The art of building a layout - materials, techniques, and progress reports

Building the Oregon Coast Railroad in Virginia


The clinic details modeling my fictional Oregon Coast Railroad to be believable as a prototype railroad.

The clinic shows how using a prototype's history as a reality check can bring life to a railroad that never was. Photos will show how water features and layers of textured scenery duplicate Oregon's forest landscape. Other topics will include building a region and era appropriate car roster and the good and bad of kits.

The layout appeared in Great Model Railroads 2014.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Bachelor
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood

Building a layout in a hostile environment


Overcoming environmental problems to build a layout in a garage while sharing the space with the family car, and wood working tools. Things to take into consideration including temperature change, dust and dirt, and how I solved the problems. The methods used are also applicable to basement layouts.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood
Saturday, Aug 29 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Bachelor

The USMRR Aquia Line: Modeling a Civil War Railroad


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

Designing and building the T&NO in East Texas


The clinic describes the research, design decisions and construction techniques used in building my N scale railroad. Research elements include the use of Sanborn maps, photographic references, site visits and railroad timetables and artifacts. Construction techniques discussed include the unique use of Gatorfoam for all bench top construction. The layout was featured in Model Railroad Planning 2015 and N Scale Railroading Magazine in 2013.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Sellwood
Thursday, Aug 27 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor
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