Clinics

Registrants to the meet are entitled to attend all clinics. Clinics are educational sessions between 30 and 60 minutes that focus on a specific area of the model railroading hobby or railfanning.
If you are interested in presenting a clinic, please contact Clinics
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Tim Anderson
Working with LEDs for lighting projects

The clinician will cover a range of topics including differences in function and application between LEDs and grain-of-wheat filament bulbs, circuitry, tools, and soldering. Also covered will be a examples of popular (and creative) applications in rolling stock, structures and animations.
Mike Chandler
The NMRA AP program
Why might you want to work towards a Master Model Railroader designation and how to do it.
Anthony Craig
Tools for Tinkering with Brass Locos

This clinic will suggest tools for three levels of tinkering with those beautiful brass steam locos: 1. Maintenance and Tuning; 2. Detailing and Working in Brass; 3. Motors Gears and Quartering. The principal focus will be on getting a chassis to run well including quartering a set of drivers on camera.
Anthony Craig
Steam Models Without Sound
are Just Funny Looking Diesels


How to select, install, and program the decoders, speakers and accessories necessary for your steam locomotive to come alive on your tracks.
Mark Dance
Making your own laser cut "kits"
CPR's Nelson station


The trials, tribulations and learnings of designing and building a one off laser model "kit" of a very familiar prototype - the CPR's Nelson Station
Matt Herman
Trends in Model Railroading Electronics and the Future of DCC

In an interactive video clinic, Matt Herman of ESU will describe the trends they predict which will influence MR electronics. Discussed will be the implications to sound, locomotive motion control, throttles and decoders (both locomotive and non locomotive applications), and the use of consumer battery, phone and wifi technology. This clinic will include demos and a two way video link so you can ask questions of Matt live.
Bernard Kempinski
Down to the sea in Trains



An overview of how railroads and ships interact at marine terminals from the early days of railroading to the current era of unit trains, double stacks and massive container ships.
Scott Lamoureux
Scenery techniques for modelling
the Fraser and Thompson river canyons


The clinician will share his techniques for capturing the scenic elements of the Thompson and Fraser canyons with emphasis on rock work, ground cover, trees and rivers. He will demonstrate approaches to develop realistic rock structures based on geologic and landform principles and share approaches for obtaining realistic textures and composition. Most of his approaches use common, inexpensive materials and simple methods to enhance layout realism. These approaches are well suited to scenery work in all scales and a wide range of prototype scenes.
Al Lill
Modelling the CN on Vancouver Island





The CNR operated until early 1990 on Vancouver Island and is very attractive and practical branch line prototype for a modeller - especially with limited space. Era specific equipment, operations, and structures will be covered as well as the marine connections to the mainland. It will also include models and a brief description of the presenter's currently expanding switching layout inspired by the CNR in Victoria featuring Brian Pate's railway car ferry slip at Point Ellice.
Greg Madsen
A hands on soldering clinic



The presenter will cover the theory and practice of soldering including reviewing and demonstrating best practice techniques for two common model railroad soldering applications: track-to-power-bus feeders and decoder installation. The clinic will include live soldering stations for attendees to practice the techniques shown.

Max Magilaro
Meet the Model: a 99% scratchbuilt 0-6-0 in N Gauge

The first public display of a 3 1/2 year labour of love – a SP&S 0-6-0 switch engine built with an emphasis on minimizing the use of commercial parts. At last year’s RMMBC, the model’s mechanism and fabrication techniques were described. The intervening year has seen the completion of a myriad of tiny details and now the model is painted and complete. Kick off our Meet the Modeller segment of the Meet with this special in depth-chat about an amazing model.
Doug Mayer
The Revelstoke Roundhouse and Diorama Project

The Roundhouse at CPR’s division point of Revelstoke stood for over 75 years. The clinician will speak to the history and use of the roundhouse and its associated buildings and provide brief comments on approaches to modelling such a complex. One example will be the approach used by Brian Pate who has donated his unfinished rendition of the facility to the Revelstoke Railway museum for public display. Many modellers have already signed up to help complete the diorama however one or two key volunteers are still required. The clinician will outline the outstanding work and will lead a discussion on ideas to make this project a reality. Attend this clinic if you are interested in the prototype, or similar engine service facilities, or if you have modeling skills which you can contribute to the diorama team.
David Rees Thomas
R North 5, eh?

A look at train-order operation on Canadian railways with examples of less-known but potentially useful orders. (based on an article in Model Railroad Hobbyist, September 2016)

John Riley
When Beauty Rode the Rails-A Photographic Tribute to
Canadian passenger trains


This presentation highlights the magnificent trains that operated in Canada during the 1960's and 70's. The speaker draws from his collection of slides and prints, the vast majority of which have never been publicly displayed, to weave a visual storyboard of the unique passenger trains of that era. Model Railroaders are likely come away with unique modelling ideas and the inspiration to model passenger trains and the diesels that pulled them .
Brian Rudko and Rene Gourley
Consider a Micro Layout




The history, artistry and possibilities of large scale/narrow gauge micro layouts.
Marc Simpson
CN's rebuilt F Unit Fleet:modelling a classic workhorse


In the early 1970's Canadian National rebuilt 30 F7A and 10 F7B units to extend the life of these classic cab units. This clinic will look at the many variations in these workhorses over the course of their careers, with a focus on how to accurately model them in HO scale as they appeared late in their work lives.



Brian Stokes.
TT&TO Operations at the EMRA

If You Build it, They Will Come: Popularizing TT&TO Operations at the Edmonton Model Railway Association. Time Table and Train Order Operations is seen by many as an intimidating, complicated way of operating model railroads. Implementing any type of train control, including TT&TO, can be a challenge on any model railroad, never mind a large, club layout where the vast majority of members and regular operators have no experience with prototypical operations.
Don Weixl
The Nitro Pass and Okanagan:
A 25 year HO scale Journey


This clinic will cover the builder’s purpose and vision for his Nitro Pass and Okanagan, how it was constructed and the role the builder’s interest in photography played. There will be a special focus placed on the impressive concrete structures on the layout including the construction of their forms, their casting, and the painting and weathering processes. The Nitro Pass was the cover layout for this year’s Great Model Railroads (Kalmbach's annual compendiium).
Brian Morgan (BN Selkirk Division),
Mark Johnson (Edmonton model Railway Club),
Don Weixl (Nitro Pass & Okanogan)

Panel Session: building your "Once in a Lifetime" layout

Join us for a panel discussion as well known modellers from the PNR describe the visions & methods and the challenges & rewards of building their "Once in a Lifetime Layouts"
Past Clinics