PSR 2019 Convention

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PSR 2019 Convention Clinics

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No.ClinicClinicianDateTimeRoomExtra Fare
Ghosts of Gasoline AlleyThis clinic will explore the evolution of the American Gasoline Station from its start in the late 1880s up to today’s modern stations. We will examine station architectural periods and styles as well as pumps. The clinic will also cover research tools and resources which will allow a modeler to enhance a model railroad by selecting the right station style, pumps, and gasoline brand for the layout’s geographic area and time period. We will view new examples of prototype stations as well as a variety of kits and scratch-built gas station.
Richard Wehr Fri, 9/27 9:15am - 10:15am Room A
Modeling an Underground Mine DriftThe Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society had a large area of vertical rock face that lacked interest for public viewing. It was decided a cross cut view of a mine drift with scenes typically in a working mine could add interest to this area. This clinic will describe the construction of this model including the planning, building, use of LED lighting, mirrors, mini scenes, and sound to add a realistic air to the display.
Charlie Nidever Wed, 9/25 2:30pm - 3:30pm Arroyo
Modeling an Underground Mine DriftThe Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society had a large area of vertical rock face that lacked interest for public viewing. It was decided a cross cut view of a mine drift with scenes typically in a working mine could add interest to this area. This clinic will describe the construction of this model including the planning, building, use of LED lighting, mirrors, mini scenes, and sound to add a realistic air to the display.
Charlie Nidever Thurs, 9/26 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room B
Scratch Building StructuresLearn to build structures from scratch using photos, dimensional drawings, paintings, or your imagination. Clinic includes sketching of ideas, making a layout drawing of a structure, and the importance of a white model. Learn about the dynamics of materials including warping and bracing. How to build a white model. Documentation of a structure build. Painting and weathering. Historical references. Keeping a log on your build. References include several scratch built structures on my layout including: East End Market, Chester Station, Ironia Station, and Elwell’s bar. Presentation will include the use of white models and finished models, sketches, and documentation.
Frank Baker Thurs, 9/26 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room B
Update on the Nickel PlateModel Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester will provide an overview of the planning, construction, and operation of his basement-size, multi-deck HO railroad that depicts the St. Louis Division of the Nickel Plate Road in 1954. A detailed report on the railroad appeared in December 2014 Model Railroader.
Tony Koester Fri, 9/27 10:30am - 11:30am Room B
Model Railroading as a MuseumThis clinic will present the development and operation of the Silver Creek Railroaders Model Railroad located in the Show Low Historical Museum in Show Low, Arizona. The presentation will include how the railroad came to be in this location as well as the pros and cons of its development – including organization, planning, construction, and funding. Current day-to-day operation will be presented as well as photos of details and a trip around the rails.
Dean Cramblit & John Rowlinson Thurs, 9/26 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room B
3D PrintingOverview of 3D printing in model railroading. I will discuss the different modalities of 3D printing, how to create a 3D print, and show some examples. If time permits, I will discuss the choice of a 3D printer.
Jim "Doc” Shafer Thurs, 9/26 3:30pm - 5:45pm Madera
How to Make and Apply Desert PlantsDesert scenery is part and parcel to any train display of the southwest. This clinic will demonstrate how to make Cholla varieties, Opuntia (“beaver tail” and “prickly pear” cactus), barrel cactus varieties, Ocotillo, Creosote, and Mesquite. It will also cover some palm trees: Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm), Phoenix dactylifera (Datepalm) and Washingtonia filifera (California fan palm). Common inexpensive materials will be used (such as hemp cord, spice seeds, anise weed, pipe cleaners, wire, feathers, wooden dowels, and specific types of hardware fastening screws) as well as model railroading materials (Woodland Scenics foam, stains and paints), and cyanoacrylate and rubber cements. The techniques demonstrated for the plants described above vary from very simple to excruciatingly tedious. However they are certainly not beyond the capability of the average model railroader providing the proper sequence of construction steps are obeyed. Since the use of photographs in construction are essential, sources of how and where to get photos of the various species will also be discussed. Finally, it is all-important and imperative that the plants constructed be applied to the layout surface in a specific manner for maximum realism.
