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Friday, August 28, 2015

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All day
8:00 AM 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.

8:00 AM to 5:30 PM 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.
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Multnomah Inside Activity

Please refer to the main Contests Page for more details.

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Expo Center Inside Activity

You will want to try to get to the show during this special period reserved for convention registrants only. It is your unique chance to talk directly with the manufacturers and others to see things up close that isn't always possible once the general public is admitted. Your convention registration badge is required for admission during this period and at all other times, so don't forget to bring it with you.

Please refer to the main National Train Show Page for more details.

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Diane Crawford offers her skills with quilt binding done easily enough that you go home with a pot holder in your choice of fabric. This is a free make-and-take.

9:30 AM to 10:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus - the perfect name - based on the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers (blanketeers) to help comfort children in need.

Our chapter is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization and shares the same two-fold mission as all other Project Linus chapters of the National Organization - through service in our community, provide comfort to children:

First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

Jodene Cook, the Portland/Vancouver Chapter Coordinator, will give us a brief talk at the "Welcome to the Non-Rails" on what happens with the donations of quilts from organizations or individuals wanting to help. The rest of the week the Oregon room is open to anyone wishing to help make quilts. If you know how to cut a piece of fabric, we can use your help! All the materials are supplied including the sewing machines! There will be people there to guide you. Let's see how many we can create before the end of the week!

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Maria will share examples of her rebound books, current home restoration works in progress and simple tools.

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Expo Center Inside Activity

After noon, the show is open to the public with an admission. Convention registrants are admitted with their convention registration badge.

Please refer to the main National Train Show Page for more details.

12:00 PM to 4:00 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."

12:00 PM 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."

1:00 PM to 4:00 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."

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity

The successful sellers are paid. Full details are available on the Auction page.

1:00 PM 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.

1:00 PM to 4:00 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."

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

How the real railroads use visual communications past and present. Add these to your model operations to have more fun.

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

A video of the Cumberland West railroad layout. It is structured as a 1953 style railroad promotional using the layout as if it were real.

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

The history of the CB&Q's Pioneer Zephyr, one of the first diesel streamliners. Learn how Ralph Budd conceived of an all-stainless steel, diesel-powered, streamlined passenger train, designed from the start to be the 'last word' in rail passenger travel.... the Zephyr. We'll begin with the early planning in the 1930's, follow the train through it's long history on various routes, and conclude with the train's permanent home in the refurbished Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Diane Forbes will show us how to use mod podge to create lovely ornaments.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

Monarch Mine on my HO scale C&S Northern Division needed a removable tipple structure with moving hoist cables to cover its live-coal loader mechanism. This clinic shows how to scratch build a very large animated coal mine tipple, headframe, and boiler house to match prototype photos from the 1930s. Techniques include strip wood, styrene, and brass construction, and finishing with painting and weathering. Simple electronics and motors bring the model to life.

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

Pete Steinmetz and members of the Dead Rail Society will be discussing all aspects of operating trains with battery power and radio control. We are not scale specific, but will concentrate on O Scale down to N Scale. We will discuss locomotive conversions, sound or no sound, choice of equipment and components, companies that supply parts used in Dead Rail, companies that do conversions, batteries, charging, and safety concerns.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Weidler Clinic

I'll be covering scenery techniques successfully used on my own layout and others I work on. I will address backdrop/3-D scenery integration, fascia, landform design and construction, color, texture and ground cover. I model the interior west, but the information can be useful for any prototype.

2:30 PM to 3:30 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

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

Once you have an engine with a Soundtraxx Tsunami decoder, what do you do with it? This clinic will describe the Configuration Variables (CV) that control momentum and braking characteristics of Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders for both diesels and steam engines. Subjects include deciding how much momentum and braking to use, helping engineers to learn momentum and braking and how to choose settings that will work with engines that don't have Tsunami decoders. A complete configuration for movement control and sound will be presented with suggestions for change to meet particular layout situations.

Layout owners will learn how they help operators get used to brakes to include providing an 'Engine Card' so operators know the performance characteristics of the engines they are running. Another subject will be remapping throttle functions so operators do not need to look at their throttles constantly. Different programming actions for Digitrax, NCE and EasyDCC systems are explained as needed.

The clinic will conclude with an explanation of Tsunami consisting settings.

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

The history of the CB&Q's California Zephyr, one of the last great named passenger trains. Learn how three great railroads cooperated to provide fast, comfortable, family-friendly service from Chicago to Oakland and San Francisco in some of the most stylish passenger cars Budd ever manufactured. We'll begin with the early planning in the 1940's and conclude with the last scheduled trip prior to Amtrak taking over the route in 1970.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Pick your favorite colors from our huge stash of fabric and make yourself a handy quilted Mug Mat. These little mats soak up those drips that coasters just can't catch. They can be seasonal or compliment your decor! Free!

