We have a number of clinics that are being developed at this time covering design, track laying, scenery and weathering to name a few.

There is also in development a clinic that will be hands-on.

Following is the start of the list. Please check back for a complete list of clinics and what they will cover.

JMRI Operations

Ron Tuff – MMR

The JMRI Operations software available free on the internet, allows modellers to create computer-generated car movements, train manifests and switch lists for their railway, that make sense to them and their operating crew. If you’ve never used a computer for car forwarding operation, Ron will begin by discussing the basic features of the program and then share some of the hints he has learned setting up operations at the HO Model Engineers Society’s 1954 era Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo Railway layout, moving over seventy trains every 24 hours.


Maintenance and Repair of HO Locomotives

Roger Chrysler

Simple maintenance, cleaning and lubrication of simple diesel locomotives is usually the problem when models don’t operate the way they used to.

Removal of shell of a variety of brands, examination and explanation of the basic mechanism, options for cleaning of wheels, removal of old grease, recommended lubricants, testing of motor, brushes and gearing is explained.

Split gears and their repair in Life-Like and some Athearn locos is shown.

Trouble shooting tips are included to help you diagnose the problems in that balky loco.


Modelling a Prototype Area in a Small Space

Steve Tuff – Burlington Junction

Steve’s Y2K era layout depicts the Norfolk Southern’s Sandusky District around Marion Ohio. Following several railfan trips to the region to collect research materials, he was able to design a 41’ shelf layout that features the agricultural economy of central Ohio including corn, soya bean and wheat fields, JMRI car forwarding operations as well as several of the signature railroad features from AC Tower to the famous G&R restaurant in Waldo. Having a small space to build a layout should not prevent modellers from following their favourite prototype.


Weathering Materials and Techniques

Ralph Ranzetti

Bring a box car and hopper car to this hands on clinic. Various weathering mediums (Paint Pigments, Enamel Washes, Oils, Pastels, Acrylics) will be provided for you to try.

Ralph will discuss the various applications and advantages and limitations of the various methods.




Structure Detailing and Scratchbuilding with AP in Mind

Dave Patterson – MMR

We’ll be taking a look at the AP Program, focusing on Structures and the Judging criteria.

Then we’ll talk about how to better meet those criteria as well as tips and ideas for thinking “outside the box” when scratch-building structures.



The Dead Rail Society: Powering  and Controlling Locomotives through Batteries and Radio Control without all that Annoying Track Wiring

Robert Langlois

Every model railway, which powers its locomotives through the rail to wheel, has to contend with poor contact. A multitude of insidious dust particles, one thousandth of an inch high, flock like seagulls to the railhead, fouling the pristine and only recently cleaned surface. Wiping the track with oil cleaner only causes more grief, attracting more dust, lifting driver wheels clear of the low voltage rail and losing all electrical contact. This monstrous and dreaded condition is known as: The Dead Rail Syndrome (DRS).

There is a solution: Battery Power.
DRS and complicated wiring can be cured or eliminated by cutting all dependence on powered track and relegating that powered track to the subservient role of secondary power. Battery power is the cure and puts an uninterruptable source between track and wheel.

Understanding Railway Signals (Part 1 and 2)

Kevin Rudko, P.Eng
Signalogic Systems Inc.

If you are curious about signals and are interested in modelling them, but do not know the first thing about signals, you are not alone.  Learn about how signals relate to railway operations, what the colours mean and even how to plan signals on your layout.

Part 1:  The audience will learn about how signals relate to train movements and what specific signal colours (aspects) mean to a train crew.  The presenter will discuss speed limits & braking distances and how signals need to work within those confines to keep railway operations safe.

Part 2:  Different types of signal systems used on railways in Canada are described, with emphasis on the relation to railway rules and operations.  The presentation will then discuss options for implementing signals on a model railway, closing with a case study of planning a signal system on a point-to-point layout.


Creating a Believable Mountain Scene

Chris Lyon

So many of us have pictured trains running through the mountains, across bridges and through tunnels.  However, it is very difficult to see how we can create such majestic scenery in small spaces.  This clinic will provide an approach to solving many of the barriers to making a mountain scene. Integrating the right of way with the scenery and backdrop is the focus.  To achieve success the key is understanding perspective in a limited three dimensional space.  Chris Lyon Superintendent of the SLD will help you bring your mountain scene to life by sharing some concepts used in diorama and fine art creations.  Chris has developed his knowledge and skills from so many sources; many in addition to model railroaders.  He has really enjoyed sharing what he has learned with others and is looking forward to seeing you at the convention.


Modifying Freight Cars to Canadian Specifications

Bill Dewar

Improving various manufacturers’ kits and ready to run freight cars into more Canadian prototypical equipment. Bill will share technics, tips and spotting features on how to improve your freight equipment, so, your trains look more like the real thing. Equipment covered will be transition era and 70’s – 80’s era.


Modelling the Vignette: Micro-Scene Composition

Bob Fallowfield

Join Bob Fallowfield as he discusses how he approaches creating an effective scene. Bob will share photos from his layout depicting CP’s Woodstock operations in 1980 and will present his approach to realistic modelling.



Making the Perfect Tree

Wendy Day Hamilton

Making realistic trees with Model Builders Supply tree frames and foliage mats.

Miniature gardening for your layout. Using our foliage, blossoms, Squeeze Me bushes and more!

If there’s time, just some general info on working with MBS patterned plastic sheets, painting, cutting & gluing.


Weathering Structures

Nick Masney

Nick will do a quick addendum to weathering freight cars and show you some quick techniques for painting and weathering a laser kit brick wall.