Superintendent’s Page - April 2018

A Good Day in Lewiston!

April 21 was a good day to be a model railroader in Lewiston, Idaho. 27 Fifth Division members attended the 2018 annual meeting at the Lewiston Community Center. Many thanks go to the members of the Lewis Clark Model Railroad Club, which hosted the meeting, and special thanks are due to Assistant Superintendent Bill Kleinert, who assumed overall responsibility for planning the meeting.

At our happily brief business meeting, the Paymaster reported a satisfactory balance upwards of $3K, in part due to proceeds from the 2017 regional convention which was held in Spokane. The members elected Bill Kleinert and Dick Smith for additional 2-year terms as Assistant Superintendent and Chief Clerk, respectively.

Joel Goldberg, MMR, officially began his duties as AP Chair and explained his plans to the group. He later took part in the evaluation of Mike McGee’s layout for several potential AP certificates. Greg Baker has agreed to work with Joel as AP Co-chair; Joel will confine his travels primarily to Montana, and Greg will work with members elsewhere in the Division. Thank you, Joel and Greg for stepping up and taking on a key role in advancing the division’s goals. Also, I was joined by all of the attendees in expressing thanks to Phil Everett for his long service in the role of AP Chair, from which he requested “retirement” earlier this year.

We had two clinics. The first, by Greg Baker, was on switching operations. Greg shared with us several switching puzzles drawn from his own experiences as a conductor and engineer; Greg regularly writes switching problems for Model Railroad Hobbyist. The second clinic was presented by Rich Anema from the Tri-City Model Railroaders. He described how the club will be implementing Layout Command Control (LCC) for their layout, which is currently under construction in Kennewick. He also showed images of the layout’s progress.

We then toured layouts. The Lewis Clark club opened their doors for a tour of their HO and N-scale layouts and showed us some Free-Mo modules under construction. Bob Bjerke of Lewiston opened his home for tours of his N-scale layout which depicts the UP between Pocatello or Ogden and Omaha. Finally, we drove to Juliaetta, ID to tour Mike McGee’s layout, which features the NP in Stampede Pass.

Mike’s layout is the only layout in the 5th Division that is entered in the NMRA Model Railroad Directory.  I’d love to see more of you placing your layouts in the directory; go to to learn more!

Happy railroading!

Bill Fassett


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