We’re excited to announce that, of the 53 clinics being offered this year, 34 of them are either new, have never-presented at a prior National Narrow Gauge Convention, or have been revised and updated since their previous presentations. That comes to 64% or about 2/3s of the clinics!
A Love Affair with Chama
The clinic offers a brief history of Chama on the D&RGW, including changes in track plans as time and traffic changed. The track arrangements and structures of Chama has resulted in it being represented on many model railroads. Thoughts on modeling constraints selective compression, and operation of Chama on a model railroad will be included.
Fine Tuning & Upgrading Classic Brass Steam
LOCOMOTIVES - Purpose of the clinic is to explain how to identify and solve problems in brass steam locomotive mechanisms, including rods, crossheads, valve gear, pistons, etc. and to solve motor & gear issues as re-gear or re-motor, then to DCC install, LEDs lights, sound, etc.
Running a Steam Loco Using Soundtraxx Tsunami2
A look at how a steam loco works, associated sounds and how an engineer runs them. Then see how SoundTraxx Tsunami2 captures the prototypical sound and operation through selection of 2.1 billion possible loco sound profiles and pre-loaded sounds.
Geodesic Foam Scenery
In-depth comprehensive demonstration of all aspects of design, construction, coloring and detail of mountain scenery.
Clinic demonstrates the use of Bragdon's weathering powders on scenery, structures and rolling stock.
Room Temperature Vulcanized Rubber Mold Making and Resin Casting
Clinic will demonstrate techniques and materials needed to make your own model parts by using RTV molds and resin to cast the parts.
The Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR
Features unpublished photographs and information from presenter's personal collection showing construction of the railroad through scrapping. Will also present info from the NCNGRR Museum archives. Will cover major events, equipment and industries along the railroad.
Modeling West Coast Scenery
Presents scenery techniques to help model the Central Valley and Sierras. Topics include: grass techniques, trees - oaks to Ponderosa, ground cover, bushes and rocks. Presenter will demonstrate how he applied these techniques to build scenes on his layout.
Gerry Cornwell, former owner of Mt. Albert Scale Lumber, presents a review of the methods and tools for making fine scale lumber, explains and demonstrates techniques for modeling weathered wood, and a guide to tools required. He will take a brief look at some of the newer coloring techniques such as Pan Pastels.
Scratch Building Structures with a Cricut
Cricut makes a machine for cutting non-metallic materials such as card stock, wood and styrene, which, when combined with one's personal computer translates into a "poor man's laser cutter." Presentation will show how the machine can be used to quickly design and cut major parts for mock-up building in card stock, an HO structure in styrene and an O scale building in wood.
Principals of Static Grass Application
Provides attendee with basic principles of static application and devices. Beneficial to both beginner and advanced modeler, featuring multiple demonstrations.
The Rescue & Restoration of C&S 1008
Richard & Bob Farmer
Tells the story of Colorado & Southern NG caboose 1008 from its discovery toward goal of its restoration to full operation. New and updated, includes discussion of re-creation of missing metal parts, and prototype colors.
Westside Lumber Company
Updated with new photos, clinic is a look back at WSLC dedicated to friend Tim McCartney, who was an expert on the line.
Rio Grande Southern: Mile-By-Mile
Presentation showing photos along the Rio Grande Southern RR in sequence along the line.
Modeling the Maine 2-Footers
The Maine 2-foot railways are perfect for modelers who are restricted for space - offering lots of “characterful” little stations and scenes that beg to be modeled. The clinic will concentrate on building small terminal stations that generate a lot of operation, rather than large-scale dioramas.
Battery Power for Smaller Scales
Discusses the pros and cons of battery power for smaller scales of model railroads. The AirWire900 battery powered wireless control system has been popular with garden railway modelers and recent technology permits its use in smaller scales. Attendees will learn requirements for equipping and running battery-powered locos, as well as about the NMRA-DCC standards and benefits they provide. Tips and techniques based upon experience will be shared.
The Resurrection of the Anyox Railroad
Prototype & Modeling
The Anyox RR, a 3-foot gauge road in British Columbia, hauled tons of mineral freight and passengers from 1914 - 1935, averaging 13 trains per day. Motive power included 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 steam locos as well as steeple cab electrics. Clinic will use presenter's On3 layout and model locomotives to supplement history of this railroad.
Fool-Proof Operation with Electronics: Putting It All Together
Clinic will cover DCC operation wiring circuits including cab bus for throttles, track wiring and auto-reverse, frog juicers, touch-toggle turnout controls, and structure lighting. It will include DCC-compatible turnout wiring for both single and dual-gauge turnouts.
Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge in Color
Views of the SP Keeler branch from original slides. Includes the Owens Valley and the Slim Princess from 1940-1960 in color.
Narrow Gauge Car Colors
Randy Hees/Andrew Brandon
Prototype & Modeling
Clinic will discuss paint schemes used on narrow gauge rolling stock of the West, including many color renderings of equipment. This will include discussion of railroad painting standards, processes, paint manufacturers and specific colors.
Applications of Weathering Mix
Will demonstrate many applications of Hunterline's Weathering Mix, and will show applications for wood, plastics, hydrocal, foams and other mediums and how to achieve multiple color surfaces.
Timber Portal Make N’ Take Clinic
Takes attendee through, step-by-step instructions on how to build your own Hunterline Timber Portal, including all narrow gauge scales. Covers distressing basswood, staining and gluing techniques, assembly and finish weathering. Includes the kit and two bottles of weathering mix. NOTE: Pre-registration and a fee for this clinic.
Snow Fence Make N’ Take Clinic
Takes the attendee through step by step instructions to build their own Hunterline Snow Fence in all scales. Includes instructions in distressing basswood, staining and gluing techniques, assembly and finish weathering. Includes the kit and one bottle of weathering mix. NOTE: Pre-registration and a fee for this clinic.
An In-Depth Look at Waterfalls and Rapids and How to Create Them
Methods to reproduce waterfalls and rapids that look natural and reproduce the motion as it’s seen in water with results in photos.
Modeling the Virginia & Truckee’s Virginia City Branch
Prototype & Modeling
Discusses the variety of architectural modeling techniques used to reconstruct scenic highlights of the line and a large section of the Virginia City Historic district.
Rock of Ages: Quarry Railroads of the Granite Rock Company
Story of the Granite Rock Co told through historic photos and detail narrow gauge and standard gauge operations in Aromas, CA. Includes preservation and resurrection of Granite Rock steam locomotive #10.
Eureka & Palisade RR: Perfect for On30
Prototype & Modeling
Using historic photos, clinic will present a review and history of the Eureka & Palisade RR - a narrow gauge mining road in Nevada with connection to the Southern Pacific. Will mention resources currently available with which to model it, including On30 locomotives and rolling stock as well as a preview of a new book about the railroad.
Feather River Lumber Company
Scott Lawson & Dan Elliott
Historic overview of FRLCRR logging system and operations. 1905-1944. Company began as narrow gauge, used shays, large mill, and was large player in Plumas County, CA.
The Tonopah Railroad
Covers the discovery of silver ore in Central Nevada, the establishment of Tonopah, Goldfield, Rhyolite and other small mining camps. Discusses the proposed railroads in the area, the construction of the Tonopah Railroad, its operation and re-naming to the Tonopah & Goldfield RR.
Furnace Filter Fir Trees for A Quick and Thick Background
Making trunks and handing out pre-made trunks and raw furnace filter material. Participants cut and shape basic tree then spray and glue ground foam or flock to their trees. NOTE: This is a hands-on clinic with a material fee with pre-registration.
How Westside Lumber Co Inspired Me to Create My Personal Logging Model RR
Prototype & Modeling
Clinic will go over many of the items that are the same and some that are different between the prototype and the model RR. It will cover Westside locomotives, rolling stock, structures and special equipment. Then, discuss how they were used as inspiration for the presenter's layout. Clinic will include discussion of other logging roads in the Sierra that inspired the model railroad.
Central Nevada Narrow Gauge
Deals with central Nevada's three narrow gauge line and their feeders, includes Eureka & Palisades, Eureka Nevada Ry, Ruby Hill RR, Nevada Central RR, Austin City Ry, and Nevada Short Line Ry, all covered revised and updated historic photos and maps.
Standard Oil of California’s NG Tank Cars
Clinic covers Standard Oil of CA narrow gauge tank car fleet which were operated on eight different NG railroads in California, Nevada, Oregon and Hawaii. Covers various tank cars, trans-loading operations and bulk oil plants that were served.
Gilpin Tramway-Small, Compact Layout Inspiration
Hauled gold ore from mines to mills and supplies back to mines via 2-foot gauge. Will show how scenes can be modeled in small layout space, and show ideas for small layout concepts to accomplish this. New and updated material from previous presentations.
Geology of the Gilpin
Ore formation and production of the Gilpin Tram area.
Westside Lumber Co Vehicles/Equipment 1935-1954
First part covers support vehicles, log trucks, caterpillars, donkeys used in the woods, while second part covers equipment used to support the plant infrastructure: straddle carriers, stackers, etc. Presentation is organized so that it follows a tree from woods to finished product ready for shipment
Building from Scratch
Clinic explains steps in the scratch building of structures using simple materials, tools and techniques. Includes the concept, construction, weathering and detailing of structures. It will also showcase some of the presenter's past builds and magazine articles as well as creations done by other scratch building modelers.
