Clinics

2020 Clinic info

The Amherst Railway Society "Clinics Department" is back again in 2020 with a two-day program.  For the 2020 Show, there are many changes, so please read on!


Each clinic type that we offer we call "TRACKS."  Just below this paragraph is a summary of this year's "TRACKS."  Please check them all out.  However, also note that there's everything from the casual demonstration provided by our fantastic exhibitors, to hands-on clinics by experts to clinics for the serious modeler that are offered IN ADDITION to the show.  Check it out and find the one(s) that are of interest to you:

 

2020 Railroad Hobby Show Clinics, now leaving on Track 1:
(click on the TRACK NUMBER and it will "switch" you to that Track!)

 
TRACK 1:  "2 Days of Pre-Show Clinic" (30 clinics) (Thursday & Friday)   Special Show Price
TRACK 2:   "Hands-On Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 3:  "In-Show Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 4:  "On-Site Exhibitor's Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)



TRACK DETAILS:


TRACK 1:

2020 Info

This Program is a two-day program.  It will take place at the:

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144

 
This 2-day program includes the following:

Breakfast both days!

Lunch both days!

Free parking at the hotel if you are staying at the hotel!

All the clinics you can get to...(your choice, based on schedule and availability, of course!)

A Two-Day Pass to the Railroad Hobby Show (a 25 dollar value for that alone!)
 

$99.00 per person*

* Special Note: The clinic program is now offering 1-day passes as well as the 2-day program (1-day propram cost is $59.00)


A note from our clinic organizer:  

The Clinic Program takes place at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in downtown Springfield between 8:30 and 5:30 each day.  Included in your $99 fee are the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Attendance at any of the clinics you choose including materials in the hands on clinics
  • Ticket to the Train Show for each day
  • Opportunities to connect with railroaders from all over the country

Register now and join us for a great time of fun and learning.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in Springfield!

Mike Dettinger

STEPS TO REGISTER:  

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each person attending.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you
To Register for 2020 Clinics 

Click Here!


 
 
2020 2-DAY CLINIC SCHEDULE: 
 
The 2020 program continues our long tradition of offering timely clinics designed to improve each student’s modeling skills.  Building on this tradition, we are introducing each of our students to the latest developments in model railroading.  Every participant is free to choose any of our clinic offerings for each of our time slots.  An independent work area will be set up for any student who wishing to continue working on a project after their lesson.   ALSO, in past years, people wanted to see more of the clinics offered during the 2-day schedule.  In an effort to make these clinics available to more folks, some clinics are repeating themselves so that you can get to that clinic that was offered at the same time as that other clinic you wanted to attend!
 
The schedule is based on the best information available at the time of its creation.  Please note that the actual schedule is subject to change based on instructor availability.      

Thursday, January 23, 2020

8:30-10:00 am

Mike O’Connell - Chooch - Chooch Products Overview
Experience all the new Chooch products, learn how to use them and be dazzled on all the places they can be used on your layout or modules.  There will be samples provided throughout Mike's presentation.  Chooch products are created for ease of modeling while never sacrificing detail.  Mike will demonstrate stone walls, cobblestone streets, tunnel liners, sidewalks, shingled roofing, brick walls and coal piles.
 
Barry Rosier – Model Railroad University – Drawing Plans From Photographs
Scratchbuilders, it is always great to work with a drawings. On of the best and most prolific draftsman was Harold Russell, Mr. Russell's drawing have appeared in almost every US model railroad publication. Harold would tell the story of the building that got away. He was set to measure this building but decided to defer because of the rain. Regrettably, this building was demolished and never immortalized as a black and white line item. This clinic proclaims that all is not lost if you have even a single photograph. We will look at at different strategies for taking dimensions off of a photograph using commonly assumed measurements.

John and Pat Ehrenreich – Hot Wire Foam Factory – Working with Foam Hands On
Beyond The Plywood Plains - Many centuries ago, man discovered that the world was not flat. It is high time the model railroader make this same discovery. This hands on clinic, limited to 8 participants, will teach the techniques required to convert the plywood plain to a more richly contoured landscape to better display your structures. John and Pat will have 8 complete Hot Wire Foam Factory tool stations as well as glues and coating products for our students. We are holding extra sessions to accommodate as many students as possible.
 
