Clinic Line-Up For National Narrow Gauge Convention (Part 1)
Here is the clinic line-up for the 33rd National Narrow Gauge Convention being held August 28 – 31 in Pasadena, CA. There will be many highly skilled and nationally recognized clinicians presenting tips and techniques applicable to all scales and gauges.

Bob Chaparro
Model Railroads of Southern California
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Clinic Line Up

Information on this list is current as of 5/23/2013, but is subject to change if there are any cancellations. Please check the Convention website-Clinic Tab at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> for updates. A clinic schedule will be posted shortly on that same link.
Clinic # 1: Dirt to Dust, Oil to Rust
Clinic Presenter: Booth Jimmy
Clinic Subject: Using 21st century techniques to weathering turn of the century models. This fast paced clinic will get modelers thinking outside the box when it comes to weathering models in this modern era using normal household items such as hair spray, salt, and many different painting mediums to develop contest level results in a shorter period of time than normal. Focus will be on distressing RTR Narrow Gauge freights cars and laser cut structures for a canvas to explore these new techniques.

Clinic # 2: HO Construction Equipment
Clinic Presenter: Bracher Eric
Clinic Subject: Eric’s clinic will cover how to build construction equipment kits that he manufactures; he has over 20 different kits. He will show photos of various completed models of construction equipment and discuss the era’s they represent. Nothing is more distracting to your layout then a modern back hoe on a 1920’s layout.

Clinic # 3: Geodesic Foam Scenery
Clinic Presenter: Bragdon Joel
Subject: In this 2 hour clinic Joel will present an in-depth and comprehensive look at all aspects of building scenery from resin materials. A mountain railroad diorama will be built during the clinic from the bench-work up. Foam bench-work and roadbed, foam hard-shell and resin, and foam rock casting will be demonstrated. Also realistic coloring of rocks and scenery plus final detailing will be covered.

Clinic # 4: Mold Making, Casting and Painless Weathering.

Clinic Presenter: Bragdon Joel
Clinic Subject: In this 2 hour clinic Joel will cover the art of making various RTV rubber molds for reproducing detail parts, cars, vehicles, structures or almost anything. One piece, multi piece and split molds will be demonstrated. Casting with a variety of materials will be shown including space age, safe and odorless polymer resins. Over two hundred sample molds and casting will be shown to illustrate the great number of options. The second part of this clinic will cover a broad range of weathering methods, materials and techniques some traditional old favorites and some new or little known. Weathering wood, metal, plastic, paper and plaster for model cars, structures, details and scenery and much more will be demonstrated. Near the end of the clinic the attendees will be invited to try their hand with some of the materials and techniques that they have seen and leave the clinic with some samples.

Clinic # 5: Modeling with Micro LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)
Clinic Presenter: Bunza Geoffrey
Clinic Subject: This clinic will look into new surface mounted device (SMD) light emitting diodes (LEDs), how to work with them, how to light them up and put them into some really interesting places. We will cover how you wire and power LEDs in different types of modeling situations for different effects, in an easy straightforward fashion. Opportunities exist for lighting the “un-lightable”: desk lamps, hand kerosene lamps, marker lamps, classification lights, number boards, crossing gates, ditch lights, vending machines, gas pumps, etc. What can you model if you had a bright light the size of an HO scale light bulb? Come and find out!

Clinic # 6: Control for Scale Model Animation Including DCC

Clinic Presenter: Bunza Geoffrey
Clinic Subject: Sequencing a series of actions (movements, lights and sounds) is fundamental to creating activity, interest, and excitement on your layout. In this clinic we will take a look at different ways to control and sequence "animated scenery" and even trains. We will consider the pros and cons of using simple circuits, computer control via JMRI software, and Arduino microcontrollers for sequencing, decision-making, and adding variety to layout animation. We'll take a look at a few methods for triggering (starting) activity too. Want to make your factories and buildings come alive? Maybe you want to conjure up a storm sometime? This clinic can help you get started!

Clinic # 7: Tools for Model and Scratch Building
Clinic Presenter: Burgess Jack
Clinic Subject: In this presentation, Yosemite Valley Railroad modeler Jack Burgess will talk about tools that can help a modeler build better models and work more accurately. Tool suggestions and recommendations will run from clamps and high-quality tweezers to power tools such as disc sanders and drill presses. Here is your opportunity to learn about some tools you may have never used.

