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The 2014 NNGC Clinic Program is shaping up nicely.  A wide range of clinics dealing with both modeling and prototype subjects have been scheduled.  Please continue to check back to see new additions to the full program.  If you have questions, please contact Marty Vaughn at clinics@34thnngc.com.
 
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Realistic Water Made Easy
Jon Addison
 

Facing a Blank Wall
Larry Alfred MMR
 
What to do with a blank wall?  How creative can you be?  Come and see what Larry does with his.
 
 
 
The Billerica & Bedford Railroad – America’s First Two-Foot Gauge Railroad
Don Ball
 
It was the first railroad in the country with a gauge as small as 2 feet. It attracted world-wide attention and became the genesis for the great two-foot railroads of Maine but was gone in 6 months. This is the story of that ground-breaking railroad, how it came to be and what caused its failure.
                 
 
 
A Short History of the Rainbow Route
Don Ball
 
The narrow-gauge Silverton Railroad, built to serve the Red Mountain Mining District, was only 20 miles long but was a vital link for the dozens of mines in the District. Switchbacks, tight curves, steep grades and unconventional track layouts were found throughout, including a turntable on the main line. This is the story of a railroad so successful that it could issue passes made from solid silver.
 
 
 
C&S/RGS Double Deck Stock Cars
Don Bergman
 
Double Deck Stock cars were an efficient way to ship sheep, but they were also used to ship other stock such as hogs.  The program covers Double Deck (DD) Stock Cars of the D&RG 1874-1921; the D&RGW 1921 to today including construction diagrams;  a short section on the C&S precursor lines DD cars;  the C&S DD Cars including construction diagrams;  and the RGS's 26' cars 1891-1904 purchased from the D&RG and  the C&S DD Stock cars purchased in 1938 that lasted until 1952.  It also looks at stock car operations and stock loading chutes for DD cars on the RGS and D&RGW.
 
 
 
Trestles & Trusses Narrow Gauge Style
Don Bergman
 
What’s a narrow gauge railroad without a trestle or 2 or more?  Building Trestles and Trusses Narrow Gauge Style. Railroads did not like bridges with their inherent danger and high maintenance costs.  They would do anything, such as laying a mile or more track or fill in the gap, to avoid one.  But when building in the Rockies they were something they could not avoid.  This clinic looks at how the RGS built their trestles and truss bents with ideas on how to build these eye catching structures.
 
 
Foam Rubber Scenery Demonstration
Carl Blum
 
Watch as commonly available materials build valleys and mountains. Various forms are easy to cut from foam rubber and can still be moved when finished. Perfect for larger mountain ranges as the materials cost little or nothing. Thick foam rubber like that found in mattress and cushions carve nicely for rugged mountains. Carpet underlayment foam curves over easy forms to build rolling hillsides. All this can be done quickly with just a bit of mess
 
 
 
Aspens, Pines, and Weather
Jeff Boock
 
Jeff will demonstrate how to construct various types of foreground pines, aspens and deciduous trees using materials found at most craft and hardware stores.  He will also describe the weathering techniques that he has used on his contest winning scratch built structures.                                                                      
 
 
 
Building Geodesic Foam Scenery 2 hour clinic
Joel Bragdon
 
This  is an in depth and comprehensive look at all aspects of building scenery from resin materials.  A mountain railroad diorama will be built during the clinic from the bench-work up.  Foam bench-work and roadbed, foam hard-shell and resin/foam rock casting will be demonstrated.  Also, realistic coloring of rocks and scenery plus final detailing will be covered. 
 
 
 
Mold making and casting for the model maker
Joel Bragdon
 
This clinic and will cover making a variety of types RTV rubber molds for reproducing detail parts, cars, vehicles, structures or almost anything.  One piece, multi piece and split molds will be demonstrated.  Casting with a variety of materials will be shown including fast curing space age, safe and odorless, polymer resins.   Over two hundred sample molds and castings will be shown to illustrate the great number of options.
 
 
 
Weathering Clinic
Joel Bragdon
 
This clinic and will cover a broad range of weathering methods and materials including some traditional old favorites and some that are new or little known.  Weathering wood, metal, plastic, paper and plaster for model cars, structures, details and scenery and much more will be demonstrated.  Near the end of the clinic the attendees will be invited to try their hand with some of the materials and techniques that they have seen and leave the clinic with some samples.
 
 
 
Rivers, Rapids and Rushing Water
Cameron Bryars
 
This clinic is a demonstration of the techniques developed and documented in Rivers, Rapids and Rushing Water (published by BHI publishing); to encourage modelers to embrace the beauty of water on their layout and making it a focal point they can be proud of.
 