John Fiscella Sat, 9/28 1:00pm - 2:00pm Arroyo
Scale & GaugeEnjoy an informative, light hearted look at how our models have evolved over their more than one hundred years. Get a hands-on experience with models of freight cars and trains ranging in size from the ultra-small to the riding variety (sorry, pictures only of the riding variety). Real trains and their surroundings come in only one scale but in many gauges in all parts of the world. See how, over the years, creative minds have taken a number of approaches to create model trains and their surroundings in various scales. Food for thought: When Z Scale was introduced in Europe in 1972, the letter Z had been selected since there would never be a smaller scale. Really?
Ed Stewart Fri, 9/27 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room A
Geomorphology for Modelers: What Does Realistic Terrain Look Like?When building a layout, modelers often place terrain features (hills, cliffs, rivers, etc.) where it is convenient for the track plan or space constraints. As with many aspects of modeling, this is somewhat the reverse of the real-world railroads, where track plan and space constraints are all influenced by the underlying terrain. Whether the prototype is a narrow-gauge branch winding through canyons and mountain passes, or a main line racing across desert plains, the landscape itself can provide a host of subtle features which can provide a degree of immersive realism if included on a layout. This clinic will provide a basic overview of how to look at terrain through the lens of geomorphology – the physical science of how landscapes form and change. It is intended for the general modeler or nature enthusiast; no prior scientific background nor scenery modeling expertise is needed, only a keen eye for one’s surroundings.
John M. Christoph Thurs, 9/26 8:15pm - 9:15pm Room B
Detailing a Transition Era Gas StationThe Transition Era--the years when railroads were changing from steam power to diesel power--is typically considered to run from about 1940 to about 1960. Automobiles proliferated in the same period, as did the service stations or garages that maintained them. There are many kits available to represent the different types of buildings that were used in the period, but most do not include the details you would typically find at such an establishment. There are some detail kits you can buy to add realism to your model, but how do you know what is right? Gary Robinson, whose family owned and operated a “garage” from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, will share his recollection of the things that would be found in and around a garage during this period. The discussion will be supported by examples in a PowerPoint presentation.
Gary Robinson Thurs, 9/26 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room A
Weathering Freight CarsThere are various types and methods that can be utilized for weathering structures, detail castings, railroad rolling stock, and locomotives. There is no single best way to add the effects of weathering to make things look more lived-in, used, and to show the ravages of time. Different techniques can be used together to achieve the desired final product. In this clinic you each will be provided an inexpensive freight car to experiment with various non-airbrushing weathering techniques. The car is yours to keep and take with you. Acrylic paints, alcohol washes, Bragdon weathering pigments, Pan Pastel Powders, and Artist Colored Pencils will be provided for use in the clinic.
James Keena Fri, 9/27 1:00pm - 2:00pm Arroyo $5.00
Building Your Own DCC Railroad with Arduino & Raspberry Pi for under $100This clinic will explore both the hardware and software required to build a full DCC railroad for under $100. Using an Arduino Uno and available open source software, we will create a fully functional DCC command station. And by adding an Arduino motor shield, we will create a booster to provide DCC track power. Finally, we will add a Raspberry Pi computer with available open source software that includes the JMRI suite of model railroad software to enable the use of our smart phone and/or tablet to function as a wireless throttle. Attendees will go away with a complete parts list, so they can build one of these systems for themselves.
Richard Sauerbrun Thurs, 9/26 10:30am - 11:30am Arroyo
DCC Mega Sound Using Push-Pull High-Bass SpeakersModel steam locomotive chuff sounds have always been a disappointment. Not only are the sounds not deep enough, but they also lack “attack” relative to the prototype--a more important consideration. A possible way of improving the latter is being investigated in this clinic by using “push-pull” woofers. Push-pull woofers use two identical speaker driver units wired so that the cone of one driver moves out while the cone of the other moves in. This configuration will be described and then demonstrated and compared to a conventional configuration using two similar DCC-sound-equipped locomotives.
