Announcing Marty McGuirk as the Keynote Address for RMMBC 2022!  In Person Meet is a Go at a New Venue!

We're Ready to Go!  Registration is Open for RMMBC 2022!

We are very pleased to announce Marty McGuirk as the Keynote Speaker for the Railway Modellers Meet of British Columbia 2022!  Registration is open so sign up for the 2022 RMMBC today! 

Marty will be presenting on Macro-scale prototype modeling.  Prototype modelling can apply beyond the equipment we run and the buildings we place on our layouts, however in our limited spaces this requires that we compromise.  Marty will talk about extending the prototype modelling philosophy to entire scenes and the overall approach to the layout. 

Marty started in the hobby with Lionel trains and picked up HO modeling in his teens. He built several N scale and HO scale layouts over the years. His current project, an HO scale rendition of the Central Vermont Railway’s Richford Branch, is the culmination of many lessons he’s learned building layouts in N and HO scale over the years.

He is a former Associate Editor of Model Railroader and currently is one of several rotating “Getting Real” columnists for Model Railroad Hobbyist. He has authored five books related to model or prototype railroading.

Marty's keynote presentation will kick off the 2022 edition of the RMMBC on Thursday May 5th at 7pm Pacific time on Zoom.  Register today so you won't miss this opportunity to see and hear this well known model railroader.  

The Online Prologue portion of the meet will be every Thursday evening in May (May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) with clinics and virtual layout tours.  Check the RMMBC website for more information about the many great online offerings.  We'll be sending out more updates about the great clinics that will be part of RMMBC 2022.  

But there is one question on everyone's mind: is there going to be an in person meet for 2022?   

The answer is YES!

The RMMBC committee is very pleased to announce the return of the in person RMMBC this year at a new location!  We will host the in person RMMBC at the Queensborough Community Centre on Saturday, May 28th.  The Queensborough Community Center is located at 920 Ewen Ave in New Westminster, BC.  This modern facility is located in beautiful Ryall Park and features a large, bright meeting space with access to a large patio off the room, overlooking Ryall Park.  The building is wheelchair accessible and has many other amenities.

And the best part of this years RMMBC is that it is free!  We will have free registration for both the on line and in person events this year to encourage participation in the in person RMMBC after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.  

The in person meet will feature the return of in person displays and the popular "Meet the Modeller".  We also have some new additions to the program for 2022: Table Top Clinics and "Meet My Layout". 

Table Top Clinics will be what it sounds like: several tables with modellers showing techniques for building and weathering models, scenery, buildings and more.  Attendees will be able to move between the various tables and talk with the clinician about the topic they are presenting.  Think of it as "speed dating" for model railroaders.  We're still working on the format for "Meet My Layout", we'll have more details about this new segment of the meet in a future newsletter.  

In addition we'll have spaces for attendees to meet and talk about their favourite railway, era, operations, etc.  Stay tuned for more information on the return of the in person meet.  We'll be posting more details on the weekend's activities as they become available.  

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and uncertainties, we were unable to book the usual SFU location for 2022 - but don't worry.  We'll be back at SFU for the 2023 edition of the RMMBC.

Operating Sessions and In Person Layout Tours


We are also happy to announce the return of the very popular operating sessions.  The operating sessions have always been one of the most sought after  activities at the RMMBC, and this year should be even more so.  When you register for the in person meet, select operating sessions on the form if you want to participate.  But don't delay, spaces for the operating sessions are limited and fill  up quickly.  Once the capacity is reached for the operating sessions we'll have a waitlist for anyone wanting to participate but who registered after the spaces were filled up.  

2022 also sees the return of in person layout tours.  This was another very popular activity at previous RMMBC.  If you would like to take part in the layout tours simply select the option for layout tours on the form and you'll be contacted with more information about the tours.  We'll also have more details on the Layout Tours in a future newsletter.

Please bear in mind that all people attending layout tours and operating sessions must be fully vaccinated, and some layout owners may have additional specific requirements regarding masking and social distancing; we would ask attendees to respect the requests of layout owners.  We are still in a fluid situation with regard to the ongoing pandemic.    

We're very, very happy to see the return of in person meetings and the continuation of the online RMMBC which lets us reach a much wider audience.  Register today for online, in person or both!  We'll see you at the Meet!

The RMMBC Committee

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