Dolly Varden Mines Railway – Expanded Story
Narrow gauge railway in British Columbia, will review the railway, expanding on the book including new photos and drawings.
The Devil’s in the Details
Clinic features number of tips and techniques to enhance one's modeling, including "modeling what you see," "building in weathering," "punch up your scenery," and adding and finishing details that make sense, and more.
Creating and Using Photo Textures for Structures
Includes an overview of where to find photo textures; selecting photo textures; creating a library of photo textures; using the photo textures in construction of structures; and examples of structures created with photo textures.
Operating Narrow Gauge with JMRI Operations Pro
Clinic describes using JMRI "Operations Pro" to develop an operating scheme for a model railroad. Installation and configuration of the software will be discussed, including required third-party software. Adding cars, locos, switching locations, train routes and trains to service those routes will be presented. Train manifests and train switch lists will be developed and the differences between the two explained. Use of car cards with a switch list also covered. Use of wireless throttle with smart-phones may be discussed.
Carson & Colorado RR Photo Tour
Clinic will encourage visiting the former line by presenting photographs taken along the length of the line since abandonment and will depict right of way, structures and artifacts that are still observable today.
Changing Face of Colfax and Its Railroads
Slide show of changes that have taken place in Colfax, CA through years related to main line and Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR operations. Includes photos of track alignment through town, and buildings that supported the railroad.
PG&E Railroads in the Central Sierra
Slide show describing Pacific Gas & Electric Company's standard gauge and narrow gauge railroads that played in construction of the Lake Spaulding dam and Drum Forebay and powerhouse.
Battery Powered Radio Control in Smaller Scales
Describes changes and major advancements in technology and will discuss all available battery-powered radio controlled model train systems, new systems and advancements, and battery safety.
Weathering with Pan Pastels
Clinic will discuss and demonstrate weathering techniques on a narrow gauge car using Pan Pastels. Will then expand to demonstrate techniques and materials used by military modelers, including pigments, washes, etc. In addition, it will show use of colored pencils, markers and other materials.
Two-Foot Gauge Railways in Wales
Will cover the NG slate railways in Wales including the Ffestiniog Ry and its current tourist operation, and in addition, its connection with the recently re-built Welsh Highlands Ry, now also a tourist carrier. Steam locomotives on the lines include Fairlie and South African Garrett types. The history and technology of these railways will be presented with historic and contemporary photos and diagrams.
Marshall Pass: Part IV
Clinic will discuss the operations over D&RGWs Marshall Pass in the 1920s based on research of railroad documents including train registers, yard inventory and stock train records. Will cover material not previously presented.
Delving Into Detailing
Clinic presents examples of details added to structures, locomotives, rolling stock and layout scenes to improve realism and personalization of models. Includes discussion of a variety of construction materials and making of customized details with kit bashed and scratch built components. Interior scale lighting with LEDs and finishing with acrylic paints are also part of the clinic.
The Nevada-California-Oregon Ry in Reno
Using photos, presentation covers the founding of Reno, the N-C-O Ry, and the relationship between the two.
Advanced Static Ground Covers – Layering Of Static Ground Cover, Week Application
Martin Welberg/Jim Elster
Demostrates creation of layered grass mats, bushes, tufts and weeds. Beneficial for the advanced modeler.
Trees Nearing “Perfection” – Incredible Tress from Your Static Machine
Learn to develop a technique of producing realistic and detailed trees, both conifer and deciduous, by altering slightly the sequencing and building techniques to change the tree's appearance to create multiple species of trees. Attendee will see how realistic these trees are and how fast they can be produced.
Big Railroads In Small Spaces: That Will Never Fit!
Clinic describes how to fit a model railroad into any space and make it look and feel bigger. Presenter will share his ideas, favorite reference material and use his own model railroad to illustrate his point.
Sn42: What, Why and How
A two-part clinic which explains that Sn42 (S scale 3 1/2 foot gauge) uses HO gauge track and the advantages and disadvantages, including: it is good for those who want to model in a larger scale, uses HO components, running gear and trucks. Part 2 is a photo series showing how the presenter kitbashed a Sn42 loco from HO parts. Track options and component suppliers also will be covered.
Carson & Colorado: The Story of 300 Narrow-Gauge Miles in the Great Basin
A presentation about the Carson & Colorado using photos and graphics to talk about the railroad. The talk can go into the early SP years including the effect of traffic on the line by the Tonopah boom and the conversion of the northern half of the line to standard gauge and the demise of the C&C as a corporate entity.