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.

Selecting Industries for Your Model Railroad  

    By Richard Mahaney

This 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.

Quick Industries for Your Model Railroad

     By Richard Mahaney

This presentation is designed give model railroaders industry ideas for their model railroad that can be assembled in several evenings (or days) of work. These industries can quickly increase railroad traffic and new customers. Examples of real facilities and model railroad examples are used to make the points. Also other details involving industries such as track work, loading docks, industry placement along the tracks and industry building concepts will be looked at. (This clinic can be considered as a continuation of the clinic Selecting Industries).

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.


How to Add a Scene to a Layout in 15 Easy Steps        By Bob Frankone

    Unless you are one of the few model railroaders that have a finished railroad, there is a good chance you have some areas on your layout that are void of any scene or scenery (plywood prairies as they are sometimes called). This clinic will demonstrate how easy it can be to create a nice looking scene, regardless of one’s skill level. Watch as Bob transforms a three-square foot plywood prairie on his layout into a complete scene in 15 easy steps. A few simple tools, one easy-to-build plastic kit, some readily available scenery products, and various odds and ends like paint and glue are all the materials he used to create the scene. Whether you are a beginner or a Master Model Railroader, you will enjoy seeing a complete scene come into existence.