Thompson, Mat


Mat Thompson grew up in Oregon. He now lives in Gainesville, Va. His HO scale Oregon Coast Railroad was featured in Great Model Railroads 2014. With a nearly finished layout, his present hobby efforts go into hosting and attending operating sessions.

Clinics Presented:

Building the Oregon Coast Railroad in Virginia


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.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood

Configuring Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders


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.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Saint Helens
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood