Virtual Clinics 2022

Keynote Address Macro-scale Prototype Modelling
Prototype modelling can apply beyond the equipment we run and the buildings we place on our layouts. However, when applied to whole scenes, our space requires that we compromise. This keynote challenges us to choose those compromises carefully.

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Marty McGuirk Marty McGuirk.started in the hobby with Lionel trains and picked up HO modeling in his teens. He built several N scale and HO scale layouts over the years. His current project, an HO scale rendition of the Central Vermont Railway’s Richford Branch, is the culmination of many lessons he’s learned building layouts in N and HO scale over the years. He is a former Associate Editor of Model Railroader and currently is one of several rotating “Getting Real” columnists for Model Railroad Hobbyist. He has authored five books related to model or prototype railroading. Marty lives with his wife Christine in Gainesville, Va.
1 Coquihalla – Ops Was The Easy Part
A unique collection of photographs showing both the construction and maintenance requirement related to the Coquihalla Sub. Many images lend themselves to unique prototypical modelling.

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Tom Price comes from a railway family, all CPR. Starting at the age of 16 he has been involved in nearly every facet of Maintenance of Way Engineering all over Western Canada. Not a modeller but very interested in how modellers portray the real railway world in which he worked for nearly 40 years.
2 Emerging from Prototype Paralyses
How I recovered from stalls and rabbit-holes. After a five-year hiatus from model railroading, I conquered my paralysis to complete my prototype HO scale “Industrial Lead” shelf layout. The “Industrial Lead” started in 2012 and made quick progress, but got bogged down in trackwork, then ultimately stalled from prototype paralysis.I didn’t know how to scratch build and didn’t know where to start. After 5 years of avoiding my layout, I decided to confront my demons and finish the layout.
      
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Greg Amer is a locomotive engineer in western Washington. He enjoys prototype modeling and has worked with N, HO, & O scale. His “The Industrial Lead” HO scale prototype shelf switching layout is based on a prototype industrial spur at Seattle
3 Getting Real(istic) About Car Forwarding
Advances in the hobby have done wonders for prototype modellers as new technology and techniques allow us to create more realistic models, scenery, sounds, and operations than ever before. Car forwarding, however, seems to be lagging behind. We'll explore innovations to the tried and true methods of car forwarding, and how applying the same attention to detail to our paperwork as we do our freight cars can yield equally rewarding results.

Brian Stokes Model railroading for almost 40 years ● Modelling the GN and CP in the Kootenays in HO scale, now switching to N ● Interest in layout design, operations, prototype modelling, railway history, innovative ideas and techniques ● Also dabbling in modelling post-WWII San Francisco in Proto:48 ● A fan of pretty much anything on rails
4 A Pragmatic Approach at to British-American Oil Tank Car Fleet
British-American Oil tank cars are probably the coolest private cars to ever grace Canadian rails, however no serious RTR models have ever been produced. Let’s build a prototypical fleet by crunching data, analyzing archive pictures and kitbashing models including the dreaded Athearn blue box kits! British-American Oil tank cars are very popular among modellers and collectors, but quality prototypical models aren’t available at this point. To address this issue, we will break down the B-A fleet using archive pictures and ORER, then propose a tentative timeline documenting the various paint schemes used over the years.Parallels will be drawn between various prototypes and HO scale models available on the market with the goal of defining how they can be modified to closer match the real cars. Finally, the author will present his own modelling projects ranging from small detail modifications of high end models to more involved kitbashes of Athearn and Roundhouse tank cars to recreate specific prototypes. He will then critics his own models, pointing out the challenges and shortcomings he faced and how they could be improved.

            
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Matthieu Lechance is a practicing architect from Quebec City and has beena modeller for 35 years with a focus on CN and Charlevoix Railway. Since 2010, he maintains a railway modelling blog called Hedley-Junctionwhere he shares is thoughts and work from a designer perspective. Since 2020, he has been a recurrent clinician at Hindsight 20/20 Virtual RPM.
5 Peninsulas
This clinic looks at the use of "peninsulas" to add space, operations and special industries to model railroad layouts. A peninsula added as an afterthought on a layout can bring new ideas for a special scene or industry. A look at the use of “peninsulas” to add to bench work to add operations, industries, yards and other items to expand a layout in a small or large space.

