2018 clinics

Tim Anderson


Working with LEDs (Ngineering)



Anthony Craig


Objects of Beauty
Sources of Frustration
Brass Models of CPR Steam Locomotives



This clinic will provide a brief, non-exhaustive, history of the brass models which have been made available of CPR steam locomotives over the years with a specific focus on locomotives of CPR’s Kettle and Kootenay Divisions (of course!).  The clinic will show how these models may be maintained and their performance and appearance improved significantly and will include case study, before/after examples and demonstrations.
Anthony Craig


Steam Models Without Sound
are Just Funny Looking Diesels



How to select, install, and program the decoders, speakers and accessories necessary for your steam locomotive to come alive on your tracks.
Mark Dance


Making your own laser cut "kits"
CPR's Nelson station



The trials, tribulations and learnings of designing and building a one off laser model "kit" of a very familiar prototype - the CPR's Nelson Station
Matt Herman


Consumer electronics-based DCC (ESU)


the future of DCC
Bernard Kempinski


Down to the sea in Trains


An overview of how railroads and ships interact at marine terminals from the early days of railroading to the current era of unit trains, double stacks and massive container ships.
Scott Lamoureux


Scenery of the Fraser and Thompson
river canyons



Al Lill


Modelling the CN on Vancouver Island


The CNR operated until early 1990 on Vancouver Island and is very attractive and practical branch line prototype for a modeller - especially  with limited space. Era specific equipment, operations, and structures will be covered as well as the marine connections to the mainland. It will also include models and a brief description of the presenter's currently expanding switching layout inspired by the CNR in Victoria featuring Brian Pate's railway car ferry slip at Point Ellice.  
Greg Madsen


A hands on soldering clinic


The presenter will cover the theory and practice of soldering including reviewing and demonstrating best practice techniques for two common model railroad soldering applications: track-to-power-bus feeders and decoder installation. The clinic will include 6 live soldering stations for attendees to practice the techniques shown. (Note: the soldering irons will be available for purchase by clinic attendees at a 50% discount following the Meet.)
David Rees Thomas


R North 5, eh?
A look at train-order operation on Canadian railways with examples of less-known but potentially useful orders. (based on an article in Model Railroad Hobbyist, September 2016)
John Riley


When Beauty Road the Rails
A Photographic Tribute to
Canadian passenger trains



This presentation highlights the magnificent trains that operated in Canada during the 1960's and 70's. The speaker draws from his collection of slides and prints, the vast majority of which have never been publicly displayed, to weave a visual storyboard of the unique passenger trains of that era. Model Railroaders are likely come away with unique modelling ideas and the inspiration to model passenger trains and the diesels that pulled them .
Bull Session
Panel Session: building your "Once in a Lifetime" layout
Marc Simpson


CN's rebuilt F Unit Fleet:
modelling a classic workhorse



In the early 1970's Canadian National rebuilt 30 F7A and 10 F7B units to extend the life of these classic cab units.  This clinic will look at the many variations in these workhorses over the course of their careers, with a focus on how to accurately model them in HO scale as they appeared late in their work lives.
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.
Don Weixl


Concrete Structures


This clinic will cover the builder’s purpose and vision for his Nitro Pass and Okanagan, how it was constructed and the role the builder’s interest in photography played. There will be a special focus placed on the impressive concrete structures on the layout including the construction of their forms, their casting, and the painting and weathering processes. The Nitro Pass was the cover layout for this year’s Great Model Railroads (Kalmbach's annual compendiium).