 
 
Scale Model Animation for Model Railroading
Dr. Geoffrey J. Bunza
 
Animated sequencing a series of actions (movement, light and sound) is fundamental to creating activity, and interest on your layout. In this clinic we consider how to control trains and "animated scenery" to add help you get started!Want to make your factories and buildings come alive, or conjure up a storm? This clinic canmethods for triggering (starting) activity, lighting techniques, and creating realistic movement variety to your layout.  We'll look at
 
 
 
Modeling with Micro LEDs
Dr. Geoffrey J. Bunza
 
This clinic will look into new surface mounted device (SMD) light emitting diodes (LEDs), how to work with them, how to light them up and put them into some really interesting places. Opportunities exist for lighting the “unlightable”:  desk lamps, hand kerosene lamps, marker lamps, classification lights, number boards, crossing gates, ditch lights, vending machines, multibeam headlights, etc. What can you model if you had a bright light the size of an HO scale light bulb? Come and find out
 
 
 
Engineering Secrets of the Eastern Loggers
John Burchnall
 
See techniques and features engineered by the Eastern Loggers to create their unique sectional HO/HOn3 layout depicting Pennsylvania Logging in the 1920's. These replicable items are key to the portability, durability, operation and presentation of the layout. Includes many useful and interesting pioneering methods encompassing Layout Connections (both electrical and mechanical), Ease of Construction and Operation, Portability and Appearance. Investigating, designing and building these successful items is a source of much enjoyment in this wonderful hobby of model railroading. Includes a brief orientation to the Eastern Loggers layout.
 
 
 
Kansas City Stock Yards
Larry Diehl
 
Larry will discuss the forces and factors in the early development of Kansas City, which culminated into Kansas City “the railroad town of 20 Class I railroads”, co-existing in an area slightly larger than a “postage stamp”.  The presentation will focus on the time period commencing early 1800’s through 1914, the opening of Union Station as it exists today.  We will look at industrial development, optimism, livestock and meat packing, the optimism for commerce with emphasis on railroad development, which all came together as Kansas City, a Class I cow town.  “The best west of the Mississippi.”
 
 
 
Painting with Chalks
Larry Diehl
 
Larry will demonstrate his methods of coloring wood walls and strip wood with pastel chalks combined with paints, mineral spirits and “sweet & sour” vinegar solution.  He will show how he varies color and intensity on each building.  He will be using enamel paint and mineral spirits in the demonstrations.
 
 
Digital Model Photography Clinic
Ken Ehlers MMR
 
This clinic will help you to master the techniques necessary to produce model photos that will be coveted by magazine editors.  Topics covered will include photocomposition, setting up your camera, lighting, how to focus (including software programs that give infinite depth-of-field), and working the photo software (Adobe Photoshop). 
 
 
 
Colorado scenery from beginning to end
Ken Ehlers MMR
 
This clinic is a live demo showing how to do basic Colorado scenery from beginning to finial detailing including hard shell construction, rock castings and coloring, ground cover, and a quick look at making a couple types of evergreen trees.  There will be a short slide show at the beginning of the clinic showing the progress on Ken's current layout to show what he is aiming for in his scenery.  Audience participation and questions will be encouraged.
 
 
 
Detailing Dioramas
Mike Engler
 
This clinic will show you methods of researching and constructing contest quality dioramas; winning strategies; building techniques and realistic scenery. Super­detailing and “finishing” the diorama. Creating interest  and bringing life to the display through “mini­-scenes”. Tips and links to the masters.
 
 
 
Buildings, mines and structures along the RGS line
Rodney Guggenheim
 
Buildings, mines and structures along the RGS line from Ridgway to Durango including Telluride and pandora mine. The photos are Black and white and are from the Dorman Collection
 
 
 
Uintah Railway
Miles Hale MMR
 
 
 
 
Along the Line : Narrow Gauge in Southern British Columbia, prototype and model
Bob Harper
 
A brief history of the lines in the Boundary District of British Columbia, Canada, and then describe his model inspired by the Columbia & Western Railway.
 
 
 
Narrow Gauge Railroads and Mining Operations
Gerald Harper
 
Even though the mining industry was responsible for the initial establishment of trains as a functional means of transportation it has been largely forgotten about since the start of the twentieth century when passengers and common carriers grew to dominate the scene.  As a result, other than the revival of common carriers hauling unit trains of mineral product little is written about the mining industry to aid the modeler.   Modelers are faced with the reality that a mine is going to feature on most of their layouts. But the railroads that operate within the mine confines bear little resemblance to the common carrier systems that serve them and remove the finished product. This clinic will discuss how mine site rail systems operate, the choice of gauges, limitations of height, nature of the rolling stock, constraints on axle spacing, curves radii and how all these have changed over time.  Models available commercially are reviewed as to applicability to different mines and deficiencies identified. Several cars scratch built by the author will be displayed and his method for production line construction of ore cars demonstrated. Finally he will review underground locomotives and scratch building appropriate models that will operate and pull the required loaded trains.
 
 
 
The Clear Creek Then and Now
Duncan Harvey
 
It is no longer possible to travel up Clear Creek behind a steam locomotive and see the sights. However, since I-70 has been built over much of the original roadbed it is possible to travel by car and see many things earlier travelers saw from the train. This clinic will take you on a trip up Clear Creek to show you what can still be seen today of the structures and scenery that were present when the C&S ran trains up the canyon. We'll even see some of the equipment in operation in Georgetown and on display in Idaho Springs and Silver Plume.
 
 
 
Thirty Years of Modules
Steven Hollenbach
 
This is a PowerPoint clinic, opening with Steve's own interest in building modules, why he chose HOn3 and continuing with a thirty year evolution of modules based on the Mudhens’ club experience. There will be lots of photos of their modular layout at various conventions and NMRA shows, some drawings of how they plan their layout in its various configurations, and slides on the development of their latest construction standards. Steve will  wrap up with an open forum on other modelers’ experiences with modules and modular clubs.
 
