The third evening of the RMMBC Online Prologue kicks off on May 19th at 7PM Pacific time with another series of great clinic presentations and virtual layout tours. We will have two parallel clinic streams with something for everyone. We also have more information below on "Meet My Layout" and the Display and "Meet the Modeller" at the In Person RMMBC at the Queensborough Community Center in New Westminster. Register today for both the On Line Prologue and In Person Meets!
The first clinic on Clinic Stream 1 will be Burr Stewart presenting "Why Bother with Operations". This Clinic is about why, what, and how you might want to consider “operations” on a model railroad – either you own or someone else’s.
The basics include:
● Burr’s experiences while railfanning which led him to delve into operations
● options for dipping your toe in the water
● the main jobs that you can have during an operating session
● ways to get started, and some of the useful resources for learning more.
This will be a very interesting introduction to operations. Don't miss this must see clinic.
The second clinic on Stream 1 will be Steve Todd's presentation on "Basic JMRI Operations with NO paper!". Starting from nothing, Steve will show us how to set up simple railroad operations on your layout using JMRI. This includes using mobile devices to replace printed switchlists and car cards. The possibilities are endless, and Steve will show us how to get started.
And to wrap up the Stream 1 clinics we have Geoff Bunza presenting "Modelling with Magnets". The size range of rare earth magnets includes tiny rings nearly impossible to manipulate, to larger, incredibly strong connections. Come and enjoy exploring new components like these for their ultimate modeling possibilities-- from air brake and power couplings, to structural connections, to options for animation.
Modeling topics will include: What’s new with magnets, Working MU Power Lines, Air Brake Lines, Uncouplers, Re - Motoring, Structure Hold - Downs, Magnetic Sensors, and Magnets for Animation. These small magnets offer big opportunities. Don't miss this great presentation.
Over on Clinic Stream 2 we will have Max Magliaro presenting his clinic "Scratchbuilt Brass SP&S Skeleton Logging Flat Cars". This clinic looks at How Max built N Scale skeleton logging flat cars of the type used by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle and Northern Pacific railways from the early 1900s through the 1950s.
Seeking more accurate, detailed cars than were available commercially, Max created custom jigs for soldering and cutting brass and wood that allowed him to make multiples of this car type. Key features are true in-scale brass thin-member construction, with an accurate see-through real wood slat deck and much more. You will not believe that these cars are N Scale!
This clinic will be a fascinating and entertaining presentation on what is achievable in one of the smaller scales in our hobby. Max's techniques and approaches are applicable in any scale. Don't miss it!
Next up on Stream 2 is a virtual layout tour of Ken Rutherford's "CPR Comox Lake Extension on Vancouver Island, HO scale". Ken will describe how he used prototype historical information to design and start construction of a proto-freelance switching layout.
As Marty McGuirk pointed out in his Keynote Presentation "It all begins with a story". This presentation is Ken's story. Ken's layout has not been on any previous RMMBC layout tour, so don't miss this opportunity to see this great model railway.
Meet My Layout
There is still time to participate in "Meet my Layout". Meet My Layout is an opportunity to share your layout without committing to a 30 minute virtual layout tour.
All you need to do is send a brief overview of your layout plus four to five images that capture your layout to the Meet My Layout coordinator. The coordinator will assemble them into a presentation for you. At the meet on May 28th, you will have an opportunity to introduce yourself and your layout to the assembled group in a short 5 minute presentation. Overviews of complete layouts and work in progress are both welcome!
Display and "Meet the Modeller"
After a long wait, we are looking forward to seeing you 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. Please email the Display Coordinator with your display information. This information will help us plan the space effectively and will ensure your projects are displayed as attractively as possible.
We are also pleased to announce that we will hold "Meet the Modeller" in person in the afternoon on May 28th at the Queensborough Community Center in New Westminster. This 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. Everyone displaying models or other projects will have a chance to introduce themselves, 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.
We'll cover the later online clinics and more in person activities like meet ups and layout tours in future newsletters. Register today; We'll see you at the Meet!
The RMMBC Committee