We've been hard at work getting the 2022 RMMBC online and in person meets filled out with great online clinics and in person activities. Register today for the online clinics, layout tours and the in person meet! We'll have the return of the very popular Operating Sessions and in person Layout Tours as part of the in person meet. We've also got some great clinics in the Online Prologue of the RMMBC that we'll cover in future newsletters. For this newsletter we'll focus on some of the new events for the in person meet.
Meet My Layout
Something new for the in person meet at the Queensborough Community Center (920 Ewen Ave, New Westminster, BC) on May 28th is "Meet My Layout". Meet My Layout is an opportunity to share your layout without committing to a 30 minute virtual layout tour. All that is needed to participate is a brief overview of your layout and four to five images that capture the essence of your layout. Send these items to the Meet My Layout coordinator who will assemble them into a presentation.
At the in person meet on May 28th, you will have an opportunity to introduce yourself and your layout in a brief 4-5 minute discussion. Overviews of complete layouts and work in progress are both welcome! We are excited to offer this new section to the meet. We hope to see some new layouts in the presentation, especially those that haven't been on a layout tour before.
Another new feature of this year's in person meet are "Meet Ups". Birds of a feather flock together! . You can learn a whole lot more by getting to know model railroaders who work on projects similar to your own. This year, we introduce social gatherings related to specific railroads and eras.
Have a question about how to model your favourite piece of equipment? It's likely someone else has already researched it; if not, maybe they will be interested to collaborate with you. Ever wonder how the prototype actually operated your line? Perhaps someone else knows someone who was there! Or maybe you just like hanging out with people with the same taste in railroad-centric T-shirts.
This will be a facilitated exchange to ensure everyone has a chance to learn and share. Be ready to introduce yourself and engage with other like-minded modellers on your favourite railway subject.
Meet the Modeller and Display
After a long wait, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person at the live meet at Queensborough Community Centre on Saturday, May 28th. The Display will be at the center of the live meet activities and we invite you to show your model railroad projects, whether partly underway or complete.
All are welcome, from those taking their first steps in the hobby to those who’ve been at it a very long time, and everyone in between. Bring any project that will fit on the bus or in your vehicle, including models (structures, locomotives, rolling stock, track work, scenery, etc), photos, drawings, prototype track and layout diagrams, and any other projects (circuits, signal systems, tools, etc) related to the hobby.
We will have display tables available, as well as display boards for mounting two dimensional objects. Please let us know in advance what you intend to bring, and the space and power requirements. Contact the Display Coordinator with what you would like to bring. This will allow us to plan the space effectively and will ensure your projects are displayed as attractively as possible.
"Meet The Modeller" is a highlight of the meet for us and gives a low key way to meet other modellers, learn about interesting projects and to ask a few questions. Each of us displaying models or other projects is given a brief chance to introduce ourselves, answer questions about the project we've displayed and chat with like-minded folks.
Come as you are; you do not need to prepare any speaking notes. It is relaxed and friendly, and uncompetitive. Everyone is welcome and encouraged (but not required) to participate. Even if you don’t bring something to display, join the audience and get to know the other attendees a little better. The "Meet The Modeller" event will be held on the afternoon of May 28th.
A quick note for those interested in the Operating Sessions being offered as part of the in person meet on May 27th and 28th. The operating sessions are filling up quickly so don't delay if you want to be part of this very popular activity at the meet. Register today for the in person meet to be a part of the return of in person operating sessions. Don't delay!
We'll cover the online clinics and more in person activities like in layout tours in future newsletters. Register today; We'll see you at the Meet!
The RMMBC Committee