The Operating Sessions are Filling Up Quickly!
The Railway Modellers Meet May 5th to May 7th, 2017 will feature a total of NINE layouts operating on Friday and Saturday this year as part of the very popular Operating Sessions portion of the meet. Several of these layouts are new to the program this year and have not been part of previous meets. These new layouts will add additional operating spaces for this years event, allowing more people to participate than in previous years.
This is an excellent opportunity to operate on these great model railways. But be advised: the operating sessions are filling up quickly, and spaces are limited even with the additional new layouts. Register today to avoid missing this opportunity as the operating sessions have sold out in previous years.
Operating Session Spotlight: The Spokane and British Columbia Railway
The Spokane and British Columbia Railway is an HO scale model railway based on a precursor to the Kettle Valley Railway that ran south from Grand Forks, B.C. to Republic, Washington. The model recreates a rendition of the line that was constructed as far as Republic, but never reached Spokane, as if it had survived and prospered into 1955. In this alternate version of history, the S&BC is affiliated with the Union Pacific, hence the many UP locomotives that appear regularly on the line. In addition, the layout hosts operations of the Canadian Pacific and Great Northern Railways. This layout is a new addition to the operating sessions this year, and promises to be an interesting fun addition to the sessions.
Overview of the Spokane and British Columbia Railway
Time Table and Train Orders (TT&TO) Learning Session
Another new offering at this years meet is a "Timetable & Train Order (TT&TO) learning session", specifically designed and targeted to those who have little knowledge on how this prototype operating strategy actually works. These sessions will combine some “classroom” time along with actual hands-on layout experience – without the stress of an actual full blown operating session. There will be numerous experienced home crew mentors to help everyone have fun and learn about this popular operation methodology. The TT&TO learning session will be on the well known Western Midland Railroad which has hosted TT&TO sessions for many years.
Space is limited for the TT&TO learning session. Therefore, out of town attendees who are essentially quite new to operations will be afforded priority if space fills up. Register today to take advantage of this great opportunity!
Clinic Spotlight: So You Think You Can't Paint a Backdrop?
One of the outstanding clinics on offer at this year's meet is being presented by Tom Beaton. This clinic is for the faint of heart who think they can't paint a backdrop. It consists of a demonstration of how to do it using only four colors of quick drying acrylics and a few brushes.There will be a hand out to take home so you can practice there. Many of us underestimate our abilities, and this clinic will help to get attendees over that hurdle. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn a new skill from an expert! Information on this and all the other clinics on offer can be found at http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/clinics
Accommodations are Filling Up Quickly, Register Today!
Register today for the 2017 Modellers Meet today. If you are wanting to stay onsite at Simon Fraser University, spaces are filling up quickly so time is of the essence. The discounted rate for meet attendees ends April 6th, so make sure you reserve your room today. We hope you will join us in Burnaby for three days of camaraderie, education and great model railroading!
Sincerely, the RMMBC Committee