 
 
Advanced Model Railroad Animation with RR & Co.
Lee Hoover
 
Moving beyond basic DCC model railroad automation required sensors, motors, decoders and software to bring it all together.  In this clinic we will move from the simple to the complex in adding automation to a railroad controlled with the commercial “Railroad and Co” software.  Control your trains, turnouts, signals, lights, sounds and more using this flexible software.  Multiple examples will be given and free trial software is available from the manufacturer’s web site  for clinic attendees to try out after the clinic.
 
 
 
3D Printing
Kent Hurley
 
We will discuss current home use 3d printer technology, and the learning curve to using it to construct model railroad items.   Some examples can be seen at nvrr49.blogspot.com.   Designing, tolerances, and limitations will be discussed.  We will have a printer running, and will have many examples of 3d printed items.
 
 
 
Sketch it Drawing Program
Kent Hurley
 
This will be a basic overview of how to use SketchUp 2014.  If you would like to follow along during the demonstration, bring your laptop with you!  You will need to have the latest version of SketchUp installed, it is FREE at sketchup.com.  You will also need a 3-button mouse, the mouse pad on a laptop will work, but it is not the best experience.
 
 
 
Narrow Gauge Prototype Sounds and Operation
Jarrette Ireland
 
 
 
Hills to Mountains
Bob Lawson
 
The purpose of this Clinic is to demonstrate new methods and tools that are available for constructing hills and mountains using foam.  The scenery will then be enhanced utilizing rubber rocks and other scenic materials
 
 
 
STRUCTURE-FANNING
John Lowrance MMR
 
On your next road trip, turn your camera away from the locomotives long enough to shoot photos of the rapidly disappearing buildings and industries along the way.  This clinic examines why rail fans should take pictures of structures, how to decide which ones to photograph, what we need to do it, and tips on trip planning, shooting the photos, and remembering what we shot.  In addition to many photos from John's collection, Structure-fanning may add some fun to your next trip. 
 
 
 
The West Side Lumber Company
Timothy S. McCartney
 
This clinic will provide a close up look at the West Side Lumber Co. in detail, with an emphasis on ideas for layout modeling and operation
 
 
 
How to make San Juan Switches more DCC friendly
Steve McKee
 
Steve will show you how he made his San Juan Switches a little more DCC friendly and used the tortoise switch machine to power route the switches. He will also show you a new easier way to mount your tortoise switch machine and how he came up with a template to make it easier to drill the holes for your wires.
 
 
 
Applying and Blending Rock Castings on your Layout
Randy Meyer MMR
 
This is a two hour clinic that will show you how to apply rock castings and blend them together for a seamless appearance on your layout or module.
 
 
 
Building the B&CC: The Motive Power Fleet
Ryan Moats MMR
 
This presentation will cover Ryan's experience with scratch building the motive power for the Blackhawk & Central City - a narrow gauge short line set along the north fork of Clear Creek Colorado circa 1870. He will cover both the techniques that worked for him (as well as show photos of some of the attempts that flat out didn't
 
 
 
Building the B&CC: The Kimber Mill circa 1870
Ryan Moats MMR
 
This clinic presents Ryan's Kimber Mill - a scratch build fully-detailed Gilpin County stamp mill circa 1870. Not only will the actual construction be covered, but also how to research such a structure (there are no photographs) including how to factor in operational considerations.
 
 
 
Designing and Building the Vicki Jo Gold Mine
Ron Morse MMR
 
This PowerPoint clinic takes you step by step through the design and building on the Vicki Jo Gold Mine. The diorama measures about 19" x 20" and is done in 'HO' Scale. The track on the diorama is HON3 and the era is 1910 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. For this model Ron relied heavily on his background in gold mining, milling and assaying acquired while growing up around Blackhawk and Central City, Colorado.  Would you believe for this board by board model that Ron grew his own wood, harvested it and then cut it in scale lumber for this diorama? Ron will share the many and varied techniques he used in constructing this board by board scratchbuilt mine diorama that took him almost 400 hours to build. An article about the Vicki Jo Gold Mine appeared in the Nov/Dec 2011 Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette.
 
 
 
The Gold Creek Railroad Gn3 Scale Modular Layout
Ron Morse MMR
 
The Gold Creek (‘G’ scale-narrow gauge sectional) Railroad (1/24 = GN42) was birthed in 1990 by a group of 18 guys in the Kansas City area. Eventually the railroad won several national awards and was shown on many occasions including being on tour for the “Heartland Express” NMRA National Convention in 1998. A feature article about the “The Gold Creek Railroad Co.” appeared in Model Railroader Magazine in May 1998. Additional photos and articles about the railroad were featured seven times.
 
 
 
Kansas City’s Narrow Gauge Empire
Jeffrey Needham
 
 
 
Large Scale Trees
Frank Palmer
 
 
 
Making it "Dirty"
Larry Patch
 
This clinic will show you how to enhance individuality in and create aged realism with your models using unusual weathering tools and techniques without spending a fortune.
 
