Welcome to the Mid-Continent Region of
the National Model Railroad Association

Photo: Examples of Modeling in Small Spaces by Bob Ragge
There is one candidate for the Office of President:
  • Henry "Hank" Kraichley

  • Henry "Hank" Kraichely

    St. Louis area

    My name is Hank Kraichely. I have been a model railroader since I was a teenager and I was lucky enough to have the Burlington railroad run behind my house in Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO. After I was married and the children were still young, we had the usual train around the Christmas tree. As they grew older, I had more time and income to support my hobby but I lacked the knowledge and skills to create the layout that I saw in the hobby press.

    In 1985 I joined the NMRA and attended my first national convention. This happened to be the 50th anniversary year of the NMRA. For the first time I learned about drywall screws and "L" girders and my plans grew! I joined the St. Charles Model Railroad Club and later found the Gandy Dancers, a "round-robin" group, closer to home.

    In 1994 I attended a meeting of other NMRA members after receiving a postcard from John Hardy regarding the formation of a Division. This was the beginning of the Gateway Division.

    Since that time, I have held two Gateway Division offices: I was assistant Superintendent for two years and Superintendent for a total of seven years. In addition, I was Division Director for two years, chaired five Fall Meets, was the outside activities chairman for the 2001 National Convention in St. Louis and chaired the 2012 MCoR Regional Convention in St. Louis. I also served NMRA National for 11-1/2 years as an NMRA Bulletin Advertising Manager.

    In 2005 I was honored to receive the "Larry Long Award" for outstanding service and dedication as Division volunteer of the year.

    Presently, I am serving my second year Mid Continent Region President.

    I was honored to be asked to run for a second term as President of the MCoR region and I am asking for your support.

    My current focus is to involve children and their parents in model trains for 5-9 year olds and model railroading for kids 10 and above.

    The MCoR Board and I are searching for ways to bring youth and their families into the hobby thereby insuring a bright future for our great hobby and the NMRA.

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