Mission:    Seacoast Division NMRA's membership promotes model railroading throughout Maine and New Hampshire through education, promotion of model railroading activities, serving as local resources for individual model railroaders, and supporting local model railroad groups.

Slogan:    "Share the fun of model railroading" 

The Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) was formed on November 17, 1968, for the purposes of serving the model railroaders of Maine and New Hampshire.  Today, there are approximately 200 members in the Division.  The Division is one of 11 active divisions of the Northeastern Region (NER) of the NMRA.  Seacoast Division members also take advantage of activities sponsored by the NMRA, the NER, and other divisions.

Member and Club Locations in the Seacoast Division

The Division holds four regular meetings each year in four alternating locations:

  • January - Portland, Maine
  • April - Union, New Hampshire
  • August - Auburn, Maine
  • October - Stratham, New Hampshire

At these meetings, the members exchange "how-to" clinics, listen to presentations, display models and dioramas, ask questions, and have special activities such as layout tours, operating sessions, and other experiences.

  • The Division produces a quarterly newsletter, The Switch Tower, which contains news items, articles of interest to model railroaders, and schedule of upcoming events.
  • The Division has organized its own Free-mo modular group.
  • The Division organizes special activities such as operating sessions on member layouts.  It is exploring other activities to sponsor for the benefit of its members.
  • Representatives of the Division attend local train shows to answer questions and offer clinics to the public, as well as Division members in attendance.  They interact with other model railroad hobby organizations at these events in order to find ways to improve the hobby experience for all.
  • The members are available to help each other in many ways to enjoy the hobby more:
    • Improve modeling skills
    • Access to layout design ideas and information
    • Increase operating performance of home layouts
    • Offer other assistance as desired

Seacoast Division NMRA is a volunteer membership organization that strives to enhance its members' experience in the hobby of model railroading. To achieve this objective, it needs the input and wide participation of its members in its various activities. To attract such wide participation, its activities need to be enjoyable, resulting in the members developing and maintaining positive attitudes about the hobby. Therefore, the Seacoast Division NMRA will operate consistent with the following core values.

Fun   Members and their guests should be able to enjoy themselves at Seacoast Division NMRA-sponsored activities and meetings and feel comfortable to learn and experience new things. A spirit of friendship and camaraderie should prevail along with opportunities to socialize to further the enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading.

Informative  Members share whatever model railroad knowledge or expertise they have with others through answering individuals' questions, giving clinics or presentations, and/or writing articles. As a group, the Division's members have a wide range and depth of knowledge of the hobby of model railroading that others can benefit from.

Supportive   Help other members whenever practical. Show them how to do things and encourage them to try things on their own.

Respectful   Try to understand the basis for others' points of view and be courteous. If a difference of opinion arises, remain polite, considerate, and constructive. Understand and respect that not all modelers have the same skill sets.

Open Minded   Be willing to listen thoughtfully to various points of view and, when appropriate, be willing to accept change. Appreciate that there are many approaches to enjoying the hobby including different model railroad scales and gauges, control systems, and styles and methods of operations.  

Participation    Participate in the Division's activities and programs, oftentimes as a spectator, but also sometimes as a volunteer.   Ask: "How can I be involved?"

 Adopted by Board of Directors April 12, 2014