From the Desk of the Superintendent

The monthly meeting of the South Mountain Division (SMD) will be held on Sunday, December 11th at the home of Division member Jeff Grove.   This will be the third in-person meeting home meeting of the division for this year (2022 – 2023).  Obviously, if you have symptoms of Covid or have recently been exposed, we would ask you not to attend.  Otherwise, everyone is welcome.

The meeting location is in the Hagerstown, MD area. Please email the Superintendent at for the street address.  As per normal (whatever that is) activities are scheduled to start at 2:00 PM but reasonably early arrivals are welcome.  Jeff’s home is a side by side duplex with dual driveways.  Jeff’s drive is the one on the right and he requests that you do not block any of the driveways in the area when parking (park on street).  When you walk up Jeff’s driveway turn to the right and enter the basement using the outside basement door.

Jeff’s previous layout was the victim of several moves so what we will be seeing on the 11th is a totally new and features many craftsman kits.

Following the business meeting we will have a rather unusual clinic presented by Jeff.  Many of you are probably aware that Jeff is the proprietor of Carolina Craftsmen Kits.  Jeff will be making a presentation on the process he uses to identify new kit concept, design and produce them.  Many of his ideas and processes can be useful to all of us when it comes to selecting and building structures for our layouts even if you don’t use craftsman kits yourself.

The turnout for the first two fact to face meetings of this year (and the live May 2022 meeting) has been very good.  Let’s keep up the trend and have an even better turnout on the 11th.


Bob Johnson
2022-2023 SMD Superintendent

Please find the November draft meeting minutes at this link <>.

Author: smdnmra

South Mountain Division, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association