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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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All day
 
7:00am
 
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Halsey Inside Activity

The Registration Desk is where you can pick up your pre-registration package or register in person if you have not pre-registered. Pre-registered convention participants pickup your packet at the desk in the ballroom lobby on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday is for pre-registration ONLY, and Registration is closed from Noon – 12:30 p.m.

 
7:30am
 
7:30 AM to 6:30 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity
The general function of the Transportation Desk is to organize the tour groups and get them loaded onto their buses in a timely manner. They also are there to answer questions or refer the questioner to someone who can answer when the volunteer doesn’t know the answer.
 
 
7:30 AM to 11:30 AM Washington MWTM Session

This session is about using a commercial product to build turnouts. Clark Kooning, MMR and the owner of Fast Tracks, Tim Warris, will be on hand to teach you how to use the FAST TRACK products to build your very own scratch built turnout.

Please note that you must select the appropriate NMRA Store item depending on your scale.

This session is repeated on Tuesday due to popular demand.

 
8:00am
 
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Alaska Inside Activity

This room is dedicated to the use of registered companions of the model railroaders attending this convention. It is a room in which to relax and socialize. There are puzzles, games, cards and books in this room. Come by and meet your friends and make new friends. Check out the bulletin board to see if there are any messages for you, any changes to the schedule, or special notices.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Holladay Inside Activity
 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

An overview of the SP&S 700 history, the role of the PRPA, it's relationship with the city of Portland, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and the local community. The operation and care of the locomotive (including supporting equipment) as well as its operations over the past years since restoration will be covered.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood Clinic

Bruce explains how easy it is to interface a computer to your model railroad. Focus is on the Super Mini-Node that greatly improves I/O distribution and significantly reduces system cost. Up to 128 nodes can be distributed all around your layout making wiring a snap. Simply connect any device directly to the nearest node. Only wiring between nodes is a single 4-wire cable. Applications focus on reducing layout wiring, prototypical turnout control, broad range of signaling systems, staging track control, lighting, animation, automation and interfacing to DCC. The result can greatly increase your railroad's prototypical realism and hobby enjoyment.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Once you have an engine with a Soundtraxx Tsunami decoder, what do you do with it? This clinic will describe the Configuration Variables (CV) that control momentum and braking characteristics of Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders for both diesels and steam engines. Subjects include deciding how much momentum and braking to use, helping engineers to learn momentum and braking and how to choose settings that will work with engines that don't have Tsunami decoders. A complete configuration for movement control and sound will be presented with suggestions for change to meet particular layout situations.



Layout owners will learn how they help operators get used to brakes to include providing an 'Engine Card' so operators know the performance characteristics of the engines they are running. Another subject will be remapping throttle functions so operators do not need to look at their throttles constantly. Different programming actions for Digitrax, NCE and EasyDCC systems are explained as needed.



The clinic will conclude with an explanation of Tsunami consisting settings.

 
 
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Multnomah Inside Activity

Contest room will be open during judging, however, no talking please. Please refer to the main Contests Page for more details.

 
 
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Multnomah Inside Activity

Contest entries can only be viewed during this time. Please refer to the main Contests Page for more details.

 
 
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Multnomah Inside Activity

Please refer to the main Contests Page for more details.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sellwood Clinic

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.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Three Sisters Clinic

Modeling a 207' long, 73' high frame trestle in HO scale. Cutting stock basswood on a table saw and detail photos of bent and stringer construction are included. Slides of the second and fourth subdivisions of the Camas Prairie Railroad, taken on a Hi-Rail trip in August of 1993, will be featured.

 
 
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Weidler Clinic

Come hear the latest progress in the EduTRAIN program.

 
9:00am
 
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Broadway Inside Activity

Our SIG Coordinator has assembled a record number of participating Special Interest Groups. Further details can be found on the SIG page Closed at posted meal times."

 
 
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity

The Auction is open for people to bid on items. Full details are available on the Auction page.

 
 
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Holladay Inside Activity

Our SIG Coordinator has assembled a record number of participating Special Interest Groups. Further details can be found on the SIG page Closed at posted meal times."

