2021 clinics


Train Elevator – Say “Goodbye” to the Helix by John Geddes

How a train elevator can dramatically redefine layout design. Shorten inter-deck transit times. Conserve room space. Provide significant staging. Introduce new operational flexibility and possibilities. In other words, we may be able to say “goodbye” to the helix in layout design.

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Biography John has been a model railroader since childhood. Most recently, he has been on the RMMBC Organizing Committee and has been clinic coordinator for the last three years. As an electrical engineer, he has always had a strong interest in the electronics and computer side of the hobby.

Dealing with decals by Timothy Horton

Applying decals to structures, locomotives and rolling stock is a key component of railway prototype modelling. This clinic will cover tools and supplies, decal preparation, application and finishing. Learn how to make the models for your prototype look like the real thing with accurate lettering! "

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Biography Timothy Horton was introduced to model trains at a very young age and has been modelling the British Columbia Railway since 1983. He has authored seven books and numerous magazine articles on the railway and is a columnist and member of the Advisory Board for N-Scale Magazine. His N Scale layout was featured in Model Railroad Planning 2009.

Free Mo modules – Lessons Learned by Jamea Lister

This clinic will describe how to build a Free Mo module and hopefully show you how a module is a great way to start or expand your modelling.I will cover all the steps and missteps involved in building my four modules. The focus will be on the newest pair which show what I learned from the first two. "

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Biography Jamea has been a model railroader since receiving a Model Power train set shared with my brother. He has dabbled in N scale but the primary focus as he ages is HO. He has been involved with the Free Mo part of the hobby since 2005 and works as a theatre technician in a live performance venue.

Signalling for Dummies by Burr Stewart

A brief introduction to “why” you might want signals on your layout, “what” kinds of hardware and software might be involved, and “how” to get going on a simple(r) project to get started with. "

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Biography Burr Stewart has been a model railroader since childhood, and is a recent RMMBC clinician on the topics of DCC braking and Modeling the Prototype (BN around Seattle). He has a basement layout in Seattle that has hosted 25 operating sessions, and is trying desperately to keep up with the rapid advancements in technology

Modelling Snow by Mark Dance

Let it Snow. One Modeller's Approach to successfully adding that Great Canadian White Stuff to your layout "

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Biography 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 (welcoming) local ops community. Mark has modelled in N scale since the early 70's but his current layout, the Columbia & Western, is his only layout of any significance.

Spokane International Railroad by Mike Pagano

This Short Line was originally built to compete with the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads in the panhandle of Idaho but in later years it acted more as a feeder line from Canada to the Pacific Northwest. Mike will illustrate how he modelled the line and interchanges in the vicinity around Sandpoint Idaho. "

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Biography Mike lives and works in Bellingham and writes N scale articles for Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsmanmagazines. In the past, Mike has promoted the hobby by displaying his traveling SIRy 6’ x 13’ N scale railroad all over the PNW and Canada for over a decade. He is now currently building in a home layout depicting an Erie Lackawanna line located in the east coast.

A Century of Vancouver Island’s Colliery Railways & Modelling Suggestions by Robert Turner

Vancouver Island’s coal mines and their railways have a fascinating history, and they can make highly detailed and challenging models. The clinic will explore their history, railways, structures and equipment, and suggest modelling possibilities "

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Biography Bob has been model building since he was about six years old, and as worked in HO, HOn3, N scale and On3 (and a little On30). Presently he is working in On3 (Colorado narrow gauge) and HO for BC logging railways and some dabbling in other areas like plantation railways. He has written over four hundred articles for Railroad Model Craftsman and other magazines and historical society publications (such as CN Lines and CP Tracks) and is working on his 20th and 21st books about transportation history.

Strategies Applied to building a Large Layout; So Far! by Scott Calvert

Since the inception of this large HO scale CPR layout, the owner and his team have developed and improved a series of concepts and practices to guide the design and construction program.

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Biography Scott has enjoyed the World’s Greatest Hobby since childhood, having shared it with his father for many years. Scott has increasingly become more focussed (perhaps obsessed is more accurate) with prototype modelling. The current layout is his third and largest undertaking.