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 🙂
March 16, 2019–Utah Rail Enthusiasts
Presented by Lee Wohlgemuth
Utah Rail Enthusiasts was created for current news, events, special trains or random railroad stuff in Utah.
February 16, 2019–Quick and Easy Weathering
Workshop by Rick Luther
Learn how to quickly weather your entire fleet of rolling stock. Fred Baney taught you how to do a meticulously beautiful job, but what about all the other cars that will have to wait for you to have the weather? No railroad has that many bright and shiny new cars. Rick will show you how to quickly turn that fleet of shiny plastic into aged revenue rolling stock.
January 19, 2019–Using JMRI to Enhance My Model Railroad Experiences
Presented by Mike Dean
Discover the ins and outs of the JMRI computer program to take model railroading to the next level. This program can make programing DCC decoders easier, control signals and track and much more.
December 15, 2018–Alaska Railroad
Presented by Aaron Pederson
Aaron will talk about the fascinating Alaska Railroad. This a unique railroad that faces drastic weather and sitiuations that railroads in the lower 48 never have to deal with.
November 17, 2018–Building Card Stock Structures
Presented by Jim Wanlass
In earlier days of the hobby, card-stock (paper), wood and metal kits were the norm. The proliferation of inexpensive plastic kits pushed these other models to the back for decades. One big advantage of card-stock kits is the adhesives used to build them. Basic wood and white glue work fine. There are no harmful solvents and no worries about sticking your fingers together. You may also be surprised at how little glue is needed on these models, how quickly the glue sets, and how strong they can be once dry.
October 20, 2018–Weathering
Workshop by Fred Baney
At our last clinic you had a chance to bring rolling stock and ask questions, learn new tricks and tips or just finally get a chance to build that car that has been sitting on the self since last year. This workshop will take that one step further by learning new techniques for weathering that rolling stock and getting rid of that just new look. Fred is a talented artist with chalks and other techniques for weathering rolling stock. Don’t forget to bring a car and join in the fun!
September 15, 2018–Bring and Build Day : Rolling Stock
Do you have some rolling stock that you want to build or finish? Having a problem assembling that complicated wood or plastic kit? Wanting to learn some tips and techniques for building that awesome ore car? Bring your kits and some tools and we will spend time building and sharing creative ways to get more rolling stock on your layout.
August 18, 2018–101 Modeling Tips
Short cuts, tricks, better ways to doing things, and secret time-savers.
Presented by Blaine Holbrook
July 21, 2018–AP Presentation
Bruce will be presenting a clinic on his route to Master Model Railroader through the NMRA Achievement Program. Learn how to get started and the joy of becoming the best model railroader you can. Bruce maybe better known as the founder of Litchfield Station and as “Mr. DCC”. He is from the Pacific Southwest Region, Arizona Division and a columnist for Model Railroad Hobbyist digital magazine.
Presented by Bruce Petrarca, Mr. DCC, MMR #574
June 16, 2018–Prototype Photography
We’ll go over, different types of photography, the equipment to bring along, the basics, techniques, and some great helpful hints. Plenty of examples will be shown. Framing, making the most of what you have to work with, field trips, and knowing your limits. Bring your questions. We’ll do our best to entertain and spark your creative imagination.
Presented by Ken Foster
May 19, 2018–Timesaver Layouts, Inglenooks and More
If you like puzzles or operation, you will love this. Let them show you all the tricks to more fun.
Presented by Jim Wanlass MMR, Fred Baney, Bob and Karin Gerald, and Geoff Carter
April 21, 2018–3M Electrical Connectors, an alternative to soldering
If you’re not too confident in wiring your layout, or soldering skills, there is another way to connect those wires. Suitcase connectors, quick connects, and t-taps my be just what you need to get the job done. Tools needed: a pair of wire crimpers and a pair of pliers. An added bonus is there is nothing to plug in, which means no soldering iron, no burned fingers or hands.
Presented by Lowell Didas
March 17, 2018–RailPro model train control system
Learn about the easy to use and powerful RailPro model train control system. Spend your time having fun with your model trains and not learning cryptic programming of variables, memorizing what function buttons do, and other complexities required by typical digital control systems.
