2020 Clinics

Improvising with unconventional materials and methods to good effect by Burr Stewart

"This clinic will chronicle a variety of situations on my layout where I and others have saved time and/or money by using unconventional materials or methods, and the varied results and compromises achieved. Pieces of some of the materials will be handed out for demonstration purposes, and the attendees invited to discuss their own improvisations. There is never enough time or money to build the layout you really want, so over the years I have experimented with various materials and methods to speed construction and improve operations. While technically not jazz, I call it “Model Railroad Improvisation”. This clinic will explore some of the best examples, from myself and others, with pictures and pieces of some of the materials to pass around. We will also take the pulse of clinic attendees to uncover any new discoveries that haven’t become widely known yet."

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Biography Burr Stewart is a model railroader in Seattle who has been building a proto-freelanced HO version of the Burlington Northern operations in about 1973 between Seattle and Vancouver BC for the past 35 years. He is a member of the NMRA (4D), OPSIG, LDSIG, FOBNR, GNRHS, NPRHS and the MRHA, and has been hosting operating sessions for the past ten years. Information on his layout is available on his blog burrlingtonnorthern.blogspot.com and his website www.burrstewart.com
So you want to Build a Dream Model Railroad by Bill Decker
Eight years into building his own dream model railroad, the SP Cascade Line Cascade line, Bill has had time to reflect on what goes into designing and building a basement-filler. His reflections include alternative, valid choices to his own. Lessons learned will be discussed as well. This presentation is intended to promote thinking about the many layout choices to design and build what most suits the individual modeler.
Biography Bill has been a lifetime modeler of the Southern Pacific with excursions into other western railroads. With retirement came a return to his native Oregon and brought the real estate and time to tackle a basement-filling dream layout. Bill's SP Cascade Line began construction in 2012 and has now seen over forty formal operating sessions over the completed mainline.
     When I am 1:64 By Trevor Marshall
Modelling an obscure prototype in a niche scale
Biography "Trevor is a lifelong model railway enthusiast. He finds every scale, gauge, prototype, era and theme fascinating -
and has built layouts to indulge many of these ideas. He has never finished a layout although his current project -
a Canadian National branch line in southern Ontario in S scale -
is getting close. That said, he’s already thinking about what will come next.
Beyond his own projects, Trevor has a keen interest in layout design and has helped several friends create layouts that combine prototype modelling and operating fun,
while remaining achievable in terms of time, money and other resources.
Trevor is a frequent contributor to Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, co-hosted a podcast called The Model Railway Show
and was a host and writer for TrainMasters TV. He writes a number of websites about the hobby, too."
Southern Rail of BC by Matt Robson


I’ve been with Southern Railway for well over a decade, starting as a trainman working my way to conductor and engineer. I’ve always had a love affair for railroading and photography, and combined the two to create Elevation Media, my own company featuring railway documentaries.
Four Depots Four Scratch Building Aproaches by Mark Dance

How I Modelled Four Different Stations Using Four Different Techniques
photos by Mark Dance

Mark Dance enjoys many aspects of our hobby most notably layout design and construction and prototypical operations to which he was introduced 15 years ago by the (passionate and welcoming) local ops community. Mark has modelled in N scale since the early 70's but his current layout, the Columbia & Western (as featured in several publications), is his only layout of any significance.
Weathering with Pan Pastels by Pete Steinmetz