 
 
 
If it ain't dirty, it ain't done (a 2 hour Clinic)
Paul Richardson MMR & Duane Richardson MMR
 
 
 
Weathering
Dave Revelia
 
 
 
Photoshop and Creating Realistic Backdrops
Hal Reynolds
 
In this clinic Hal will explain the techniques and methods he uses to create realistic photographic backgrounds. By combining elements from many photos into one convincing scene. He will also cover how he created the background for the Sundance Central RR
 
 
 
Roadways For Our Railways
Lou Sassi
 
Lou will be giving a Keynote presentation in which he will explain the tools, materials, and techniques he used to build four different types of roads and three styles of railroad crossings that have been featured on either his HO scale West Hoosic Division or his On 30 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroads. He will also explain the construction of an HO scale urban scene of Peerless Tanning Company and the surrounding streets from his second publication “How to Build and Detail Model Railroad Scenes Volume #1” and an O scale rural concrete road that will be covered in a chapter of his expanded version of the Kalmbach book “Basic Scenery for Model Railroads.
 
 
 
Frocks (foam rocks)
Richard Schmitt
 
 
 
The Two Foot Narrow Gauge Museums of Maine
Jeff Schumaker
 
This clinic will provide a virtual tour of the four narrow gauge museums in the state of Maine that will be open during the 2016 NNGC in Augusta, ME. Background information on the museums will be provided, as well as a description of the motive power and rolling stock that can be seen at each one.
 
 
 
Inland waterways - A photographic look at paddle wheelers, barges, transfers, wharfboats, dredges, and warping tugs
Andy Small
 
A photographic look at watercraft associated with the inland waterways of North America, This is a study of these commercial craft, where vessel draft and environment greatly impacted their design and employment. The history of North America's inland waterways are tied directly to the history and development of rail service. With selected highlights from the local Missouri River, Kansas City area, the clinic will cover the steam powered stern wheel towboats that plied the Western rivers, the rafters that moved timber, and the Pacific Northwest steamers that were the lifeblood of that region. The clinic will also look at the dredges that cut the massive irrigation ditches throughout the plains, the rail transfers, the wharfboats that were the local communities' piers and storehouses, the shipways used in the winter months, the local ferries (both steam and horse powered) that connected communities, and the small amphibious "Alligator" warping tugs that were the mainstay of Canadian logging industry. Attendees will receive online resources, list of print references, CD-ROM with photograph subjects, an opportunity to look through the presenters extensive reference collection, sample models, and maybe some new and creative modeling ideas
 
 
 
Scratch-building with Styrene, Tools and Techniques
Pete Smith MMR
 
Pete will show how to use this versatile modeling medium to build structures, rolling stock and modeling jigs. Styrene modeling is fast and fuzz-free. The clinic will discuss sources, tools, characteristics, and finishing techniques related to this material.
 
 
 
TCS WOW Sound Steam Decoder
Norm Stenzel
 
TCS will demonstrate the latest TCS WOW Sound decoder showing how easy it is to operate and set up using the revolutionary "Audio Assist ". This is the first DCC Sound decoder to feature True CD Quality Sound! Now your locomotives can both sound and operate more prototypically.
 
 
 
How to use multiple exposures to light-up your models.
Lane Stewart
 
Lane will show you how to use multiple exposures to light-up your models. Put your camera on a tripod and all you need is a few household lights and a little bit of Photoshop
 
 
 
Operations on theRGS in the 1920's
Patrick Student
 
This is a continuation of clinics the author presented at previous NNGC's on "Operations on Marshall Pass in the 1920's" and "Operations over Cerro Summit in the 1920's" .  "Operations on the RGS in the 1920's" will present the operations on the RGS when it was part of the Gunnison Division as seen by a professional railroader.
 
 
 
Scratch Building and Finishing a Whitcomb Engine
Sam Swanson MMR
 
Scratchbuilding an On30 Whitcomb 30-ton locomotive from styrene and a NWSL Stanton drive is featured in this clinic, along with kitbashing and painting its crew and fellow section workers.  Making custom figures by combining railroad and military plastic components, and supplementing with epoxy putty and cardstock details, will be described.  Finishing techniques, including brush-painting figure clothing and skin tones with acrylics, and airbrushing and weathering styrene with various paints to represent corroded and weathered metal surfaces, will also be covered.
 
 
 
Scratchbuilding- structures, cars, and a bridge- varying materials
Mike Tylick MMR
 
Many beautiful commercial models are available these days, and it appears many hobbyists hope to bang out a layout as quickly as possible.  But there comes a time when the layout is nearly finished, or when something is needed that you just cannot go out and buy or kitbash.  Scratch building can be a rewarding pastime onto itself; in this slide presentation Michael discusses several structure, bridge, and rolling stock projects built from a wide variety of materials.  In traditional Yankee fashion, if you can’t find what you want at the store, you can make it yourself while spending very little money.
 
 
 
Building Stuff - Rolling stock, vehicles, details
Jim Vail MMR
 
For the “Building Stuff” clinics I will show the results of a variety of techniques I have used with in all kinds of materials.  Please note Jim's Building Stuff Clinics cover different topics.
 
 
 
Evolution on the layout
Jim Vail MMR
 
In my clinic on the evolution of my present layout I will talk about some of the design, building and operating trials and tribulations, and show a variety of early construction and later finished scenes.
 
 
 
The Black Canyon, My Family and Me
Terry Wheeler
 
 
 
Mines, Mills, and Samplers of Gilpin County
Lynn Wickersham & Keith Pashina
 
Clinic looks at some of the Samplers, Mills and Mines that were active during the 1880's to the early 1900's in Gilpin County Colorado.  Ore processes that took place inside of the buildings and the machines that turned raw ore into concentrate will be discussed and the type of rail traffic that was generated.  Historical and present day images will help to bring back those early years.  Models of the equipment as well as some mining structures will be tied into the clinic to help modelers with how the equipment can be built.

