Railway Modellers Meet – Spotlight Feature
Over the coming weeks our emails and web posts will be highlighting some of the excellent offerings at the 2017 Railway Modellers Meet. In this edition we spotlight some of the clinics, operating session layouts and layout tours that are part of the meet activities this year. These are just a taste of what will be on offer; visit www.railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca for more details on everything that will be part of what promises to be another excellent railway modelling meet. There is something for everyone; register today to ensure you can fully participate in what promises to be an excellent meet.
SFU Accommodations – Meet Rate extended to April 5th
Great news if you are from out of town (or even in town) and looking for accommodations for the meet this year; SFU has extended the meet discount rate to April 5th. SFU offers remarkably convenient access and inexpensive, comfortable accommodations, all steps from the clinic and display rooms.
Dorm rooms start at $39, and a small number of hotel-style multiple occupant rooms are available for $95 and $120. Book your room through our website at http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/node/12. At this price, even local attendees may wish to consider staying onsite to take advantage of more networking opportunities with fellow modellers.
SFU offers ample inexpensive and convenient parking only steps from the clinic and display rooms, numerous restaurants and gathering places and great access from the lower mainland’s excellent Skytrain and bus network. Frequent bus service and nearby Skytrain stations will allow easy access to the meet from almost everywhere in the lower mainland for those using public transportation.
2017 Clinic Spotlight – Weathering your locomotive and freight car fleet
One of the stellar offerings on this year’s clinic schedule will be “Weathering your Fleet”, presented by Ken Rutherford and Mark Dance. The clinicians will describe and demonstrate their different techniques for achieving very respectable weathering results on your rolling stock fleet without an artist's diploma or a huge time investment. Techniques covered will include Pan Pastels coloured pastels, weathering chalks, brushed acrylics, and airbrush fades. If you are curious about weathering but worried about ruining your investment, this clinic is for you.
http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/clinics has the full clinic schedule and descriptions of the huge range of interesting clinics that will be presented.
In addition to informative clinics on a wide range of prototype and modelling subjects, there will be clinics demonstrating techniques like scenery making, weathering and backdrops live. We have a strong lineup of clinicians from across Canada and the US and we’re looking forward to a lively and engaging modelling track at this year’s meet.
Operating Sessions Spotlight – Coquihalla Valley Railway
Among the layout on offer for the operating sessions this year is the Coquihalla Valley Railway. This layout is set in the 1950’s, focusing on the Canadian Pacific’s operations between Hope, Merritt and Brookmere in British Columbia. Early diesel power in CP’s classic paint scheme pulling passenger and freight traffic is central to the Coquihalla Valley’s operations. Time table and train order operations keep everything moving on this excellent layout. More details on this excellent layout are on the operating session page at www.railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca.
In addition to the Coquihalla Valley Railway, we have several new layouts coming online for the operating sessions this year, giving more operator capacity than in previous years. Don’t delay; even with the new layouts, operating spaces are limited and are filling up quickly. We expect sessions to fill up early.
“Make and Take” Scratch-building Clinic
New to this year’s meet is “Make and Take” featuring the construction of an HO scale wood loading dock. Registrants for this activity will build the loading dock with help from a skilled scratch-builder. This event is aimed at those who prefer to focus on improving their modelling skills. We’re hoping to see these finished models alongside the rest of your models in the display room in May 2017! Mount Albert Scale Lumber has graciously provided all the materials needed for this activity. Register now as spaces are limited to only 20 modellers. Once they are filled there is no more space available.
http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/node/228 has all the details on the Make and Take.
Layout Tour Spotlight – Tehachapi BC
One of the new layouts on this year’s self-guided layout tour is Gary Hinshaw’s Tehachapi, BC N scale layout. The layout focuses on the iconic Tehachapi loop area in southern California, focusing on the modern BNSF and UP pushing tonnage over the Tehachapi Pass. The layout uses a state of the art CTC dispatching and layout control system to manage the heavy traffic volumes that travel over the route.
http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/tehachapi-bc-tour#overlay-context=node/285 has more details on this new layout. Don’t miss the chance to visit this excellent new to the Vancouver scene layout. In addition, registrants for the operating sessions will also have the opportunity to operate trains over the Tehachapi pass.
May 5th to May 7th – Register Now!
The meet is May 5-7th, and the registration form and accommodations are on our website, http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/. We hope you will join us in Burnaby for three days of camaraderie, education and great model railroading!
Sincerely, the RRMBC Committee