Below is a partial list of clinics being offered at the 41st NNGC September 1-4. This list will undoubtedly change as other clinics come in and presenters drop out. There are still slots available for clinicians. If you have an idea for a clinic not already listed here, go to the forms page and send us a pitch. You could be on this list too. Exact clinic times and schedule will be in the timetable in your convention packet.
3D Printing for Modeling- Robert Thomas
Journey into the new world of 3D printing and explore what it might mean for you in your modeling. Forms of 3D Printing, both home and print for hire will be discussed. What it is, what it isn’t and if it is a viable option for you. Various projects will be presented as examples, including new superstructures for existing rolling stock, and projects built entirely from the CAD drawing.
Scenery Along the ROW- Lou Sassi
In this presentation Lou and his wife Cheryl will explain the materials and techniques they utilize to replicate rock formations, specific tree types, woodlands, grasses, and scenic features representative of those found on the prototype of his Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes model railroad, featured in Great Model Railroads 2020. Included will be a video of Lou preparing “Ground Goop”.
Train Time at South Strong- Lou & Cheryl Sassi
In this clinic Lou and Cheryl will explain, step by step, how they construct a 2’ by 3’ diorama replicating a prototype photo of the SR&RL that has appeared in various publications over the years. Both the prototype photo and the diorama depict the scenery, structures, and activity around South Strong depot during the abandonment of the Railroad.
Building a timber dynasty- Chuck Lind
T.L.L. Temple arrived in Texas in the 1880’s and became involved in the buying and selling of lumber.
In 1893 he purchased 7,000 acres and started his own sawmill. American Lumberman magazine heard of what he was doing and paid him a visit in 1903 to document in photos the sawmill and town he was building. The article was buried toward the back of the magazine and they just figured he was giving them a tall tale of what he planned to do in the next few years. Over the next few years, he built a second sawmill, planner mill and started the Texas Southeastern Railroad. American Lumberman returned in 1908 and most of that tall tale had come true. They were so impressed they dedicated most an issue of the magazine to T. L. L. Temple and his east Texas timber empire.
With the photos from the visit of American Lumberman along with the Temple Archives we will follow the growth of a dynasty that still exists in East Texas.
Riding the White Pass and Yukon Route- Wayne Wessner
A narrated pictorial of travel on the White Pass & Yukon Route from its early beginnings to the present day. This clinic will cover the early history of the railway, from initial construction, gold rush days, ore and passenger service, up to today’s tourism. It will show steam, diesel, freight, and passenger equipment from past and present. You will want to ride this historical railway and see its great scenery after this clinic.
The ABC's of small Gasoline Industrial Locomotives- Randy Hees
About 1901, industrial railroads, many narrow gauge, started to experiment with small gasoline locomotives. Within 10 years these small gasoline locomotives became common in mines and on other industrial railroads. By the 1920’s common carrier railroads, both standard and narrow gauge, were experimenting with internal combustion locomotives. Many of the builders chose to identify their various models by letter codes. This clinic will explore locomotives built by Plymouth, Milwaukee, Brookville, Whitcomb and other gasoline and diesel locomotive builders.
A Travelling Toolbox for the Craftsman Modeler- Ron Guttman
This clinic is an update to the toolbox article featured in the 2018 On30 Annual. It will feature a review of the construction of the original project along with about a dozen enhancements and accessories that makes this the ideal toolbox to take to train shows or hotel rooms while travelling on the road! The perfect way to take your model railroad hobby with you when you travel.
Easy Backdrop Painting- Pete Leach
This is a make-and-take clinic for up to 8 participants per session. The hands-on clinic will show an easy method of painting a backdrop featuring tree covered rolling hills, typical of the eastern US and parts of the Midwest. Great results are possible for anyone. No artistic talent required. The participant will walk away with their handiwork and the knowledge they can paint their own backdrop!
