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The European N scale convention

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For the past several years the organization 'N Club International' has held a European N scale convention in Stuttgart, Germany, in conjunction with the trade show 'Modell Bau Sud'. Clubs from as many as nine countries set up their modules in a huge interconnected layout. This clinic will provide an overview of the skill and variety displayed by the clubs from across Europe including: Austria, England, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sellwood

The first two years of the HO scale St. Louis division

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Stephen M. Priest, MMR and editor of Railroad Model Craftsman will be speaking about the first two years of the HO Scale St Louis Division. This railroad is 3400 square feet and is about 1/3 complete. It features the Santa Fe Railway in 1978. The route is fictitious although the Santa Fe did repeatedly try to acquire and or build a line from Chicago through St Louis to Kansas City. We are building the railroad as if one of these attempts early last century had panned out. The railroad features state of the art benchwork, wiring and hand laid trackwork from Fasttracks. It also features innovative lighting with 100% LED use for all illumination both in structures and in rolling stock. Electronics planning will include DMX lighting and sound allowing time of day and night to be computer controlled. DMX can also create such effects as thunderstorms that roll across the layout from end to end featuring lightning and thunder. The railroad is being built by a group of 15 modelers in the Kansas City area under the direction and design of Stephen M. Priest, MMR. Join us for a look at a new railroad for a new century.

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Day Time Room Changes
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens New

The Northwestern Pacific - Challenges and rewards of modeling a prototype railroad

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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.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

The SP&S 700 and the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association

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An overview of the SP&S 700 history, the role of the PRPA, it's relationship with the city of Portland, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and the local community. The operation and care of the locomotive (including supporting equipment) as well as its operations over the past years since restoration will be covered.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Three Sisters
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Bachelor

The Spruce Production Division

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In 1918, the US Army embarked on a project to secure aircraft grade spruce for the production of military aircraft. This clinic focuses on one of the Division's more ambitious projects, the construction of 39 miles of mainline railroad, 70 miles of logging spurs and two sawmills in Clallam County, west of Port Angeles, Washington.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood

The State Belt railroad

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Begining with a couple crooks in the 1860's (Crooks in San Francisco? Say it isn't so) the clinic tells the history of the railroad that ran along San Francisco's Embarcadero from AT&T Park to Fisherman's Wharf and the Presidio. From 1892 to 1992, the State Belt serviced the piers and industries all along the waterfront. It only existed to switch cars and spent a part of the 1920s and 1930s trying to convince the Supreme Court of the United States that it wasn't a railroad at all. The quintessential switching road in a historic location.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler

The USMRR Aquia Line: Modeling a Civil War Railroad

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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.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler

The Willamette locomotive

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From 1922 until 1929, the Willamette Iron and Steel Company of Portland, Oregon built a series of 33 geared locomotives in direct competition with the Shay. This clinic tells the history of the Willamette and its evolution through its production history.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood

Thinking outside the box: Designing the B&O Chicago Terminal RR

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How do you model an urban railroad that served 500 industries with 60 switch crews a day in a 500 square foot space? This clinic includes the process of compressing elements of the 1956 prototype, the creative solutions to maximizing the available space for the HO-scale design and a look at the prototype research. You may find out that you have more room for your railroad than you think.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Bachelor

This is your first NMRA national convention

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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.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Monday, Aug 24 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood

Time saving fleet weathering

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This clinic will focus on realistic weathering for those you can't or don't have the time to spend many hours per car when it comes to weathering a freight car fleet. I will be showing time-saving techniques for achieving good looking, realistic results using a variety of mediums. Some highlights to include weathering an entire 18-car, HO scale unit coal train in a handful of hours. Paint fading without an airbrush. Underbody weathering and many other miscellaneous time-saving tips.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three Sisters
Thursday, Aug 27 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters

Train Dispatching Elements

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Train Dispatching (the issuance and modification of authority to occupy main track) is a critical piece of railroad operation. How can you apply this to your layout as a modeling element? We introduce and discuss essence of basic systems, clarify several misconceptions, and explain application to variety of layout types.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

Train Dispatching Elements - extended

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Rick provides more information regarding Train Dispatching building on his Monday evening presentation. He will also expand on topics where there were questions in his previous (Monday) presentation.