John Fiscella Thurs, 9/26 8:15pm - 9:15pm Arroyo
Controlling Light and Motion through Electronics and MicroprocessorsUsing LEDs to create eye-catching scenes like campfires, welders, building lighting, and crossing signals is quick and easy if you understand how to use them. We’ll look at the power requirements and how to keep them alive. Motion adds life to any scene, and the RC servo is a prime candidate to provide repetitive or random motion. To do this, an inexpensive microprocessor is needed and we’ll take a look at two different popular systems currently available. Crossing signals and RC servos will be used to introduce the BASIC programming language used with the Pickaxe chips, and compare it to the C++ used with the Arduino line of microprocessors. A "block" planning approach is used to create a program before any code is written. The microprocessors may be reprogrammed thousands of times and when the power is turned off the microprocessor retains the program within its memory.
Paul Boston & Bill Rogers Thurs, 9/26 1:00pm - 2:00pm Madera
Interfacing the Real World with a MicroprocessorControlling a single LEDs or very small motor can be done by connecting them directly to a microprocessor. When more power is needed, however, external components must be used to provide the power while the microcontroller controls the action. The most basic of these is the transistor, an inexpensive and easy to understand item that requires some care when designing a circuit. When both direction and speed control of a motor is desired an inexpensive H-bridge can be coupled with a microprocessor as an elegant solution. The H-bridge looks intimidating but is really very simple to understand. We’ll explain. Microprocessor languages are based on our human languages, so understanding how to use them starts with analyzing what we want for an outcome and going from there. Through examples, a basic assortment of commands will be demonstrated and the reasoning behind their use discussed.
Paul Boston & Bill Rogers Thurs, 9/26 2:15pm - Madera
Modeling SP Ops in the PHX East ValleyThis clinic: 1) outlines the prototype; 2) describes how the time period affects the activity; 3) discusses how goals and “druthers” affect selection; 4) illustrates historic sources of information; 5) describes how the information was applied to the Lost Dutchman, and 6) discusses how any area information can be applied to prototype modeling.
W. David Doiron Thurs, 9/26 10:30am - 11:30am Room A
Modeling Inexpensive Pine TreesNeed lots of trees for your layout? Want to build a diorama to show off your work? You will either need a lot of time or money to make this happen. This method quickly builds good looking pine trees inexpensively. Using sisal rope, florists wire, and ground foam, a nice looking tree can be built in a few minutes. This clinic is a hands-on type seminar where you will walk away with your own pine tree and the knowledge to build many more. Handouts will be provided.
Don Stewart Fri, 9/27 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room B
ABCs of DCCLearn what you need to know about DCC to get started on your layout. Bruce Petrarca MMR, Mr. DCC, will cover some of the areas of focus to get you going with a minimum of fuss.
Bruce Petrarca Thurs, 9/26 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room A
The Tennessee Central in Crossville TN: Reconstructing the PastThe Tennessee Central was a medium size railroad that ran from Hopkinsville, KY, interchanging with the Illinois Central, to Harriman, TN, interchanging there with the Southern. It was controlled by various roads over the years and chopped up several times. It reached Crossville in 1904 and was gone by 1995. The Crossville Model Railroad Club wanted to build a portable module that would show representative scenes of the railroad in the city. By using aerial photos, Bing and Google satellite and street views, Sanborn, city, and auto maps, local historical society, university sources, roadbed searching/walking, and a bit of detective work, I was able to prepare track plan through the city and convert part of it to a module. The methods I used will benefit anyone wanting to do the same for their area and railroad of interest.
