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.
Modelling the mundane. What happens between the “flashy” scenes.by Grant Eastman
With an emphasis on real world observation see how scenery profiles can make or break the realistic feel of your layout..

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Biography Back at it again after a 6 year hiatus, Grant’s Southern Alberta Rail N scale layout will be featured in an upcoming issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
Weathering without an airbrush by Ian Millard
Demonstration on using Pan Pastels and washes for weathering diesel locomotives and rollingstock.

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Biography Ian has been a railway modeller since his late teens (mid 1980’s). He enjoys all aspects of the hobby including scratchbuilding turnouts, signalling, weathering, scenery and layout construction. He is currently building a large HO scale layout in a 100 square metre (1076 sq. ft) dedicated room. Check out my blog at liverpool
Change is the Only Constant by Rob Badmington
Standard track gauge is still 4 feet 8 ½ inches. Almost everything else in railroading has changed. This presentation will show you some of the fundamental changes that have taken place during your lifetime, and how they can be reflected on your layout.

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Biography Rob has been fascinated by all things railroad since his first childhood train trip. This led to a 35 year career in the Engineering and Purchasing functions at both major Canadian railways. When not working on his model railroad, Rob edits Highball!, the 6th division newsletter, and enjoys travelling and train riding whenever he can.
Detailing Structures – Can there ever be enough detail? by Darryl Jacobs
How much detail is enough? What details are necessary to bring the model to life and add character? How has accessible laser cutting and 3d printing changed the super-detailing possibilities for the modeler?

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Biography Darryl has been a modeller all his life with a love for all things miniature. He has a passion for structures, details and interiors. From a career in aerospace design and manufacturing, he now focuses those talents into his and his wife’s craftsman kit company, Interaction Hobbies.
Railway Work Equipment in Operations? by Paul Hobbs
• We will discuss Railway Work Equipment and their operational potential on your model railroad.

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Biography • Paul Hobbs has been an active model railroader since 1961, a member of the NMRA from 1971. He enjoys research and has become something of a historian of his favorite railroad, the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway.
Intermodal 101 For Model Railroaders by Rich Mahaney
This presentation looks at some of the key elements if you are modeling intermodal operations.From ships to rail, intermodal box and tank containers, intermodal rail cars, intermodal facilities, transferring the prototype to a model railroad.

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Biography Rich Mahaney has been involved with model railroads and trains since he was about 5 years old when that first “Christmas train set” arrived. The railroad and trains interest was further instilled and reinforced in Rich by his grandfather that would take Rich down to the train tracks in the Grand Rapids, MI area to watch trains with him, and the interest has never left. Rich has been interested in modeling the Great Northern Railway (GN) in an HO layout and the railroads that it interchanged with, between the state Washington and the Midwest, as well as the movement of perishables in the late 1950’s.
Rich has been a member of the NMRA for a number of years and severed as the “Superintendent” of the Eastern Iowa Division (Cedar Rapids, IA area) during 2007 and 2008. Rich is serving in his second elected term in the position of “Director at Large” for the NMRA North Central Region that serves MI and parts of IN and OH. Rich is probably most known for his model railroad and railroad related clinics and photography that he has presented in many states and Canada at conventions. Rich enjoys all aspects of model railroading, railroads, teaching and touring other model railroader’s layouts of this great hobby. As an instructor/presenter, Rich has taught in 32 states and 4 countries.