Clinicians

Clinicians Bios

Jon Addison

 

 
 

Larry Alfred MMR

Like many, Larry has been an avid model railroader since early childhood, with interests in Colorado narrow gauge and many western "broad gauge" railroads.  In retirement, he is currently building a basement layout that incorporates both interests, modeling in O scale and On3.  Early in 2004, he completed the requirements for Master Model Railroader in the NMRA’s Achievement Program.  Larry has attended more than half of the past NNGCs and has enjoyed them all.  He is Co-Chair for this year's convention.

 
 

Don Ball

Don has been a model railroader for over 40 years and has written many articles for both model and prototype magazines. His book, George Mansfield and the Billerica and Bedford Railroad was published in 2012. Don currently is building a model of the Stockton & Copperopolis Railroad set in 1895 and is a Master Model Railroader.

 
 

Don Bergman

Don became interested in electric trains as a kid with a Marx set.  He switched to HO as a junior in high school in 1961.    Don fell in love with the Colorado Mountains and the “Cute” narrow gauge trains following a visit to Colorado in 1967.   Married in 1966, his family moved into their first home in 1972 and he decided to try HOn3.   Reviewing Beebe and Clegg’s Narrow Gauge in the Rockies the field was narrowed to Silverton’s 3 short lines and the RGS.  It was the bridges that tipped the scales to the RGS.     Don has been interested in and modeled the RGS ever since.  His first RGS layout was 1972-1984.  And after 3 moves with several fits and starts his current RGS layout was started in 1999.  When teaching high school history for 34 years he was fortunate to travel to Colorado once a decade,  but since retirement a decade ago Don has been fortunate to travel there 5 times photographing the C&TS and the D&S and catching several of the fall specials.   Frustrated in finding just the right photograph to model a RGS scene in the 1980’s he started a database of published RGS Photographs.  The database now contains 16,500 records with 10 fields and enables him to find just the right photograph such as a photograph of the back side of buildings, the right side of #20 in 1936 as well as published plans and other items such as timetables.

 
 

Carl Blum

Carl is a retired Mechanical Engineer who returned to model railroading in 1995. He added on to his garage twice for the train layout, which he now considers finished, and he is moving on to improvements. Carl has written several articles for the train press on tools, staging tracks and his "Misery & Short Life RR". He has completed 3 of the 7 Achievements required for NMRA's Master Model Railroader. This year he started weekly operating sessions on his model railroad. Carl has presented the Foam Rubber Scenery Workshop at two National conventions, TTOS 2011 and NMRA 2013 as well as numerous train meets.

 
 

Jeff Boock

Jeff is a retired architect who has designed over 200 hospitals across the United States.  He was the co-chairman for the 2008 Sn3 Symposium in St. Louis and will do the same for the 2017 Sn3 Symposium to be held at the St. Louis Airport Marriott April 6 thru April 8.  Jeff has won over 50 awards at National Narrow Gauge and National Model Railroad Association Conventions.  He has been published in the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, Sn3 Modeler, Finescale Railroader, and Railroad Model Craftsman magazines.  Jeff is currently working on a large dual gauge S scale layout depicting the Denver and Rio Grande from Chama to Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as the trackage shared with the Santa Fe Railroad.  He is hand laying his track and used redwood spline roadbed.

 
 

Joel Bragdon

Joel has been a model rail builder for over sixty years.  Bragdon Enterprises, has been producing model scenery products and tools since 1978.  Since developing Geo Foam Scenery, in the 1990s, they have installed scenery on over three dozen custom layouts

 
 

Cameron Bryars

Having grown up around lands and rivers in Alabama and Georgia, I have always been fascinated with water.  My first layout at age 11 was an N scale 4 x 6 featuring a river running the length.  This first attempt This interest in water has been a driving force in my modeling, always striving to make it more realistic. Currently on my second layout as an adult which features the Clear Creek from upgrade of Silver Plume to Denver, set in 1907-1910 during spring snow melt .included casting resin and silicon water falls.

 
 

Geoff Bunza

Geoff Bunza started as a Model Railroader when he received a Mantua train set for Christmas, at age 6. He fed his interests through college becoming a member of the Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) at MIT and getting his degrees in Electrical Engineering. He has collected Lionel HO trains for many years, which spawned his interest in realistic animation and lighting. Geoff enjoys modeling strange, narrow critters from the woods of Maine in HOn30, and the NYC in standard gauge. Geoff has been diverted from model railroading over the years by engineering and management challenges in computer design, automatic test systems, electronic design automation, and starting five companies. He is blessed with his wife, Lin, in marriage for 35 years and their two terrific sons. He is a life member of the NMRA.

 
 

John Burchnall

John is a Licensed Professional Engineer, retired Research Fellow at Procter & Gamble and founding member of the Eastern Loggers modeling group.  He is a lifetime railroad modeler and enthusiast, and is very active in the National Model Railroad Association including the local chapter in Cincinnati.  As a teenager John worked in the hobby in both manufacturing and retail.  He enjoys most every aspect of our incredible hobby, including photography, research, scenery and design.  He has 12 patents, several publication credits in model railroad magazines and has taught/presented at many national and regional conventions. John has a long-time understanding wife, Ruth Anne, and two married sons.