 
 
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Morrison Inside Activity

The Convention Office as well as the Lost-and-Found and "Ask-me Desk. Closed for posted meal breaks."

 
9:30am
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

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

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Hood Clinic

Styrene, cover glass, and simple jigs are used to fabricate windows, doors, chimneys,
and corbels of specific prototype dimensions.

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

The computer program Photoshop Elements can be just as useful in modeling as a Dremel tool or NWSL Chopper. This clinic will present ideas about using this program to enhance scanned prototype and layout photos, make scaled signs from graphics available on the web, and even make simple interior details. Some techniques are extremely easy (why didn't I think of that) while others are more complex.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at
yosemitevalleyrr.com/clinics

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus - the perfect name - based on the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers (blanketeers) to help comfort children in need.

Our chapter is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization and shares the same two-fold mission as all other Project Linus chapters of the National Organization - through service in our community, provide comfort to children:

First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

Jodene Cook, the Portland/Vancouver Chapter Coordinator, will give us a brief talk at the "Welcome to the Non-Rails" on what happens with the donations of quilts from organizations or individuals wanting to help. The rest of the week the Oregon room is open to anyone wishing to help make quilts. If you know how to cut a piece of fabric, we can use your help! All the materials are supplied including the sewing machines! There will be people there to guide you. Let's see how many we can create before the end of the week!

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

Nora Bursztein has been a teacher for many years and will give us a primer on using this amazing little computer. It changed my ideas on what a computer can be in your life!

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Sellwood Clinic

You have observed the diamond shaped signs on rail cars. You may understand that they are there to warn of the possible hazards of the materials in that rail car. What you probably want to know is what are the correct markings or signs should be on the rail cars on my layout. With this clinic I will share with you a little history of the warning signs, now known as placards on railroad equipment. We will see what the correct placards are for what commodity in which era. We will start with the 1906 American Railway Association Regulations for the Transportation of Inflammable Articles and Acids and review the changes up to the current DOT regulations

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Three Sisters Clinic

Modeling an HO scale 216' railroad bridge with abutments based on a Pegram Truss design using CAD drawings, Central Valley bridge parts, and scratchbuilt styrene and brass components. In progress photos will be presented as the construction steps are discussed.

 
 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Weidler Clinic

This clinic addresses kit-bashing or cross-kits, super-detailing, scratch-built additions, and painting and weathering techniques with a variety of media, such as, wet-in-wet, dry-brushing, stains, the use of spray bombs, chemical reactions of alcohol and solvents, dry pigments, Prisma markers, the special treatment of windows (boarded, bricked, broken glass), brick mortar, etching metal foil, roofs, detailing, signage and the tools involved.

 
10:00am
 
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Broadway Inside Activity

The Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) Room at PDX2015 provides a relaxed environment for convention attendees to display their modeling efforts for viewing and discussion out-side the framework of the formal modeling contest.

 
 
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Hawthorne Inside Activity

"The Company Store is where you can buy your convention shirts, cars, pins, patches, transit passes, etc. Closed for posted meal breaks. If you have pre-ordered merchandise, you will receive a voucher for those items in your registration packet, whcih you can present at the Company Store for pickup."

 
11:00am
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

Add (virtual) passengers to your passenger trains.

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

This is the story of a secret O scale layout in Australia where I provided a control system to automatically run up to twenty trains at a time for the owner's enjoyment.

The owner was a private individual and all who worked on the layout were sworn to secrecy.
Since the layout was built in the late 1970's, perhaps fewer than forty guests have seen it.
The late John Armstrong visited once while I was there and he remarked "Even for me, this is a bit over the top".

The owner passed away last year, hence the clinic title. Eight minutes of a recent professional video will be included.
The scope of the layout plus a very large 1/32 scale collection was most impressive.

The train collection and parts of the layout were willed to the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, QLD Australia for public display.

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

How to use the free 3D drawing program SketchUp to make drawings and get the parts 'printed' using rapid prototyping technology.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at
yosemitevalleyrr.com/clinics

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

Join Greg Wright as he describes how to fit a model railroad into any space and make it
look and feel bigger. Greg will share his ideas, his favorite reference material, and
use his Consolidate Republic Mining Railroad to illustrate his points.

