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Sunday, August 23, 2015

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All day
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Halsey Inside Activity

The Registration Desk is where you can pick up your pre-registration package or register in person if you have not pre-registered. Pre-registered convention participants pickup your packet at the desk in the ballroom lobby on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday is for pre-registration ONLY, and Registration is closed from Noon – 12:30 p.m.

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Hawthorne Inside Activity

"The Company Store is where you can buy your convention shirts, cars, pins, patches, transit passes, etc. Closed for posted meal breaks. If you have pre-ordered merchandise, you will receive a voucher for those items in your registration packet, whcih you can present at the Company Store for pickup."

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Morrison Inside Activity

The Convention Office as well as the Lost-and-Found and "Ask-me Desk. Closed for posted meal breaks."

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity
The general function of the Transportation Desk is to organize the tour groups and get them loaded onto their buses in a timely manner. They also are there to answer questions or refer the questioner to someone who can answer when the volunteer doesn’t know the answer.
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity

Items to be sold may be dropped off in the Auction room. Full details are available on the Auction page.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic will take participants through a variety of modeling projects that can be enhanced through digital photography - from creating photo backdrops, signage, structures, and several structure enhancements, etc. Some photography tips will also be discussed.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

The 2017 NMRA convention is just two short years away. Although Mickey is in our backyard, our convention promises
to bring so much more - more clinics, more layout tours, prototype railroads unique to Florida, non-rail activities
galore and a great time to be had by all. Come hear about the exciting activities we have planned for you.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

The use of silicone molds and urethane plastic to cast parts can be a boon to your hobby enjoyment. In many cases, when you have a need for duplicate parts, urethane castings will save you hours of effort. Clinician Jeff Johnston explains and demonstrates the step-by-step process in a fun and easy to understand manner.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic is an in depth extension of the concepts shared in Part 1. Participants will be taken step by step through the use of software to stitch and edit photos for the creation of photo backdrops, photo structures, signage, structure enhancements, and many more photo projects.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

An informal meet-and-greet session where you can hobnob with current NMRA officials.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

As a public company, the SP issued annual reports to its shareholders that are readily available today. These reports are very useful to modelers in that they contain information about RR operations, locomotives and rolling stock, facilities, paint schemes and various business dealings.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood Clinic

The essentials to consider when planning to add Signals or other Automation to your Layout. Includes information on the various kinds of signaling used by the prototype railroads, signal types, and manufacturers. Includes information from the LDSIG panel discussion; "Planning for Signals" presented at the 2009-2011 NMRA Conventions. Introducing The NMRA LCC bus for Signals and Automation.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Three Sisters Clinic

This clinic presents one solution to controlling a large amount of turnouts and crossovers using mounted servos. The servos are controlled using pushbuttons located on fascia mounted panels. The electronics needed to drive the servos and to provide led lighted track routing on the panels will be clearly explained and demonstrated. There will be a step by step procedure that shows how to map the turnouts from a sample branch line track plan to the panel push button controls and to all the electronics and logic needed for successful operation.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler Clinic

Mike O'Connell of Chooch Enterprises will demonstrate, decorate and show all the tricks on how to use Chooch's new flexible stone walls, painting and weathering along the way. He will also show you how to use the new Chooch Coal Textures to make any coal load in any size and in any scale. He will show you how to paint and weather the new Chooch Cribbing Walls using the new Chooch/Americana acrylic paints for washes and overall color textures. Mike will also discuss the upcoming full line of flexible surface details, such as brick roads, timber and rock wall tunnel liners. Each attendee will receive a free Chooch wall sample.

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Alaska Inside Activity

This room is dedicated to the use of registered companions of the model railroaders attending this convention. It is a room in which to relax and socialize. There are puzzles, games, cards and books in this room. Come by and meet your friends and make new friends. Check out the bulletin board to see if there are any messages for you, any changes to the schedule, or special notices.

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Broadway Inside Activity

Our SIG Coordinator has assembled a record number of participating Special Interest Groups. Further details can be found on the SIG page Closed at posted meal times."

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Holladay Inside Activity

Our SIG Coordinator has assembled a record number of participating Special Interest Groups. Further details can be found on the SIG page Closed at posted meal times."

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

The clinic describes the design process for a basement-filling dream layout focused on the prototype Cascade Line of the Southern Pacific. Occupying 2400 sqft of basement, it features of the route from Eugene to Cascade Summit and Crescent Lake. The design process will be described, including trade-offs and challenges, followed by construction and initial operations

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

Jeff and Pam Johnston model the Sugar Pine Lumber Co. / Minarets & Western Rwy. circa September 1927. In this clinic Jeff presents a look at what it takes to be a prototype modeler of a relatively obscure company. Historic photo and blueprint research, location visits, use of existing models, plus kitbashing and scratch building are all part of the run package.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Congratulations. You managed to find your way through the registration package, survived TSA (if you flew to get here), found the hotel, and actually got a room. You have cleared the Convention Registration Desk and received you 'packet'. Now what happens? Come join with other 'first timers' to meet bond with others in your predicament and get some practical guidance on how to survive the next week and get what you hope to get out of the convention experience. There will be some hints and tips about scheduling you convention time, working in the meals, and figuring out how to get some sleep in places other than clinics. This gathering will also introduce you to a few people you may need to find throughout the week and provide you some points of contact for convention assistance.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

This clinic will take you behind the scene of the world's largest model railroad, Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. You will see how they develop the scenes, structures, and figures for the layout; how they control the layout; how they keep the water clear and prevent a flood; how they control the scale model ships; how they maintain and control the hundreds of vehicles; how they control the aircraft; where they go after takeoff; and what's coming next.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

LEDs have become popular in model railroading because they offer a bright, heat-free light source that should never burn out. Surface mount LEDs are tiny LEDs that can fit almost anywhere you need a light. But, how do you handle them, and how are you supposed to solder wires to them? Barry will show his techniques for working with and installing surface mount LEDs.

5:30 PM to 10:00 PM Washington MWTM Session

Jim Gore, MMR will take you on an amazing journey into Cardstock and Paper buildings. This hands-on session is all about building structures from paper which has been printed to look like a building. This session will cover the construction of a basic cardstock kit. He will cover printing, cardstock selection, and tools and techniques and some detailing and weathering ideas for cardstock in general. You will be amazed at how real these card stock buildings look. And yes, we will build a structure - “The Silver City Nevada Mine Shed” from Clever Models.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Holladay Park Inside Activity

Join us for an informal get together in a nice little park across the street from the DoubleTree convention hotel. We’ve rented the park for a couple hours and will provide Haagen-Dazs ice cream for you to enjoy while you catch up with old friends and meet new friends. The Host Committee hopes you will join us for this fun event and kick off to our convention.

Cost: $5.00

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Holladay Inside Activity

Begin your convention on the right foot by getting to know other convention attendees that are especially interested in layout design. The Meet 'N Greet takes place in the SIG Room. Hear informal LDSIG-member introductions, and presentations about individual layout design and construction status. Get the latest updates on tours, make yourself known, exchange ideas, and enjoy meeting new friends. meet published authors and respected contributors to various publications and internet lists. Shirts for those attending the LDSIG Layout Tour on Wednesday will be distributed; exchange your ticket for your shirt. You can make and review carpooling arrangements for Wednesday's Layout Tour.