Clinics

2022 Clinic info

The Amherst Railway Society "Clinics Department" is back again in 2022 with a two-day program.  For the 2022 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:

 

2022 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:

2022 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!)
 

$ 107.00*

* Special Note: The clinic program is now offering 1-day passes as well as the 2-day program (1-day program cost is $69.00).  Also, there are hands-on classes that will require extra supplies, to be purchased when you register.  Watch for the HANDS-ON ITEM.


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 fee are the following:

     - Breakfast and lunch each day
     - 
Ticket to the Train Show for each day
     - Opportunities to connect with railroaders from all over the country
     - HANDS ON clicnics may require pre-registration and/or extra fees for supplies - stay tuned!

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

STEPS TO REGISTER:  

     1. Register in the Shopping Cart for a one or two day pass.
     2. IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE EXTRA CLASS(ES) from Hunter, ALSO PURCHASE THAT ADD-ON to either or both of those classes.
     3. Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each person attending.
     4. That's it....
To Register for 2022 Thrusday and Friday Clinics 

CLICK HERE
 
 
2022 2-DAY CLINIC SCHEDULE: 
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, most 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!

Thursday, January 27, 2022

8:30 am – Noon
Timber Portal make ‘n’ take Clinic - Rick and Maureen Hunter

This is an extra fare clinic-see details below-Registration Required.  A four hour clinic. Class size: 12 minimum to 25 maximum Join Maureen
and Rick from Hunterline, as they take you through, step by step instructions, to build your own Hunterline Timber Portal in your scale (N,
HO, S, O, including all the Narrow-Gauge scales). Skills to learn: read templates and instructions, distressing basswood, staining and gluing
techniques, assembly, NBW installing, finish weathering techniques. This is a beginner to intermediate difficulty. Old pros can learn a few things too!  Includes the kit and two bottles (8oz) of our Weathering Mix – a base color and our Creosote Black as a highlight color.
Tool List (We are aware that some tools are not allowed on flights, so we bring extra) Box to carry project home Work Surface - cutting mat - big
enough for your scale Leftover dish for stain Wood glue – fast tacking carpenters glue such as Titebond II, Elmers or LePages Masking tape
Waxed paper Push pin/tack Razor saw and/or Xacto knife Tweezers – very sharp point is helpful Small files, clamps, cheap brush Disposable gloves and Patience
EXTRA CHARGE: Kit and Weathering Mix cost: $45.00 Pre-registration required.  This is an extra and MUST BE ADDED TO YOUR SHOPPING CART REGISTRATION.

8:30 – 10:00 am
Lighting without Wiring_‘The Dwarvin novel approach’ - Michael Groves


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.  Specifically, this clinic will cover:
     - Advances in lighting.
     - What led me to develop a fiber optic lighting system.
     - Avoiding a wiring spaghetti.
     - How to use and tips on using fiber optics,
     - Theory behind fiber optics - enough to understand what can be done with them.
     - Examples from various customers - N, HO, Narrow gauge and O gauge layouts.
     - Hand’s-on demonstration.

8:30 – 10:00 am
4 Types of Turnout Control - Barry Rosier/Mike Dettinger


Stall motor, manual throw, and 2 different types of servo turnout control will be discussed and demonstrated. Control via DCC will be discussed as well.  This clinic has been revised for 2022 and you may be surprised to discover which system provides the best value per controlled turnouts.

10:30 am – Noon
20/20 Vision - Designing Lighting for your Layout - Michael Groves


This clinic will provide prototype lighting requirements with an emphasis on how to establish the right lighting conditions, especially for roadways.
buildings, train yards etc.  The art of realism is vital to creating an effect that is appealing to the eye.  Specifically, this clinic will cover:
     - Different considerations for illuminating versus seeing light.
     - How bright should the lights be (luminosity) for various applications / scales.
     - Spacing between lights.
     - Value of ‘directional lighting'.
     - Advantages and disadvantages of various lighting approaches.
     - Cost considerations.
     - Examples of lighting done well 

10:30 am – Noon
JRMI for Computer Control of DCC Components - Barry Rosier/Mike Dettinger


This clinic is a basic introduction to JMRI, the many facets of the software and how it can enhance your experience and make the railroad operations and control more like the prototype. JRMI can keep a database of your installed decoders and record your custom CV values, as insurance to a catastrophic decoder failure. JMRI can also interface with phones and tablets via wifi, so those devices could be used as throttles. And of course, JMRI does much, much more.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
The World of Kadee Couplers – Frank Haugh

This is a “hands-on” clinic where the attendees will be learning how to use various tools to drill, tap, and install Kadee couplers. They will also learn
how to correctly use the Kadee height coupler gauge to check their work.  When finished they will have a car to take home with them. All the materials and tools needed for this clinic will be provided. There is no added charge for the clinic.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Decoders - What’s new and what’s coming from TCS – John Forsythe


TCS will give a behind the scenes look at what’s coming next in decoder technology and some much-anticipated news on N-scale sound.

