Clinics

2017 clinics
Registrants to the meet are entitled to attend all clinics. Clinics are educational sessions between 30 and 60 minutes that focus on a specific area of the model railroading hobby or railfanning.
If you are interested in presenting a clinic, please contact Clinics

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The clinic lineup is subject to change.
Saturday May 5th
RoomDescription
Room 1
09:30-10:30
A 11
Tom Beaton
So You Think You Can't Paint a Backdrop?

This clinic is for the faint of heart who think they can't paint a backdrop. It consists of a demonstration of
how to do it using only four colors of quick drying acrylics and a few brushes.There will be a hand out to take home so you can practice there.
Room 2
09:30-10:30
B11
Jim Little
CPR Lidgerwoods

The history of CPR's Lidgerwood machines and how to go about building one
Room 1
10:45-11:45
A12
Ken Rutherford and Mark Dance
Weathering Your Fleet

The clinicians will describe and demonstrate their different techniques for achieving very respectable weathering results on your rolling stock
fleet without an artist's diploma or a huge time investment. Techniques introduced will include Pan Pastels coloured pastels, weathering chalks,
brushed acrylics, and airbrush fades.
Room 2
10:45-11:45
B12
Mark Wittrup
CPR Maintenance of Way Equipment

Canadian Pacific Maintenance of Way Equipment – A Personal Journey. Maintenance of way equipment is important to maintaining effective
railway operations,and often consists of ex-revenue equipment, with or without modifications. All railroads have MOW equipment, but not all
layouts do. I will discuss why I like MOW, how I use it on my layouts,and provide a quick overview on types of common CP MOW equipment.
To finish, I will discuss and display a few easily modelled examples that can be made using currently available HO models.
Display Room
12:00-13:00
A13

Deliberately Unfilled. Meet the Modellers in the display room.
Room 2
12:00-13:00
B13

Deliberately Unfilled. Meet the Modellers in the display room.
Room 1
13:15-14:15
A14
Jim Little
Building Structures with Hydrocal


The author will explain the how's and why's he built a structure from scratch using Hydrocal. Sample building parts will be shown,
along with the molds made.
Room 2
13:15-14:15
B14
David Harris
LLC and signalling

LCC is an NMRA standard for an accessory bus that operates beside, and in conjunction with, your layout's traction control.
Similarly to DCC, it allows users to buy compatible products from multiple sources.  This clinic introduces the LCC concepts and how they
can be applied to your MRR including signalling and applications for modular layouts.  
Room 1
14:30-15:30
A15
Max Magliaro
Techniques for Scratchbuilding Steam Locomotives - Part 1

The clinician presents a variety of his favorite techniques for scratchbuilding N Scale steam locomotives.  Topics covered will include:
tools and materials and where to find them; methods for making shapes and parts in metal; how to find and use prototype drawings to
make patterns; motors, gears and gearheads, quartering.
Room 2
14:30-15:30
B15
Rob Kirkham
CPR's Box Car Transition, 1908-1928

Using photo of cars in service and preserved in museums & farm yards across Canada, this clinic focuses on the cars that weren’t built to the
Fowler/Dominion Car design.   The clinic looks at some of the Box Car and Auto-Box Car design innovations and re-builds employed by the CPR as the aging
“all wood” fleet was modernized and transitioned to the “all steel” era.  Some modelling opportunities will also be looked at.
Room 1
15:45-16:45
A16
Max Magliaro
Techniques for Scratchbuilding Steam Locomotives part 2

In Part 2 of his clinic, Max will continue his overview of his favorite scratchbuilding techniques including live demonstrations.
Room 2
15:45-16:45
B16
Bill Galovich
The 7th Division's Hewlett Slide Collection


The late Bill Hewlett took hundreds of photos in the late '50's of PGE subjects.
These were gifted to the NMRA- PNR 7th division and scanned by the clinician who will walk the audience through a hundred
or so of what he considers the most interesting.
Sunday May 6th
RoomDescription
Room 1
9:30-10:30
A21
Doug Wingfield, MMR
Scratchbuilding Structures…

...or more accurately: How to Get Started Scratchbuilding Structures. The clinic will cover the beginning points of scratchbuilding
structures and how to avoid some of the traps we fall into when learning how. It will include conducting research, tools, avoidable errors,
basic weathering, and materials to avoid concluding with photos of models I have built - both kit and scratch built.
There will be example structures at the clinic of both what can and cannot be done.
Room 2
9:30-10:30
B21
Rob Badmington
Track is a Model Too!

This clinic will use prototype and model photos to show how to make track look more realistic; whether using handlaid or flex track.
The clinician's career of more than 30 years working for CN and CP’s Engineering departments has given him a real appreciation for the
details that make up a railroad’s most important asset – it’s track!
Room 1
10:45-11:45
A22
Geoff Gooderham
Resin Casting Made Easy

Resin casting has a reputation as an 'exotic', niche modelling activity; difficult to master and demanding in terms of equipment, material, and skills.
It's not! This clinic will introduce the ways in which resin casting can enhance a modeller's skill set and will demonstrate the simple techniques and
low cost advantages that are available to all model builders. The presentation will be, as much as possible, a 'hands on' demonstration of
master patterns, molds, and castings with plenty of them on hand to handle and inspect. We'll also cast a few simple parts and discuss finishing
the parts (including fixing mistakes), techniques for assembly, and the basics of painting.
Room 2
10:45-11:45
B22
Brian Stokes
TT&TO Operations at the EMRA.

If You Build it, They Will Come: Popularizing TT&TO Operations at the Edmonton Model Railway Association. Time Table and Train Order
Operations is seen by many as an intimidating, complicated way of operating model railroads. Implementing any type of train control,
including TT&TO,can be a challenge on any model railroad, never mind a large, club layout where the vast majority of members and
regular operators have no experience with prototypical operations.
Room 1
13:45-14:45
A23
Mike Barone
Nelson Diesel Shops, operations in the 1970's

This clinic will review the facilities and discuss operations as seen by the Clinician during his time as a summer student
between 1968 and 1974 working as a laborer/hostler's helper. During this time FM C Liners and H liners were the predominate
power but other locomotives made frequent appearances.
Room 2
13:45-14:45
B23
Larry Sebelley
What is This Thing Called Free-mo?

The clinician will discuss the concepts and standards that drive Free-mo to excellence in modelling. He will cover module planning, construction,
track laying, wiring and scenery. Specifications for end plates and track arrangements, plus each of the 4 required electrical busses as well as the
1 optional bus will be reviewed. How a group of modules come together to create an operational layout will be described. Although Free-mo was
first designed as an HO scale project, its specifications are easily translated to N scale.
Room 1
15:00-16:00
A24
Mark Dance
For Those About to Rock!

Techniques and demonstrations on how to cast, sculpt, paint and detail - yes, detail! - rockwork for your layout.
Room 2
15:00-16:00
B24
Bill Sornsin
Planning & Building the GN Cascade Division

The speaker will describe his prototype research, design and construction of this once-in-a-lifetime, 3000 square foot multi-deck
layout housed in a purpose-built structure. The Cascade Division is an ambitious layout which has been designed to be built
and operated in stages.
Please note: Unfortunately Grant Eastman of Calgary is no longer able to attend the Meet and, as a result, we have had to cancel the two clinics he had planned to present. We hope to host him and have him present those highly anticipated clinics in 2018!