A few months back there was a change in leadership of the Bluff City Division of the NMRA. Talking with Dalton Flowers, the new division assistant superintendent, some exciting new plans are starting to take shape with the division. The new division superintendent, Stephen Flowers, outlines some of his thoughts below on the NMRA and his division plans for the future.
One of the few known communities in the Bluff City area for model railroaders and train enthusiasts, the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), has been providing standards, fellowship, and love for the hobby since 1935. But it’s not just for the Memphis area. The NMRA has 18 regions and over 150 divisions in North America, Europe, and Australia, so whether you’re in London, England or San Diego, California, there is a NMRA Region and Division in your neighborhood! If you happen to live in the West Tennessee or North Mississippi area, you are in the Bluff City Division. This is one of the largest divisions in the Southeastern Region. In the past year our new superintendent, Steven Flowers, has taken over the division from Mike Fleming, who is currently in charge of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum. Our plans for the future include holding monthly meetings and bringing an [NMRA] train show back to the Memphis area. Train-N camps are also in the plans. These are where members can sign up for clinics and are taught modeling techniques from experienced modelers. Hopefully with the presence of new members and the willingness to teach, we can build up the Bluff City Division of the NMRA successfully.