Al Westerfield Thurs, 9/26 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room A
Modeling Sugar Beet OperationsIn this clinic, we will explore what it takes to model a sugar beet processing plant. We will follow the sugar beet from the farm to the plant, through the processing operations, and rail road operational activities. The clinic will span several decades from early manual operations to modern mechanized harvesting . Several HO scale layout models of sugar beet processing plant operations as well as beet dumps will be presented. Also, specific information of how to model scale sugar beets and examples of the loading, unloading, and transport of beets within the plant will be presented.
Richard Wehr Thurs, 9/26 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room B
Modeling Sugar Beet OperationsIn this clinic, we will explore what it takes to model a sugar beet processing plant. We will follow the sugar beet from the farm to the plant, through the processing operations, and rail road operational activities. The clinic will span several decades from early manual operations to modern mechanized harvesting . Several HO scale layout models of sugar beet processing plant operations as well as beet dumps will be presented. Also, specific information of how to model scale sugar beets and examples of the loading, unloading, and transport of beets within the plant will be presented.
Richard Wehr Sat, 9/28 10:30am - 11:30am Room B
Take the Fear(s) Out of Layout Animation/AutomationFor too long, there have been multiple fears associated with animating and/or automating a layout—namely, fear of the “technology” needed as well as fear of the investment required for this endeavor. This clinic will attempt to dispel these fears through exploring the use of both high and low technology opportunities to not only add a “WOW” factor (Flying UFO, Flying Helicopter, Thunder and Lightning, Talking Trains, etc....) to your layout, but also to do so in a very cost-effective manner. This clinic will complement the “Arduino Basics” clinic showing has this very inexpensive and easy to learn tool can be used. Where appropriate, source code as well as a bill of materials will be provided to assist the modeler in implementing solutions on their personal and/or club layout.
Richard Fillman, Mel Malusz, and Bob Lorenzo Sat, 9/28 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room A
Geodesic SceneryThis is the first of a two-part clinic. In this installment, Don Vest and Richard Petrina will demonstrate using the Bragdon Enterprises products to build realistic mountain and hilly terrain. Don will use common window screen in conjunction with the Bragdon foam products to create a flexible base to support rock casting. He will also demonstrate the processes to create the rock castings using molds and the casting resin and foam products. The results of the processes produce very realistic, easy and economical scenery.
Don Vest & Richard Patrina Sat, 9/28 2:15pm - 3:15pm Arroyo
Painting Geodesic SceneryThis is the second installment of a two-part clinic. In this installment, Richard Petrina and Don Vest will demonstrate how to use traditional scenery products to paint and landscape realistic mountain and hilly terrain. Richard will use products like common house paint, plaster, sand, gravel, and ground foam products to make the castings created in the first installment of the series come to life as interesting model railroad scenery.
Don Vest & Richard Patrina Sat, 9/28 3:30pm - 4:30pm Arroyo
Getting Started with ArduinoThis clinic is designed for those who are interested to learn how an Arduino might be useful on their layout and what they would need to get started. It will include a real time demonstration of building a circuit and programming the included Arduino to do something useful.
Robert Wilkinson Thurs, 9/26 2:15pm - 3:15pm Arroyo
Tuning Cars for Trouble Free OperationAn expensive car model off the shelf or a “Blue Box” Athearn from a swap meet table most likely needs to be prepared for trouble free operation. It is frustrating to the owner and others when a car comes off the track or otherwise doesn’t perform well. This clinic will discuss and demonstrate what can and should be done to help ensure a cars performance.
Mike Allee Fri, 9/27 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room B
Creative Structure KitbashingThe author of the Kalmbach book, "How to Kitbash Structures," will discuss when to kitbash structures: e.g., to save time when insufficient data exist to allow accurate scratchbuilding. He will also show examples of when scratchbuilding or even when using a stock kit is a better approach.