1:00 – 5:30 PM
30’ King Post Truss Bridge make ‘n’ take Clinic - Rick and Maureen Hunter

This is an extra fare clinic-see details below-Registration Required.  A four-hour clinic. Class size: 12 minimum to 25 maximum Join Maureen
and Rick from Hunterline, as they take you through, step by step instructions, to build your own Hunterline Timber Portal in your scale (N,
HO, S, O, including all the Narrow-Gauge scales). Skills to learn: read templates and instructions, distressing basswood, staining and gluing
techniques, assembly, NBW installing, finish weathering techniques. This is a beginner to intermediate difficulty. Old pros can learn a few things too!  Includes the kit and two bottles (8oz) of our Weathering Mix – a base color and our Creosote Black as a highlight color. Tool List (We are aware that some tools are not allowed on flights, so we bring extra) Box to carry project home Work Surface - cutting mat - big
enough for your scale Leftover dish for stain Wood glue – fast tacking carpenters glue such as Titebond II, Elmers or LePages Masking tape
Waxed paper Push pin/tack Razor saw and/or Xacto knife Tweezers – very sharp point is helpful Small files, clamps, cheap brush Disposable gloves and Patience
EXTRA CHARGE: Kit and Weathering Mix cost: N - $45.00 Pre-registration required.  This is an extra and MUST BE ADDED TO YOUR SHOPPING CART REGISTRATION.

2:30 – 3:30 PM
The TCS DCC and LCC Ecosystem, Throttles and Boosters and Command stations, oh my! - John Forsythe


TCS will show off their universal wireless throttles (UWT100 and UWT50) and how easy they are to use with any command station.
John will also give demonstrations of TCS’s new Booster and Command station

2:30 – 5:30 PM
Making Portals and More…  John and Pat Ehrenreich

 
During these hands-on clinics, John and Pat Ehrenreich will guide participants on the use of Hot Wire Foam Factory tools to cut and carve
Extruded Styrofoam.  Each participant will be provided with a set of tools for use during the clinic and they will also be provided the Styrofoam to
design, cut and carve their own train portal in realistic looking brick, stone or wood. Techniques learned at this clinic can be applied to other model
railroad structures such as Retaining Walls, Bridges and Viaducts.  Also discussed during this clinic will be techniques to detail, texture and paint
your Portal.  Seating will be limited to 12 participants.  This clinic will be offered twice.

4:00 – 5:30 PM
3D Printing for the Model Railroader-Bob Geldmacher


3D printing provides opportunities to produce models that were difficult to make with previous techniques. It also makes it possible to mass produce those models with little additional work.  This clinic will explain the two basic technologies that are available to modelers for
3D printing. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) melts a plastic fiber and precisely guides it to produce the finished part. Stereolithography (SLA) uses ultraviolet laser light to polymerize plastic in a tank of liquid resin. Computer Aided Design programs which are used to model the desired part and provide the input instructions to the 3D printer will be discussed along with commercially available printing options. The most common programs used are described along with the advantages and disadvantages of each program.  The results from the process can be impressive, and it is easy to produce multiple copies of the finished design. This can be a particular advantage when modeling  railroads that often use standard designs that are repeated many times.


Friday, January 28, 2022

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Realistic Backgrounds using Photoshop - Hal Reynolds


8:30 – NOON
Making Portals and More…  John and Pat Ehrenreich

 
During these hands-on clinics, John and Pat Ehrenreich will guide participants on the use of Hot Wire Foam Factory tools to cut and carve
Extruded Styrofoam.  Each participant will be provided with a set of tools for use during the clinic and they will also be provided the Styrofoam to
design, cut and carve their own train portal in realistic looking brick, stone or wood. Techniques learned at this clinic can be applied to other model
railroad structures such as Retaining Walls, Bridges and Viaducts.  Also discussed during this clinic will be techniques to detail, texture and paint
your Portal.  Seating will be limited to 12 participants.  This clinic will be offered twice.

8:30 - NOON
Scenery From the Ground Up - Bob Geldmacher


This is a 3 hour clinic covering a wide range of scenic techniques. Bob will begin this clinic with a demonstration and review of rock casting using Hydrocal plaster.   This will be followed with the discussion and construction of basic land forms using readily available extruded insulation foam and plaster cloth and the placement and coloring of rock castings on that land form.   To complete the scene, Bob will review many of commercially available model landscaping supplies and demonstrate how they can be used separately or in combination to add interest with color and texture variations to any layout.  Bob will include a discussion on static grass applicators and how you can use static grass to create a number of landscaping features.

10:30 – NOON
Applications of Weathering Mix- Rick and Maureen Hunter


During this 45-minute clinic, 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

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Lighting without Wiring_‘The Dwarvin novel approach’ - Michael Groves


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.  Specifically, this clinic will cover:
     - Advances in lighting, 
     - What led me to develop a fiber optic lighting system.
     - Avoiding a wiring spaghetti.
     - How to use and tips on using fiber optics.
     - Theory behind fiber optics - enough to understand what can be done with them.
     - Examples from various customers - N, HO, Narrow gauge and O gauge layouts.
     - Hand’s-on demonstration.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Decoders - What’s new and what’s coming from TCS – John Forsythe


TCS will give a behind the scenes look at what’s coming next in decoder technology and some much anticipated news on N-scale sound.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
4 Types of Turnout Control - Barry Rosier / Mike Dettinger


Stall motor, manual throw, and 2 different types of servo turnout control will be discussed and demonstrated. Control via DCC will be discussed as well.  This clinic has been revised for 2022 and you may be surprised to discover which system provides the best value per controlled turnouts.

