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Railroad Prototype Modelers special interest group

Weathering freight cars

Clinician: 

This is a hands on make and take clinic where James will demonstrate various techniques for weathering freight cars. Various weathering supplies will be available for use during the clinic. Each participate will be provided a freight car to weather themselves. Clinic will cover the use of paints and their applications as washes, stippling and dry brushing. Includes the use of alcohol and India ink washes and wet and dry application of weathering powders

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler

Easy to make flat car and gondola loads

Clinician: 

This is a hands on make and take clinic where James will demonstrate making flat car and gondola loads from readily available everyday items. Supplies will be provided so that each participate will be able to make and take their own lumber, pipe or railroad tie load.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Weidler

You thought prototype research might be fun

Clinician: 

Researching the prototype railroads can enhance our modeling in many ways. We will explore and review many available
resources, their significance to the industry, and usefulness to our hobby activities. Examples from personal research into
the history of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway will be included.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sellwood

TTX - An unnoticed giant

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Trailer Train was formed in 1955 by Pennsylvania Railroad and Norfolk and Western Railway to provide a pool of flat cars for the emerging Trailer on Flat Car (TOFC) business. By 1960 Trailer Train was operating autoracks, later also containers. Renamed TTX in 1991, the company is today operating more than 200,000 cars, one of the largest fleets in North America.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Pains and pleasures: Prototype modeling the Sugar Pine Lumber Company

Clinician: 

Jeff and Pam Johnston model the Sugar Pine Lumber Co. / Minarets & Western Rwy. circa September 1927. In this clinic Jeff presents a look at what it takes to be a prototype modeler of a relatively obscure company. Historic photo and blueprint research, location visits, use of existing models, plus kitbashing and scratch building are all part of the run package.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Three Sisters

The USMRR Aquia Line: Modeling a Civil War Railroad

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An in-depth look at the background, design, construction and lessons learned in building a model railroad layout of the US Military Railroad Aquia Line in 1863 in Virginia in O Scale.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler

Model Railroads go to war

Clinician: 

From the primitive 19th century iron horse to the thundering diesels of today, railroads have played an important part in enabling, changing, and sometimes inciting warfare. This talk is an overview of how railroads served in America's wars, and how to apply this information to design and build operating model railroads. Starting with the Crimean War in 1855 and extending to current times, the talk features prototype photos, maps and plenty of examples of world class modeling. It puts special emphasis on the US military in the American Civil War, WWI, WWII and Gulf Wars.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler

The State Belt railroad

Clinician: 

Begining with a couple crooks in the 1860's (Crooks in San Francisco? Say it isn't so) the clinic tells the history of the railroad that ran along San Francisco's Embarcadero from AT&T Park to Fisherman's Wharf and the Presidio. From 1892 to 1992, the State Belt serviced the piers and industries all along the waterfront. It only existed to switch cars and spent a part of the 1920s and 1930s trying to convince the Supreme Court of the United States that it wasn't a railroad at all. The quintessential switching road in a historic location.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Tuesday, Aug 25 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler

Modeling the State Belt

Clinician: 

I was interested in the State Belt as a possible prototype to model long before I wrote the book, but the research influenced the layout. What did I learn and how I applied it to the layout is the subject of the clinic. I had two goals: recreating the San Francisco waterfront and realistic operations based on WWII. I made choices both about the design and about the operations to make this idiosyncratic fit into a 12' by 12' footprint.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood

Enjoy more modeling fun with silicone molds and urethane casting

Clinician: 

The use of silicone molds and urethane plastic to cast parts can be a boon to your hobby enjoyment. In many cases, when you have a need for duplicate parts, urethane castings will save you hours of effort. Clinician Jeff Johnston explains and demonstrates the step-by-step process in a fun and easy to understand manner.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters
Thursday, Aug 27 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Three Sisters

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