Tony Koester Fri, 9/27 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room B
Arizona Railroad Historical Society Experience with LCCThis clinic will focus on the experience of the Arizona Railroad Historical Society building a new layout incorporating LCC. At the time of this writing, a preliminary system design is complete, and components have been ordered. As you are reading this, experience continues to accrue and by the time of the convention we should have block detection, turnouts, and a few signals controlled using LCC. This will be a practical discussion on how to design the system, install the components, configure the software, and any quirks we have discovered. It will focus on RR CirKits components since that is the system the ARHS is installing and will discuss how LCC has performed in this club application. There will be a practical demonstration of block detection and turnout operation from hook-up to configuring to operation.
Jesse Poole Fri, 9/27 8:00am - 9:00am Room B
Painting FiguresNo model railroad is complete without people--lots of them. City streets, stores, and train stations are just a few places where people bring life to a scene, That being said, do you purchase already pre-painted people or buy plain white molded people from Preiser? When this subject first came up, my husband jumped at the chance to have me paint people. He purchased me 18 boxes of Preiser figures. Well, while there is a long way to go to finish all these “plastic people”, I thought that I would share the techniques that I have learned from other modelers and plain old experience.
Phyllis Baker Thurs, 9/26 9:15am - 10:15am Arroyo $5.00
Creating RR Operations “Jobs”This clinic: 1) discusses the “Three Essentials” of model RR operations; 2) describes the different approaches to dividing up the work during an op session; 3) talks about the pros and cons of each; 4) describes the particular benefits of the “Jobs” method, especially for beginners; and discusses how to implement jobs on a model RR.
W. David Doiron Thurs, 9/26 8:00am - 9:00am Arroyo
Logging Prototypes to ModelsIf you model logging, most items were built from scratch with available materials – logs. This clinic looks at ways of building the basic tools of the logging craft from the early 19th century. It describes how logs are harvested and brought to the mill to be made into lumber, shows the kits available, describes how to integrate the various pieces into the scene you want on your layout. Handouts will be provided.
Don Stewart Thurs, 9/26 10:30am - 11:30am Room B
Drawing with ExcelAlmost everyone has, at some point in time, used Microsoft Excel to populate a spreadsheet. Thick books have been written about Excel describing all aspects of spreadsheets. They might devote just a few pages briefly describing the use of “Shapes” for creating drawings that are quite different than spreadsheets. While not providing some of the powerful tools that expensive computer-aided design programs provide, Excel was used by our club to create several hundred drawings that document the electrical components and connections for our large model railroad. This clinic will include a live demonstration using a laptop computer and large screen monitor. You will see how to create drawings and some examples of a few of the drawings we have used for our layout.
Ed Stewart Fri, 9/27 9:15am - 10:15am Room B
N scale Rolling Stock Tune-upWhen you think about all of the physical forces and dynamics involved in keeping rolling stock running smoothly without uncoupling or derailments, it’s a miracle that we can run a train around a loop of track without incident. While presented by an N Scaler, the principles and tops provided apply to every scale.
Don Fowler Thurs, 9/26 1:00pm - 2:00pm Arroyo
Battery Powered Radio Controlled Model TrainsModelers are converting their DC and DCC models into Battery Powered Radio Controlled Model Train otherwise known as “Dead Rail”. I will discuss: 1) the different systems available for sound and non-sound models; 2) what kind of space is required for the electronics; and 3) lithium batteries—what’s available, how safe are they, and how to charge them. This is an interactive clinic. Audience participation is encourage.
Pete Steinmetz Fri, 9/27 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room A
Geezer ModelingHow do you build a new layout when your back is bad, your hands shake, your eyes can’t see close up, you now longer have a shop, a van, rolling stock, or money? This clinic will show you how. Moving from MMR and model manufacturer to old age can be a bit depressing, but it is possible to overcome difficulties to build a suitable layout. The clinic will show how to avoid carpentry, wiring, model building, scenery and most other jobs, while keeping reaching, bending, and costs to a minimum. How to use what you already have, how to plan without investing anything, how to budget to make the most of modeling time, and have fun doing it.
Al Westerfield Fri, 9/27 8:00am - 9:00am Room A
Airbrush BasicsEd will explain where the airbrush came from, types of brushes, paints to use, and special taping techniques.
