Author AP Award Presented

On August 6, 2018 Capital Division Superintendent Andy Keeney (on the right) presented Mark Cowles, editor of the Capital Division Newsletter, his well earned NMRA AP Certificate for Author.  Congratulations to Mark!  This presentation took place at a recent Lansing Lashup Convention Committee Meeting.  Click here to see recent editions of the newsleter. You can receive this feature packed divisional newsletter free by sending a request via email to

Lansing Lashup 2018

On October 11th through 14th, 2018 we sponsored “Lansing Lashup 2018”, the annual North Central Region Convention.

Here’s a video of some of the activity:

The Convention was certainly a success! The final attendance was 184, of which 16 were on a one day pass, and 17 were new RailPass NMRA Members. We thank you, one and all, for being there!

Special thanks to our Banquet Dinner Speaker, Chuck Geletzke. We greatly enjoyed his presentation drawn from his experiences working on the railroad. His books about his adventures are available here.

The Division 5 Planning Committee extends its appreciation and thanks for the work done by these individuals, organizations, and vendors:
Roland Bunting
Mark Cowles
Mark Frechette
Alan Godfrey
Steve Harsh
John Hartmann
Andrew Keeney
Craig Rosenberger
Jason Stevens
Ron St Laurent
Megan Ten Broeke
David Wentworth
Cindy Young
John Young
Layout Tour Participants:
Clark Becker
John Bussard
Mark Cowles
Mark Frechette
Gaylord Gill
Alan Godfrey
Kevin Griffin
Lansing Model RR Club
Andy Keeney
Dave Regan
Craig Rosenberger
Karl Scribner
Bill Selleck
Brooks Stover
Jerry Taylor
Bob Truax
David Venzke
Tom Weaver
David Wentworth
Howard Zigler
On-Site Layouts:
Capital Area Railway Society, Lansing, Mi
LaNtrak, Lansing Area N-Track, Howell, Mi
Rails On Wheels, Ann Arbor, MI
Southeastern S-Gaugers, Troy, MI
Operating Sessions:
Capital Area Railway Society
Lansing Model RR Club
Nashville Road (Andy Keeney)
Operations Roadshow
Prototype Tours:
Huckleberry Railroad Backshop
Steam Railroading Institute/Durand Union Station and Durand Model RR Club
Jackson and Lansing Railroad Brake Test Demonstration
Clinicians (Total Clinics Presented: 23)
Alan Bell
Bob Blake
John Bussard
Dave Capron MMR
Mark Cowles
Jeff Fryman
Gaylord Gill
Steve Gladstein
Nathan Holth
Norm Krentel
Norm Logan
Skip Luyk
Pete Magoun MMR
Rich Mahaney
Fritz Milhaupt
Scott Pandorf
Brook Qualmann
Greg Rich
Bill Rubarth
Bill Selleck
Ron St. Laurent
Sam Swanson MMR
Larry Wolohan MMR
John Young
Door Prize Donors (151 items donated. Special thanks to Steve Harsh for working with these donors!)
Michigan Hobby Shops:
Hobby Sports – Portage
Nankin Hobby, Inc. – Farmington, Southgate, Westland & Ypsilanti
Rider’s Hobby Shop – Grand Rapids & Flint
Trains & Things Hobbies – Traverse City

Vendors and Manufacturers:
Blair Line, LLC,
Bowser Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Broadway Limited Imports, LLC.
Chooch Enterprizes, Inc.
Fast Tracks Hobbyworks, Inc.
Intermountain Railroad Co.
JAM Creations/Solutions, Inc.
Kadee Quality Products Co.
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Menards, Inc.
Micro Engineering Co.
Rix Products
Ron’s Books
Tangent Scale Models, Inc.
White River Productions
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc
Woodland Scenics