NMRA Achievement Program

November 2, 2020

 
Master Model Railroader
 

George Konrad #44

   Master Builder-Motive Power

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Master Builder- Scenery

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

In 1972 George changed scales from HO, and a new layout in On3 was built. George changed scales again to F (1:20.3) in the late 1980's when he and Trudie's home was sold. The trains moved into the garden in their new home. A move to California in 2004 saw the building of another garden railway, and an indoor layout in On3 was built as well. George is very active in the hobby, and consults for the industry. He does most of the narrow gauge pre-production research for the Accucraft Company, and is a member of Dremel Link, which involves pre-production tool testing, etc. George has a most understanding wife who he met through the hobby. George is a retired IBM field engineer, and is also a Lt. Colonel, US Air Force Auxiliary (ret.) where he specialized in Aerospace Education. He states that his involvement in model railroading has been a wondrous journey and has brought him in contact with the finest people one could ever hope to meet.


 

Allan Phillips #114

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Master Builder- Scenery

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Model Railroad Engineer-Electrical

   Association Official

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

I grew up in southern California where I had the requisite Lionel train set as a boy.   For my thirteenth birthday my parents gave me a mantua "Belle of the Eighties" locomotive kit.   BIG mistake for a 13-year old with no metal working skills.   Over the years, sticking with HO scale model trains, I re-built that model three times and it still wouldn't run worth a darn.   After graduating from UC Berkeley I took a job that required moving to North Carolina.   While there I joined several model RR clubs and met many terrific modelers who became good friends.   Those fellow modelers helped improve my modeling skills a lot.   After joining the NMRA in 1973 the circle of modeling acquaintances grew tremendously.   Unfortunately, at that time our regional NMRA had the reputation of being elitist and clique-run.   I decided that if I was going to be a member of this group, I would have to become actively one of "them".   We started a local division and I was "railroaded in" as Superintendent.   Getting to know all of those new people at our meetings was terrific but, it was still not "them" enough.   I ran for region secretary and won, surprisingly.    After a couple of terms, it was on to director, vice president and finally region president.   There it was, I was "them"!   The things I learned along the way are that it is not a clique.   It is a bunch of people that have a common interest in model railroading and are willing to take their time to share their interest with others.   The way to get the most from this hobby is to give back and share what you do with others.
 
Along the way people judging our model contests have provided the necessary tips, help and suggestions that allowed me to improve enough to occasionally win Merit Awards and achieve Master Builder recognition in Structures, Cars and Scenery.   With help and guidance from others I learned  enough about  layout design and construction to merit Model Railroad Engineer - Civil and Electrical.   From time spent helping others experience our hobby came certification as Association - Volunteer and Official.   Through various articles in the Region newsletter and the hobby press I met the requirement for MR - Author.   In 1986 the NMRA  Achievement Program awarded me MMR certificate #114.   The NMRA AP recognition has been an added bonus to the reward of finding all the great people of the NMRA, seeing their work and getting their help with my modeling skills.    I have been in the NMRA since 1973 and lived in three Regions.   I look forward to being involved in the Cajon Division and the PSR.

 

 

Edwin Hall #242

   Master Builder-Motive Power

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Model Railroad Engineer-Electrical

   Cheif Dispatcher

   Association Official

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

 

I have been building models since I was 5 years old (please don't add up the years). My Dad showed me how to paint back then. As time went by my interests changed and I turned to cars, from time to time I kept building models. After I lost interests in cars I got back into the hobby in 1982, deciding to enter a contest, I was told I had to join the NMRA to enter, the rest is history. I started to work on my certificates for the Achievement Program and completed them in November of 1995. I have certificates for Motive Power, Cars, Structures, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Author, Volunteer, Official, and Dispatcher. Part of the joy of being in the hobby is helping other people by sharing what I have learned, and serving in the NMRA.
 

