PSR 2019 Convention

Arizona Junction


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No.ClinicClinicianDateTimeRoomExtra Fare
 1 Ghosts of Gasoline AlleyThis clinic will explore the evolution of the American Gasoline Station from its start in the late 1880s up to today’s modern stations. We will examine station architectural periods and styles as well as pumps. The clinic will also cover research tools and resources which will allow a modeler to enhance a model railroad by selecting the right station style, pumps, and gasoline brand for the layout’s geographic area and time period. We will view new examples of prototype stations as well as a variety of kits and scratch-built gas station. Richard Wehr
 2 Modeling an Underground Mine ShaftThe Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society had a large area of vertical rock face that lacked interest for public viewing. It was decided a cross cut view of a mine drift with scenes typically in a working mine could add interest to this area. This clinic will describe the construction of this model including the planning, building, use of LED lighting, mirrors, mini scenes, and sound to add a realistic air to the display. Charlie Nidever
 3 Structure weatheringRealism is an element in the art of model railroading. We like to remember scenes and images of our past. We build models in a prior timeframe of our youth. As part of this journey back in time, building wooden structures is part of this experience. Wooden structures, whether kit or scratch, provides a visual element of time, skill and design. This clinic will show techniques to amplify the aspects of time, weather and wear to one of the building materials – WOOD. The clinic will be a presentation of comparisons real vs modeling. It will consist of old photographs and modeling techniques to achieve visual similarity, the use of stains and pigments to achieve visual similarity, and age appropriate colors. Frank Baker
 4 Update on the Nickel PlateModel Railroad Planning editor Tony Koester will provide an overview of the planning, construction, and operation of his basement-size, multi-deck HO railroad that depicts the St. Louis Division of the Nickel Plate Road in 1954. A detailed report on the railroad appeared in December 2014 Model Railroader. Tony Koester
 5 Model Railroading as a MuseumThis clinic will present the development and operation of the Silver Creek Railroaders Model Railroad located in the Show Low Historical Museum in Show Low, Arizona. The presentation will include how the railroad came to be in this location as well as the pros and cons of its development – including organization, planning, construction, and funding. Current day-to-day operation will be presented as well as photos of details and a trip around the rails. Dean Cramblit, John Rowlinson
 7 How to Make and Apply Desert PlantsDesert scenery is part and parcel to any train display of the southwest. This clinic will demonstrate how to make Cholla varieties, Opuntia (“beaver tail” and “prickly pear” cactus), barrel cactus varieties, Ocotillo, Creosote, and Mesquite. It will also cover some palm trees: Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm), Phoenix dactylifera (Datepalm) and Washingtonia filifera (California fan palm). Common inexpensive materials will be used (such as hemp cord, spice seeds, anise weed, pipe cleaners, wire, feathers, wooden dowels, and specific types of hardware fastening screws) as well as model railroading materials (Woodland Scenics foam, stains and paints), and cyanoacrylate and rubber cements. The techniques demonstrated for the plants described above vary from very simple to excruciatingly tedious. However they are certainly not beyond the capability of the average model railroader providing the proper sequence of construction steps are obeyed. Since the use of photographs in construction are essential, sources of how and where to get photos of the various species will also be discussed. Finally, it is all-important and imperative that the plants constructed be applied to the layout surface in a specific manner for maximum realism. John Fiscella
 8 Scale & GaugeEnjoy an informative, light hearted look at how our models have evolved over their more than one hundred years. Get a hands-on experience with models of freight cars and trains ranging in size from the ultra-small to the riding variety (sorry, pictures only of the riding variety). Real trains and their surroundings come in only one scale but in many gauges in all parts of the world. See how, over the years, creative minds have taken a number of approaches to create model trains and their surroundings in various scales. Food for thought: When Z Scale was introduced in Europe in 1972, the letter Z had been selected since there would never be a smaller scale. Really? Ed Stewart