Ed Hall Sat, 9/28 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room B
Improving Plastic Doors and WindowsGood scratch-built buildings and craftsman kits can leave you feeling flat if the plastic windows and doors look, well, plastic. So here are a few ideas and techniques that can improve those otherwise plastic looking doors and windows and make them look more like wood. Tips include: preparing the plastic, base painting, installing “glass”, and adding variety.
Jeff Hermann Sat, 9/28 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room A
A Kit is Nothing But a Box of PartsWe often hear that a kit is too difficult to build, or I want to build a building but I cannot find a kit. My answer is collect bits and pieces, think outside of the box, and have a well-organized work area. Open your mind, get creative, don´t be afraid of making mistakes, and get out of that chair and build. My secret is build, build, build, and have fun. I hope to give you a few ideas that can help you enjoy scratch-building the way that I do.
Dave Irick Sat, 9/28 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room A
Perishable Operations in the 1950sThis 60 minute (or longer) presentation looks at refrigerator cars for produce, fruit, meat and other similar materials, the supporting operations (icing, cleanout, repair, storage buildings and warehouses, brokers and customers), the paperwork involved, the application of all of this for more realistic railroad operations on model railroads, and examples of what people are doing on their railroad layouts involving all of these topics.
Rich Mahaney Fri, 9/27 10:30am - 11:30am Room A
Fred Harvey Company and the Harvey GirlsI hope to share with everyone my passion and collections of over 20 years of the Harvey Company and the Harvey Girls. I will be presenting information on Fred Harvey´s life, the founding of the "Fred Harvey Company", and its operation for over 50 years, and of course the "Harvey Girls". We will be looking and photos, postcards, books, menus, and other historical information that I have collected.
Linda Irick Thurs, 9/26 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room B
The Peavine LineThis clinic will discuss the ATSF 3rd District/BNSF Phoenix Sub., better known as the Peavine. A brief history of railroading in the Prescott area, focusing on the ill-fated Prescott and Arizona Central will be presented first, followed by an early history of the current Peavine and the type of trains that commonly used the line, from the produce trains of yesteryear to the mile-long intermodal trains currently on the rails. Finally, a station-by-station tour of the Peavine starting in downtown Phoenix and ending at Williams Junction will explore the most scenic areas of the line, the towns that have sprouted up and the countless line changes that challenged the railroad since the early days.
Casey Burg Sat, 9/28 10:30am - 11:30am Room A
Hands on Making Plastic Flat Car Decks Look Like WoodIn this hands-on clinic, participants will be able to make and take home their own flat car that they have weathered using paint, washes, Brandon Powers, and Pan Pastels. Flat cars and weathering supplies and applicators will be provided and available for use in the clinic. In this clinic, you will learn one method of making plastic flat car decks look like weathered wood. If you always wanted to try this new method of weathering, here is your opportunity to try and test out the method and no out of pocket cost. Participants will be able to take home their flat cars they worked on.
James Keena Fri, 9/27 3:30pm - 4:30pm Arroyo
NMRA Achievement Program Basics and WorkshopThis Extended Clinic will cover the NMRA Achievement Program from Basics through Advanced. A presentation covering Contest Judging and AP Model evaluation methods and techniques will follow for those interested in becoming an evaluator or those wanting to learn more about the evaluation process to improve their modeling AP scores. The final session will be an open, informal workshop for anyone having questions about the program, needing help with their AP paperwork, questions about the AP category requirements, or any other AP related help.
Gary Butts, MMR, Carl Heimberger, James Keena, and Bruce Petrarca, MMR Thurs, 9/26 7:00pm - 9:15pm Madera
Weathering with Mixed MediaPete will give a demonstration of weathering with Pan Pastels, products from Ammo of Mig, washes, colored pencils, and markers. We will discuss different techniques and show how easy it is to create effective weathered models. This clinic will be projected so everyone in the room can see.
