|Operating Sessions||Scott Calvert|
|Layout Tours||Gary Hinshaw and Bob McMechan|
|Clinics||Marc Simpson and Mike Maclatchy|
|Tabletop Clinics||Ken Robertson|
|Website||Brian Clogg and Rene Gourley|
|Audio Visual||Victor Gilbert|
|Venue and Accommodations||Larry Sebelley|
|Meet Booklet||Rob England|
|Promotion and Advertising||John Geddes|
The RMMBC grew out of the modeling component of the annual Vancouver train shows Vancouver Train Expo and Trains. A group of dedicated modellers suggested to the 7th Division of the PNR/NMRA that a separate meet dedicated to the needs of modellers and scheduled at a different time would allow modellers more time and resources to focus on modelling. The RMMBC was “born” in 2016 with the mission to advance the practice of railway modelling in British Columbia by providing a forum where model railroaders can meet, exchange ideas and enrich their involvement in the NMRA and SIGs.
From the outset, operating sessions have joined the traditional clinics, layout tours and displays in the RMMBC experience for attendees. Being an annual meet, the RMMBC has had an opportunity to innovate and improve each year. Since inception, it has grown in both the number of attendees and the quality of its program every year. The meet now includes more informal events to foster connections and give everyone an opportunity to participate and share.
In 2017, the RMMBC began its association with the Simon Fraser University located on the top of scenic Burnaby Mountain to take advantage of SFU’s superior meeting facilities and as importantly, its low cost accommodation and meal services for out-of-town participants. With the break in in-person conventions enforced by the pandemic in 2020, RMMBC quickly learned that there was a great appetite for virtual content. As restrictions eased, we continued to offer a virtual prologue, which not only provides an opportunity for those who are unable to travel, but also serves as a great warm-up to the in-person meet.
The RMMBC is now a key event in the model railroading calendar. Even so, we strive to improve; if you have suggestions for content (clinic ideas, layouts,…) please do not hesitate to reach out to any committee member!