When you boil it all down, railroading is about moving cars from Point A to Point B.
It doesn't matter if you are using T&TO, CTC or any other methods, the cars have to move.
There are lots of methods model railroaders use to make that happen.
We'll talk about many of those options, their strengths and weaknesses and how to match
those to your model railroad.
Then we'll take a look at the JMRI Operations modules and explore how they can be used to
move cars quickly and point to some of the advanced capabilities that make JMRI Operations
Although I'm a technical guy talking about a computer program, this will not be a technical clinic.
It also won't bore you with lots of details.
It will show you how to get started and what advanced features are available as you put JMRI
Operations to work on your model railroad.
9:00am - 10:00am Clinic Room #2
Those Devilish Details: Detailing Your Structures
Learn what all those details you've seen on real buildings do and the best ways to
incorporate them into your own layout.
10:15am - 11:15am Clinic Room #1
Evolution of an Operating Scheme
Bob Weinheimer MMR
This clinic looks at how the Pennsylvania Southern and its operating scheme have evolved over
the past 35 years. Any large layout grows with time to its current form and this layout is no
exception. While the layout has moved twice, it has been in its present location for most of its
existence. Those moves offered opportunities for development. Industrial growth over the years
also led to the need for more cars, more trains to handle them, and more and different staging
methods for those trains.
As the crews improved their operating skills and as technology improved the methods of dispatching
the railroad have also changed. All of these subjects will be discussed in this clinic.
10:15am - 11:15am Clinic Room #2
Modeling the Collective Forest
Barry was intimidated by the task of creating thousand of trees for the Appalachian hillsides
on his layout. "Puffball trees" are fast and inexpensive, but for him they just wouldn't be good
enough. He shows how he uses a variety of techniques and products - and even natural materials -
to make dozens of trees for realistic "collective forest" scenes, quickly and easily.
11:30am - 12:30pm Clinic Room #1
An Introduction to the Arduino and Other Electronic Devices That Can Enhance Your Railroad - Part 1
Join Dave Bodnar and explore how easy it can be to use microcontrollers and other simple
electronic devices to enhance your railroad. We'll take an especially close look at the
Arduino and why it has been embraced by thousands of hobbyists. Intrigued by laser cutters
and 3D printers? Dave will show these 21st century tools can be an excellent and exciting
addition to your workshop.
We'll also explore a new homemade smoke generator that really puts out and create some thunder
Don't miss all of this and the usual array of tips, tricks, tools and gizmos & gadgets that can
animate and add excitement to your railroad.
11:30am - 12:30pm Clinic Room #2
All Around Pittsburgh - A Nostalgic View
I'll show scenes from around the area served by Pittsburgh Railways, including the interurban
lines, neighborhoods, industrial views, bridges, private right-of-way operation and the parks.
Hope you enjoy it.
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch, Welcome and Business Meeting
2:00pm - 3:00pm Clinic Room #1
An Introduction to the Arduino and Other Electronic Devices That Can Enhance Your Railroad - Part 2
2:00pm - 3:00pm Clinic Room #2
Steve Kaplan & Bob Weinheimer
More ways to have fun with your model railroad - turn it into a real one. Imagine yourself as
an integral character on your layout.
3:15pm - 4:15pm Clinic Room #1
Over and Under
Both prototype and model railroads frequently cross over and under highways by means of
small bridges. Unfortunately, they are often incorrectly modeled on layouts. Drawing on his
interest in highway engineering, Neal will review basic bridge design and terminology and
present examples of prototype structures. Then, drawing upon his experience in creating such
models on his own layout, he will demonstrate how to build prototypically accurate
representations of highway over and underpasses.
3:15pm - 4:15pm Clinic Room #2
A Father-Son Team - What We've Learned from Each Other
Charlie & Andy Blenko
Railroading can span multiple generations, as evidenced by this father-son team, each with
his own unique talents. This clinic explores what we have learned from each other both in
railfanning the prototype and modeling.
4:30pm - 5:30pm Clinic Room #1
Modeling & Managing Dual Gauge Operations
Description: Vagel Keller's HO-scale layout features two model railroads set in the late-1930s: the
narrow gauge Blacklog & Shade Gap Eastern and the South Penn Branch of the PRR. The two
railroads meet at a place called Richmond Furnace, where they have small passenger and freight
interchange facilities; passengers, mail and express, and milk cans are exchanged between daily
passenger trains and freight is exchanged between narrow and standard gauge freight cars. The
freight operation is controlled by the tried-and true car card and waybill system, but the necessity for
transferring freight in a break-bulk process complicates things. This richly illustrated clinic shows both
how Vagel models and manages the paperwork and car flow for dual gauge freight operations, as
well as follows the movement of passenger/mail & express/milk cans over the line from stops along
the B&SGE then via the South Penn Branch to its connection to the outside world.
4:30pm - 5:30pm Clinic Room #2
A Tribute to Don Cassler's M & K Model Railroad
Keith Devault, Mark Vinski & Gary Deavers
This will showcase photos of the construction to the last operating session on the railroad.
Close of contest voting, please vote for your favorite entry in each category by 4:00pm
Company Store, Contest Room, Switching Layout & White Elephant Room Close
Contest Results and Raffle
Banquet - International Suite
Modeler of the Year Award
The results of our monthly Bring and Brag contests for 2016
After Dinner Banquet Speaker
Model Railroading and Social Media: A New Beginning.
Sunday - Layout Tours
Viewing hours for each layout are listed in the map guidebook