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Day Time Room Changes
Tuesday, Aug 25 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor New

Truck to rail pulpwood transfer yard

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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.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

TTX - An unnoticed giant

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Trailer Train was formed in 1955 by Pennsylvania Railroad and Norfolk and Western Railway to provide a pool of flat cars for the emerging Trailer on Flat Car (TOFC) business. By 1960 Trailer Train was operating autoracks, later also containers. Renamed TTX in 1991, the company is today operating more than 200,000 cars, one of the largest fleets in North America.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Update on the Nickel Plate

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Model Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester recently completed a lot of scenery, including various types of farm crops, and structures for his 1954-era HO railroad in preparation for the December 2014 MR feature on his railroad and a follow-up MR Video Plus shoot. He'll discuss recent enhancements such as automated interchanges with 'foreign' railroads, automated 'Interlocking in a Box,' more realistic but easy-to-use waybills, timetable and train-order operations, digital-photo backdrops, and weathering with PanPastels.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Using Sanborn maps and aerial photos for layout design

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Layout design based on research from Sanborn Insurance maps, aerial photos, railroad maps, and USGS topographic maps. Some examples that I used on my model railroad as well as some areas close to the convention will be presented. Sources for your own use and exploration will be provided. A great way to study the prototype for design and operation.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Weidler

Using SketchUp and rapid prototyping

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How to use the free 3D drawing program SketchUp to make drawings and get the parts 'printed' using rapid prototyping technology.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at
yosemitevalleyrr.com/clinics

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens

Using your digital camera to enhance your modeling (Part 1)

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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.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Using your digital camera to enhance your modeling (Part 2)

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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.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Utah Colorado Western update

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Introduction and tour of the UCW. Views of recent changes to the layout including new dispatcher and agent office, moving and construction of a new active staging area (aka. The Mole) and changes to the layout. How the agent uses Flex-Bill to generate switch lists, wheel reports, and manage customer waybills. Staging trains using barcodes generated in Flex-Bill.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three Sisters
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood

Weathering freight cars

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This is a hands on make and take clinic where James will demonstrate various techniques for weathering freight cars. Various weathering supplies will be available for use during the clinic. Each participate will be provided a freight car to weather themselves. Clinic will cover the use of paints and their applications as washes, stippling and dry brushing. Includes the use of alcohol and India ink washes and wet and dry application of weathering powders

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler

Westside Lumber Company adventures - 1960-1963

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My friends and I made several trips to the Westside Lumber Company before and after the mill closed. Finally we built our own powered railcar and travelled the entire length of the line from Tuolumne to Camp 45 and Camp 40. We took over 1000 photos.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

What's happening at the resurrected Railroad Model Craftsman

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When RMC was forced to close their doors, Stephen Priest took over and brought it back to life. Check out what's happening at this hobby magazine icon.

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What's in my toolbox

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Every modeler starts with a few basic tools and gradually grows a 'tool box' of items that work for them and make the quality of their modeling better. Along the way, they may find unique uses for items commonly found around the house but seldom in the workshop. They also have the pleasure of spending money on those 'perfect' tools that turn out to be a flop. Jack, a self-confessed tool junkie, will go through his very unique collection of tools that he has accumulated over 50 years of modeling. You may be intrigued by some of the unusual finds, his sources, and his advice on some tools that are just not worth it. As an added incentive, this clinic has door prizes for a lucky few.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

What's new at Model Railroader magazine?

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Behind-the-scenes look at Model Railroader's yearly project layouts plus new products available from Model Railroader, concluding with a Q&A session.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood

You thought prototype research might be fun

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Researching the prototype railroads can enhance our modeling in many ways. We will explore and review many available
resources, their significance to the industry, and usefulness to our hobby activities. Examples from personal research into
the history of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway will be included.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sellwood

Your host club: The Columbia Gorge

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The Columbia Gorge Model RR Club, Inc. is 68 years old this year. It is somewhat unique in the fact that it owns its own building and layout. The Club is also your Host Group for this convention (and was the Host Group for the successful 1994 NMRA National Convention). This clinic will cover the history of the club and its movement from rented space to our first building and finally to our current building and layout.

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