Rich Mahaney has been interested in trains since the age of 5, which started with his grandfather taking him down to watch trains with him in Grand Rapids, MI and receiving an S gauge train set at Christmas time. Rich switched over to HO in junior high school. Rich has been modeling the Great Northern Railway with an interest in moving perishables from the Northwest to the Midwest and Eastern parts of the US. Having been teaching since the early 1970's to adult learners, Rich began developing presentations/clinics for model railroaders in 2007, having more than 25 clinics developed, Rich has been presenting clinics across the US and Canada at conventions. Using his presentation skills, great photography and ideas Rich is invited to present at many conferences. Rich has been known as the "clinic guy" for years. Rich started out on tank cars because of his hazmat and emergency response background, but that has spread to many clinics related to industry and operations and other topics that have come to his brain as, he travels North America..
6 Modelling with Magnets
The size range of rare earth magnets includes tiny rings nearly impossible to manipulate, to larger, incredibly strong connections. Come and enjoy exploring new components like these for their ultimate modeling possibilities-- from air brake and power couplings, to structural connections, to options for animation.Modeling topics will include: What’s new with magnets, Working MU Power Lines, Air Brake Lines, Uncouplers, Re - Motoring, Structure Hold - Downs, Magnetic Sensors, and Magnets for Animation.
      
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Geoff Bunza started as a Model Railroader when he received a Mantua train set for Christmas, at age 6. He fed his interests through college becoming a member of the Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) at MIT while getting his doctorate and three other degrees in Electrical Engineering. He models the New York Central Railroad, and Maine narrow gauge in HOn30. Scale model animation in HO is one of his great interests. Geoff has authored numerous articles on animation for Model Railroad Hobbyist, the New York Central System Historical Society Modeler Magazine, and Railroad Model Craftsman, and The HO Collector. He has presented clinics for the NMRA at Division, Regional and National meets, the RMMBC Meet, and the National Narrow Gauge Conventions. He is blessed with his wife, Lin, in marriage for 43 years and their two terrific sons. He is a life member of the NMRA and holds an Extra Class amateur radio license.
7 Reinventing wheels – A Pembroke Update
What does it take to model a real location on an unusual prototype railroad as it appeared in 1905, in Proto:87? Pluck? Ignorance? Comfort with life alone? Come find out as I share what I’ve developed and learned while modelling Pembroke, Ontario in Canada Atlantic days.Has it really been eight years since the last update about Pembroke? Indeed it has, and I’m as surprised as anyone that much of the “What’s Next” slide from that presentation is now in the past. Along with the Lazy Susan turntables, roundhouse doors, hand-cranked turntable and locomotive “kits” suggested in 2014, I’ve also been reinventing turnout controls, shingles, siding, lettering and yes, wheels. Sometimes I’m successful, and sometimes I learn, but it’s all progress. The layout itself has also moved along in this time, and I’ll share some of that progress too. .
   
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Rene Gourley has been building model trains ever since he was a kid. He discovered the Canada Atlantic Railway in 1990, Proto:87 in 1994, and has been plugging away at their intersection ever since. He has written numerous articles in the press, and publishes his ongoing struggles on
Pembroke
8 Basic JMRI 0perations with no paper.
Starting from nothing, show how to set up simple railroad operations on your layout using JMRI, including use of mobile devices to replace printed switchlists and car cards.      
Steve Todd
  • Current co-author of EngineDriver: Android throttle for JMRI
  • JMRI Developer panel.js, web and withrottle server
  • Contributor to DCC++EX project
  • N-scale modular (PiedmontNSouthern.org)
  • Secretary/webmaster Palmetto Div NMRA
9 Why Bother with Operations?
A brief introduction to “why” you might want to attend or host model railroad operating sessions, “what” kinds of hardware and software might be involved, and “how” to get going on a simple(r) operating system to get started with. This Clinic is about why, what, and how you might want to consider “operations” on a model railroad – either you own or someone else’s. The basics include ● Burr’s experiences while railfanning which led him to delve into operations ● options for dipping your toe in the water ● the main jobs that you can have during an operating session ● ways to get started, and some of the useful resources for learning more. .
      
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Burr Stewart has been a model railroader since childhood and is a recent RMMBC clinician on the topics of DCC braking, Signalling, 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 and best practices in operations.
HO Burrlington Northern
10 Scratchbuild Brass SP&S Logging Flat Cars
How I built N Scale skeleton logging flat cars of the type used by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle and Northern Pacific railways from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Seeking more accurate, detailed cars than I could find commercially, I created custom jigs for soldering and cutting brass and wood that allowed me to make multiples of this car. Key features are true in-scale brass thin-member construction, with an accurate see-through real wood slat deck. This project was featured in the Feb, 2020 Railroad Model Craftsman magazine.You will see full step-by-step construction photos and I will include source info for the precision parts and materials I used. I will show my techniques for building the jigs and assmbling/soldering the model. The presentation includes my approach for constructing the model in such a way as to make it more practical to build more than one of these at a time. I will also briefly discuss the info I collected on the prototype cars.
      