10:30 am – Noon

Mike Dettinger and Frank Haugh – Model Railroad University – Scalescenes Models Hands On
Paper Models have come a long way since the Lone Ranger's village was printed on a cereal box.  This clinic looks at model kits that can be downloaded from across the ocean and printed on your printer (inkjet not 3D printer).  ScaleScene is a UK company that produces photorealistic building kits, many of which can be easily modified for use on American layouts.  This clinic introduces the student to the ScaleScenes product line, techniques for working with paper and culminates in the completion of a small building in the student's choice of N or HO scale. 
 
Barry Rosier – Model Railroad University – Intro to DCC Wiring
Are you new to DCC? Are you finally getting around to building your own layout? Or are you just trying to get the most out of DCC. Barry will discuss various wiring strategies to prepare you for a successful, easy to troubleshoot, DCC track installation.

John and Pat Ehrenreich – Hot Wire Foam Factory – Working with Foam Hands On
Beyond The Plywood Plains - Many centuries ago, man discovered that the world was not flat. It is high time the model railroader make this same discovery. This hands on clinic, limited to 8 participants, will teach the techniques required to convert the plywood plain to a more richly contoured landscape to better display your structures. John and Pat will have 8 complete Hot Wire Foam Factory tool stations as well as glues and coating products for our students. We are holding extra sessions to accommodate as many students as possible.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Dr. Michael Groves – Dwarvin Products – Lighting Your Scenery Without Wires, A Novel Approach
You will learn the art of implementing scenery lighting in minutes, without wiring, using a revolutionary system.  Lighting scenery adds sparkle to the detail that you have worked hard to create. However, for most of us this requires a lot of forethought and even then we end up with a wiring spaghetti. In this talk I will cover advances in lighting, what led me to develop the Dwarvin fiber optic lighting system, and how to use it. A very high intensity light source allows the use of fiber optics for you to design lighting into your buildings, street lamps, cars, trees…whatever you can imagine. A hands-on demonstration will be provided.

Donald Becker – MicroMark – Essential Tools for Modeling
MicroMark is the small tool specialist, and Donald will show you why.  He will be sharing a selection of essential tools designed to both improve a modeler's skill and increase the joy of building models.

John and Pat Ehrenreich – Hot Wire Foam Factory – Product Overview
Styrofoam or extruded foam insulation in pink or blue offers a dimensionally sound building material that is both lightweight and readily available.  However, cutting this material with just a knife creates a statically charged mess.  John will discuss the Hot Wire Foam Factory product line, which offers a cleaner way to cut foam.  John also explores the differences between the various foam types and the various glues and coatings available in the HWFF product line.​

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Bill Sartore – Microlumina – Realistic Structure Lighting with LEDs
This clinic is designed for the modeler who is more of a builder and less of an electronics guru. Learn the step by step process of lighting model structures using LEDs. Whether you’re lighting a small crossing shanty or a large manufacturing plant the basic techniques are covered in this clinic. If you’re new to LEDs and model structure lighting, this is the clinic to get you started.

Barry Rosier – Model Railroad University – Turnout Overview
For many years, the Tortoise switch machine has been the de facto turnout machine gold standard for serious model railroaders. However when this clinic was first presented, it did not have DCC controls. For 2020, the turnout machine clinic has been updated and takes a fresh look at the features and costs of the available products on the market today.

Rick and Maureen Hunter – Hunterline Products – Bridging The Gap: Choosing the Perfect Bridge
Do you have a gap in your layout? Rick and Maureen will look at the variety of bridges to make the crossing.  This survey will examine the various materials and designs available to bridge that gap.

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Dr. Michael Groves – Dwarvin Products - Adding Layout Lighting
This Clinic examines the opportunities for lighting on a typical train layout. In general, lighting is the quicketst and easist way to add animation to your layout, in that there are no mechanical parts to bind or wear out. However, light is very much like water, in that it needs to be managed. For like water it tries to flow (or escape) everywhere. This clinic explores lighting management, and a variety of different lighting products on the market.

Barry Rosier – Model Railroad University – JMRI Overview
The JAVA Model Railroad Interface, or JMRI, is a suite of programs that will help you make the most of your DCC train layout. JMRI's Decoder Pro program can not only be a lightweight inventory of all your DCC chipped rollingstock, but is a backup of all the CV settings for each entry. JRMI also has virtual throttles, a Wifi throttle server and much much more. This clinic will take an introductory look at the key features of JMRI.

Rick and Maureen Hunter – Hunterline Products – Hunterline Weathering Mixes
Maureen and Rick will demonstrate many applications of Hunterline’s Weathering Mix.  They will show applications for wood, plastics, hydrocal, foams and other mediums and how to achieve multiple color surfaces.

