The Digital Grab-Iron

In June 2010 the Grab-Iron went digital in the form of a blog. It is now updated often, sometimes daily, and allows you to "subscribe" via email updates to any or all areas of interest to you. Check it out here: the Digital Grab-Iron.

The new Digital Grab-Iron contains:

  • What's happening around model railroading in the Northwest
  • News of the 4D module program
  • A summary of our monthly clinics
  • and much, much more!

How to Post to the Digital Grab-Iron

Email any notices, articles, reports, classified advertisements, photographs and a nnouncements to Grab-Iron Editor Cliff Green,, 206-363-9852. Listings are free of charge to NMRA members. There is no longer a deadline; everything is posted i mmediately.

Please include the following information for events:

  • Date of event
  • City, State/Province
  • Name of event
  • Address
  • Times
  • Fees
  • Contact person's name, address, phone number, email address
  • Web site address

How to Submit to the PNR Timetable and Switchlist

To add your activities to the PNR's online Timetable and quarterly publication, The Switchlist, email the same information in the above list to Mark Johnson, 780-436-2480,


The Grab-Iron was published on paper every month for 50 years before going all-digital in the summer of 2010. Previous editions from 2004–2010 are available below.

To read them online, left-click any link below. To read it offline, right-click and choose "Save Target As..." to save it to your hard drive, then open it later. Since they are in PDF format, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another program that reads PDF files. Don't have one? Problems making it work? Click here for help.

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Grab-Iron Staff
Editor Cliff Green 206-363-9852
Reporter 425-443-6896
Photographer Doug Bulger 206-290-4095
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