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood Clinic

Over the last decade I have been building and operating a medium sized garage layout based on the 1958-1960 Northwestern Pacific in Northern California. Several previous clinics covered the design philosophy of producing an operating, not static, representation of this prototype. This clinic extends the discussion to specific areas, largely equipment and scenic issues, where special effort was required to achieve this goal.

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

An overview of modeling narrow gauge in the "small scales" (1:148-1:160); history of Nn3; commercially available motive power, rolling stock, track and controls; track-laying techniques; modules; example models for viewing.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler Clinic

From the primitive 19th century iron horse to the thundering diesels of today, railroads have played an important part in enabling, changing, and sometimes inciting warfare. This talk is an overview of how railroads served in America's wars, and how to apply this information to design and build operating model railroads. Starting with the Crimean War in 1855 and extending to current times, the talk features prototype photos, maps and plenty of examples of world class modeling. It puts special emphasis on the US military in the American Civil War, WWI, WWII and Gulf Wars.

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

The CPR's Boundary subdivision is notable for having nearly a mile of bridges. The clinic describes how models of 8 of these bridges were researched, designed and constructed in a variety of materials from styrene to etched brass. Focus will be placed on selective compression, model design for strength, piers and abutments, painting, and designing bench work to allow easy installation many years later. A video run-by across all the bridges will end the seminar.

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

The clinic details modeling my fictional Oregon Coast Railroad to be believable as a prototype railroad.

The clinic shows how using a prototype's history as a reality check can bring life to a railroad that never was. Photos will show how water features and layers of textured scenery duplicate Oregon's forest landscape. Other topics will include building a region and era appropriate car roster and the good and bad of kits.

The layout appeared in Great Model Railroads 2014.

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

The materials and methods used to support MRR operations. Topics include Hybrid NCE/Digitrax DCC, multi-line phone system; Color Position Light signals; computer controlled interlocking towers; automated running and integrated operations paperwork.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Choose your fabric and make this useful reversible gift bag. Perfect for any occasion. This is a free make-and-take.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

This is the story of a secret O scale layout in Australia where I provided a control system to automatically run up to twenty trains at a time for the owner's enjoyment.

The owner was a private individual and all who worked on the layout were sworn to secrecy.
Since the layout was built in the late 1970's, perhaps fewer than forty guests have seen it.
The late John Armstrong visited once while I was there and he remarked "Even for me, this is a bit over the top".

The owner passed away last year, hence the clinic title. Eight minutes of a recent professional video will be included.
The scope of the layout plus a very large 1/32 scale collection was most impressive.

The train collection and parts of the layout were willed to the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, QLD Australia for public display.

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

A description of the narrow gauge Pacific Coast Railway's facilities in San Luis Obispo, California, and the construction of a sectional layout in Nn3 modeling these facilities WITHOUT COMPRESSION; includes a discussion of Ultra-Light benchwork construction and hand-laying of Code 40 Nn3 track.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler Clinic

An in-depth look at the background, design, construction and lessons learned in building a model railroad layout of the US Military Railroad Aquia Line in 1863 in Virginia in O Scale.

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM TBA Inside Activity

This year's dinner will be held at the Widmer Brothers Brewery and Pub. The Dinner will start with a 'No- Host' bar cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., with a choice of Sirloin steak or Salmon, with a vegetarian option, followed by our speaker, Bruce Chubb (of Sunset Valley and C/MRI fame).
The speaker at the LDSIG dinner is Dr. Bruce Chubb, whose Sunset Valley Oregon System has been widely covered in the model railroad press. The focus of the presentation is the extensive impact that the LDSIG and OPSIG played throughout the entire development of the Sunset Valley Oregon System including prototypical research, layout planning, design, construction and operational phases. The story of this evolutionary process makes for an ideal case study of a real-life example with measurable results. The overall project is monumental with 38 crew members participating in the layout's construction and operation. The resulting layout occupies 2600 sq. feet with up to 4-decks. This evolutionary story covering its research, planning, design, construction and operation with major influential contributions provided by the LDSIG and OP-SIG membership, coupled with extensive inputs from the membership of five prototype Railroad Historical and Technical Societies, makes for a fascinating journey with lessons to be learned by any student of design for prototypical operation. Dr. Chubb rolled out his plan for the SVOS in 1994 at the last NMRA convention in Portland and we are delighted to have him present his story from other end of the journey
Tickets for this event will be limited. Car Pools can be ar-ranged through the LDSIG in the SIG Room, but the brewery is a short ride away via Portland’s MAX light rail.
(Purchase your tickets at the Convention Registration Desk) Ticket sales close at 12:00 noon, Tuesday.