Brian Block #353

   Master Builder-Motive Power

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Master Builder- Scenery

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

 
 

Gary Butts #552

   Master Builder-Motive Power

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Master Builder- Scenery

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Model Railroad Engineer-Electrical

   Association Official

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

Like most model railroaders, my foray into model railroading began at an early age with a simple Lionel train set and an circle of track set around the Christmas Tree. Of course, not being satisfied with watching my train go around and around the tree, I convinced my boat builder father to make me a layout for the Lionel set. That first layout was a standard 4' x 8' plywood sheet but soon featured a large loop of track with a passing siding through the center with two turnouts and the requisite number of home made buildings, etc. I remember cutting a hole in the center of the layout and installing a pie tin lake with real water. How prototypical can you get? As I grew older the details that were becoming available on HO scale models caught my eye. My father picked up on my desire to build a Mantua 4-4-0 General kit and one appeared at Christmas shortly after my 12th birthday. I was thrilled with the kit and had the unpainted engine running on a 6 volt battery that night (We had to go for track the next morning). Well, suffice to say that I sold the Lionel layout and have been in HO ever since. Fortunately, my wife: Sandy, was not only tolerant of my sometimes latent hobby but actually took an interest in it and we had a layout in the basement of her Long Beach, California house before we were married. Our latest layout: the G&S Railroad, resides in our front room and has earned a Golden Spike and can be viewed in a past issue of the Cajon Division Order Board and in the Featured Layouts section of the NMRA national website. I joined the NMRA at the Sacramento National convention Train Show in 2011 on a Rail Pass and started participating in the Achievement Program about 5 months later. I enjoy building models and have had a great time advancing through the MMR program earning each Achievement Award.

 

Dennis Ivison #636

   Master Builder-Cars

   Master Builder-Structures

   Master Builder- Scenery

   Model Railroad Engineer-Civil

   Model Railroad Engineer-Electrical

   Association Volunteer

   Model Railroad Author

I am the archtypical model railroader in that I received my first train set, Lional of course, for my first birthday. We set it up every Christmas, usually a week or two before my dad bought the Christmas Tree. Next was an Arnold N-scale train set that I ran on the carpet until the wheels were so full of fuzz that it couldn't move anymore. I took the locomotive apart, and started all over again. I took a hiatus during my teen years while chasing girls and racing cars (any of this sound familiar!). Then rediscovered the hobby and spent the next 35 years building several different N-scale layouts. Towards the end of my career with the Anaheim Fire Department I received a severe injury while fighting a fire and needed to set modeling aside for a couple of years while recovering from several surgeries. After my retirement and recovery I got back into model railroading, but made a change from N-scale to On30. My current layout: the South Pacific Coast Line, is going on five years old and is based on the SPC in the early 1900's. I also model 1/35th scale armor and 1/72nd scale aircraft, both from the WWII era.

Achievement Awards

 

Master Builder- Motive Power

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1989

  Randy Wilson , 1992

  Brian Block, MMR, 2003

  David Dewane , 2012

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2015

 

 

Master Builder- Cars

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1982

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1990

  Brian Block, MMR, 2003

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2014

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2018

 

 

Master Builder- Structures

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1982

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1991

  Brian Block, MMR, 2003

  Robert Wescott, 2005

  Harold Helland, 2018

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2019

  Gary Butts MMR, 2020

 

 

Master Builder- Scenery

  Bill Flinn, 1989

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1984

  Brian Block, MMR, 2005

  Bill Flinn, 2007

  Lawrence Dewsnup, 2011

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2013

  Fred Lewis, 2018

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2018

  Gordon Ramala, 2019

  Jeff Herrmann , 2019

 

 

Model Railroad Engineer- Civil

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1982

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1994

  Brian Block, MMR, 2005

  Lawrence Dewsnup, 2012

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2013

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2018

 

 

Model Railroad Engineer- Electrical

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1981

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1994

  Lawrence Dewsnup, 2011

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2013

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2018

 

Chief Dispatcher

  David Dewane, 2011

  Lawrence Dewsnup, 2011

  Richard Fulkerson, 2011

  Edwin Hall, MMR,2011

  Bill Jacobs, 2011

  Gary Wilson, 2011

  Harold Helland, 2017

 

Association Official

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1986

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 2001

  Janice Wescott, 2005

  Carl Heimberger, 2013

  Per Harwe , 2018

  Gary Butts , 2020

 