Friday, January 24, 2020

8:30-10:00 am

Mike O’Connell - Chooch - Chooch Acrylics
Painting and Weathering Freight Cars with the New Chooch Acrylics.  Bring your own yellow or orange-sided reefer and learn how to paint and weather your own car. This is a hands-on clinic; brushes and paints will be provided. 

Mike Baker – Nick & Nora Designs - Track Maintenance - The Equipment that Makes the Railroad Work
This clinic will give an overview of MOW equipment in use on the prototypes and the types of MOW equipment available for the Model Railroader.  It will also include techniques used to build highly detailed models of various pieces of equipment.

John and Pat Ehrenreich – Hot Wire Foam Factory – Working with Foam Hands On
Beyond The Plywood Plains - Many centuries ago, man discovered that the world was not flat. It is high time the model railroader make this same discovery. This hands on clinic, limited to 8 participants, will teach the techniques required to convert the plywood plain to a more richly contoured landscape to better display your structures. John and Pat will have 8 complete Hot Wire Foam Factory tool stations as well as glues and coating products for our students. We are holding extra sessions to accommodate as many students as possible.
 
10:30 am – Noon

Karen Baker – Nick & Nora Designs – Found Objects as Detail Parts
The term "Found Object" is used by artist to describe the use of random everyday objects used in art.  In this clinic, Karen will detail a number of found objects that can be used  as detail parts on railroads of every scale.  It is almost like budget modeling, but with an artistic flair. 

Mike Baker – Nick & Nora Designs – The Top Gons
Norfolk Southern underwent a major overhaul of their freight car fleet.  Hundreds of hoppers were converted into the new style gondola called Top Gons.  Detailed research led to the creation of over 100 custom built HO scale models.  The project included research, creating working drawings, fabricating masters for casting, resin casting and finally assembly and painting of the finished HO Top Gon Fleet.

John and Pat Ehrenreich – Hot Wire Foam Factory – Working with Foam Hands On
Beyond The Plywood Plains - Many centuries ago, man discovered that the world was not flat. It is high time the model railroader make this same discovery. This hands on clinic, limited to 8 participants, will teach the techniques required to convert the plywood plain to a more richly contoured landscape to better display your structures. John and Pat will have 8 complete Hot Wire Foam Factory tool stations as well as glues and coating products for our students. We are holding extra sessions to accommodate as many students as possible.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Dr. Michael Groves – Dwarvin Products – Lighting Your Scenery Without Wires, A Novel Approach
You will learn the art of implementing scenery lighting in minutes, without wiring, using a revolutionary system.  Lighting scenery adds sparkle to the detail that you have worked hard to create. However, for most of us this requires a lot of forethought and even then we end up with a wiring spaghetti. In this talk I will cover advances in lighting, what led me to develop the Dwarvin fiber optic lighting system, and how to use it. A very high intensity light source allows the use of fiber optics for you to design lighting into your buildings, street lamps, cars, trees…whatever you can imagine. A hands-on demonstration will be provided.
 
Mike Dettinger - MRU - Graffiti: A History and How-to
While graffiti may have began when a drunken Fred left his make in Barney's cave,  it is still a popular human past time, especially in urban area.  This clinics will examine over 13 distinct styles of graffiti with examples on both buildings and railroad rolling stock. While graffiti decals are available, I prefer a free hand approach.  To students will need mechanical pencils, an assortment of paint burshes and a old or unloved freight car model for practice.  Since graffiti artists are rarely real artists, all skill levels are welcomed.

Soundtraxx – Soundtraxx Decoders
This clinic examine the Soundtraxx product line. SoundTraxx brings new dimensions in digital sound technology to your model railroad. Regardless of your scale or prototype, we have a sound system for you! If you are unfamiliar with SoundTraxx products, George will put you on the right track and help you choose the sound decoder that is perfect for you.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Bill Sartore – Microlumina – Realistic Structure Lighting with LEDs
This clinic is designed for the modeler who is more of a builder and less of an electronics guru. Learn the step by step process of lighting model structures using LEDs. Whether you’re lighting a small crossing shanty or a large manufacturing plant the basic techniques are covered in this clinic. If you’re new to LEDs and model structure lighting, this is the clinic to get you started.

Rick and Maureen Hunter – Hunterline Products – Hunterline Weathering Mixes
Maureen and Rick will demonstrate many applications of Hunterline’s Weathering Mix.  They will show applications for wood, plastics, hydrocal, foams and other mediums and how to achieve multiple color surfaces.