West Side Lumber Company Vehicles/Equipment(1935-1957) – The Plant- Joe Piazza
This clinic covers the evolution of the use of internal combustion vehicles and assorted equipment at the West Side sawmill at Tuolumne, CA. Equipment used in the entire workflow will be covered, from the unloading of logs to the final loading of lumber in boxcars and trucks. The time period covered is 1935 to 1957.
Creating Interesting Model Railroad Landscapes- Kevin Spady
This clinic will cover techniques and materials for creating interesting and realistic model railroad landscapes using examples from Mr. Spady’s Pudding River Lumber Company On30 modular layout. The presentation provides both the beginner and advanced modeler with examples of how to develop an initial landscape concept and contextual frame of reference, terrain development, designing and fabricating water features, use of materials, and “how to” for modeling realistic trees and other plant materials. While this presentation will focus on modeling in On30, the techniques are applicable to almost all scales of model railroading.
Exploring On30 Modular Railroading- Kevin Spady
This clinic provides the modeler with a detailed exploration of modular railroading in On30. Mr. Spady displays his Pudding River Lumber Company modules extensively at train shows, charity and NMRA events around California, and will use these modules as examples of how to develop a modular concept. The clinic covers modular “how to” techniques including design standards, concept development, fabrication, structures and landscaping techniques, creating a flexible and movable format, and explores the social aspects of modular railroading. Great clinic for those with minimal space for a large layout.
Albion on the Narrow Gauge- Brian Bond
Albion, Maine was served by the two foot Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway until the line closed in 1933. This clinic will focus on how this terminal yard offers excellent modeling and operational opportunities, with engine facilities, a station, and several nearby industries served. We’ll look closely at the structures associated with the railroad, the industries served and railroad facilities. We’ll also discuss operations in Albion, including incoming and outgoing shipments. Bond will then describe how he modeled the yard in On2 and how he operates the module.
Dinkey's Over the Mountain: Two Obscure Appalachian Narrow Gauges- Brian Bond
Both the Cairo and Kanawha Railway in West Virginia and the Mountain Central Railroad in Kentucky used Climax locomotives to haul supplies for the oil industry, and were involved in both logging and mining operations. These two small common carrier lines were less than 17 miles long, had less than 25 cars each and operated in rugged mountain country. Both managed to operate up to the Great Depression. In this clinic we will take a close look at both railroads and discuss modeling opportunities in various common scales.
The Kennebec Central Railroad- the shortest of the Maine 2 Footers- Jeff Schumaker
The Kennebec Central was the shortest of the Maine two foot gauge railroads, at only five miles in length. It had only one customer, the National Soldiers’ Home at Togus, which it served successfully for almost 40 years. Rostering no more than two locomotives at any one time, it provided transportation of people, goods and coal with only five passenger cars and a dozen freight cars. Come and see why this little railroad endeared itself to the residents of southern Kennebec County, as well as the surrounding region.
Prototype Photos and Models that Followed- Sam Swanson
A single prototype photo can served as the basis for modeling structures, rolling stock, details, and occasionally, entire scenes. This clinic presents about twenty prototype photos and a variety of HO and O scale models that were built from them. In addition to mockup and construction techniques, painting and weathering approaches will be illustrated for a full account of how each model was completed.
The Gardner Tie & Timber Co.- David Whikehart
The Gardner Tie & Timber Company is an operating On30 layout built as a museum display. It portrays a fictitious logging railroad at the Gulf Coast during the 1930s. As background, a historical review of Gulf Coast logging railroads will be presented. The clinic will describe the layout’s construction which features swamp logging (including gators and snakes), sawmill operation, creosoting, turpentine still work and barrel construction. It will include a model logging town located at a river slough adjacent to the Gulf waters. Examples of the scratch built structures used will be on display.
Starting from Scratch- Don Railton
The clinic describes the scratch building of structures and rolling stock using simple materials, tools and techniques. Concept, weathering and detailing will be included in the discussion. Don will also cover some of his past builds and magazine articles as well as examples of the work of other modelers.
