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  • The South Hills and South Side Routes of Pittsburgh Railways and Port Authority - George Gula
    The presentation will cover the early history of the PRW lines, Routes 38-39-40-42-44-46-47-48-49-50 and 53. It will conclude with today's South Hills "T" light rail operation.

  • Modeling Realistic Vehicles - Grier Kuehn
    For some, model vehicles are as serious a hobby as model railroading. To the rest of us they may not be the main characters on our layouts, but play important roles. This clinic will focus on how some simple and fun steps can make vehicles of all price ranges more realistic to insure they enhance rather than detract. Although centered on HO, the theme carries over to all scales. A handout is included.

  • Modeling Penn Central's Erie & Pittsburgh Branch in 1969 - Jerry Jordak
    This clinic takes a look at the development over the last fifteen years of my model railroad depicting Penn Central's Erie & Pittsburgh Branch around New Castle, PA. After a brief historical overview of the E&P Branch, we will look at how the prototype influenced the design of the railroad, followed by a review of current operations on the layout. The clinic will conclude with a look to the future: the layout's "Phase II," which will cover the E&P between New Castle and Greenville.

  • Incorporating Life as an Engineer into Model Railroading - DJ Arlia
    In my presentation, I share a variety of easy tips for making and operating a model railroad, by using comical tales of lessons learned for the past 20 years as an engineer with CSX. I also will open the floor to questions and answers in the remaining time allotted.

  • Scratching and Bashing for the McB&O - Alden McBee
    The clinic will discuss the fun and frustration of modelling an HO railroad that attempts to portray a specific section of the B&O (Grafton to Terra Alta circa 1978), which is requiring a lotof scratch-building and kit-bashing.

  • Engineering the Right of Way - Neal Schorr
    Incorporating prototypical engineering practices into your model railroad can significantly increase the realism of your layout. Neal will share with you how he has done so on his railroad. The clinic will start with overall design considerations and will then turn to a discussion of topics such as track geometry, earthwork including cuts and fills, slopes, drainage considerations, and the correct use of bridges and tunnels. Finally, he will share his techniques for right of way modeling which will allow you to accurately portray actual civil engineering practices on your railroad's right of way.

  • Paper Signal Operation - Charlie Blenko
    Many of us aspire to have fully-automated signal systems governing our railroads, but this requires a substantial investment of time and money to do properly. This clinic will give a brief overview of the types of track authority then show how to make, implement and operate with inexpensive, professional-looking signals made of paper. This technique is not intended to be a permanent solution, but it serves as a cheap way to try operating with signals before making bigger investments. Attend this clinic to learn more about track authority, signals and more to make your operating sessions more realistic.

  • Care & Organization of your Collection - Tony Cook
    Tony will discuss inventory, storage options, and other related aspects of collecting model trains.

  • Then and Now Along the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad - Dave Aitkin
    We will compare current and historic images along the LSMRRR as well as taking a look at two affiliated roads, the Pittsburgh Chartiers & Youghiogeny and the short lived Pittsburgh Southern.

  • The Joy of Modeling Short Lines (with a focus on Pennsylvania railroads) - Jim Whipple
    Want to enjoy modeling, instead of cleaning goo off of hundreds of car wheels and miles of scale track in order to keep your Class 1 empire in operating condition? Modeling a short line might just be your ticket to modeling heaven, with a reasonably-sized roster of equipment and a modest amount of trackwork. It can also greatly help to focus your money and time towards reaching an attainable goal.
    While wonderful short lines were (and are) found all over the United States, Pennsylvania was always particularly blessed. We'll do a quick survey of these little roads, both past and present, and talk about features of modeling them. Finally, what we learn about these can provide guidance for proto-freelancing your own fictitious but entirely believable short line.

  • Whittling a Loco Fleet to Fit Your Basement - Dennis Lippert
    Conrail began its existence with just about 5000 locos. We'll go through the thought processes used to shrink that number into something that fits both my basement and my budget... and also gives a fleet that fits my chosen locale, era, and traffic mix.

  • Modeling Weirton Steel - George Pandelios
    Weirton Steel comprises a significant portion of the presenter's PRR Panhandle Division which is in its second incarnation (design phase). The clinic will discuss the major aspects of modeling Weirton Steel as well as generic considerations and suggestions for steel mill modeling. The presenter will highlight the specific challenges of modeling this industry in O scale as well as providing guidance for smaller scales.