Stephen Koffel and Dan Mycio – TCS (Train Control Systems) – TCC WOWSound V5
Come learn what TCS has been cooking up with Version 5 of our WOWSound decoder. Dive into the many feature updates and improvements. Discover a host of user-customizable effects and a new suite of powerful standalone programming tools. Version 5 is not simply a software update, but an introduction to a new ecosystem of intelligent and user-friendly DCC innovations from TCS.

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Dr. Michael Groves and Mike Dettinger – Lighting Trenton Bridge
Michael and Mike will walk you through the design of the Trenton Bridge T-Trak module.  From concept, to in progress photos we examine this creative use of the Dwarvin Lighting system in the hope that it will inspire your creativity.


Aric Hartle - CMR Products - T-Trak Intro: Building and Wiring the Box
CMR Products is a small business located in western Pennsylvania. We produce numerous model railroad products including T-TRAK modules in scales from HO to T Scale. Join us to discuss T-TRAK modules, what is the standard and how you can join into this new facet of the hobby.
 
Stephen Koffel and Dan Mycio – TCS (Train Control Systems) – TCS WiFi Throttle
Join Dan and Stephen for an in-depth demonstration of the TCS handheld Universal WiFi Throttle, part of the soon-to-be-released WiFi Command System. The ergonomic interface and large display make operating layouts and programming locomotives a breeze. Seamlessly switch between DCC systems and communication protocols to control any train on any layout, all with the same throttle. Come see how today’s technology is being used to enhance your enjoyment of the hobby. 

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each registrant.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you!
To Register for 2020 Clinics 

CLICK HERE!
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About the Clinicians...     
 
Mike Baker
A formally trained artist with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Mike Baker began working on the retail side of the hobby in 1986 at the Mitchell’s store in Wilmington DE. While attending school in Savannah, GA he also worked at Bull Street Station, the premier model railroad store in southeastern GA. He has been custom building and painting since 1987. His models have been published in Model Railroader, Railmodel Journal, Railroad Model Craftsman, Mainline Modeler, Model Railroading, and the NMRA Bulletin. Mike also runs Nick & Nora Designs, a line of craftsman structure kits and details.
 
Karen Baker
As the wife of a professional model railroader, Karen just said no to the life of a model railroad widow. Karen actively participates in the family business, Nick and Nora designs. Her specialty is all the little detail parts that bring model railroad scenes to life. With an artistic eye, Karen seeks out new natural materials and "found objects" for use in model railroading.
 
Donald Becker
Donald is an accomplished modeler. His roots are in the armor and military world, but he has brought his obsessive attention to details to the smaller model railroad scales. Donald is the driving force behind the Scientific Models laser cut structure line as the designer. With MicroMark, Donald has the expertise to get the most out of the entire tool inventory and is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with our students.
 
Mike Dettinger
Michael Dettinger is a model railroader with a passion for oddities, DCC,and animation. Mike has modeled Compressed (Shorty B-Train) Japanese N Scale (1/150), HOn30, On18, HOn3, HO, On30,and O-27/31. His animation projects include DCC control to the Tyco Operating Box Car, the Bachmann Action Caboose, the Lionel 0805 Nuclear Waste Car,and the Lionel 0834 Lighted Poultry Car. If it is obscure, Mike will build it and/or put a decoder in it. His latest obsession is T-Trak.  Mike is also a contributor to online webcasts.
 
John and Pat Ehrenreich
John and Pat had a circuitous start in our hobby. Originally part of the Department 56 and toy train world, they sought to improve their displays with extruded foam. The discovered the Hot Wire Foam Factory products and soon became the East Coast representatives for the company. Their journey has taken them to Toy Train shows, Military Model Shows and Fine Scale Train Shows. Terrain is the common factor in all of these show and.Pat and John are the experts in creating realistic contours in extruded foam.
 
Dr. Michael Groves
Dr. Michael Groves was trained as a physicist in Australia and has worked in the medical field all his life in the USA, first in development, then sales and marketing. Since retirement he has been able to focus more attention on his train layout, but became frustrated with the amount of wiring involved to provide even a small level of lighting. It was this that drove him to use his physics skills to develop a novel way of lighting without wiring using fiber optics. Dwarvin Enterprises Ltd. was formed in April 2018 to commercialize this idea and is a family business that involves his wife, children, and grandchildren.
 
