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All the information about Coast Division Auction Guidelines

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, 2008).

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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:
  1.   A NMRA member in good standing
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.

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Auction chairperson

Our auction is chairperson is John Marshall, you can contact him by clicking here.

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Our Quarterly 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 Accounting crew!

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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 Chairman.

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