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

Train Control Systems will explain and demonstrate their revolutionary WOWSound Decoder. The only sound decoder with True CD Quality sound. Both Steam and Diesel versions will be demonstrated. Using features including Auto Adjusting BEMF, Audio Assist[tm], Keep Alive[tm] and others TCS will show how to make your locomotive sound and run just like the prototype.

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Weidler Clinic

Integrating the modular concept with other layout design tools allows modelers to create prototypical layouts that can evolve for a lifetime. It helps focus the modeler's attention on the essential functions of a railway. Applying the concept to internal elements on the layout further enhances the concept. It is the best combination of practicality and value for money for today's mobile lifestyle.

Original Activity:
 
12:00pm
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Alaska Inside Activity

DATE TIME: Wednesday, August 26 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

We’ll be holding the traditional Non-Rail Luncheon on Wednesday, with a guest speaker and fun activities.

There are two menu choices:
Wild Columbia River Salmon Salad - Grilled Salmon over roasted beets with Wild Greens, Tomatoes, Chevre, Tamari Roasted Pepitas & Lemon Vinagrette Bakery Rolls & Butter

Roast Beef - With Caramelized Red Onions, Smoked Tillamook Cheddar, Crisp Cabbage Slaw, Horseradish Cream Cheese & Ripe Tomatoes on Rustic Bread Seasonal Fruit Salad - Pepperoncini

Ticket sales close at 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

You may select your luncheon choice by using one of the two NMRA Company Store links below.

 
1:00pm
 
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity

The Auction is open for people to bid on items. Full details are available on the Auction page.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic describes the layout, purpose, and operation of a truck-to-rail pulpwood transfer yard operated by International Paper during the 1990s in the US Southeast. This yard was one of many such yards in operation. Structures, machinery, trucks, and special-purpose railcars will be examined, and modeling suggestions will be presented.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

Monarch Mine on my HO scale C&S Northern Division needed a removable tipple structure with moving hoist cables to cover its live-coal loader mechanism. This clinic shows how to scratch build a very large animated coal mine tipple, headframe, and boiler house to match prototype photos from the 1930s. Techniques include strip wood, styrene, and brass construction, and finishing with painting and weathering. Simple electronics and motors bring the model to life.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Through a slide presentation, Mike Chandler will demonstrate his techniques for scratch building structures with Strathmore, a model building material once commonly used in our hobby. Far from being 'old hat' Strathmore offers certain advantages over more contemporary materials particularly when constructing models of buildings with wood exteriors.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

A discussion of the fundamental processes and steps necessary to design and build/install a successful layout railroad signaling system - basic to advanced.



Presentation will include the methods and hardware variations (options) needed to install and operate various prototype signaling systems. Included will be our experience and lessons learned having done/assisted/advised on several layouts in the Pacific Northwest and west coast. Time will be allotted for questions and answers during and following the presentation.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

This clinic addresses the prototype practices of railroading and livestock. It will cover the distinctive features of stock cars, stockyard structures (corrals and loading chutes), special conditions and railroad rules for stock-handling (feeding, watering, rest stops), stock days and stock extras, seasonal movements, the large stockyards (Chicago, Omaha, Milwaukee, etc.) and stock selling and buying. The clinic climaxes with tips on modeling the stock traffic and industry.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Weidler Clinic

Join Greg Wright for a group discussion on how loud your locomotives should be as it travels
around your railroad. We are very careful to make sure we build our models to the scale
inch, but have you ever considered the scale of sound on your layout? What about forced
perspective with sound? You can do it with a scale rule and a little math. Join in for
an interesting discussion, you may find that you have your locomotives set too quiet.

 
2:30pm
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

Tips for setting up a successful operating session for guests, using Time Table & Train Orders, that will keep them coming back for more. I have hosted over 100 sessions over the years taking what would be complicated and making it FUN.

