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Update on the Nickel Plate

Clinician: 

Model Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester recently completed a lot of scenery, including various types of farm crops, and structures for his 1954-era HO railroad in preparation for the December 2014 MR feature on his railroad and a follow-up MR Video Plus shoot. He'll discuss recent enhancements such as automated interchanges with 'foreign' railroads, automated 'Interlocking in a Box,' more realistic but easy-to-use waybills, timetable and train-order operations, digital-photo backdrops, and weathering with PanPastels.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Train Dispatching Elements

Clinician: 

Train Dispatching (the issuance and modification of authority to occupy main track) is a critical piece of railroad operation. How can you apply this to your layout as a modeling element? We introduce and discuss essence of basic systems, clarify several misconceptions, and explain application to variety of layout types.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

Small Layout Design - Beyond the Timesaver

Clinician: 

Over the years, many small layouts have been designed to focus on maddening puzzles and tricks. But these can rapidly become boring and repetitive. However, operation on small layouts can be challenging, fun, and prototype-inspired. The key is taking care to include layout design "best practices" even in small layout design. Join a custom layout designer for new ideas in small spaces.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Weidler
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Hood

LDSIG boot camp

An intensive 4-hour session on track planning sponsored by the Layout Design SIG. Discover how to refine vision, concept and purpose; select layout footprints and schematics; draw accurate and useful plans; create efficient and engaging yards and industrial areas; make best use of staging tracks; maintain space for people; and avoid common track planning errors.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

SP's Cascade crossing in HO scale: Design, construction, and initial operation of a dream

Clinician: 

The clinic describes the design process for a basement-filling dream layout focused on the prototype Cascade Line of the Southern Pacific. Occupying 2400 sqft of basement, it features of the route from Eugene to Cascade Summit and Crescent Lake. The design process will be described, including trade-offs and challenges, followed by construction and initial operations

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor

Passenger terminals and servicing facilities: Prototype examples

Clinician: 

This clinic supplements my Layout Design clinic, focusing on the wide variety of facilities needed to service passenger trains at terminals, illustrated with track diagrams and slides of coach yards, Pullman buildings, commissaries, car washers, and mail and express buildings. Switching of terminals is described. A handout includes specifications for servicing platforms and utilities such as compressed air, steam, water, and electricity.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood

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

Clinician: 

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

Operations with Virtual railroading

Clinician: 

In this clinic we will explore the world of Virtual Railroading on the computer to enhance your model railroading experience. Many of the skills and requirements of the NMRA Chief Dispatcher AP can be accomplished on railroad simulators including practicing operational methods, study of prototype routes, building time tables and track schematics. We will focus on each of these subjects as they relate to model railroading with live demonstration and open discussion.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sellwood
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Weidler

Layout design for signaling

Clinician: 

The use of signals will enhance any layout. This clinic will discuss how signals can be used on a layout, from what signals do to where they are placed, and how they interact with segments of the layout.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sellwood
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

CATS: A CTC panel that grows

Clinician: 

This clinic is an introduction to the Computer Automated Traffic System (CATS). CATS is open source software built upon JMRI for creating and operating a modern looking CTC panel. The clinic will open with creating a CTC panel for John Armstrong's "minimum-size loop-to-loop" layout, and operated as a magnet board. It will progress to demonstrating how to add occupancy detection, turnout feedback, turnout control, and signal control, in a simulation mode. The clinic will demonstrate other features built into CATS, including train tracking, session recording, train status display, crew management, and rapid CTC panel development for module groups. For a preview, see the August 2010 NMRA Magazine or http://home.comcast.net/~kb0oys.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Weidler
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sellwood

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