Clinics at MARPM20

Some of the clinics to be presented at MARPM20.  More to come... subject to change!

Keith Albright

Using DecoderPro to Program, Speed Match, and Troubleshoot Sound Decoders for Operations

This clinic covers programming, consisting, speed matching, and troubleshooting most sound and non-sound decoders, including how to make  a consist at home and take it to any layout running DecoderPro. A comprehensive handout sheet will reduce frustrations with the many sound decoders available today.  

David Bott

Three Things I Found Useful in Building a Fleet

This presentation will give you at least three things you can do if you want to have an appropriate fleet of locomotives and freight equipment for your intended layout's time and place. RPM means having a specific time and place in mind, and always working to get the models (and layout) to be close to representing that time and place. Thus, to build a fleet, an RPM modeler has voluntarily chosen to limit their focus to a certain time and place. The three things that have helped David in building his fleet can be obtained and used for modeling many times and many places, even your favorite. You'll have to attend if you want to learn what those three things are. :-)

David Bott

From History to Layout: What I really needed to build a layout and what is just interesting item...

After researching the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway for more than 25 years, this summer David finally had layout space at home. So after two decades of modular club railroading, he was suddenly faced with am empty, finished room in the basement. In this clinic, he will document some of the false starts he experienced, the resources he has collected, and what is actually turning out to be useful and needed as he evolves from a train modeler and armchair historian into a layout builder.

Doug Chapman

Ralston Steel Company Cars on Mid-Atlantic Railroads

Between 1905 and 1953, the Ralston Steel Car Company of Columbus, Ohio manufactured nearly 100,000 freight cars for more than 50 American railroads and 40 private and foreign entities. This presentation will provide a brief history of the Ralston Company and identify the freight cars it constructed for several mid-Atlantic railroads – B&O, C&O, N&W, and PRR, plus several private operators. Anyone modeling US railroads between 1905 and 1975 should have some Ralston-built cars operating on their layout.

Ted Dilorio, Ralph Hess, & Dave Ramos

'Quick and Easy' Steam Era Weathering

Are you one of those pre-graffiti era modelers who has been interested in making your models more realistic looking like the modern era guys do, but don't know where to start, or are maybe even afraid you might "ruin" one of your more expensive cars?  Well, don't be afraid anymore! Join steam and transition era modelers Ralph Heiss and Ted DiIorio as they demonstrate AND allow you to try out all the popular mediums you've read about in the hobby press like Pan Pastels, watercolor pencils, Copic pens, MIG washes, and pigments to quickly and easily dirty up your fleet without taking forever to do it. All you need is your creativity, questions, and a car or two of your own to experiment on, and Ted and Ralph will provide the rest. 

Andrew Dodge, MMR

Freight Cars and Waycars

Certain types of fright cars on specific railroads have an interesting history, and by looking at some examples, we shall explore why the prototype modeler should do some research into their own modeling activates.  The clinic will examine some types of freight cars used on two different Colorado railroads, and we will explore their design and service life.  

Waycars, otherwise known as cabooses, also have a long and varied history on every railroad.  Design and function of these interesting cars will be another part of this clinic.  Examining the South Park’s and the Colorado Midland’s waycars should provide an interesting look at the past and how they evolved during their service life.

Paul Dolkos

Staging Can Be More Than a Dark Space Under the Layout

There’s a model railroad saying, “you can’t have too much staging!” The guy that 
often repeated that phrase as he built the layout is now operating. And he will be the first to tell you now that’s he’s got way too much staging. Paul looks at staging concepts that minimize the impact on your layout space. He will also present a number of alternative approaches.

John Greene

Building HO Scale Passenger Cars

Building passenger coaches, combines, baggage cars, 80’ baggage cars, and 80’ RPO/baggage cars using Branchline core bodies with 3D printed sides. Sample for modeler review will be available.

Eric Hansmann

Ventilated Boxcars of the 20th Century

A review of an iconic freight car design that was used by more railroads than you may realize. At one point, 59 railroads owned nearly 65,000 of these cars. A summary of scale models will wrap up the review.

Chuck Hitchcock

The Ottawa Junction Railway

Back in 2017 Chuck and his wife Jennifer decided to move to a retirement community, which meant the dismantling of the Argentine Industrial District Railway, and at age 80 there were no plans or opportunity to build another railroad. About everything was sold of given away so as far as Chuck was concerned his railroad building days were over.Tthe move to the retirement community was made in January 2018. About July of that same year Jennifer asked if they could locate back to a house in Prairie Village, our previous residence for 47 years. We did find a nice house with an unfinished full basement; so unexpectedly Chuck was looking at the possibility of building another railroad. They finished off a 30' X 30' area and plans were developed to build a Santa Fe railroad circa 1952 with a town that would have two branch lines beginning there; and that town was Ottawa, Kansas. To the north out of Ottawa was a branch line to Baldwin and Lawrence, Kansas. To the south was the Gridley branch, a 52-mile branch line that included some 10 small towns. With the help of six good friends, construction began in November 2018, and our first op session was in April of 2019. Scenery has been completed on three of the five towns being modeled. The clinic will discuss the concept, planning, construction, and operation of the railroad.

Vince Lee

"When it Absolutely, Positively Has to Get There in Three Days”: the Erie Railroad’s LCL business: Infrastructure, Operations, and Modelling

Prior to the rise of the modern global overnight document and package delivery companies  FEDEX and UPS, if you were a Manhattan business that desired to ship a package of your products to a customer in Chicago, you likely used the Less-Than-Carload service of a railroad, such as the Erie, or PRR, whose track route crossed the country  connecting these two cities.  In this talk, Vince will take a look at the business environment, system-wide facilities and operations of the less-than-carload transport industry as found on the Erie Railroad in the 1950’s, and how it is portrayed on his HO scale Erie 28th Street Terminal.

Lance Mindheim

Color Strategies

Aside from composition, no other factor contributes more to the visual success of a model than color treatment.  Clinic covers: understanding prototype colors, color selection, inserting contrast, transitions and edges, and overall application techniques.  We’ll also delve into techniques for modeling some of the more commonly found surfaces such as concrete, metallic, and masonry.

Ramon Rhodes

The Design and Building of a Single Town Layout

In this presentation Ramon will discuss the design and ongoing construction of his new single-town layout that features the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The town features an incredible amount of road freight, road switcher, run-through, industrial and yard switching action in a 2-mile stretch on Norfolk Southern's mainline through town. There's also a 60-car a day interchange with the Alabama Southern Railroad, and Amtrak action as well. Ramon will give you detailed step-by-step information on the concept, design,and construction process in a fast-paced presentation featuring hundreds of photographs, diagrams, maps, and charts.

Richard Shulby

Sandhills Railroading—Evolution of a Branchline

The old NS line from Star to Aberdeen, NC- now part of the Aberdeen Carolina & Western. A lighter look at the development of this line from the beginning through recent developments. Includes brief views of the SAL/CSX and the Aberdeen and Rockfish at Aberdeen, NC, and the junction of SAL/CSX lines and depot at Hamlet, NC.

Richard Shulby

Chicago’s Lost Railway Architecture

An in-depth history of the development of six major railway terminals and their predecessors.

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