Pete Steinmetz Fri, 9/27 4:45pm - 5:45pm Arroyo
The Lincoln Train is Coming! Abraham Lincoln´s 1865 Funeral TrainIn 1864 the US Military Railroad System constructed an opulent 16-wheel private car, "The United States," for President Lincoln. Strangely it was used officially only for the Twenty-day funeral trip from Washington DC to Springfield, IL with eleven elaborate open coffin funeral stops. This clinic describes the ten years of historical research and special urethane casting techniques used to build a museum quality exhibit. The trucks alone for the car have 725 scratchbuilt parts in 1" scale. A locomotive built in 1" scale, the “Nashville” complete with bunting and pictures of Lincoln, was used for only a small part of the trip. Finally, the elaborate hearse from Springfield, IL including a full six-horse hitch completes the model. The model is on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL. The clinic involves historical research and model making techniques in making the Lincoln Train. A live casting demonstration will be done, if possible.
Wayne Wesolowski Thurs, 9/26 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room A
Railroad Flagging - Communication
  • Flagging - what is meant by flags and where do you find them.
  • On the Train: Engine: class lights and flags; Marker Lights; Blue Signal protection.
  • Along the tracks: Speed signs; MOW flags.
  • More on Blue Signal protection: On the train; At the shop; In the yard.
  • Hard copies: General Orders; Rule Books; Bulletins ; Track Warrants; Track Bulletins.
  • Radio Communication.
  • John Lovely Thurs, 9/26 7:00pm - 8:00pm Arroyo
    30 Years of ModulesThis presentation is done in PowerPoint and is 23 slides long; lasting about 50 minutes. The opening slide is a photo of Vance Junction, a past module built in Payson, Arizona. I begin with my own background in the hobby and briefly cover my own model railroading experience from 1963 to date. I talk about various scales and the pros & cons of modules in each. That flows into Home vs Club layouts. Then why so many clubs chose to build modules, I get into a short talk about the Mudhens, our narrow-gauge club. Then a more detailed discussion of what a module is and how they are designed to fit together. In design and methods of operation, I get into the history of the Mudhens over the last 30 years I’ve been with the club and the lessons learned. If time is short, I end after that with a brief Q&A session. If there’s a lot more time, I open a short slide show of club photos taken at conventions. If there are more questions than time allows, I will set aside time after the clinic for a more detailed discussion at our layout, which will be at the convention.
    Steve Hollenbach Thurs, 9/26 8:15pm - 9:15pm Room A
    Slow Orders: Dangerous Track AheadBased on our well-received article in Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine (Dec 2012), this clinic was prompted by a clinic Linda attended at the NMRA national convention in Anaheim. This clinic will look at preparation for future catastrophes (death, fire, flood, etc.). What you do now may impact you or your family for decades. Model railroaders and their families need to participate in this lively discussion.
    Bruce & Linda Petrarca Thurs, 9/26 3:30pm - 9:15pm Room A
    Tank Car IndustriesA 60 minute look at industries that use tank cars to offload and load, storage tanks for low and high pressure products, loading racks, heating unloading, low pressure and high pressure tank cars and other related topics.
    Rich Mahaney Wed, 9/25 1:15pm - 2:15pm Arroyo
    Modular On30 Narrow Gauge Model RailroadingThis presentation will take you on a journey introducing you to the wonders of Modular On30 Narrow Gauge Model Railroading. Mr. Spady will cover many aspects of the On30 world including designing a module, developing a modular concept and theme, and constructing a module and modular layout. A portion of the presentation will focus on creating realistic model railroad environments through integration of people, structures, landscaping, site detailing, signs, weathering, and water elements through examples of his Pudding River Lumber Company modular layout.
    Kevin Spady Fri, 9/27 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room A
    Selecting Industries for Your Model RailroadThis 60 minute presentation is designed to help model railroaders select industries and community businesses for their model railroad through a systematic approach and by answering a series of questions, thinking about how railroads service their customers, increasing railroad traffic by thinking about the types of railroad cars that are used to service the needs of different types of industries. Examples of real facilities and model railroad examples are used to make the points.
