History of railroads or an individual railroad

Modeling the Pacific Coast Railway's San Luis Obsipo facilities in N scale


A description of the narrow gauge Pacific Coast Railway's facilities in San Luis Obispo, California, and the construction of a sectional layout in Nn3 modeling these facilities WITHOUT COMPRESSION; includes a discussion of Ultra-Light benchwork construction and hand-laying of Code 40 Nn3 track.

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Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters New

Considerations for those interested in modeling the 1980's


So, you're not a transition era modeler? Well, how about the 1980's? Boxcars are at their peak, the Staggers Act has deregulated the
railroad rate structures, and say "good bye" to the caboose - railroads are rapidly changing. Come find out what you need to know to model this era!

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Saturday, Aug 29 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler

Westside Lumber Company adventures - 1960-1963


My friends and I made several trips to the Westside Lumber Company before and after the mill closed. Finally we built our own powered railcar and travelled the entire length of the line from Tuolumne to Camp 45 and Camp 40. We took over 1000 photos.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Model Railroads go to war


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

A Look at the Southern Pacific thru its annual reports: 1944 - 1969


As a public company, the SP issued annual reports to its shareholders that are readily available today. These reports are very useful to modelers in that they contain information about RR operations, locomotives and rolling stock, facilities, paint schemes and various business dealings.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens
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