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All the information about Coast Division Auction
At every quarterly NMRA Coast Division Meet, we have an Auction that is rich
with a wonderful array of model railroading treasures being sold by
our members. Brass locomotives, locomotives, rolling stock, structures,
kits, parts, books, videos, magazines, and more are to be found - this is a
rich resource for hard-to-find items
long gone from the hobby shop shelves, and at very good prices. Come out,
browse, shop, and enjoy the fun! You never know what you will find!
Click here to see a
copy of the Coast Division Auction Guidelines (updated as of November 7,
The Auction Guidelines document requires Acrobat Reader to view. You
may click here to
download the free Acrobat Reader viewer.
How does the Auction benefit the Coast Division?
The Coast Division quarterly Auction directly benefits all of us, in that
the seller automatically donates a small 10% of the auction selling price.
This small amount of money adds up over the course of all the items auctioned
off, and is a significant source of income for Coast Division to pay for
things like the Coast Dispatcher printing and mailing, expenses to cover
costs of holding the meets and events, and other expenses to support our
services to our membership.
Most of all, of course, the items in the Auction benefit all of us as true
bargain-hunters and treasure-hunters! Come on out and see what is there!
To participate in the Auction
Any person who meets one of the following criteria may participate in the
Coast Division Auction:
Note: You can meet the criteria for
being a NMRA member in good standing, by purchasing a NMRA Railpass $9.95 trial
six month membership, right at the Coast Division Meet from our
Registrar. That's a great deal! Note that the Railpass offer is good in
the U.S. only, and is for new members and those who have not been NMRA
members for two years or more.
- A NMRA member in good standing
Our auction is chairperson is John Marshall, you can contact him by clicking here.
Coast Division Auction volunteers in action
We are indeed fortunate to have many dedicated, consistent Coast Division
volunteers that operate our Auction. Thanks to all of them, some of whom are pictured below:
Don Shortt and Chuck Mitchell
Bill Swindell, Bob Ferguson, Darlene Burgess,
David Benjamson, John McCool (not pictured), and many more on the Auction
We especially wish to thank our
outgoing Auction Chairman, Bill Burket
The September 2008 Meet was Bill
Burket’s last meet as our auction chair after 40 years on the committee, and
the last 18 years as chairman after the original chair, John Dennis, passed
away. To commemorate his 40 years of service, Coast Division Superintendent
John Marshall presented Bill with the Coast Division Lifetime Recognition
Award, the first such plaque ever awarded by Coast Division.
Bill expressed his thoughts in the following parting letter in the December
2008 Coast Dispatcher:
I wish to thank the Coast Division Board,
Officers and Membership for the wonderful Lifetime Recognition Award that I
was given. This means so much to me for all the friends and acquaintances
that I have made over the past 40 years. Thanks to all of you again from the
bottom of my heart. The award was completely overwhelming and is a beautiful
addition to my John Allen Award and Coast Division Member of the Year Award.
I was so overcome with emotion at the meet and I just couldn't believe the
standing ovation. Coast Division will always have a special place for me on
my journey through life. I promise I won't disappear totally. I have a few
extended family matters to attend to and hope to see you all later next
year. Thanks and keep the model railroad spirit alive!
Sincerely, Bill Burket
Bill, we all Thank You for your long
service, very very much.
Starting in December 2008, John Marshall will take over as Auction Committee
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