Past Clinics


If you want to see what some of the past clinics we have had here is the list. Mostly it is used for those who can’t remember what they had for breakfast and want to recall what they learned at previous meetings 🙂

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September 16, 2017Presentation
Keith Osojnak and Schon Norris will share some railroad photography with us. Keith’s emphasis will be Thailand railroads, and Schon will present model and prototype photographs.
Presented by Keith Osojnak and Schon Norris *Keith was unable to make it.

 

August 19, 2017Presentation
A two-part clinic.  First, a report on the Orlando NMRA National Convention.  Second, a presentation on Weathering Structures.
Presented by Bill Hughes

 

July 15, 2017Presentation
Guil Rand will show us how he modeled the McWane Ductile Pipe Plant.
Presented by Guil Rand

 

June 17, 2017Hands on Photography
Bring your camera!!  Schon Norris will cover some photography basics — f-stops, shutter speed, depth of field, focal length, “film” speed, telephoto, wide-angle, macro, micro and more with an emphasis on close-up photography.  Then we will practice what we learned.  While we will have models to photograph, please feel free to bring your own model(s).
Presented by Schon Norris

 

May 20, 2017The Circus is Gone!– All about the Prototype and Modeling
An updated presentation on circuses with updates reflecting the major changes in the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus that have happened in the last few months. The last Ringling Brothers Barnum & Baily performance will be May 21, 2017, the day after our event.  Marty will update us with the latest about this significant change and what the future may hold.
Presented by Marty Petersen

 

April 15, 2017Eye Health and Safety
>Dr. Bogus (yes that is his real name) will do a presentation on eyes, eye aging, close-up work and eye safety.
Presented by Dr. Bogus

 

March 18, 2017Operations without the Aggravation
Learn about using a simple car routing system without all the paperwork and without a lot of time sitting in front of a computer.
Presented by Rick Luther

PDF – Car Order Presentation

 

February 18, 2017Create Unique and Cheap Buildings in Any Scale
Mike will show us how to create unique and cheap buildings in any scale.
Workshop by Mike Pettruzzelli

 

January 21, 2017Two Presentations
A short presentation about A.C. Gilbert, manufacturer of American Flyer trains.
Presented by Jim Buckley Cancelled due to health reasons.

Modesto & Empire Traction and the Western Railway Museum
Presented by Stan Jennings

 

December 17, 2016Trains & Christmas
TRAINS & CHRISTMAS and the story of the railroads of Parley’s Canyon.
Presented by Dale Angell

 

November 19, 2016Health, Aging and Modeling
Dealing with aging yet continuing your model railroading hobby – Tips on heart health and keeping lungs working well with most of clinic devoted to eye health and safety.

 

October 15, 2015–Share your modeling skills
The Discovery Model Railroad Club, a 100% NMRA club for youth, will be at the Northern Utah Division’s regular monthly event with their Pizza Box layouts.

The first part of the clinic will be Show n’ Tell.  Bring your favorite model (and why it is your favorite), bring a photograph of your layout, tell a railroad or model railroad story.  The intent is to demonstrate to the Discovery Model Railroad Club that model railroading IS the most interesting hobby in the world.

The second part of the clinic is sharing your skills with the Discovery Model Railroad Club members featuring hands-on interaction with the new modelers and their Pizza Pie layouts.

 

September 17, 2016–Hands-on Locomotive Lighting
John Laser
Learn tips and techniques for installing lighting in your locomotives. John will also be covering some basic soldering techniques.

 

August 20, 2016A Very Special Workshop
Lee Nicholas
History of the Utah Colorado Western with some thoughts on wiring and spine roadbed.

 

July 16, 2016Why is a National NMRA Convention such a big deal?
Presented by The 2019 National Convention Team

A report on the Indianapolis 2016 NMRA convention.

Also, special guest Bruce Petrarca, known as “Mr DCC” was in attendance to answer any of your questions about DCC and talked about becoming one of the most recent Master Model Railroaders in the AP program.

June 18, 2016Hands-on Scenery
Rob Spangler
Learn from one of Utah’s master scenery builders! Rob will show us his techniques for building fabulous scenery. You will be able to take your plywood empire to a realistic contoured beauty in no time.

 

May 21, 2016Hands-on Backdrop Painting
Gil Bennett
Gil has been painting for 30 years.  During that time he has painted for private collectors, public and private businesses. He loves to paint trains, or as his friend says “A landscape with a train in it.” Come prepared to be amazed and entertained.

 

thegroup_webPrior to May 2016 our monthly division events were held at the Jordan Valley Medical Center West Valley Campus (formerly known as Pioneer Valley Hospital)

April 16, 2016Scratch Building Rolling Stock
Presentation by Al Badham
Learn from one of Utah’s master model builders the techniques for building beautiful, fine detailed and award winning rolling stock!

