation by Bill Hanley
 July The Seaboard Air Line Circa 1966 Model Railroad by Bill Aulicino
 August Part II Model Railroad photography group panel discussion topic “After Getting the Photo.”
 September Phosphate Industries in Eastern NC by Jim Murphy
 December Virtual Yankee Swap Meet

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  Unique passenger depot big or small, short or tall (scratch-built or kit-bash only)
 February Some Model railroad thing you are proud of getting on eBay or a train meet. "Your real find!"
 March Derelict, abandoned building, kit-bash, scratch-built, or super-detailed kit
 April Photograph of a model railroad topic - due 4/21/2021
 May Original Norfolk Southern locomotives or rolling stock - due 5/21
 June Local Triangle Shortline Structure - due 6/21/2021 
 July Coke Related rolling stock or structure. Submission deadline 7/21/2021
 August Seaboard Rolling stock, locomotive, or related lineside structure Submission deadline 8/21/2021
 September Before and after Model Railroad photos. Edit of original raw model railroad photo with corrections and/or composition, submission deadline 9/21/2021
 October Rolling Stock or structures related to the Phosphate Industry
 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.