Superintendent’s Page - July, 2022

Montana Memories:

PNR President (and Division 5 member) Jeff Herrmann, Bill Fassett, and I recently undertook a weekend road trip to visit Division 5 members from Bozeman, Livingston, and Billings, Montana. Modelers from Bozeman met us in Billings on July 9. On July 8, we stopped in Livingston as guests of Dewey and Sylvia Ypma, who drove over 40 miles just to open the Livingston Model Railroad Club layout to the three of us.

The Livingston club is located in the Livingston Depot Center, and has been in operation for 28 years. Both HO and N scale portions of the layout are beautifully done and a visit to the club and the Livingston Depot is a must for any NMRA member who travels to the Yellowstone area. We were especially wowed by Sylvia and Dewey’s recreation of Gardiner, MT in the 1930s at the height of rail travel to Yellowstone National Park.

The Rimrock Model Railroaders are making great progress on their new layout in downtown Billings. The trackage is complete and trains can run on the entire layout. Scenery is perhaps 20% complete: what has been done is first rate. The club is not open to the public but Mike Swope and Wayne Bucher are more than willing to have NMRA members visit on Saturdays at 10:00 am.

The group from southeastern Montana has agreed to establish a committee of Division 5 to encourage communication among the members in this remote portion of the Division, and to keep Division officers up to date on their needs. The committee will be named the Yellowstone Sub, after the Northern Pacific subdivision of the same name. Brad Petch has been appointed Chairperson of the committee.

See the Model RR Clubs page on this site for contact information for the Montana clubs.


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