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Max Magliaro has been a life-long model railroadersince the 1970s, focusing on N Scale beginning in the 1980s. Scratchbuilding models, particularly steam locomotives, is his first model railroading "love", although he enjoys scratchbuilding detailed rolling stock and structures as well. You can see more of his work online at www.therailwire.net, at his own website www.maxcow.com, and also in the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroader, and N Scale magazines, and in the NTrak Steam Locomotive Addendum books. Max did a lot of modeling of the PRR and NYC railroads when he lived in Pennsylvania (USA) and now models primarily the SP&S and NP at his current home in Oregon, USA.
11 Selective Compression on an Industrial Scale
Modelling Large Industries on Our Small Layouts
Modern and historic industries that are rail served are often massive facilities that generate significant amounts of freight traffic,something we want on our layouts. This clinic will discuss how to fit these industries on our often space challenged layouts using selective compression and other approaches
      
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Marc Simpson is modelling the mines, smelters and forestry industries of northern Manitoba in the 1980’s on his 14’x20’ double deck HO scale layout. The major focus of the layout is the massive Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting complex in Flin Flon and the mines and other industries that support it. Marc has been interested in railways and modelling them since the 1980’s. He started construction on his Hudson Bay Railway layout in 2013. His blog about his model railroading adventures is
HBM&S
12 So The Layout Has To Move . . . .
What if your layout must move? Can you incorporate certain design elements to facilitate a potential future move? What is involved in moving and reinstalling a layout? The clinician will share his experience in dismantling, moving and reinstalling his N Scale BCR Dawson Creek Subdivision in a new apartment. Learn how certain design elements paid off in facilitating the process, and what lessons were learned during the experience.
      
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Timothy Horton Tim has been modelling in N Scale since 1983. He has authored seven books on the PGE/BCR and hosts regular PGE/BCR Modellers video meets. Tim is a frequent clinician, has written numerous magazine articles and is a member of the advisory board for N-Scale magazine.
Dawson sub.
13 Sign me up
This clinic looks at the use of "murals" to be painted on buildings to increase the visual interest in downtown areas. A presentation that looks at the signs and murals that are painted on buildings that can be modeled to add more interest to blank walls of buildings or advertising. New "canvases" for model railroad painters to paint on!
   
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Rich Mahaney has been interested in trains since the age of 5, which started with his grandfather taking him down to watch trains with him in Grand Rapids, MI and receiving an S gauge train set at Christmas time. Rich switched over to HO in junior high school. Rich has been modeling the Great Northern Railway with an interest in moving perishables from the Northwest to the Midwest and Eastern parts of the US. Having been teaching since the early 1970's to adult learners, Rich began developing presentations/clinics for model railroaders in 2007, having more than 25 clinics developed, Rich has been presenting clinics across the US and Canada at conventions. Using his presentation skills, great photography and ideas Rich is invited to present at many conferences. Rich has been known as the "clinic guy" for years. Rich started out on tank cars because of his hazmat and emergency response background, but that has spread to many clinics related to industry and operations and other topics that have come to his brain as, he travels North America..
14 LED Lighting – Much More Than Meets the Eye
LED lighting provides new opportunities for layout lighting design, but as with any new technique this new flexibility opens new design choices. Join us for a trip down the LED lighting “rabbit hole”.
OK you have decided that you will use LED lighting on your layout. Decision made. Jump right into implementation. Whoa. You will discover that like other aspects of our modelling you can make LED lighting as simple or as complicated as you want – depending on your objectives.
Yes, LEDs use less power but they still need power.
Yes, LEDs provide light with low heat, but what character of light do you want? And what light level do you need?
How much time and effort do you want to spend?
And as always, how much do you want to spend in $$?
In this clinic, we will explore some of the key considerations re LED lighting and see what six different modellers have done on their layouts.
John Geddes 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 four years. As an electrical engineer, he has always had a strong interest in the electronics and computer side of the hobby..
15 Getting started with 3-d resin printing
I will introduce you to the amazing world of 3-d parts design and resin printing, based on my experience with the TinkerCAD design package and the Photon Mono printer. Starting completely from scratch, I was up and running with these tools in a matter of weeks. You can be too.I will illustrate the design and printing process by walking through a few examples of parts I have made over the past year. I will include a number of tips and lessons learned from the experience so you can get a faster start yourself. I will attempt to cover all aspects from the initial design process through to cleaning and curing the printed parts.

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Gary Hinshaw is a life-long N scaler with an interest in most aspects of model and prototype railroading. I am building a 10’ x 20’ layout based on Tehachapi but I’ve recently been focussed on upgrading my freight car fleet with custom designed and printed 3-d parts.
Tehachapi BC