 
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

Every division yard and many large industries weigh freight with track scales. Based on 15 years operating experience on my HO Scale C&S Railway this clinic shows how to model railroad track scales. It includes traditional and modern scales, track arrangements, scale houses, and scale test cars. It also explains how to systematically integrate weighing into model railroad operations, including freight movements, scale certification, and car card/way bill systems.

 
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Bulk oil dealerships in the prototype vary widely, and there may seem to be no two alike, but in fact there are a
number of features in common, which may be arranged in various ways. A number of prototype examples are
presented in the clinic, along with a detailed look at constructing an HO scale model incorporating the common
features of prototype facilities.

 
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood Clinic

This is a discussion of what the new NMRA LCC standard is and what it does. Topics that will be discussed include:

1. A brief description of LCC, and how it enables development of MRR products.

2. How does LCC complement the existing NMRA DCC standards?

3. How does LCC interoperate with existing alternatives?

4. What distinguishes LCC from layout automation and control systems that have preceded it?

5. What are the next steps for the NMRA LCC standard?

 
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Three Sisters Clinic

An introduction to outdoor railroading. Scales, gauges, engine/train types, building equipment, clubs, and activities.

 
 
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Weidler Clinic

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.

 
4:00pm
 
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Alaska Inside Activity

This room is dedicated to the use of registered companions of the model railroaders attending this convention. It is a room in which to relax and socialize. There are puzzles, games, cards and books in this room. Come by and meet your friends and make new friends. Check out the bulletin board to see if there are any messages for you, any changes to the schedule, or special notices.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

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.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

Over the last two years, I have been exploring the world of 3D printing, how it works, what it can possibly do for me in my modeling experience, some of the complications, some of the short comings, and how I can exploit this technology.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Over the last decade I have been building and operating a medium sized garage layout based on the 1958-1960 Northwestern Pacific in Northern California. Several previous clinics covered the design philosophy of producing an operating, not static, representation of this prototype. This clinic extends the discussion to specific areas, largely equipment and scenic issues, where special effort was required to achieve this goal.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

People who have become fascinated with the popular Downtown Abbey TV series might well be interested in travelling to England to see the "real" Abbey (portrayed by Highclere Castle in the filming). Luckily, England has hundreds of opportunities for seeing similar estates. In addition, Britain has an extensive collection of preserved railways, most with a number of operating steam locomotives, so that both rail and non-rail travellers can enjoy the same trip. The presenter has successfully combined these interests with spouse and friends on over twenty trips. Includes photos and travel tips to smooth the way for a flawless vacation.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

A high level discussion of how OpenLCB and LCC work, followed by a discussion of the current status of the OpenLCB working group and LCC standards.

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

In this clinic I will show how to use acrylic paints to realistically color Plaster of Paris rock castings. I will then show how to blend various castings together to make geologically realistic scenery. Finally I will show how to blend the rocks with vegetation and talus to complete the scenery

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Weidler Clinic

The Pacific Northwest Region annual business meeting.

 
7:00pm
 
7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Inside Activity

At the close of the auction on Wednesday evening the room is closed for processing.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

Over the past 20 years, model railroading has moved into the electronic age, with the widespread use of DCC, computer control, and signaling. Learn the basics of electronic theory, what all the different components are and what they are used for. Some of the things that will be covered are the wire size for the layout, the different formulas that you will need (how to figure out what size resister to use for dropping the voltage to the headlight), and the tools that you will need to troubleshoot your railroad.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Oregon Non-Rail Clinic

The movie is TBA but there will be popcorn & goodies!

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

LCC is a subset of OpenLCB protocol standards, and is designed to be 100% compatible and interoperable with OpenLCB. The OpenLCB group's mission is to push the boundaries model railroad control. Work within the OpenLCB group is on the leading edge of technology. Once an OpenLCB protocol has been documented, prototyped, and thoroughly tested, it becomes a candidate for adoption by the NMRA as part of the LCC standards.