Directions for using Transit to get to the dinner can be found on the Transit Page.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic describes the layout, purpose, and operation of a truck-to-rail pulpwood transfer yard operated by International Paper during the 1990s in the US Southeast. This yard was one of many such yards in operation. Structures, machinery, trucks, and special-purpose railcars will be examined, and modeling suggestions will be presented.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

Bruce will discuss the transition from a DC layout to running DCC. Emphasis will be on keeping things simple for the newbie, instead of exploring lots of exotic but rare needs. Discussion will include: system selection, wiring, locomotive selection, etc., with an eye toward the future.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

The earliest attempted crossing of the Sierras by rail terminated in this town in late 1887. By 1900 two large saw mills - one of which later built a connecting branchline - along with a box factory, fruit packing sheds , a foundry, and farms were all shipping products, while mines, businesses and farms were importing machinery, fuel, and supplies. From 1915-1953 traffic expanded up to two trains daily of 20-30 cars each in late summer and during WW II. Presenter illustrates with photos and maps.

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Mary Moore-Campagna will lead us in a very casual sing- a-long. Song sheets will be provided!

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

Over the past 20 years, model railroading has moved into the electronic age, with the widespread use of DCC, computer control, and signaling. Learn the basics of electronic theory, what all the different components are and what they are used for. Some of the things that will be covered are the wire size for the layout, the different formulas that you will need (how to figure out what size resister to use for dropping the voltage to the headlight), and the tools that you will need to troubleshoot your railroad.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

Many people have heard of Pan Pastels as a painting and weathering medium. Adding products from Ammo of Mig enhances and adds detail to the weathering process. Ammo of Mig is the creation of world famous military modeler Mig Jimenez. I have taken the best of his products and used them in model railroad weathering. With a little practice, the results are very realistic. No airbrush required.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Weidler Clinic

Introducing the new Canpotex 4300 cu. ft. 3-bay hopper, decorated for PDX 2015. The release of
this car is timed to coincide with the opening of the new Portland Canpotex potash facility.

Don and Dan Huberman of North American Railcar will will share with you the details of how
the Canpotex hopper is manufactured.

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic looks at issues a modeler might wish to consider when designing a layout for operations. Topics include setting an era and location, designing a car fleet, developing a train schedule, and dispatching systems.

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

For the modeler who's tried to capture fall colors on a layout but found the results less than convincing. Although the focus is on Eastern US and Canada autumn scenery, many of the techniques and materials apply to any season or region of the country. Clinic will cover the importance of a believable overall color tone, modeling fields and pasture land by effectively blending static and other grasses to avoid a "golf course" look, background trees, and foreground trees "two ways."

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens 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.

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sellwood Clinic

The use of signals will enhance any layout. This clinic will discuss how signals can be used on a layout, from what signals do to where they are placed, and how they interact with segments of the layout.

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Three Sisters Clinic

Don's photo presentation will showcase his completed 16' x 20' DC/DCC N scale model railroad depicting Southern Pacific's operations in California from 1971 to 1996. Special features include an operating scale track, drive-in theater, signals, grade crossings, talking hot box detector and night lighting. His discussion will cover design concept, construction methods, special features and lessons learned throughout the process.

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Weidler Clinic

Drink at the firehose: 60+ modeling tips in 60 minutes. Tips from the UK, but applicable world-wide, cover layout building ideas, soldering, general modeling, DCC, painting and finishing models, and ideas for when it all goes a bit stale. Take some of these tips home and try them for yourself straight after the convention.

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

The Pennsylvania Southern is a freelance layout set in 1980 in western Pennsylvania. Topics for discussion include layout philosophy, train scheduling, train operation, dispatching, and supporting paperwork.

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens 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.

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

In this clinic we will explore the world of Virtual Railroading on the computer to enhance your model railroading experience. Many of the skills and requirements of the NMRA Chief Dispatcher AP can be accomplished on railroad simulators including practicing operational methods, study of prototype routes, building time tables and track schematics. We will focus on each of these subjects as they relate to model railroading with live demonstration and open discussion.

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

This clinic will feature a brief review of resistance soldering theory followed by a practical demonstration of various soldering techniques using both pencil and tweezers type resistance soldering apparatus. We will discuss the use of solder flux, solder paste and normal wire solder. Following the demonstration we will have a "hands-on" solder session for those that would like to get some experience using the equipment.

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Weidler 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.