The American Narrow Gauge Firebox- John Stutz
The SG firebox of circa 1870 was quite unsuited for NG use. This clinic describes why this was so, what was needed, the several expedients adopted to obtain adequate grate area and firebox volume, and how these led to the SG firebox of circa 1910. The focus is on the larger NG types where these developments occurred.
Prototype Timber Tunnel Portals- John Stutz
Contrary to modeling tradition, prototype timber tunnel portals no more resemble masonry portals than timber bridges resemble masonry bridges. This clinic illustrates this with several RR standard designs, numerous examples from the field, and historic photographs.
Fine Tuning Brass for Operational Reliability - Fuzzy Anstine (Scale Brass Mechanic)
This clinic is dedicated to showing and explaining common reasons for Classic Brass to be in a non operable condition, and how to fix them. Some reasons include: side rod and crosshead bind, misaligned quarter, poor gearing (growling, much too fast), out of date electrics (motor replacement, extra power pickups, etc). Once a locomotive is mechanically as sound as possible, the next step is DCC installation, with of course all the bells, whistles and lighting effects, ie; ash pan and fire box flicker, and of course head, back, and marker lights.
Marshall Pass III. Operations in the 1920’s. 1924 Day-by-day at Marshall Pass- Pat Student
This clinic will discuss daily operations at Marshall Pass on the D&RGW in 1924. Analysis of surviving train registers, station set out reports and other documents provide the script for the daily parade of trains. This includes scheduled trains, extras, second sections, passenger extras, helpers, and work extras.
A Railfan’s “Scrapbook”: A railfan trip on the ET&WNC-Vida Division Railroad- Dean Smith
It’s time to shrink to HO scale, travel back to 1925, and join a railfan trip on the HOn3 East Tennessee & Western North Carolina-Vida Division Railroad. You will “hop aboard” a freight train and travel from Johnson City to Boone, pausing in the majestic Doe River Gorge for “Kodaking.” The layout, measuring 23 by 29 feet, features freight, passenger, and dual-gauge operation. This tour will examine the construction, philosophy, and operating procedures used to bring the Vida Division to life with a crew of up to ten.
Take Me to the River: Modeling mountain streams, rivers, and waterfalls- Dean Smith
Fast-flowing, clear streams, rivers, and waterfalls are part and parcel of the mountainous terrain shared by many of our favorite narrow-gauge railroads. With their visible river beds, white water areas, and “see-thru” waterfalls, these cascading waterways can prove a challenge to effectively model. By utilizing a series of easy-to-follow techniques using natural materials and commonly available craft and hobby supplies, this clinic should give even the novice modeler the confidence to dive right in and create effective rivers and waterfalls.
The narrow gauge logging railroads of the Champion Fibre Company-Gerald Ledford
In 1905, paper manufacturer Peter Gibson Thomson came to western North Carolina in search of pulpwood and a suitable location for a mammoth pulp mill that would provide pulp for his Champion Paper mill at Hamilton, Ohio. He also planned to build a large chestnut extract plant. This is the story of Thomson’s 420,000 acre timberlands and the railroads the Champion Fibre Company built to transport the wood to the pulp mill and extract plant at Canton, North Carolina. This PowerPoint presentation will feature historical photographs, track maps, and cover the 40-year timeline of Champion Fibre’s railroads.
Layout Command Control (LCC) for the Narrow Gauge- Robin Peel
What is LCC and why should I care? Learn about the basics of Layout Command Control (LCC) and understand how it might help build fun operations on your narrow gauge layout. Technical jargon will be avoided as far as possible.
Precision Measuring and Cutting for Model Building-Charles Goodrich
This clinic will start with basic measurement devices and move quickly into the modifications that Charles has made to his basic equipment. He begins with a simple ruler, then move to micrometers, dividers, and other instruments that he uses in model building. The clinic will end showing five devices that he has scratch built or modified to make it possible to cut wood and metal accurately to length.