This meeting is to discuss topics related to next generation model railroad control with the architects of OpenLCB and LCC. This is an open forum and a chance for users to discuss their ideas with the developers.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

Come to this clinic to find out how to make the Soundtraxx Tsunami sing for you. While mostly about programming, and biased towards steam rather than diesel locomotives, this clinic offers a number of installation tips, and discusses locomotive operating strategies that will increase your enjoyment of your Tsunami-equipped locomotives. We'll even mention Soundtraxx's SoundCar decoder and explore how to make that co-operate and run with a Tsunami-equipped locomotive at the head of the train.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Weidler Clinic

The Pacific Northwest Region annual membership meeting. Come meet your regional officials.

 
8:30pm
 
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic is useful to ALL modelers, regardless of scale. The clinic will cover all the items that need to be documented. It will cover what to document and how to document it, for example; wiring, inventory, and other items that concern your layout that you need to have handy in an emergency. Do you know how much your model railroad is worth if you had to replace it? Do you remember how you wired the diode matrix for the yard or where all the isolated rail joints are? If you answered 'NO' to these questions, then you should attend this clinic

 
 
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

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.

 
 
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

Downtown Kansas City on my layout is designed for night, as well as day viewing. The streets are filled with over 150 vehicles, all but a few of which have working headlights and taillights. Even motorcycles are lit. I will share my techniques.

 
 
8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Sellwood Clinic

This clinic is a series of demonstrations on how to set up, wire, and configure layouts using LCC hardware. We focus on the user benefits of LCC, and how working with LCC hardware looks for a typical modeler, from unboxing to an operating layout.

The examples we will cover are the following:

1. Simple accessory control with output devices: turnouts, signals, un-couplers.

2. Creating fascia-mounted panels with input devices.

3. Creating software panels using JMRI.

4. Adding block detection with input devices.

5. Configuring a railroad crossing with detection, signaling and sound.

6. Configuring ABS signaling.

7. Modular layouts: automatic discovery of module sequences for ABS signaling.

 
 
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Three Sisters Clinic

Part 1: This clinic shows how to measure the continuous (RMS) sound level of your Diesel Horn with a Sound Level Meter. There is a proper way to report your Meter results to others.
Part 2: Measuring the true (RMS) voltage driven by a DCC Sound Decoder into a speaker system. Then calculating the wattage of the measured (RMS) voltage based on the impedance of your speaker(s) (4, 8, 16, or 32 ohms)

 
10:00pm
 
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Bachelor Clinic

This clinic gives a brief introduction to the development of service stations, then describes the equipment and details that would be found in such a service station in the 1940-1960 time frame. The difference between 'service stations' and 'filling stations' will be discussed, along with detail changes appropriate to the type modeled.

 
 
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Hood Clinic

An in depth look at their physical plants, machinery and how logs become lumber illustrated by photographs from the clinician's collection. Your presenter has studied Foresty at Oregon State, grew up in the industry and has worked as a machine operator for MIchigan California Lumber Co. and Sierra Pacific Lumber Co.

 
 
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Clinic

I have been a member of the Dead Rail Society for several years, a group in San Diego area devoted to running trains by wireless DCC and battery power. The availability of lithium-polymer batteries and smaller radios has made this method of running trains, common for many years in larger scales, available in the smaller scales. I recently converted my Donner Summit HO/HOn3 layout completely to Dead Rail and removed all the track feeders so there is no power on the rails. In this clinic I will discuss the pros and cons of this move and how it has effected operations both positively and negatively. I will also discuss the design and construction of the layout which is based on an HO version of the Southern Pacific and an HOn3 representation of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Disclaimer: I am the owner of Tam Valley Depot which manufactures and sells the DRS1 radio system discussed in the clinic.

 
 
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Three Sisters Clinic

The clinic is designed to teach some fundamental principles and rules of weathering and illustrate by showing various techniques so that a modeler can effectively age rolling stock to 'extreme' conditions. (Previously titled "Weathering - 101")

 
 
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Weidler Clinic

Train Control Systems will explain and demonstrate their revolutionary WOWSound Decoder. The only sound decoder with True CD Quality sound. Both Steam and Diesel versions will be demonstrated. Using features including Auto Adjusting BEMF, Audio Assist[tm], Keep Alive[tm] and others TCS will show how to make your locomotive sound and run just like the prototype.