PDF-Scratch Building Cars

 

March 19, 2016Building the Canadian Northern
Presentation by Greg Butters
Greg’s wife’s grandfather worked on the railroad 1915-1919, photographed and documented some of the construction.

The March 19th, 2016 event of the Northern Utah Division became a movie event presented by Steve Moore. Steve featured some interesting and informative videos from Model Railroad Hobbyist and Model Railroader magazines. Videos presented by Ken Patterson included such diverse subjects as carving foam, using a laser level, photo stacking software, the new Bachmann E-Z App and BlueRail for running trains, and building a BTS  structure. Charlie Comstock presented a video on working with MicroEngineering Trackwork and Cody Grivno presented a video for making broken windows. The only thing missing was the popcorn!
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February 20, 2016–Quick and Easy Trees
Workshop by Karin Gerald

PDF Trees

 

January 16, 2016–Cool Tools
Presentation by Rick Luther
Making fun, useful tools from everyday items. Also, bring and share your favorite tools.

PDF Cheap Tools Tips & Tricks

We met at Thanksgiving Point during the OT&W Train Show this month.

 

December 19, 2015–Introduction to Mold Making and Casting
Lecture & Workshop by Jim Wanlass
Learn about making molds and casting parts. The first part will be a lecture on the mold making process and using “off-the-shelf” products. The second part will explain casting parts and molds will be available for a hands-on casting session.

PDF Intro to Mold Making and Casting

Advanced Airbrush Workshop by Alan Eaton
At Blaine Holbrook’s home where we have enough room to have both labs at the same time so attendees will be able to gain experience in casting and airbrushing.

We met at Blaine Holbrook’s home this month.

PDF Map to Blaine’s house.

 

November 21, 2015–Presentation and Workshop
The Future of Model Railroading by Blaine Holbrook
The Northern Utah Division’s Boxcar Races have been quite successful. Wasatch Rails 2015 had a great number of activities for the public. Join us for an update of what the Northern Utah Division is doing to encourage the public, especially children, to be involved in Model Railroading.

Gauge and Scale by Stan Jennings
What is railroad gauge? What is scale? Are they the same thing? This is a hands-on clinic on what railroad gauge is and how to calculate scale. Bring your calculator! Dial calipers would be handy. Do you have a question about the scale of one of your models? Bring it.

 

October 17, 2015Media Management
Presentation by Steve Moore

Acquire, Notate, Classify, and Store your pictures, so you can actually find them when you need them! I know, what a concept, right?

PDF Media Management handout

 

September 19, 2015Presentation and Workshop
Train Trucks, which trucks are appropriate for which eras
Presentation by Fred Baney

Hands on, installing couplers and tuning rolling stock
Workshop by Fred Baney

Learn tips and techniques for fine-tuning your rolling stock so that it performs better on your layout. Bring your “Problem” cars to the event and get them off the “rip” track and back in service

 

August 15, 2015Presentation and Workshop
Military Railway Guns
Presentation by Paul Betts

Basic Machining
Workshop by Bill Kennedy

 

July 18, 2015Backdrops
Steve Moore
Steve will cover brush and airbrush painting of sky and clouds, painting trees, commercial backdrops, custom printed backdrops (sky or no sky), painted sky and printed backdrop combinations. There will be lots of examples, how-to video clips, and more, including an extensive handout.

PDF handout for Backdrop Clinic

PDF just for Sources and Links

 

June 20, 2015Making a Mountain & Airbrushing
Ron Davies
Did you see Ron’s scenery workshop at Wasatch Rails 2014?  The public loved it!!  Now we will have a chance to make our own mountains!

Airbrushing-For those who couldn’t stay for all of the December basic painting workshop or those who desire more instruction and/or practice, we will also have another painting workshop this month building on the December basic painting workshop.

 

May 16, 2015The Legacy of the Golden Spike; Railroad service in Utah
Dan Kuhn
UDOT’s Railroad & Freight Planner

This power point presentation examines the evolution of railroad service in the Beehive State with a focus on locomotive development and operations. Retired railroad official and current UDOT Railroad & Freight Planner Daniel B. Kuhn uses his own photos to take you on a journey that explains how the railroads serving Utah have been at the forefront of locomotive development, and how post-deregulation railroad mergers have reduced the number of Class One railroads operating in Utah from four in 1980 to the Union Pacific today, with BNSF Railway also serving Utah via trackage rights over selected UP lines. Daniel will share personal anecdotes about his years railroading in Utah and across the west, along with some humorous stories about how some of the photos in this presentation were taken by him. Railroad historians and model railroaders should enjoy this colorful look at Utah’s railroads. All Aboard!

 

April 18, 2015Electrify Your Scenery
Rick Luther
Learn how to build your own static grass applicator from just a few easily available parts and for under $10.00! Then learn the about the materials, tips and tricks to bring realistic grass to your layout.

