Less than a week to go until the Meet: don't forget your models! And we've got some last minute additions to the Meet Program!
The countdown is on; there less than a week until the second annual Railway Modellers Meet starts at the SFU Burnaby Campus May 5th to May 7th. Your registration will give you access to a great selection of clinics, layout tours, operating sessions, displays and more. The committee has been working hard on making this year's Meet the best one yet! But we need your help...
The heart of the Railway Modellers Meet is YOU and YOUR MODELS!
Bring your models, finished or in progress, for display and discussion. Spend some time in the display room viewing the models, chatting with the other modellers and pick up some ideas for your next project.
All scales, gauges, and models from all eras are welcome; bring locomotives, structures, freight cars, dioramas, vehicles or other models. Whether it is a ready to run model with some tweaks or weathering, a kitbashed model or a scratchbuilt model from the ground up, literally anything you have been working on is probably interesting to someone else. We learn as much from an in progress model as from one that is completely finished.
If you have them, it is always a good idea to bring prototype photos, in progress shots of the model construction and a few notes about the parts and methods used. Help us to understand why you built it and what makes it interesting.
At noon on Saturday, we invite everyone to come to our informal "Meet the Modeller" opportunity, where everyone displaying models is invited to describe what they have brought and let the rest of understand your models. We love this part of the show for its ability to bring us together, put names to faces and models, and to be inspired as we take turns chatting about our hobby. If you prefer to not speak, attend all the same and learn about what your fellow modellers are up to.
There are no contests. The purpose of our event is to share and learn new techniques, and meet your fellow modelers within the 7th Division and beyond. We suggest that if you are intending to bring more than a few models it would be very helpful to have some advance notice so we can set the room up effectively. Please let the display coordinator know approximately how much space you think your models will require and whether you need an electrical connection.This year, tables will be somewhat lower, but lighting is expected to be much improved over last year. We're looking forward to seeing everyone's models.
For your information, NMRA AP evaluation is available for those modellers interested. If you are displaying a model you wish to have evaluated, please advise us when you bring it to the display room. Evaluation will occur during the meet, and we will close the display room briefly to provide the judges with time to carry out their work.
The Railway Modellers Meet has added new activities for Saturday and Sunday Evenings!
Saturday: Extended Hours at Central Hobbies - More Time to Use Your Coupon
As a Special Courtesy to RMMBC Meet Registrants, Central Hobbies is extending their store hours on Saturday May 6th until 7pm, so registrants can visit the store and add another activity to round out their Saturday. For those signed up for the Operating Sessions or the Make and Take , you should have time to squeeze in a visit to Central Hobbies between the last Saturday clinic and the start of your evening activity.
Central Hobbies is not only one of the best stocked Model Railroad Stores in Canada, it has also been a great supporter of the Railway Modellers Meet. Take advantage of the extended hours and Registrant Discount and support the Railway Modellers Meet and Central Hobbies.
Sunday: A Layout Open House - Canadian Pacific Boundary Subdivision
In response to numerous requests that he has received, Scott Calvert has agreed to host a layout open house on his Canadian Pacific Boundary Subdivision II on Sunday May 7th from 5pm to 9pm. This open house is open to all meet registrants.
In Scott's words: "I model in HO scale and the layout represents the Canadian Pacific Railways Boundary Subdivision, which operated in the rugged mountainous area of south eastern British Columbia as part of the CPR’s “second” mainline. The layout will include portions of the CPR’s Phoenix Subdivision and Slocan Subdivision, and also GN’s Nelson Subdivision.
This layout is a double deck design to maximize the mainline run and increase the number of stations from the previous layout. The design is more true to the prototype and is definitely focused on operations. One of the objectives was to create a sense of being in the middle of nowhere since a lot of the prototype runs in relatively remote areas of BC. While we are continuing to model the Boundary Sub, 1960 has been chosen as the era to rationalize the through traffic in our operations scheme. I chose to model during the classic Tuscan & Grey diesel era of the late 1950’s to early 1960's, and in the early fall to capture the vibrant foliage colors."
For those who haven't had a chance to visit or operate on the Boundary Sub, this will be a great opportunity to see it in person. For those who have visited and operated on it, take this opportunity to see the progress made since your last visit. More information on the layout can be found at http://www.cprboundarysub.ca/
There's Still Time to Register!
If you have been unsure if you are able to attend this year's Meet and still haven't registered, there is still time. Visit http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/node/10 and register today to take advantage of this great opportunity to see some great layouts, clinics and model displays and socialize with your fellow modellers. We hope to see you next week!
The RMMBC Committee