10 Detailing a Transition Era Gas StationThe Transition Era--the years when railroads were changing from steam power to diesel power--is typically considered to run from about 1940 to about 1960. Automobiles proliferated in the same period, as did the service stations or garages that maintained them. There are many kits available to represent the different types of buildings that were used in the period, but most do not include the details you would typically find at such an establishment. There are some detail kits you can buy to add realism to your model, but how do you know what is right? Gary Robinson, whose family owned and operated a “garage” from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, will share his recollection of the things that would be found in and around a garage during this period. The discussion will be supported by examples in a PowerPoint presentation. Gary Robinson
11 Weathering Freight CarsThere are various types and methods that can be utilized for weathering structures, detail castings, railroad rolling stock, and locomotives. There is no single best way to add the effects of weathering to make things look more lived-in, used, and to show the ravages of time. Different techniques can be used together to achieve the desired final product. In this clinic you each will be provided an inexpensive freight car to experiment with various non-airbrushing weathering techniques. The car is yours to keep and take with you. Acrylic paints, alcohol washes, Bragdon weathering pigments, Pan Pastel Powders, and Artist Colored Pencils will be provided for use in the clinic. James Keana $5.00
12 Building Your Own DCC Railroad with Arduino & Raspberry Pi for under $100This clinic will explore both the hardware and software required to build a full DCC railroad for under $100. Using an Arduino Uno and available open source software, we will create a fully functional DCC command station. And by adding an Arduino motor shield, we will create a booster to provide DCC track power. Finally, we will add a Raspberry Pi computer with available open source software that includes the JMRI suite of model railroad software to enable the use of our smart phone and/or tablet to function as a wireless throttle. Attendees will go away with a complete parts list, so they can build one of these systems for themselves. Richard Sauerbrun
13 DCC Mega Sound Using Push-Pull High-Bass SpeakersModel steam locomotive chuff sounds have always been a disappointment. Not only are the sounds not deep enough, but they also lack “attack” relative to the prototype--a more important consideration. A possible way of improving the latter is being investigated in this clinic by using “push-pull” woofers. Push-pull woofers use two identical speaker driver units wired so that the cone of one driver moves out while the cone of the other moves in. This configuration will be described and then demonstrated and compared to a conventional configuration using two similar DCC-sound-equipped locomotives. John Fiscella
14 Pt. 1 Animation on the model railroad Paul Boston & Bill Rogers
15 Pt. 2 Animation on the model Railroad Paul Boston & Bill Rogers
16 Modeling SP ops in the PHX East ValleyThis clinic: 1) outlines the prototype; 2) describes how the time period affects the activity; 3) discusses how goals and “druthers” affect selection; 4) illustrates historic sources of information; 5) describes how the information was applied to the Lost Dutchman, and 6) discusses how any area information can be applied to prototype modeling. W. David Doiron
17 Modeling Inexpensive Pine TreesNeed lots of trees for your layout? Want to build a diorama to show off your work? You will either need a lot of time or money to make this happen. This method quickly builds good looking pine trees inexpensively. Using sisal rope, florists wire, and ground foam, a nice looking tree can be built in a few minutes. This clinic is a hands-on type seminar where you will walk away with your own pine tree and the knowledge to build many more. Handouts will be provided. Don Stewart
18 ABCs of DCCLearn what you need to know about DCC to get started on your layout. Bruce Petrarca MMR, Mr. DCC, will cover some of the areas of focus to get you going with a minimum of fuss. Bruce Petrarca
19 The Tennessee Central in Crossville TN: Reconstructing the PastThe Tennessee Central was a medium size railroad that ran from Hopkinsville, KY, interchanging with the Illinois Central, to Harriman, TN, interchanging there with the Southern. It was controlled by various roads over the years and chopped up several times. It reached Crossville in 1904 and was gone by 1995. The Crossville Model Railroad Club wanted to build a portable module that would show representative scenes of the railroad in the city. By using aerial photos, Bing and Google satellite and street views, Sanborn, city, and auto maps, local historical society, university sources, roadbed searching/walking, and a bit of detective work, I was able to prepare track plan through the city and convert part of it to a module. The methods I used will benefit anyone wanting to do the same for their area and railroad of interest. Al Westerfield
20 Modeling Sugar Beet OperationsIn this clinic, we will explore what it takes to model a sugar beet processing plant. We will follow the sugar beet from the farm to the plant, through the processing operations, and rail road operational activities. The clinic will span several decades from early manual operations to modern mechanized harvesting . Several HO scale layout models of sugar beet processing plant operations as well as beet dumps will be presented. Also, specific information of how to model scale sugar beets and examples of the loading, unloading, and transport of beets within the plant will be presented. Richard Wehr
