Special Favorites Challenge


At the 2018 Danville meet, there was a special, popular-vote, Favorites Contest.  The subject of the contest was the construction of a 100 scale foot X 100 scale foot display in the model scale (NO 1:1 scale) of your choice.  The CID board was happy to have ten displays on hand and also pleased at the interest shown by the show attendees.  We’d like to thank all the modelers who participated and remind others that we will be having a similar, but slightly different, contest for 2019 (see the guidelines below).

A minor change from the previous contest is the inclusion of a narrower theme to this year’s display.  The theme will be the display of a Repurposed Railroad Car.  If you were to search the internet for “repurposed railroad car” you would find many photos of cars that were no longer serving their original purpose, but were put to another use after their railroad life had ended.  As an example, we often see cabooses being used as offices, hotels, or lake cabins.  Flat cars have often been used as bridges over ditches or small creeks.  It was once popular to see passenger cars used as diners or extra seating at restaurants.  Check out Internet sites; there are lots of uses shown.  Your challenge . . . choose one that intrigues you and design a display to illustrate the new purpose for your railcar. 

The major rules are:

*  The display must include a repurposed railroad car

*  Maximum horizontal dimensions = 100 Scale Feet X 100 Scale Feet

     square or 100 Scale Feet diameter circle (for the base)

*  No part of the model should extend past the edge of the base

*  Maximum vertical dimension = none, but the model must stand on its own

*  This is a display – so, no backdrop

*  The display may be electrically powered, 18-volt maximum from

     batteries or 110V wall-wart

*  The modeler may provide documentation for the display on a 4” X 6”

     card or in a standard, 3-ring binder (nothing larger, please)


    Your challenge for 2019, to display a REPURPOSED RAILROAD CAR on a 100 scale foot  x 100 scale foot base.

Railroads often attempt to use one of their most valued assets, their fleet of railroad cars, in "unique ways" once the car's life on the mainlines has expired.  For example, these two boxcars are now storage sheds in a rail yard.  Perhaps you have seen an old caboose used as an office or for recreational space.  What might you come up with, as you design a display with a Repurposed Railroad Car?

Note: The photograph above shows an N-Scale layout!


Schedule for the day of the contest, Saturday, November 16, 2019:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Model Registration

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM   Voting Open
1:30 PM   Winner Announced


Begin thinking about what you’d like to build and get started on the model. There is enough time for you to plan and produce a very fine display. 


Click here for an informative handout about this CID event planned for November 2019: FAVORITES CONTEST 2019 HANDOUT

Good Luck, Modelers!

Contact us for additional details: sastudley@comcast.net