Ferenc, Jim


Jim Ferenc lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and has two adult children. He has modeled the Colorado and Southern Ry. Northern Division (standard gauge) in HO scale since 1991. He and a group of operation-minded friends first brought the C&S to life in 2000, and operate monthly. Jim is also the owner of Boulder Creek Engineering a small company creating animation products for model railroads, including talking defect detectors, speedometers, track scales, and more.

Clinics Presented:

Modeling & Operating with Track Scales


Every division yard and many large industries weigh freight with track scales. Based on 15 years operating experience on my HO Scale C&S Railway this clinic shows how to model railroad track scales. It includes traditional and modern scales, track arrangements, scale houses, and scale test cars. It also explains how to systematically integrate weighing into model railroad operations, including freight movements, scale certification, and car card/way bill systems.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood

Scratchbuilding an animated coal mine


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.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood