Join The Prairie Lakes Division

Welcome to the Prairie Lakes Division Website. The PLD is a division within the Thousand Lakes Region of the National Model Railroad Association. We hope to promote Model Railroading as an entertaining and educational hobby for the whole family. Through this website, our semi-annual meets, and train shows hosted in NW Iowa and SW Minnesota, we hope to further your enjoyment of this and other modeling hobbies. Please join us at one of our upcoming meets, email us, or call one of our officers to find out how you can join in the fun by becoming a member today.

The Prairie Lakes Division


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Meet Info


Spring 2017 PLD Meet

Humboldt County Fairgrounds

March 25th, 2017




Contact Superintendent and other PLD Board Members



Find Contest rules and past winning photos

Upcoming Events





Prairie Lakes Division website in need of articles, news, events, and information!

If you have an article or a picture with a caption that you would like to have in this space, contact Keith Wells, webmaster. There is always room for your information, and articles. If you know of an event coming up in the region, let us know and it could go on this website. Boost up your attendance to your layout tour by sending some photos and a description about what people are to encounter!
Have something for swap?
Looking for some help or tips?
Have a useful tidbit to show and tell?

Send it here!

Have a vendor table at one of our shows? Send us your business flier or information and get a little boost to your sales if members know that you'll be at our next Meet!
PLD News and Events

Job Opening

The PLD is currently looking for an Editor for its publication, The Journal. Former Editor Keith Wells stepped down during the summer of 2015 and PLD Superintendent Jay Davis has taken on the duty of temporary Editor. If you are interested in this position, please call Jay Davis.


Spring PLD Meet
March 25, 2017

Humboldt County Fairgrounds

311 6th Ave North, Humboldt Iowa

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2017 PLD Spring Meet
Humboldt, Iowa
Schedule of Events
March 25th, 2017

8:00 Show Opens
9:00 Contest Registration Opens
10:30 Clinic: Model Railroad 'Hacks Simple 'out of the box' ways to save            money, time, and improve on what is available commercially
           Presented by Jim Bernier

11:30 Contest Voting Closes

12:00 Lunch
1:30 Clinic: "The Railroads of McLeod County." covering Milw. Road,                  Luce Line, GN, M&St.L, & C&NW
         Presented by Terry Davis

2:30 Business Meeting


Hope to see you in October in St. James