 
 

Larry Diehl

Larry models in HO scale and enjoys scratchbuilding structures and scenery, usually in a “free lance” style.  He has placed in several NMRA national and regional contests, plus twice placed 1st and 2nd at the Boston area Craftsman Structure Show.  Larry is a retired architect by profession, running his own office in partnership for 34 years.  He lives in the Kansas City area and also enjoys researching the RR and industry aspects of the area, focusing on the West Bottoms.

 
 

Ken Ehlers MMR

Kenneth Ehlers – has been modeling Colorado narrow gauge since 1977, first in HOn3 and then in Sn3, and is well known for his contest modeling having twice won Best-of-Show awards at the Narrow Gauge Conventions in 1990 and 2000.   Ken's layouts have been featured in the Gazette, Sn3 Modeler, RMC, and Model Railroader.   Since retiring in 2008, Ken lives in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area with his wife, Margaret, where he is working on the latest edition of his Sn3 Pandora & San Miguel Rwy.  Visitors are always welcome:  ehlerskd@hotmail.com.

 
 

Mike Engler

Mike Engler is a seasoned modeler who specializes in structures and dioramas. His models have won many national, regional, and local contests. In 2009 his sawmill diorama won Best of Show at the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Colorado Springs and First Place Dioramas and Displays at the national NMRA convention in Milwaukee.  He has won the "Jock Oliphant Award" six of the last eight years for the "Best of Show" model at the Thousand Lakes Region annual model contest, and he has several first place awards at the national Fine Scale Model Railroading Expos and Craftsman Structure Shows.  Mike has presented live clinics at many national and regional conventions, has authored several construction articles for various trade publications, and has many build­ threads on internet modeling forums.

 
 

Rodney Guggenheim

Rodney models HO and HOn3 mostly DRGW and RGS because he lives in the area  He models everything in dual gauge for his version of Alamosa to Salida. He got hooked in 1989 at the 50th anniversary of LAUPT and saw 8444 come into San Bernardino that hooked him.  Rodney started by collecting slides both standard and narrow gauge and when h retired from the state of California he  moved back to Colorado and has collected tons of slides photos of narrow gauge as well as doing walks of the RGS right of way from Glencoe to hay camp and tours of east Mancos water tank.

 
 

Miles Hale MMR

 

 
 

Bob Harper

Bob lives in Manchester, England, and has been modeling in O scale for more than 40 years. Until the late 90's, he modeled the British "Great Western Railway", moving back in period to reach the 1890's, when the GWR was still broad gauge (7ft). His article on these models was in the May/June "Gazette". A chance encounter with a brass ON3 model of EBT #16 in a shop near Niagara Falls was like St. Paul on the road to Damascus - a complete conversion to American narrow gauge. He has subsequently built a large ON3 model of the Columbia & Western Railway in his basement, and for the last few years, has been busy shoe-horning in an ON2 feeder line as well!

 
 

Gerald Harper

Gerald Harper has worked his whole career in the mining industry with experience on every continent. He presently runs a mining consulting group out of Toronto as well as serving on the Board of Directors of several mining and exploration companies. His interest in railways started with steam train rides in Africa as a child.  His railway modeling interests include an extensive HO layout featuring open pit coal mines and long unit coal trains in western North America which has been displayed at many open houses. He is also building a portable On30 model featuring the mines of the Phoenix – Greenwood area of southern British Columbia in the 1930s which he hopes to complete in time for the 2016 Maine narrow gauge convention.  He is diesel motive power editor for CP Tracks, the magazine of the Canadian Pacific Historical Society and has written extensively on historic railway bridges engineering as well as locomotives. He is Chair person of the Canadian Association of Railway Modelers Convention in Thunder Bay, Ontario in October 2014.

 
 

Duncan Harvey

Duncan became interested in narrow gauge model railroading while in college. His girl friend, later wife, came from Colorado, so the interest grew easily. He has served in a variety of offices in the NMRA, works one day a week at Caboose Hobbies, is a member and former board member of the DSP&P Historical Society, is the sole remaining founder of the Near Sighted Narrow Gaugers club, which has a modular layout on display here at the convention and is one of the organizers of the 2017 NNGC to be held in Denver. He models the C&S and its affiliated railroads in HOn3 and is an active proponent of those lines

Steven Hollenbach

 

 
 

Lee Hoover

As a life-long control freak, Lee delights in forcing the animate and inanimate to do his bidding.  To satisfy this urge,  Lee has been automating both analog and DCC railroads (and other things)  for over ten years.  As an Electrical Engineer, Lee brings a logical and direct explanation on how things work  with simple to understand concepts and explanations.  If you can handle his off-the-wall humor, you will be sure to enjoy and learn a lot about automation from his clinic.

 
 

Kent Hurley

Kent Hurley has been interested in model railroading since his childhood days in Topeka, Kansas.  A graduate of the Industrial Arts Education program at Pittsburg State University, Kent has academic and practical experience with woodworking, drafting, plastics, and metalworking.  He puts these skills to use as a railroad hobbyist, blogger, and seminar leader.  Kent taught himself to use Sketchup to create detailed drawings of items for his models after reading an article in the NMRA Magazine, and he began sending Sketchup files to a commercial 3D printing company to fabricate them.  He eventually purchased his own 3D printer, and he can take a modeling idea from conception to completion in his own workshop.  For photos and descriptions of his modeling methods and finished works, please visit nvrr49.blogspot.com or the Nirvana Valley Railroad at facebook.com.

