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Presidents and Superintendents

The Model Railway Show

Discussions with ne NMRA President, Charlie Getz, and David Arnovitz, Terminal Superintendent for Norfolk Southern in Detroit.

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Welcome, Charlie

    Members of the National Model Railroad Association welcomed a new president at 2012 annual convention – held this past summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But Charlie Getz is well-known to many in the hobby, especially those whose interests tend to be “narrow-minded”. Charlie is a regular columnist for the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette and a popular speaker at the annual National Narrow Gauge Conventions.


    Charlie joins Jim to describe his goals as the new president of the NMRA, and provides some teasers about plans to boost the benefits of membership.

Layout as Training Tool

   There’s a long history of prototype railroads using models as training tools – for everything from learning to switch cars safely, to understanding the nuances of dispatching and signalling. And that tradition continues today. When planning an educational display for a corporate banquet, a group of employees from the Lake Division of Norfolk Southern Corp turned to the hobby world for inspiration.

Dave Arnovitz – Terminal Superintendent for Norfolk Southern in Detroit – recruited hobbyists Mark Olstyn and Greg Rich to build the portable layout. Mark and Greg created a 12′ long switching layout featuring a pair of identical yards – allowing two, two-person teams to switch cars while learning about safe operating procedures. At Dave’s request, they delivered a fully-scenicked layout with its own case for transportation – and accomplished this in approximately two months.


   Dave joins Trevor to discuss how the project came about, and how this interactive lesson in railroad safety has now become a permanent training tool for the railroad.