Association Volunteer

  John Hachey, 1987

  George Konrad, MMR,1972

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1982

  Curtis Roos , 1993

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1994

  James Kociemski, 2002

  Janice Wescott, 2002

  Robert Wescott, 2002

  Brian Block, MMR, 2003

  Bill Jacobs, 2003

  Charles Nauman, 2003

  Jane Jacobs, 2005

  Marty Judd, 2005

  Carl Heimberger, 2009

  John King, 2009

  Keith McMillen, 2011

  Morrie Fleishman, 2014

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2015

  Dain Leese , 2018

  Per Harwe , 2018

  Gary Stenberg, 2018

  Dennnis Ivison MMR, 2019

  Annette Palmer, 2019

  John King, 2019 

Author

  George Konrad, MMR, 1972

  Edwin Hall, MMR, 1992

  Allan Phillips , MMR, 1982

  Brian Block, MMR, 2002

  Jan Wescott , 2002

  Bill Jacobs, 2005

  James Fuhrman, 2009

  Charles Nauman, 2009

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2015

  Carl Heimberger, 2018

  Per Harwe , 2018

  Dennis Ivison MMR, 2018

  Morrie Fleischmann, 2020

 

 

 

  

Golden Spike

  Jack Kenefick, 1996

  Robert Wescott, 1999

  Lynn Austine, 2002

  Brian Block, MMR, 2002

  Roger Clarkson, 2002

  Bill Flinn, 2002

  Stan Hayes, 2002

  Dennis Ivison, 2002

  Michael Kresen, 2002

  Robert Obert, 2002

  Art Tonnessen, 2002

  Ron Tucker, 2002

  Dave Dunaway, 2003

  Charles Nauman, 2003

  Robert Olds, 2003

  John King, 2005

  Dave Arendes, 2006

  Hal Carlson, 2006

  James Furman, 2006

  Carl Heimberger, 2006

  Ted Johnson, 2006

  Joseph Villaryo, 2006

  Harold Whiteley, 2006

  Rick Fulkerson, 2007

  Bill Meyer, 2007

  Charlie Abbott, 2008

  Lawrence Dewsnup, 2008

  Mike Grippo, 2008

  Gary Butts, MMR, 2012

  David Pantoja, 2012

  Morrie Fleishman, 2013

  Ed Treaster , 2014

  Marty Treaster , 2014

  Joel Morse, 2015

  John Taranto , 2017

  George De Frank, 2018

  Fred Lewis, 2018

  Richard Hock, 2018

  Gordon Remala, 2018

  Paul Stoner, 2018

  Mark Carnighan, 2019

  Kenneth Hecker, 2019

  David Okamura, 2019

  Gerry Bill, 2019

  Jeff Herrmann, 2019

  Henri Sevanaeve, 2019

  Mike Allee , 2020

  Sandy Butts , 2020

  

Merit Awards

 

Merit Award- Motive Power

  Brian Block, MMR (5)

  Gary Butts, (3)

  David Dewane, (3)

  James Fuhrman, (1)

  Ed Hall, MMR (3)

  George Konrad , MMR (3)

  Robert Olds, (4)

  Norm Suydam, (1)

  Joe Villaryo, (5)

  

Merit Award- Cars

  Brian Block, MMR (4)

  Gary Butts, (4)

  Sandy Butts, (6)

  David Dewane, (4)

  Bill Flynn, (1)*

  Donald Gale, (2)

  Edwin Hall, MMR (5)

  Carl Heimberger, (2)

  Dennis Ivison, (8)

  Ted Johnson, (2)

  George Konrad, MMR (4)

  Arnt Tonnessen, (1)*

  

 

* Not a current Cajon Division member

Merit Award- Structures

  Charlie Abbott, (4)

  Lynn Austin, (2)*

  Brian Block, MMR (8)

  Gary Butts, (6)

  Larry Dewsnup, (1)

  Steve Flanigan, (2)

  Richard Fulkerson, (1)*

  Carl Heimberger, (5)

  Dennis Ivison, (4)

  Bill Jacobs, (5)

  Jim Kociemski, (1)*

  George Konrad, MMR (6)

  Joel Morse, (1)

  Robert Parcell, (1)

  Gary Thompson, (1)*

  Robert Wescott, (8)*

  Sandy Butts, (1)

  Morrie Fleishmann , (1)

  Richard Hock , (1)

 

Merit Award- Modules

  Janice Wescott , (1)*

  Terry Howden , (1)

  Mike Stanstedt, (1)*