Aric Hartle
Aric Hartle is the owner of CMR Products, a small business located in western Pennsylvania that produces numerous model railroad products including T-TRAK modules in scales from HO to T Scale.
 
Frank Haugh
Frank is a Santa Fe modeler and a rolling stock specialist. He excels in freight car tunes ups for trouble-free operations. Frank is also an expert in weathering rolling stock and buildings with weathering powders.
 
Rick and Maureeen Hunter
"We attend about 20 shows a year: NMRA National; National Narrow Gauge; Springfield, MA; Trainfest, Milwaukee; Fine Scale Expo and many Regional and local shows. We do travel coast to coast. We are a Canadian business, but we have a well-stocked warehouse in Maryland. We can ship to our US dealers and customers quickly and efficiently.  
We attend about 20 shows a year: NMRA National; National Narrow Gauge; Springfield, MA; Trainfest, Milwaukee; Fine Scale Expo and many Regional and local shows.  We do travel coast to coast. We are a Canadian business, but we have a well-stocked warehouse in Maryland. We can ship to our US dealers and customers quickly and efficiently. 
We enjoy giving ‘make ‘n’ take’ clinics.   We do about eight clinics each year for many Conventions and Regional Clubs. Our clinic room is usually set up in a classroom style, with a table at the front, where Maureen is building the same kit as the participants. Through participant clinic evaluations, we have found that everyone has a great learning experience and they really enjoy the socialization – it’s a fun time!"
 
Steven Koffel
Stephen Koffel joined the TCS team in 2018 and oversees marketing initiatives and video production. Residing with his wife Katrina in the Philadelphia suburbs, his N scale Free-Mo modules have been sidetracked due to a new addition to the household - their son Joel. When he’s not dropping N scale detail parts into unreachable places, you’ll find Stephen exploring the outdoors and enjoying a good cup of coffee along the way.
 
Dan Mycio
Hailing from central eastern PA, Dan Mycio rediscovered his love for model trains when joining TCS in 2017. In addition to managing the technical support department, he designs and tests circuit boards and drafts 3D models. When he’s not advising people to “turn it off and back on again,” Dan wages war on rivet counters by expanding the eclectic mix of road-names and locomotive power on his N scale layout.
 
Michael O'Connell
Michael is an artist, a modeler and a long time supporter of our clinic series. Michael's company, Chooch, is both a well established and respected name in model railroading circles.
 
Barry Rosier
Barry has been a model railroader for over 30 years. I started as a young kid with my grandfather's American Flyer trains under our Christmas tree. In high school I joined a Boy Scout Explorer post which was sponsored by a local model railroad club. Our post folded but I joined the club as a junior member. Later I left the hobby and began a family but then I met my friend Dave Luciano.

We founded the Strasburg Model Railroad Club 23 years ago. I am primarily an On30 scale modeler but I also am working on an HO scale T-Trak layout. As my day job is in computers I am deeply involved in DCC and the use of computers and JMRI in model railroading. I am expand my modeling skills into craftsman modeling and scratch building and plan on beginning my On30 scale layout soon.

 
Bill Sartore
Bill lives in Bethel Park, PA with his wife Lisa. He started Microlumina - a small side business that offers lighting-related products for structure model builders. He enjoys presenting lighting clinics and getting people started with LED structure lighting.

 

TRACK 2: 

Hands on Clinics Saturday and Sunday
(our venue of hands on clinics in our "clinic stadium")

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Start Time Description Location
10:00 AM
“Weathering and Making a Freight Car Run Better”
Learn how to weather a car, add decals and Kadee couplers.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM "Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium
 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

 
Start Time Description Location
10:30 AM
“Weathering and Making a Freight Car Run Better”
Learn how to weather a car, add decals and Kadee couplers.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM ​"Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium


2020 "TRACK TWO" Model Railroading Clinics Detail 

Please note that all clinics are hands-on and participants will have the opportunity to be directly involved if they wish. 
All clinics are held in the South Section of the MALLARY COMPLEX. Come early to get a “hands on” seat in our clinic area!!!

All clinics are conducted by Master Model Railroaders - the highest award given by the NMRA.  Join Fran Hale, MMR, and Miles Hale, MMR, and the Staff of The Model Railroading University. To learn more about The Model Railroading University, please visit: http://www.modelrailroadinguniversity.com  or  http://www.modelrailroadbuilder.com 

 

 

TRACK 3:

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts)
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THESE CLINICS MAY REQUIRE ADVANCED REGISTRATION

(for those that require advanced registration - sign up is available at manufactures' booths)

 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels - please note that some may require pre-registration.

