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The Countdown to the Meet is on

The Railway Modellers Meet of BC being held May 4th to May 6th at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Campus has seen an incredible response.  Registration is coming in at a record pace and this year promises to be the largest Railway Modellers Meet of BC yet!  Join the fun, camaraderie and excellent model railroading on offer at this year’s meet!   



The luncheon is a popular feature of the Railway Modellers Meet.  A tasty lunch and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow modellers will be followed by a short awards presentation and a fascinating presentation by Bernard Kempinski.  The luncheon is sure to be a highlight of the meet: be sure to add it to your registration

Bernie Kempinski Keynote Presentation

Following the luncheon we are very happy to have Bernard Kempinski present his talk entitled “High Tech Approaches Applied to a 19th Century Railroad”.  Bernard’s presentation will cover the application of laser cutters, 3D printing, photo etching, battery power and casting techniques to model an unusual U.S. Civil War era steam prototype.  Bernard’s presentation promises to be a fascinating and interesting look at the results that are possible using state of the art desktop manufacturing technology to model railroading.

Bernard is an active model railroader who has worked in many scales from N through O.  He is proprietor of Alkem Scale Models who has built many models on commission for museums and individuals.  Bernard is a popular speaker at model railroading events and a freelance writer who has written dozens of magazine articles and several books on model railroading, many of them on layout planning.  His latest book from Kalmbach Publishing is “Waterfront Terminals and Operations”, released in 2017.  He will also be presenting another clinic on modelling waterfront operations. 

You don’t have to register for the luncheon to attend Bernard’s presentation, but the best seats in the house will be the ones for the luncheon.  This will be a “can’t miss” event.  The Registration page has further information on adding the luncheon to your registration.

Last Call for Ops Sessions

There are an extremely limited number of spots left for the Operating Sessions on Saturday evening.  The Friday session slots are full with a wait list.  Register now if you want to participate in this always popular offering at the Railway Modellers Meet.

Layout Tours

The Railway Modellers Meet has a great selection of layouts participating in the self guided layout tour this year.  The focus is on layouts in the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam), New Westminster and Burnaby this year.  This is the area surrounding the SFU Burnaby Campus so all the layouts are a short drive from the meet location. 

The layouts have a wide range of focus, from the mountain peaks of British Columbia to the rugged Canadian Shield, steam era to modern diesel, prototype focused to freelance.  There is something of interest for everyone.  Take advantage of this opportunity to visit layouts that will inspire and motivate you to enhance your own layout.  The layout tour page has information about the layouts taking part this year. 

We are planning to offer each person who has signed up for the tour an individualized digital map of the various layouts on the tour. We ask everyone planning to participate in the tour to register early.  This will ensure that everyone gets their digital map prior to the start of the tour.  Those who wish to have a paper copy of the map, or who have any questions about the self-guided tour should contact the layout tour coordinator here.

In order to avoid crowding at layouts, each map will specify a first layout to be visited and a suggested sequence in which subsequent layouts should be visited due to space constraints at some layouts.   Several of the layouts on the tour are also involved in hosting operating sessions as part of the meet, so if you are scheduled to operate on one of the tour layouts it is OK to skip it on the self guided layout tour. The maps will have all the details of how to access the layouts.  If you are able to do so, car pooling is recommended.


Matt Herman – Trends in Model Railroading Electronics and the Future of DCC

This year we’re trying something new: an interactive video clinic with Matt Herman of ESU.  He will be presenting on what ESU sees as the trends that will influence electronics in model railroading.  The influence these trends might have on sound, locomotive motion control, throttles, locomotive and non-locomotive decoders as well the use of consumer battery, phone and wifi technology will be a part of the discussion. 

Matt’s clinic will include demonstrations and a two way video link so the audience can ask questions live.  This promises to be a fascinating presentation on what the state of the art in model railroading might look like in the not too distant future. 

Al Lill - Modelling the CN on Vancouver Island

Canadian National’s operations on Vancouver Island offer an attractive and practical branchline prototype for a modeler, especially those with limited space for a layout. Al Lill’s clinic will discuss era specific equipment, operations, structures and equipment along with CN’s marine connections to the mainland. 

The clinic will also include models and discussion about Al’s expanding switching layout, inspired by CN’s operations in Victoria featuring Brian Pate’s railway car ferry slip at Point Ellice.  This promises to be a fascinating look at a relatively obscure part of the Canadian National system. 

David Rees Thomas - R North 5, eh?

This clinic is a fascinating look at the intricacies of train orders and how they are used for those modellers with a passion for Time Table and Train Order (TT&TO) operations.  The clinic will focus on Train Order language on Canadian railways.  There will be examples of lesser known but potentially useful orders in a model railway setting.  David’s clinic is and expansion on his September 2016 article in Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine, and will be of interest to seasoned TT&TO users as well as those interested in learning more about this style of operation.

Brian Rudko – Consider a Micro Layout

Not every layout has to be a basement filling empire that models an entire mainline subdivision.  Brian will be presenting his clinic on the opposite end of the spectrum from the basement empire: the micro layout.  He will look at the history, artistry and the possibilities that large scale/narrow gauge micro layouts have to offer.  The Clinics page has more information on all of the clinic offerings at this year’s meet.

Register and Help us make the Meet even better

Everyone who attends the Railway Modellers Meet helps us enrich the experience for everyone.  Each attendee brings a unique approach to the hobby that others can learn from.  The RMMBC committee is working hard to make the meet something that all attendees can contribute to.  Your participation helps make the meet even better for everyone attending.  Register today!

The Meet is Fast Approaching

We are only a short 3 weeks away from the 3rd Annual Railway Modellers Meet of BC.  It is looking like it will be a great event with a stellar clinic lineup, great layouts participating in both the layout tour and operating sessions, Meet the Modeller and display room and a tasty lunch and keynote presentation by Bernard Kempinski.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!  Bring your friends!

The RMMBC Committee

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