21 Take the Fear(s) Out of Layout Animation/AutomationFor too long, there have been multiple fears associated with animating and/or automating a layout—namely, fear of the “technology” needed as well as fear of the investment required for this endeavor. This clinic will attempt to dispel these fears through exploring the use of both high and low technology opportunities to not only add a “WOW” factor (Flying UFO, Flying Helicopter, Thunder and Lightning, Talking Trains, etc....) to your layout, but also to do so in a very cost-effective manner. This clinic will complement the “Arduino Basics” clinic showing has this very inexpensive and easy to learn tool can be used. Where appropriate, source code as well as a bill of materials will be provided to assist the modeler in implementing solutions on their personal and/or club layout. Richard Fillman, Mel Malusz, and Bob Lorenzo
22 Geodesic SceneryThis is the first of a two-part clinic. In this installment, Don Vest and Richard Petrina will demonstrate using the Bragdon Enterprises products to build realistic mountain and hilly terrain. Don will use common window screen in conjunction with the Bragdon foam products to create a flexible base to support rock casting. He will also demonstrate the processes to create the rock castings using molds and the casting resin and foam products. The results of the processes produce very realistic, easy and economical scenery. Don Vest, Richard Patrina
23 Painting Geodesic SceneryThis is the second installment of a two-part clinic. In this installment, Richard Petrina and Don Vest will demonstrate how to use traditional scenery products to paint and landscape realistic mountain and hilly terrain. Richard will use products like common house paint, plaster, sand, gravel, and ground foam products to make the castings created in the first installment of the series come to life as interesting model railroad scenery. Richard Petrina, Don Vest
24 Arduino effects Robert Wilkinson
25 Trucks & Kadees Mike Allee
26 Creative Structure KitbashingThe author of the Kalmbach book, "How to Kitbash Structures," will discuss when to kitbash structures: e.g., to save time when insufficient data exist to allow accurate scratchbuilding. He will also show examples of when scratchbuilding or even when using a stock kit is a better approach. Tony Koester
27 Tru-Color Paints and painting Dr. Martin Cohen
28 Experiencing LCC Jesse Poole
29 Painting FiguresNo model railroad is complete without people--lots of them. City streets, stores, and train stations are just a few places where people bring life to a scene, That being said, do you purchase already pre-painted people or buy plain white molded people from Preiser? When this subject first came up, my husband jumped at the chance to have me paint people. He purchased me 18 boxes of Preiser figures. Well, while there is a long way to go to finish all these “plastic people”, I thought that I would share the techniques that I have learned from other modelers and plain old experience. Phyllis Baker $5.00
30 Creating RR Operations “Jobs”This clinic: 1) discusses the “Three Essentials” of model RR operations; 2) describes the different approaches to dividing up the work during an op session; 3) talks about the pros and cons of each; 4) describes the particular benefits of the “Jobs” method, especially for beginners; and discusses how to implement jobs on a model RR. W. David Doiron
31 Logging Prototypes to ModelsIf you model logging, most items were built from scratch with available materials – logs. This clinic looks at ways of building the basic tools of the logging craft from the early 19th century. It describes how logs are harvested and brought to the mill to be made into lumber, shows the kits available, describes how to integrate the various pieces into the scene you want on your layout. Handouts will be provided. Don Stewart
32 Drawing with ExcelAlmost everyone has, at some point in time, used Microsoft Excel to populate a spreadsheet. Thick books have been written about Excel describing all aspects of spreadsheets. They might devote just a few pages briefly describing the use of “Shapes” for creating drawings that are quite different than spreadsheets. While not providing some of the powerful tools that expensive computer-aided design programs provide, Excel was used by our club to create several hundred drawings that document the electrical components and connections for our large model railroad. This clinic will include a live demonstration using a laptop computer and large screen monitor. You will see how to create drawings and some examples of a few of the drawings we have used for our layout. Ed Stewart
33 N scale Rolling Stock Tune-upWhen you think about all of the physical forces and dynamics involved in keeping rolling stock running smoothly without uncoupling or derailments, it’s a miracle that we can run a train around a loop of track without incident. While presented by an N Scaler, the principles and tops provided apply to every scale. Don Fowler
