Hamilton, Jack MMR


Clinics Presented:

Clinics that work at public events


We go to train shows to run trains and to have fun. Our visitors come to see the trains run and, if the opportunity presents itself, to learn something about model railroading as a hobby. How to impart that awareness in the short time window available has always been a problem. Jack is going to take you through three 'Make-and-take clinics' that lend themselves to public events, are inexpensive, have low manpower requirements, and turn out to be big draws for the visitors. Two of the clinics have been featured with good success at various PNR events while the third is imported from 'down under'. You will see what you need to put on the clinic, learn how it works, see the actual clinic set up, and leave with the list of materials and procedures so you can make of go of it at your next event. Learning how to prepare for and actually hold a public event clinic is critical to our NMRA recruiting effort and the continued success of the hobby.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Three Sisters
Tuesday, Aug 25 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters

Meet the Leaders

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

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood

This is your first NMRA national convention


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

What's in my toolbox


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