Dance, Mark


Mark Dance lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his "understanding and patient" wife Christiane and their two children. He has been an N scale modeler for 36 year. The Columbia & Western and it's operations have been described in a number of articles in the hobby press including Model Railroad Planning 2012. The C&W is also scheduled to appear in Great Model Railroads 2016. Mark has a degree in mechanical engineering (robotics) and spent 20 years as a product designer/inventor and manager.

Clinics Presented:

8 bridges for the Columbia & Western


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.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

The Columbia & Western: Designed for Operation or "2500 vertical feet into a two car garage!"


This clinic describes the Columbia & Western railway designed to replicate the CP's Kootenay divisions. The layout has 7 scale miles of mainline and a two mile branch in 350 square feet. Focus will be placed on track planning, on the double mushroom design and construction, and on various other mechanical features including swing gates and an indexing table. Finally the lake barge used to move complete trains between levels will be described.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens
Saturday, Aug 29 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Bachelor