Master Model Railroader

"An NMRA member qualifies as a Master Model Railroader when he or she has obtained at least seven of the eleven Achievement Certificates provided that he or she has earned at least one Achievement Certificate in each of the four areas of the Regulations. Earning the title of Master Model Railroader is the ultimate goal for many participants in the Achievement Program."

Friday, January 31, 2014

Master Model Railroader #526

Received a note today from Frank Koch, NMRA Executive Assistant Manager of the Achievement Programm that I've been awarded Master Model Railroader #526.

This is a very happy moment for me, as a long journey through all aspects of model railroading has led to this achievement.

I want to thank all the great modelers and friends that I've met along the route, without their help I would not have succeeded so fast.

Now is the beginning of a new chapter - helping others to achieve this ultimate goal.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I finally did it!!!

With the final car finished, I submitted my paperwork to my Region AP Chair just in time before the end of 2013.

Today I received my 8th Certificate in the mail.

Beyond my expectations I had earned 6 Merit Awards with my rolling stock models although I only needed 4 to meet the requirements of the Achievement Program.

With the submission of the paperwork for the last Certificate, a ten year lasting journey takes an end. I finally succeeded in what I never thought would be possible for a foreign member of the NMRA.

During all these years I learned to improvise and to jump over my own shaddow to make it possible to participate in the program. To get more chances for my models to be judged, I joined the British Region and over all these years I met many great modelers and also made a bunch of new friends. Through the participation in the AP I definitely refined my skills and through the positive critiques and help of these fine people, I became a better modeler.

Therefore a big THANK YOU! to all the members I've met along my route to become a Master Modelrailroader.