    Rich Mahaney Sat, 9/28 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room B
    1950´s Refrigerator Car Layout Operations On Model RailroadAfter looking at and photographing refrigerator cars, icing platforms, cold storage and other buildings and operations on many layouts, this clinic presents some of the best ideas and modeling I have seen that capture the feel and operations involved with refrigerator car operations in the 1950´s
    Rich Mahaney Fri, 9/27 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room B
    Flat Car LoadsThis clinic is about Magnetic Flat Car Loads. It details how to add magnets to various types of flat car loads, and how to adapt flat cars without steel weights to accept magnetic loads. I will be showing about three dozen loads that I have made, and a huge variety of cars. This system allows loads to be placed on different cars and does not damage the car surface.
    Ed Urmstrom Sat, 9/28 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room B
    Modelling Crude Oil and Ethanol Operations and Transportation for Model RailraodersThis new presentation looks at the following topics: crude oil and ethanol products, hazardous materials, placards, loading and unloading facilities, tank cars for transporting these products, unit trains, high-hazard flammable trains, and other related information. This new 45-60 minute presentation is designed to help model railroaders who want to add these unit trains and their operations to their modern era layouts. See photos from the ND crude oil loading operations of tank cars.
    Rich Mahaney Thurs, 9/26 3:30pm - 4:30pm Arroyo
    Your Aging EyesReview of the most common conditions affecting the aging eye including steps to avoid vision problems as we advance in years.
    Jim “Doc” Shafer Fri, 9/27 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room A
    TCS Universal WiFi ThrottleJoin Dan and Stephen for an in-depth demonstration of the TCS Universal WiFi Throttle, part of the upcoming WiFi Command System. The ergonomic design and large display make operating layouts a breeze. Seamlessly switch between DCC systems and communication protocols to control any train on any layout, all with the same wireless throttle. Come see how today’s technology is being used to enhance your enjoyment of the hobby.
    Dan Mycio & Stephen Koffel Thurs, 9/26 4:45pm - 5:45pm Arroyo
    TCS Universal WiFi ThrottleJoin Dan and Stephen for an in-depth demonstration of the TCS Universal WiFi Throttle, part of the upcoming WiFi Command System. The ergonomic design and large display make operating layouts a breeze. Seamlessly switch between DCC systems and communication protocols to control any train on any layout, all with the same wireless throttle. Come see how today’s technology is being used to enhance your enjoyment of the hobby.
    Dan Mycio & Stephen Koffel Sat, 9/28 10:30am - 11:30am Arroyo
    How to Market and Grow Your Division.Gain new ideas on how to better market and promote your Division (or Region) and improve member experiences. Topics include the benefits of membership, welcoming new members, trying new ideas, monitoring reports, doing more with social media/online presence, proper communication, working with local media, proper booth management, and overcoming special circumstances such as geography.
    Christina Zambri Sat, 9/28 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room B
    Using Basic Social Media for Your Region/Division.Help your Region and/or Division promote itself better with a social media presence. Topics include a general overview of social media platforms, the benefits of social media, how to get started on social media (mainly Facebook), highlights of the best Facebook tools and how to use them, and examples of ideal content for posting. Feel free to bring your laptops, tablets or smartphones to access Facebook and follow along as I speak.
    Christina Zambri Sat, 9/28 4:45pm - 5:45pm Arroyo
    TCS WOW SoundJoin us and learn about what separates TCS WOWSound decoders from the competition. By harnessing several minutes of CD-quality sound, you can hear and feel the difference, creating an unrivaled immersion experience. TCS has been dedicated to the continuous improvement of our products, such as our industry-leading BEMF and Audio Assist®. Come see what we have planned for the future!
    Dan Mycio & Stephen Koffel Sat, 9/28 4:45pm - 5:45pm Room A