Thompson, Tony


A long-time SP modeler in HO and a California native, Tony Thompson is interested in SP history, and has published both magazine articles and books on this subject. He wrote the modeling column in the SP Historical and Technical Society's magazine, Trainline, for 25 years, and served five years as the Society's President. He is retired from a career in university teaching and research, as a materials scientist interested in mechanical properties of materials.

Clinics Presented:

Building a realistic bulk oil dealership


Bulk oil dealerships in the prototype vary widely, and there may seem to be no two alike, but in fact there are a
number of features in common, which may be arranged in various ways. A number of prototype examples are
presented in the clinic, along with a detailed look at constructing an HO scale model incorporating the common
features of prototype facilities.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Pacific Fruit Express operations


Understanding PFE involves far more than its refrigerator cars. The way the company did business, the ways it managed its many facilities, including shops and ice plants, and the ways refrigerator cars were built, serviced, repaired and operated, all form a complex and interesting story. Both for the historian and for the modeler, this presentation provides a detailed and inclusive view of these matters, along with some car fleet information.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens