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High Wheeler 2015 Train Show

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Local Hobby Shops

About the Fox Valley Division

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Executive Handbook

National Model Railroad Association

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~~~ Company News & Activities ~~~

Check out the Railroad Related Events web page. Click here or on the 4th tab item in the Table of Contents list at the left.


George K gave us a primer and live demonstration on the use of JMRI Decoder Pro and a few elements of Panel Pro. Thanks to George for the effort in putting on a live demo!


See Jeff Jarr's clinic on the GOLDEN SPIKE APPLICATION


Check out the new North Shore & Western Modular Group web page! Click to follow the link.


Bring a Friend

Bring a friend to a meet and your friend will have a chance to win a free 6 month Rail Pass membership. One free Rail Pass membership will be offered to a randomly chosen non-member guest at future regular membership meets. This drive will run until further notice.


The FVD supports youth activities and the division will reimburse members for the limited donation of materials and tools to teach the art and craft of model railroading to young modelers. Recently, the Board of Directors enacted a new Youth Fund Reimbursement Policy. Please click here to read the full policy before initiating a program requiring financial assistance.


Did you know that both the Fox Valley Division and the Midwest Region have budgeted funds for "Make & Take" model building programs?? If you know of, or are involved with, an organized group of children in the age range of about 7 through 16, who are located in McHenry, Cook, Lake, and or Kane counties in northeastern Illinois give this activity consideration.  We'll send some experienced modelers, as well as tools and a carton of easy-to-build kits to your meeting. The program takes about an hour or so of hands-on creative activity. We'll provide a short introduction to model trains and then take your group through the steps of making their own model train cars to take home. The division donates the cars, a short piece of display track and brings tools to make the event a success. We have found that children thoroughly enjoy this easy introduction to model railroading. "Where can I get more track?" is the most frequently asked question. We can support one or two of these programs a year depending on the group size. Contact us if you are interested.

~~~ Meeting & Activity Timetable ~~~
Regular meetings are held from 1:30 PM thru 4:30 PM, at the Gary Morava Recreation Center, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070. All activities and dates are subject to change, so please check meeting listings regularly for any change in activity, location or time. Click here to display a map to the Gary Morava Recreation Center. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are free and guests are always welcome.

August 8, 2015 -- Saturday 11 am until 3 pm - Reservations Required.
Join in the division's summer outing to the Illinois Live Steamers' outdoor miniature railroad. Reservations are required to attend. Contact Jeff Jarr at or 773-286-8755 to make a reservation and receive additional details.

ILS Operates 6000+ feet of 7-1/2" gauge track, 5000+ feet of 4-3/4" track, and approximately 1300 feet of elevated 3.5" gauge track. We will bring a grill and plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Located near Lockport Illinois. Check here for additional details when available.

September 20, 2015 - 1:30 at Dell Web in Huntley
The September event will be held at a Dell Web meeting room TBD. Check here for exact details and a map to the event location.

Clinic presentation: Tour of 5 Dell Web Layouts
No Contest This Month

October 18, 2015
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

November 22, 2015
Clinic presentation: What Makes a Contest Photo a Winner! Presented by Ingrid Drozdak Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

December 13, 2015
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

January 17, 2016
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

February 21, 2016
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

March TBA, 2016
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

April 17, 2016 - 1:00 start
This is our annual business meeting and election of officers to the positions of Superintendent and Chief Clerk.
Clinic presentation: TBA
Contest: TBA
Contest awards, lunch and refreshments.

May 15, 2016
Clinic presentation: TBA Contest: TBA
Contest awards and refreshments.

May 2015 Contest

Category: An unfinished project of your choice.

13 Entries this Month!

Click here to see all the entries

1st Place

1st Place

Jim Allen's

O Scale

Case skid mounted steam engine


2nd Place

2nd Place

Denis Zamirowski's

O Scale

CTA 4000 EL Car

3rd Place

3rd Place

Jeff Jarr's

HO Scale

Metra Edgebrook Passenger Platform

Click here to see all the entries

Photos courtesy of Jim Osborn

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Train Photos from the FVD Membership

Click on a photo to see more in the series

View the many layout Photos from the
Midwest Region 2014 Spring Convention Rail Fun 2014
Festival of Trains FVD members Bill Boyd & Art Jones Hosted "The Festival of Passenger Trains" on February 6th, 2011 on Art's Connellsville Division of the B & O RR. 11 engineer/owners honored 13 great passenger trains. Thanks to Bill and Art for organizing the event. Photos courtesy of Jim Osborn.
Missing the snow?
Check out these beautiful  East Broad Top RR winter  train photos courtesy of David Crement.
Walter Radtke hosted a railroad open house in August. Click here to see a few pictures of his garden railroad if you missed the event.
Click on the photograph to the left to get a tour of David Crement's On3 recreation of the East Broad Top Railroad. David's On3 pike is featured in the December 2008 issue of the Semaphore.
Potato Warehouse David Leider's "Waupaca 1947" layout is featured in the October Semaphore's  "Track Treks" series. Click on the picture for an tour of David's pike filled with highly detailed structures.
The May issue of the Semaphore will feature another "Track Treks" local area layout tour. Click the thumbnail for an advanced picture tour of Don Cook's scenic Great Northern, Cascade Division pike.
Tom Schweiss' Milwaukee Road - Superior Division Follow the thumbnail link to see several pictures of Tom Schweiss' Milwaukee Road -- Superior Division Layout. Learn details about Tom's pike in this month's Semaphore.
Harry Schildkraut's NY, O&W Click on this photo of Liberty, NY to visit a few scenes of Harry Schildkraut's NY, O&W model railroad. Photos courtesy of Jim Osborn.
Caernafon RR The Caernafon, Wales, UK narrow gauge railroad. Courtesy of Kurt Youngmann.
Porthmadog RR The Porthmadog, Wales, UK narrow gauge railroad. Courtesy of Kurt Youngmann.
Snowdon RR The Snowdon, Wales, UK narrow gauge cog railroad. Courtesy of Kurt Youngmann.
Slate mine RR A Welsh narrow gauge railroad serving a slate mine. Courtesy of Kurt Youngmann.
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