2:30 -3:30 PM
20/20 Vision - Designing Lighting for your Layout - Michael Groves


This clinic will provide prototype lighting requirements with an emphasis on how to establish the right lighting conditions, especially for roadways.
buildings, train yards etc.  The art of realism is vital to creating an effect that is appealing to the eye.  Specifically, this clinic will cover:
     - Different considerations for illuminating versus seeing light.
     - How bright should the lights be (luminosity) for various applications / scales.
     - Spacing between lights.
     - Value of ‘directional lighting’.
     - Advantages and disadvantages of various lighting approaches.
     - Cost considerations.
     - Examples of lighting done well. 

2:30 -3:30 PM
JRMI for Computer Control of DCC Components - Barry Rosier / Mike Dettinger

This clinic is a basic introduction to JMRI, the many facets of the software and how it can enhance your experience and make the railroad operations and control more like the prototype. JRMI can keep a database of your installed decoders and record your custom CV values, as insurance to a catastrophic decoder failure. JMRI can also interface with phones and tablets via wifi, so those devices could be used as throttles. And of course, JMRI does much, much more.

4:00 – 5:30 PM
The World of Kadee Couplers – Frank Haugh


This is a “hands-on” clinic where the attendees will be learning how to use various tools to drill, tap, and install Kadee couplers. They will also learn
how to correctly use the Kadee height coupler gauge to check their work.  When finished they will have a car to take home with them. All the materials and tools needed for this clinic will be provided. There is no added charge

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Touch Toggles and Easy Control Panels- Kevin Hunter
 

About the Clinicians...

Bob Geldmacher

Bob has been a model railroader for many years and is a member of the Four County Society of Model Engineers, an HO modular club that has shown their layout many times at the Timonium show and received best in show honors at the Amherst Train Show in 2019.
Bob models a freelance On30 layout based around the early 1900s. His primary interests are in the scenery and electronics elements of model railroading. He works as the primary clinician and product demonstrator for Scenic Express at the TCA shows in York, Pennsylvania and the Amherst show in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Bob has an Electrical Engineering and graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He and his wife Monica live in Mount Airy, Maryland and have two daughters and four grandchildren who live in nearby communities.
 
Michael Groves
Dr. Michael Groves has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from 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, daughter and son-in-law, and grandchildren.  You will have to go to our web site at https://Dwarvin.com to find out why we named the company Dwarvin - it has something to do with Tolkien and our oldest grandson.
 
Mike Dettinger
Mike has a unique approach to model railroading, which can best be described as focused chaos. The primary focus is keeping the trains running and producing aesthetically pleasing models. Scale is a secondary consideration in most situations; as is the strict adherence to prototype fidelity. Detail is only included if it serves to convey the desired sense of time and place. The goal of this non-conventional approach is to attract more modelers into this great hobby an enable the next generation of great model railroad thinkers.
 
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 expanding my modeling skills into craftsman modeling and scratch building and plan on beginning my On30 scale layout soon. 
 
John and Pat Ehrenreich
Sales representatives for Hot Wire Foam factory and experts at solving scenic problems for model railroaders using Styrofoam and the many fine Hot Wire Products.  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.
 
Rick and Maureen Hunter
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!"

Frank Haugh
Frank has been in the hobby for over 50 years and a serious model railroader for over 30 years.. He has conducted many clinics at the
Amherst show for the last 10 years with a focus on Kadee couplers and rolling stock “tune-ups”. Other clinics that have received high acclaim
have been using Bragdon Powders, Scratch Building for a Dollar, Building Laser Wood Kits, and Constructing Plastic Kits
 
Jim Elster-Owner Scenic Express
details coming soon

Kevin Hunter-Owner Berrett Hill Trains and Touch Toggles
details coming soon

John Forsythe-TCS…Train Control Systems
details coming soon

Hal Reynolds-Atlantic Scale Modelers
details coming soon
 
TOOLS LIST FOR THURSDAY & FRIDAY "HANDS ON" CLINICS
coming soon
 
To Register for 2022 Thursday and Friday Clinics 

CLICK HERE
 
 



TRACK 2: 

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

 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Start Time Description Location
10:00 AM
 
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM   Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM   Mallary Clinic Stadium
 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

 
Start Time Description Location
10:30 AM
.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM   Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM   Mallary Clinic Stadium


2022 "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!!!


 

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 29, 2022 - 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       Young    
Clinic
Room
12:00 Noon
 
Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm   Young Clinic Room
3:00 pm   Young Clinic Room
   

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 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   Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon   Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm   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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