Handout – Electrify your scenery with Static Grass

PowerPoint (as a PDF) – ElectrifyYour Scenery Clinic

 

March 21, 2015Utah’s Eureka Hill Railway
Stan Jennings
The Eureka Hill Railroad, is one of the most interesting railroads in Utah.  Stan Jennings will present the story of this fascinating railroad, cover some mining basics and present some mine modeling ideas.

 

February 21, 2015Circus Trains
Mary Petersen
Everyone likes a circus, yet how many know what it takes behind the scenes for the show to go on? Marty Peterson is one who does. Not only is he a circus modeler, he volunteers with circuses to help make them happen. We will have a behind-the-scenes view of the circus then Marty will cover circus modeling, a subject suitable for any model railroad layout era from 1840s to the present.

A new feature we are adding to the website is videos of the clinics in a members only section. For now this is the first couple of minutes from the clinic as a teaser.

 

January 17, 2015Signal control setup / programing: Programing and operating the signal system
Daland Speirs

Bonus: Tips on Making a Presentation by Stan Jennings
Handout – Tips for a Presentation or Workshop

 

December 20, 2014Air Brush
***2pm-5pm @ Blaine Holbrook’s home in Centerville***
Stan Jennings
Are you tired of seeing and/or buying look-a-like models?   Most of us want to have unique models and that usually requires paint.
Does painting in general seem mysterious or difficult?  Does airbrushing in particular seem mysterious to you?  They shouldn’t.  In December we will discuss the basics of painting.  While the emphasis will be on air brush basics, we will also work on the basics of preparation, paint types, brush painting, dry brushing, masking, paint removal, and many other related subjects. If you have any painting-related subject you feel should be part of the clinic, let us know.
We will meet at Blaine Holbrook’s home, Centerville, at 2PM.  Blaine has superb facilities for this type of clinic — a good area for the classroom necessities, a huge lab area (two floors) and plenty of parking available in a church parking lot behind the house.  We could handle forty participants, although twenty would be much easier.
Like a race school, we will present basics in a classroom-like manner, then on to really painting, both brush and airbrush.  Blaine has a friend that is a master air brush artist, he will probably help with the hands-on air brushing segment.  The 2PM starting time gives about an hour for basics then two-three hours for serious practice (we don’t have to quit exactly at the normal five).

 

November 15, 2014—Part 2 Signaling and the layout: Wiring for signals. Installing a prototype signaling system on the layout
Daland Speirs

 

October 18, 2014—History of the Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railroad &Track Planning
Stan Jennings & Peter Lieber
Marty is out of town so there is a change in clinics for this month. We get two!
–Stan Jennings will present a history of the Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railroad from 1891 to the present day.
–Peter Lieber will present a clinic on track planning and how to go from a map of the prototype to list of scenes, to track plan.

 

September 20, 2014Signaling overview: What it is, how it works and how it relates to model railroads
Daland Speirs

 

August 16, 2014“Finer Points” of DCC (rescheduled from April)
Alan Anderson
Alan will touch on a few basics as from his earlier DCC presentation, and then into the finer points. Learn how to use smartphones as a throttle using DCC->JMRI->Wi-fi->Smartphone. Plus DCC systems with computer interconnectivity, free JMRI software, and either EngineDriver for Android, or WiThrottle for iOS.

 

July 19, 2014UP Turbines
Fred Baney
They were BIG, they were Loud, and they were Yellow. They only lasted a little over 20 years in service and they have gone for over 40. They were a site and sound never to be forgotten. Fred takes you through the history of all the different types. From the Steam Turbine Electric thru the world’s only coal burning gas turbine locomotive. He will go into the “nuts & bolts” of these beasts, how they worked, and what it took to operate them. Come hear and see how these “Dragons” of the Wasatch lived and how they died.

 

June, 2014Golden Spike Limited 2014
NO Division Meeting
Go to the Region Convention we are hosting! 🙂

 

May 17, 2014Interurbans of Utah since 1949
Stan Jennings
At one time Utah had interurban service from as far south as Payson, Utah, as far north as Preston, Idaho, west to Garfield, Utah and east to Pinecrest, Utah. While all except one are gone and the survivor is dramatically changed, a surprising amount of equipment has survived. What has survived is a fascinating part of Utah’s railroad history.

 

Apr 19, 20143 Mini Presentations
Because of Easter conflicts, we will not have Alan’s presentation; it has been postponed until August. Instead, we will have at least three short presentations – the Scott Special, removing lettering and decaling.  It will be hands-on for the decaling presentation, bring decals and something to decal.

 

Mar 15, 2014Utah Mining Railroads
Don Strack
Don will present a history of Utah railroads, and the important role they played in the history of mining in Utah. The presentation covers the early years before the mining boom of the two decades between 1890 and 1910, as well as the vital role railroads played in the sudden growth in Utah’s coal mining industry in Carbon County, and the mines in and around Bingham Canyon and Park City. Included is a brief summary of the years after World War II to today. Don has given this presentation twice as a lecture for Mining Engineering students at University of Utah, as part of the overall history of mining in Utah.