Start time Description Location
10:30 AM Adding Battery Radio Control to your HO, S, O & G Scale engines, presented by Don Sweet of Remote Control System of NE
 
Why add battery r/c control?  Because it adds more fun time to running your trains. Imagine no more track cleaning, stalls/shorts on switches or complex reverse loop wiring.
Continue to use your track powered engines while the battery powered trains operate around them or on a new sections of track.  In this clinic you will see examples of HO, ON30, O and G scale locos. We will discuss lithium battery technology, proper charging and runtimes. Control system provided by RailPro.
 
    Young    
Clinic
Room
12:00 Noon LayoutCommandControl Update - offered by Ken Cameron, a member of the LCC Developer Team
 
This clinic will provide a basic view of how the NMRA LCC S-9.7 works and the relation to the OpenLCB project. LCC is an evolving standard to provide a multi-vendor interconnection for all of your layout parts for the next 30 years. Explanations of the concepts and direction the project is proceeding and current status will be presented. Hands on demos will be available at the JMRI/LCC help desk in the Stroh Building
 
Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm Brass Locomotive Repair - offered by Fuzzy Anstine of Scale Brass Mechanic

HOn3 is what I model, but I work in all scales.
 I take poorly running Brass locos manufactured in the 20th century in Pacific rim countries and fine tune mechanisms; side rods, cross heads, valve linkages,etc. Will replace gearboxes as necessary, as well as replace old open frame motors with suitable upgrades. If requested DCC,LED's, sound, radio control and batteries can also be added.
Young Clinic Room
3:00 pm Diesel-Electric Locomotives; How They Work...  - offered by author Walter Simpson

Local (upstate New York) environmentalist and life-long railfan Walter Simpson and author of Diesel-Electric Locomotives: How They Work, Use Energy, and Can Become More Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable will present a talk on diesel electric locomotives. Walter’s talk will follow the book’s topics, explaining technical details, the adventure of researching locomotive technology, and the intrigue associated with penetrating the secrecy surrounding locomotive energy efficiency.
Young Clinic Room
   

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels 
 
Start time Description  Location  
10:30 am Adding Battery Radio Control to your HO, S, O & G Scale engines, presented by Don Sweet of Remote Control System of NE
 
Why add battery r/c control?  Because it adds more fun time to running your trains. Imagine no more track cleaning, stalls/shorts on switches or complex reverse loop wiring.
Continue to use your track powered engines while the battery powered trains operate around them or on a new sections of track.  In this clinic you will see examples of HO, ON30, O and G scale locos. We will discuss lithium battery technology, proper charging and runtimes. Control system provided by RailPro.
Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon
JMRI Overview and Update - offered by Ken Cameron, a member of the JMRI Developer Team
 
JMRI is FREE computer software for enhancing performance and enjoyment of many aspects of our model railroading hobby. This clinic will introduce the many aspects of the JMRI software and briefly describe its capabilities. DecoderPro makes it very easy to program DCC decoders and get the most out of these devices. PanelPro focuses on the layout, including panels (virtual or physical) and signaling.  Other sections that address Operations, wireless control and other new developments will also be covered. Hands on demos will be available at the JMRI/LCC help desk in the Stroh Building.
Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm Brass Locomotive Repair - offered by Fuzzy Anstine of Scale Brass Mechanic

HOn3 is what I model, but I work in all scales.
 I take poorly running Brass locos manufactured in the 20th century in Pacific rim countries and fine tune mechanisms; side rods, cross heads, valve linkages,etc. Will replace gearboxes as necessary, as well as replace old open frame motors with suitable upgrades. If requested DCC,LED's, sound, radio control and batteries can also be added.
Young Clinic Room

 


 

 

TRACK 4:

Mini Demos/Clinics offered throughout the day
(by experts at their exhibit areas)
FEATURED EXHIBITORS:




Hot Wire Foam Factory is a manufacturer of Styrofoam cutting, sculpting and engraving tools as well as foam adhesives and coatings.  They will be located in BLC at tables 40 B&C.





stop by "Bar Mills" in the Young Building, Section 79

 
 


 

stop by "Scenic Express" in the BLC, Section 44




European Train Enthusiasts

Eastern New England Chapter
stop by the newly designed "ETE" area of Mallary and see for yourself; in Mallary, Section 155




Questions about the Amherst Railway Society's annual Railroad Hobby Show
should be directed to the show office at:

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