It's a wrap for 2016
Thank you everyone who attended the 2016 Railway Modeller's Meet of BC for making it such a great inaugural event. We drew modelers from all over BC, from Alberta and Washington State, and from to the South as far as San Diego California and to the East from Kingston Ontario!
The Meet Committee - and more importantly the attendees - were very happy with the event. The results of the post-Meet survey are in and 96% of all attendees said they would recommend the Meet to their modeler friends! (And the few that declined to recommend did so principally because of timing of
the 2017 Meet in the Spring). Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey as it will help us make the Meet in the Spring even better.
Doug Lee’s great clinic on Track Planning concepts and tools
An excellent presentation on modeling British Columbia's beautiful scenery
The 15 clinics presented received an average score of 86% while the operating sessions on the seven layouts open for operations scored an average score of 92%. Approximately 70% of all attendees attended at least one operating session which combined hosted a record number of operating
slots for guests to try their throttle, and non-throttle, skills. Operating session participants ranged from very experienced operators to those who had never held a throttle before.
Operations on Mark Dance's Columbia and Western Layout was one of the opportunities to operate on top notch layouts as part of the meet.
Operating on the Coquihalla Subdivision
The Saturday evening banquet also saw record attendance as the attendees gathered in a relaxed social setting for food,drink, and the story of how Brian Pate's Klondike Mines Railway was transported to Dawson City and put on permanent public display.
The Committee is already working hard on the 2017 event which, although it is only a short time away in May of 2017, promises to be even bigger and better. We expect an increase in both the operations layouts, many of which have been part of the Vanrail bi-annual op event, and an expanded clinic
program including a special CPR set of clinics. We heard your feedback and we hope to have live demonstrations of scenery construction, backdrop painting, and rolling stock weathering. We also plan a special clinic on introduction to operations which will be coordinated with the op sessions.
The model room will be expanded so if you plan to attend make sure to bring you models for display and the show and tell session.
A selection of some of the excellent in progress and completed models in the display room
For those of you who made it to the November meet: we hope these photos are a reminder of a quality event shared with friends in the hobby from all over North America. And for those of you who were unable to make it, we sincerely hope you come to the 2017 Meet set for May 5th through 7th only
five short months from now. Vancouver is beautiful in May (right now...not so much :-) !) Please see the RRMBC website at http://railwaymodellersmeetofbc.ca/ for more info and to register. Don't
wait to register and make sure to tell your friends!
Sincerely, Your Railway Modeller's Meet of BC Committee