Presented by Geoff Carter
February 17, 2018–Making Sage Brush
Learn how to create realistic sage brush to give your layout that distinctive look of the western United States.
Presented by Blaine Holbrook
January 20, 2018–Light your layout with the “Just-Plug” lighting system
An introduction to the Woodland Scenics “Just-Plug” lighting system. Learn how to add lights to your buildings and install street lights with ease using this simple system. Also includes tips on how to add your own LED’s, wiring and power.
Presented by Rick Luther
December 16, 2017–Hands-on Building Great Looking Trees Quickly
Jim’s philosophy is to have the right tool for the right job. He will show AND give you a chance to build your own pine trees using this unique tool. In very little time you can have a great looking tree! You can build these trees in a variety of sizes to work with multiple scales.
Presented by Jim Wanlass, MMR
November 18, 2017–Building Roads and Parking Lots
Learn how to create roads and parking lots by using craft foam sheets from the craft store. A simple and easy method of adding detail to your layout without plaster or other “wet” ingredients.
Presented by Rick Luther
October 21, 2017–Prototype Rehab and Reuse
A 43 min. video from the History Channel showing how the real railroads scrap, rehab. and rescue cars, engines, and materials into “better than new”, or made into something entirely different.
Presented by Steve Moore
September 16, 2017–Presentation
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, 2017–Presentation
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, 2017–Presentation
Guil Rand will show us how he modeled the McWane Ductile Pipe Plant.
Presented by Guil Rand
June 17, 2017–Hands 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, 2017–The 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, 2017–Eye 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, 2017–Operations 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
February 18, 2017–Create 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, 2017–Two Presentations
Presented by Jim Buckley Cancelled due to health reasons.
Modesto & Empire Traction and the Western Railway Museum
Presented by Stan Jennings
December 17, 2016–Trains & Christmas
TRAINS & CHRISTMAS
Presented by Dale Angell
November 19, 2016–Health, Aging and Modeling
Dealing with aging yet continuing your model railroading hobby – Tips on heart health and
October 15, 2015–Share your modeling skills
The Discovery Model Railroad Club, a 100% NMRA club for youth,
The first part of the clinic will be Show n’ Tell.
The second part of the clinic is sharing your skills with the Discovery Model Railroad Club members
September 17, 2016–Hands-on Locomotive Lighting
Learn tips and techniques for installing lighting in your locomotives. John will also be covering some basic soldering techniques.
August 20, 2016–A Very Special Workshop
History of the Utah Colorado Western with some thoughts on wiring and spine roadbed.
July 16, 2016–Why 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, 2016–Hands-on Scenery
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, 2016–Hands-on Backdrop Painting
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.
April 16, 2016–Scratch 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!
March 19, 2016–
Building 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.
February 20, 2016–Quick and Easy Trees
Workshop by Karin Gerald
January 16, 2016–Cool Tools
Presentation by Rick Luther
Making fun, useful tools from everyday items. Also, bring and share your favorite tools.
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.
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.
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, 2015–Media 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?
September 19, 2015–Presentation 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, 2015–Presentation and Workshop
Military Railway Guns
Presentation by Paul Betts
Workshop by Bill Kennedy
July 18, 2015—Backdrops
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.
June 20, 2015—Making a Mountain & Airbrushing
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, 2015—The Legacy of the Golden Spike; Railroad service in Utah
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, 2015—Electrify Your Scenery
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.
March 21, 2015—Utah’s Eureka Hill Railway
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, 2015—Circus Trains
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, 2015—Signal control setup / programing: Programing and operating the signal system
Bonus: Tips on Making a Presentation by Stan Jennings
Handout – Tips for a Presentation or Workshop
December 20, 2014—Air Brush
***2pm-5pm @ Blaine Holbrook’s home in Centerville***
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
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, 2014—Signaling overview: What it is, how it works and how it relates to model railroads
August 16, 2014—“Finer Points” of DCC (rescheduled from April)
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, 2014—UP Turbines
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, 2014—Golden Spike Limited 2014
NO Division Meeting
Go to the Region Convention we are hosting! 🙂
May 17, 2014—Interurbans of Utah since 1949
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, 2014—3 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, 2014—Utah Mining Railroads
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.