 
 

Jarrette Ireland

 

 
 

John Lowrance MMR

John is the owner of New-London Industries, makers of stencils for spray painting backdrops and has attended many Narrow Gauge Conventions as a manufacturer and clinician.  He is also a National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) member and holder of their "Master Model Railroader" achievement certification where he held positions from Western Vice President to National Education Program Director.  His modeling and photography have been featured in most of the national model railroad publications and some national television/video productions.  He recently completed a 10 year term as the Chairman of home club's 3,200 square foot HO scale layout.

Timothy S. McCartney

 

 
 

Steve McKee

Steve McKee models in On3 since changing from Hon3 in 1994. He has about 4 years time on his layout so far but has a lot done. He will show you how he made his San Juan On3 switches user friendly and show you some short cuts in mounting the switches and also Tortoise switch machines. He does things in assembly line fashion which speeds up the process. His favorite thing is buildings so he spends the least amount of time as possible on the rest but wants it to work first time every time.

 
 

Randy Meyer MMR

 

 
 

Ryan Moats MMR

While Ryan has been interested in Colorado narrow gauge since the mid-1970s, he only began active modeling and building of his layout in 2006. His first experience with assembling a plastic model kit so annoyed him that he made the comment to his wife that "he could build a better model from scratch", and the rest (as the say) is history. Ryan has been certified as NMRA MMR #464 and his HOn3 pike, the Blackhawk and Central City (included in the 2014 edition of MRP) is his attempt to go "old school" and scratch build as much of a layout as possible.

 
 

Ron Morse MMR

Ron is a third generation Colorado native who was raised in the Rocky Mountains in and around Idaho Springs and Central City areas where his father owned and operated one of the few operational gold mills and Ron has been interested in model railroading since he was a child, and has been actively pursuing the hobby since 1978.  He is certified by the National Model Railroad Association as Master Model Railroader #159.Ron and his wife Vicki own and operate Morse Productions which has been producing products for the model railroad industry since 1987.He has been published in national magazines and calendars over 40 times with 400 published photos to his credit. The bulk of the articles that have been published are about model railroading, ghost towns and Colorado scenery. But he has also been published in “Birds & Blooms Extra” and “Country Extra”.  He and his family were transferred to the Kansas City area in 1984 and currently reside in Lenexa, Kansas. In 2002 Ron retired from Corporate Express (after 30 years) where he was the Plant Manager of their National Graphic Arts Center. He spent a total of 36 years in graphic arts assay offices in the state. At eighteen Ron was an apprentice in the assay office and also worked with his grandfather in his gold mine.

 
 

Jeffrey Needham

Jeff is a lifelong model railroader and rail fan.  He is a member of the NMRA and the Santa Fe Modeler’s and Historical Society.  He currently has an operating model in his basement of Santa Fe’s Colorado Division, circa 1990.  Jeff’s research into the Santa Fe’s branch into Leavenworth County, Kansas lead to his information on the Kansas Central.  Jeff is a structural engineer and operates a design and construction business

 
 

Frank Palmer

 

 
 

Larry Patch

Over 55 years of building in On30, numerous articles published, Best of Show awards, 15 years creating 1" scale 3-D architectural bas reliefs sold through a prominent KC Plaza art gallery,  blah, blah, blah.  Larry is a builder only; he tried operation - nah.  A Bachelors of Fine Arts and art background help to uniquely visualize "life" in 1:48 scale.  Being frugal, Larry likes to find the simplest and cheapest way to create his favorite color: rust.    Weathering has become a specialty of his in everything he builds, whether kit-bashing or scratch.  Come see Larry's "way out of the box" weathering system.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Paul Richardson MMR

Paul became an active model railroader while working as a trainman for the Frisco Railroad in the early 70s.  He modeled HO standard gauge, steam and early diesel era with a couple of freelanced lines until the early 90s when he joined the NMRA. A few years later the “Narrow Gauge” bug bit and he switched to Hon3. His son Duane has modeled with him since he was a child and after graduating High School he was instrumental in the switch to Hon3.  Paul currently is in Smithville, Missouri and models the Northern Division of the Purgatory & Devil River. His son, Duane models the Southern “El Lobo” Division in Garland, Texas. Paul is currently the NMRA Achievement Program Chairman and he and his son were the first Father and Son team of Master Model Railroaders in the NMRA.

 
 

Duane Richardson MMR

Duane has been around model railroading literally all of his life.  His first Christmas present at 6 months of age was his first train set.  Growing up in the hobby at the feet of several of the mid-west’s best modelers he learned quickly.  He cut his teeth building WWII model airplanes and by age ten was airbrushing weathering and doing custom battle damaged aircraft.  A trip to Durango and Chama at age 6 cemented his love for Colorado Narrow Gauge and shortly after college began modeling in HOn3.  Currently Duane resides in Garland, Texas (in the Dallas area) and models the Southern Division of the Purgatory & Devil River Railroad.  His father models the northern division.  He also followed his father and became an MMR at age 37.  Duane is also an officer in the Lone Star Region of the NMRA as well as the region’s Contest Chairman.  He has also had articles published in every issue of the HOn3 Annual.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Dave Revelia

 

 
 

Hal Reynolds

For over 50 years Hal Reynolds has bee an avid modeler. In the 1970’s he founded Atlantic Scale Modelers, who was the first manufacturer to provide ground foam scenery products to the hobby and also coined the name Scenic Foam.  In the early 90’s Hal started working with Dave Frary to produce the Trackside Modeler series of videos. He has never stopped building custom scenery, model railroads and structures in all scales.  Hal has also illustrated several books for Kalambach Publishing, the most recent being,  Dave Frary’s How to Build Realistic Scenery, the third edition.