Clinic # 8: Architectural Engineering for Model Railroads
Clinic Presenter: Carnighan Mark
Clinic Subject: Have you ever looked at a model scene and wondered why one looks more right than another, even though the model building skills are equal. This PowerPoint clinic presented by Mark will present the various common design standards and “rules of thumb” used in Architectural design and site planning. By knowing and applying the basic design rules both scratch built and kit-bashed structures can be built to look more realistic. And by using simple site design and civil engineering guidelines, the placement of the structures and their surrounding support elements also can be more realistic.

Clinic # 9: The Railroad that Ran By the Tides (The IR&N)

Clinic Presenter: Clemmens Mark

Clinic Subject: The IR&N was a fifteen mile, three foot narrow gauge railroad in the southwest corner of the State of Washington. Built in 1888, it ran from the Columbia River at Ilwaco, WA to Nahcotta, WA on Shoalwater Bay as a “bridge” line -- interdependent with the operation of steamships on both ends. The railroad obtained its nickname because Ilwaco was a shallow water port with 8 to10 foot tides and the steamships could only access the port at high tide, thus the railroad operated on a changing schedule to meet the ships. In 1900 it became a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad and was soon extended 13 miles upriver to a deep water port that allowed operation on a fixed schedule. The railroad survived until 1930.

Clinic # 10: Rescue & Restoration C&S Caboose 1008
Clinic Presenters: Farmer Bob
Farmer Richard
Hess Randy

Clinic Subject: In narrow gauge references, you'll find that C&S bobber caboose 1008 was scrapped in 1942 in Leadville. Long thought lost, this survivor was "rescued" in December 2010 from a private home in Northridge, California. Surprisingly intact 70 years after retirement, restoration of the 1008 is now in progress. This clinic will review the history of the 1008 on the Denver - Leadville division of the DSP&P/C&S and what is known of its travels since. The restorer/presenters will show the amazing condition of the caboose as found, and some of the history they've uncovered going back to the original construction of the "waycar" for the DSP&P in 1883. In particular, study of the many paint layers on original materials has lead to some surprising finds. The goal is to bring the 1008 back into operation while retaining the historic fabric. On going restoration work toward this end will be discussed in some detail, including the methods for repair of old parts and creation of new, with examples on display.
Clinic # 11: Narrow Gauge Simulation with Trainz
Clinic Presenter: Gibbs Bobber

Clinic Subject: Over the past few years, Bobber has developed a passion for simulated narrow gauge railroading with Trainz computer software and has prepared this intriguing clinic. With this program, one can design and operate multiple "layouts" with any type of equipment in any scale, any era and any part of any country on a middle-of-the-road home computer. Imagine double-headed 2-4-4-2 steamers, headlight aglow, belching black smoke and escaping steam, rolling down a steep grade with a heavy log train, around a sharp curve on a high trestle, at night in a fierce thunder and lightning storm with the wheels and brakes squealing and the whistle screaming.... now, switch to the cab view and watch the engineer, in his seat, turn his head to check his train and turn back again to the rails ahead...If this intrigues you this is a must see clinic for you

Clinic # 12: A Tribute to the late Bruce Maxwell the C&S, Black & White Photos
Clinic Presenter: Guggenheim Rodney
Clinic Subject: Rod will present about 150 Black and white photos from the late Bruce Maxwell’s collection and from Bruce’s father’s collection of the C&S to the railroad closed in 1942.

Clinic # 13: A tribute to the late Bruce Maxwell the C&S Color Photos
Clinic Presenter: Guggenheim Rodney
Clinic Subject: Rod will present about 150 color photos from the late Bruce Maxwell’s collection of the C&S to closing in 1942.

Clinic # 14: The RGS Mile by Mile

Clinic Presenter: Guggenheim Rodney
Clinic Subject: Rod will present photos from Maxwell’s, Chione, and his own collection of the RGS from Ridgeway to Durango with slides of (Glenco to Haycamp Road) about 6.2 miles of ROW. This area fills in the section from Dolores to Mancos which has not been well documented in the past.

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