By Fay Chin

In this clinic, Fay will discuss Ideas and examples for layout animation. This will include building Animation models (including some 3D printed models).

He will show how to use Arduino and electronics for Animation. He will also have demonstration and hands on operating models.

It’s Time for (Analog) “Fast Time”

    By James Heidt

     Model railroaders interested in operation on their model railroad empires can expect further realism through the concept of “fast time”, or speeding up real time to allow for the illusion of traveling further distances in our limited spaces. Jim Heidt’s Ogdensburg & Norwood is modeled in 1948 - before the advent of currently used digital timepieces. In this clinic, Jim will show - by powerpoint and exhibits - the construction of good, old fashioned analog clocks set to fast time, further illuminated by LEDs to enhance night as well as daytime operations.

Two Years, Two Weeks

   By Bruce Robinson

Building a dream, how Jim Falls approached achieving his dream layout, the Stratton Valley Railroad & Transfer Company. Starting with an idea, then a track plan (actually more than one track plan), acquiring the space and finally beginning construction to complete the SV&TC. Along the way ideas had to gel, decisions made, track laid and then setting the scenery to tell the story of the SV&TC as it would have existed in southwestern Vermont in 1940 hauling granite from a quarry, chips from the chip mine and providing local freight and passenger service to the local population. Along the way a good dose of humor will be obvious as the customers who use the railroad will attest.


    By Peter Higgins

    What’s your scale? HO Scale 1:87, O scale 1:48, S Scale 1:64, N Scale 1:160, Z Scale 1:220.

    We all seem to know relatively speaking what these scales are and so unique to themselves. However when we say our scale is “G” Scale the field is wide open like 3/8”, 1:29, ½”, 1:22 (G), 1:20.3 don’t forget the point 3, 1/19 16mm, 1:13.7 (7/8”) or 1:8 1.5” or the n such as in Fn3 just to name a few. So I simply tell people it’s big enough to build it in the garden. We’ll take a look at some excellent Garden Railroads and some of the challenges it takes to make a model RR in the great outdoors.


Modeling Details Along the Right-of-Way

         By Peter Youngblood, MMR

What’s easily overlooked in the pursuit of realistic modeling are the small things, the not-so-obvious details that when added, make a noticeable difference and lend credibility to any scene even when they’re just along the right-of-way. Many of the details in this clinic are available as commercial parts in HO scale, some in N, S, or O. Others are simply scratch built. All can be added to a layout in one or two evenings.

     Mr. Youngblood is a member of the NMRA Southeast Region and also is part of “Modeling with the Masters” seen at NMRA national conventions.  We thank him for agreeing to be a special guest clinician at our convention.  His travel expenses are being sponsored by the HUB Division of the NER.

Who is Peter Youngblood, MMR?

Ten Commandments of Model Railroad Yard Design

    Craig Bisgeier

   Craig Bisgeier provides a fun and interesting guide on how to - and how not to - design your model railroad yard. The clinic includes a discussion of how prototype yards work, why prototype practices don't always work well in the model setting, and lots of advice on how to design a model yard that keeps running and won't clog up! Learn what works and what doesn't so you can intelligently evaluate you own plan - or someone else's - before cutting a single board of benchwork.