 
 

Lou Sassi

Lou was introduced to Model Railroading in the early nineteen fifties. In the 1970’s, Lou started construction of his HO scale Boston & Maine West Hoosic Division.  Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s that endeavor was featured numerous times in the pages of Model Railroader, Great Model Railroads and on Allen Keller’s Great Model Railroad video #23.  In the late 1970’s, Lou started writing articles and drawing cartoons for Model Railroader Magazine.  In the early 80’s he was contracted by the editors of Model Railroader, Great Model Railroads and Classic Toy Trains to do photo shoots of layouts around the country.  He continues to do photo shoots for Kalmbach’s model railroad publications to this day.  After supplying MR with two multi-issue project railroads in the mid 80’s he was asked by the Kalmbach editors to write a “how to” book.  He has since completed five such publications the most recent of which was released this past summer.  In early 2008 he dismantled the West Hoosic Division and started designing and building his 1930’s On-30 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. 

 
 

 

 

 
 

Richard Schmitt

 

 
 

Jeff Schumaker

Jeff Schumaker has been interested in the Maine two foot gauge railroads since the early 70's. He is a Life member of the WW&F Railway Museum and a member of the Great Lakes HOn30 Module Group, which models the Maine 2-footers in HO scale

 
 

Andy Small

Owner of Train Troll which specializes in unique watercraft, detail and narrow gauge laser kits.

 
 

Pete Smith MMR

Pete is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A 30-year Air Force veteran, he now resides in the St. Louis area where he works on his Sn3 Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Company.   Pete is a past Associate Editor for the Sn3 Modeler magazine. He co-owned The Building & Structure Co., a manufacturer of laser cut structure kits and detail parts. He also co-owned Tomalco, a manufacturer of flex-track, turnouts and brass investment castings. A life member of the NMRA and a member of the NMRA 400 Club, he is also active in the Friday Night Boomers, a St. Louis narrow gauge group. His work has been featured in the Sn3 Modeler, the Model Railroad Craftsman and the Narrow Gauge Down Under.

 
 

Norm Stenzel

 

 
 

Lane Stewart

Lane has been a contributor to the Gazette for many years and a professional photographer for even longer. His railroad modeling started with NN3 and he has scratched built his way through most scales. He is a half incher at the moment. Lane's first published photos were taken with a 4x5 Crown Graphic; some of his most recent in the Gazette with an iPhone. A true rubber gauger in every field.

 
 

Patrick Student

 

 
 

Sam Swanson MMR

Sam enjoyed model railroading for about 40 years, in building models and layouts with a variety of friends, along with reading railroading magazines and writing articles.  His modeling interests include Eastern US narrow gauge, primarily 1930s era Appalachian logging and coal mining, along with Maine coastal settings.  Currently, Sam participates in the Great Lakes HOn30 modular group and is building two small home layouts (a portable On30 display featuring lightweight construction and an HO/HOn3 layout with both fixed and portable sections).

 
 

Mike Tylick MMR

Michael Tylick has been fooling with electric trains for as long as he can remember. Never one to commit to a single large project, he has instead built a number of smaller layouts of various types and in various scales over the years. A retired inner city art teacher, Mike has been a long time contributor to many publications including Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, the National Model Railroad Association Bulletin, and recently the e-zine Model Railroad Hobbyist. He has also delivered numerous clinics and presentations on various railroad and historical subjects on all levels in different parts of the country.      Railroad interests are leaning towards prototype rail and architectural photography, and Mike is becoming keenly aware of what can be observed outside the basement. Much of his hobby time is now spent employed as a custom builder specializing in railroad structures and rolling stock. He also works with several organizations who build custom Model railroads and has recently formed Rail Design Services, focusing on the design and visual aspects of model railroading.  Recently remarried, Michael now lives in eastern Massachusetts and has started an On30 railroad loosely based on Boston’s Old Colony Lines. He was also recently awarded the honor of being named Master Model Railroader #523.

 
 

Jim Vail MMR

Jim has been building scale railroad models for over 65 years now, starting first in HO with wood and cardboard side Varney cars.  He took a short turn at On3 modeling then moved into live steam for 15 years where he built a narrow gauge outside-frame 2-8-0.  He has been building in HOn3 since about 1975 and have been working on his present layout - the Glenwood & Black Creek Narrow Gauge - for the past 28 years.  He has been a columnist for the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette for quite some time, was awarded the NMRA’s Master Model Railroader #207 in 1993, and was recently inducted into the Narrow Gauge Hall Of Fame.

 
 

Terry Wheeler

 

 
 

Lynn Wickersham & Keith Pashina

Keith and Lind are two of the foremost knowledgeable individuals on the Gilpin mining and milling activities.  Both Keith and Lind model the Gilpin Tram and the area served by the tram.