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What's on Offer at the Railway Modellers Meet?

We’ve only got a few more weeks until the 3rd Annual Railway Modellers Meet at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus.  We’ve highlighted a few of the activities on offer below.  Clinics, operating sessions, layout tours and more are all part of this year’s meet.  And if you need someplace to stay during the meet, we can help with that as well, but don't delay as the discount for accommodations ends April 4th


The 2018 clinic line up has a broad selection of subjects.  Whether you are interested in scratchbuilding, kitbashing, prototype information, electronics or home injection molding, we’ve got a clinic for you.  We’ve highlighted a few of the many interesting clinics below.  Register today so you can take in all the fascinating presentations on offer.

Max Magliano’s SP&S 0-6-0 Switcher

Max has been working on a labor of love for the past 3 ½ years:  a scratch built Spokane, Portland and Seattle 0-6-0 switcher.  This 0-6-0 has wheels, detail parts and a mechanism that were built from scratch.  Max’s work is breathtaking, and this tiny locomotive is a work of art. 

Don’t miss Max’s explanation on how he worked his magic.  The techniques are applicable to models in any scale, and the fact that they are possible in N scale is all the more fascinating.  Max’s clinic will kick off the “Meet the Modeller” segment of the meet; there’s more on this part of the meet below.

Injection Molding at Home

John Socha-Leialoha shows that indeed, it is possible to create your own injection molds to make parts, using desktop machines that a single person can lift.  He has made a number of injection molds and parts as a portion of his hobby tool kit. 

John’s clinic will give you an idea of what it takes to design parts, create injection molds and make parts using equipment that you can purchase on Ebay.  John explains how injection molding can dramatically increase the capabilities of the serious (or even not so serious) modeler.

Modelling CN’s Rebuilt F7 Fleet

In the early 1970’s Canadian National rebuilt 30 F7A and 10 F7B units to extend the working 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 working lives. 

The presentation will draw from the presenter’s extensive research into these locomotives, with numerous photos and data sets from a wide range of sources.  It is commonly held that “an F unit is an F unit”; generic locomotives with little variation between them.  This clinic will show that when you look more closely, those generic locomotives have individual personalities and quirks of their own.     

Bernard Kempinski – Down to the Sea in Trains

In addition to Bernie’s keynote presentation, he will be presenting his clinic on the interaction between ships and trains at the waterfront.  Marine terminals have been important railway destinations since the dawn of the railway age.  Bernie will be presenting an overview of how railways 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. 

Given the importance of the Port of Vancouver, CN, CP and BNSF to the North American economy, this clinic will be of great local interest.  Many people model ports and marine operations as a part of their model railway, so this will be a must see presentation for everyone. 

Operating Sessions – Limited spaces left, sign up now!

Operating sessions on local layouts have been a popular activity at the Railway Modellers Meet.  The operating session popularity continues this year with strong registration for this activity.  This year there are a total of 8 layouts taking part in the operating sessions.  The layout owners have hosted many operating sessions, and they, along with their “home crew” will keep things fun for participants, whether they are old hands or newbies to operations.  

If you are interested in operations or just curious what this “operating session” stuff is all about, don’t delay and register for the operating sessions.  There are only a few spaces left on Friday, and Saturday is filling up fast; and once they are filled there are no more.  There will be a wait list in case of cancellations, but to ensure you get a spot register today! 

Layout Tours – Variety is the spice of life

This year’s layout tour will feature layouts in Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.  These layouts feature both steam and diesel, and settings ranging from the mountains of BC to the arid hills of Montana to the forests and muskeg of northern Manitoba.  Whether your interest is in prototype or freelance, modern or historic, the layouts on this year’s tour offer something for everyone.  The layout tour page has more information on the layouts featured in this year’s tour.

Display Room – It’s more than just trains on tables

The display room will be hosting a wide array of models this year; locomotives, freight and passenger cars, structures, vehicles, scenery and more.  Or bring your unusual tools & techniques. Show us a circuit you are using or some other new bit of tech. If you are doing research bring that too.  Whether it is finished or in progress, scratch built or straight out of the box, bring your models and anything (everything!) for everyone to see.  All scales, gauges and eras are welcome. 

But the display room is about more than just models on tables: it is about meeting and talking with your fellow hobbyists.  A key part of any modellers meet is the camaraderie, learning opportunities and socializing.  We can learn more about what others are doing, and maybe come away from the meet with a new idea or two from a new friend in our hobby.

On Saturday afternoon we will be having our “Meet the modeler” opportunity, where we’ll invite you to talk about your projects and interests.  This year we’ll be trying out an interview format, keeping it informal and voluntary.  This will be a great opportunity to tell people what you like and why you do it.

Accommodations Discount for meet registrants ends April 4th

If you are needing a place to stay during the Railway Modellers Meet, don’t miss this last chance to book inexpensive, comfortable rooms just steps away from the meet.  Simon Fraser University offers both dorm rooms and queen suites for registrants to choose from.  But don’t delay as there are a limited number of rooms available.  Book by April 4th to ensure you take advantage of the excellent room rates that have been secured for meet registrants.

The Railway Modellers Meet of BC is fast approaching.  Register today to take advantage of all the activities the meet has to offer.  We’ll see you at the meet!

The RMMBC Committee

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