RPM

Railroad Prototype Modelers special interest group

The Spruce Production Division

Clinician: 

In 1918, the US Army embarked on a project to secure aircraft grade spruce for the production of military aircraft. This clinic focuses on one of the Division's more ambitious projects, the construction of 39 miles of mainline railroad, 70 miles of logging spurs and two sawmills in Clallam County, west of Port Angeles, Washington.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
Thursday, Aug 27 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood

The Willamette locomotive

Clinician: 

From 1922 until 1929, the Willamette Iron and Steel Company of Portland, Oregon built a series of 33 geared locomotives in direct competition with the Shay. This clinic tells the history of the Willamette and its evolution through its production history.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood

Loggers and logging railroads

Clinician: 

Logging railroads were the mainstay of railroading in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Many thousands of miles of logging lines snaked their way into the dense timber. This is a quick overview (occasionally truthful) of the railroads, the train crews and the men who harvested the timber.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Hood
Tuesday, Aug 25 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Three Sisters

Portland's Steel Bridge

Clinician: 

A brief history of the century-old Steel bridge which crosses the Willamette River in Portland. The bi-level bridge is rare in its design, with the lower level capable of telescoping into the upper level. The railroad occupies the lower level while trolleys, traffic, and light rail have crossed the upper deck.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler

Painting a brass Southern Pacific cab-forward steam engine

Clinician: 

Ed will show how to paint a Southern Pacific AM-2 Cab Forward. Discussion will include preparation of the brass for painting including simple solder techniques, disassembly, painting, making sure all electrical connections are intact, re-assembly and testing for proper operation

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM 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

Layout design with a passenger train emphasis

Clinician: 

Track plans suggest how passenger terminal and main line layout design elements can be pulled together. Terminal layout design elements such as turning arrangements, express and mail facilities, and coach yard components such as car washers, servicing platforms, Pullman and commissary buildings, and craft shops will be covered. Main line elements discussed include junctions where trains are reassembled and through stations with passenger car setouts.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Bachelor
Tuesday, Aug 25 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM 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

8 bridges for the Columbia & Western

Clinician: 

The CPR's Boundary subdivision is notable for having nearly a mile of bridges. The clinic describes how models of 8 of these bridges were researched, designed and constructed in a variety of materials from styrene to etched brass. Focus will be placed on selective compression, model design for strength, piers and abutments, painting, and designing bench work to allow easy installation many years later. A video run-by across all the bridges will end the seminar.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

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