34 Battery Powered Radio Controlled Model TrainsModelers are converting their DC and DCC models into Battery Powered Radio Controlled Model Train otherwise known as “Dead Rail”. I will discuss: 1) the different systems available for sound and non-sound models; 2) what kind of space is required for the electronics; and 3) lithium batteries—what’s available, how safe are they, and how to charge them. This is an interactive clinic. Audience participation is encourage Pete Steinmetz
35 Geezer ModelingHow do you build a new layout when your back is bad, your hands shake, your eyes can’t see close up, you now longer have a shop, a van, rolling stock, or money? This clinic will show you how. Moving from MMR and model manufacturer to old age can be a bit depressing, but it is possible to overcome difficulties to build a suitable layout. The clinic will show how to avoid carpentry, wiring, model building, scenery and most other jobs, while keeping reaching, bending, and costs to a minimum. How to use what you already have, how to plan without investing anything, how to budget to make the most of modeling time, and have fun doing it. Al Westerfield
36 Airbrush Basics Ed Hall
37 Flat Car Loads Hank Urmston
39 Perishable Operations in the 1950´s Rich Mahaney
40 Harvey Girls Linda Irick
41 The Peavine Line Casey Burg
42 Weathering Flat Car Decks James Keena
43 AP Gary Butts
44 Creating Custom Decals for your ModelsWhen we moved from the San Diego area to Prescott, Arizona, in 2000 where our new home had a yard that was just right for an outdoor G Gauge layout. The community to which we were moving was named "Prescott Canyon Estates”. Hence the name of our railroad became the "Prescott Canyon Southern Garden Railroad." Shortened for use on rolling stock and locomotives to "Prescott Canyon Southern". Of course, no manufacturer had the PCSRR logo or lettering on any of their equipment, so we had to design our own. Many different techniques were tried. Some successful, some not. After many attempts, we were able to purchase an ALPS printer for white, gold, silver and full color custom-designed decals for our railroad. We´ve developed some techniques to print color lettering with good success, although white, silver, or gold have produced the best results. Stan Cedarleaf
45 Weathering with Mixed MediaPete will give a demonstration of weathering with Pan Pastels, products from Ammo of Mig, washes, colored pencils, and markers. We will discuss different techniques and show how easy it is to create effective weathered models. This clinic will be projected so everyone in the room can see. Pete Steinmetz
46 The Lincoln Train is Coming! Abraham Lincoln´s 1865 Funeral TrainIn 1864 the US Military Railroad System constructed an opulent 16-wheel private car, "The United States," for President Lincoln. Strangely it was used officially only for the Twenty-day funeral trip from Washington DC to Springfield, IL with eleven elaborate open coffin funeral stops. This clinic describes the ten years of historical research and special urethane casting techniques used to build a museum quality exhibit. The trucks alone for the car have 725 scratchbuilt parts in 1" scale. A locomotive built in 1" scale, the “Nashville” complete with bunting and pictures of Lincoln, was used for only a small part of the trip. Finally, the elaborate hearse from Springfield, IL including a full six-horse hitch completes the model. The model is on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL. The clinic involves historical research and model making techniques in making the Lincoln Train. A live casting demonstration will be done, if possible. Wayne Wesolowski
48 30 Years of ModulesThis presentation is done in PowerPoint and is 23 slides long; lasting about 50 minutes. The opening slide is a photo of Vance Junction, a past module built in Payson, Arizona. I begin with my own background in the hobby and briefly cover my own model railroading experience from 1963 to date. I talk about various scales and the pros & cons of modules in each. That flows into Home vs Club layouts. Then why so many clubs chose to build modules, I get into a short talk about the Mudhens, our narrow-gauge club. Then a more detailed discussion of what a module is and how they are designed to fit together. In design and methods of operation, I get into the history of the Mudhens over the last 30 years I’ve been with the club and the lessons learned. If time is short, I end after that with a brief Q&A session. If there’s a lot more time, I open a short slide show of club photos taken at conventions. If there are more questions than time allows, I will set aside time after the clinic for a more detailed discussion at our layout, which will be at the convention. Steve Hollenbach
49 Slow Orders: Dangerous Track AheadBased on our well-received article in Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine (Dec 2012), this clinic was prompted by a clinic Linda attended at the NMRA national convention in Anaheim. This clinic will look at preparation for future catastrophes (death, fire, flood, etc.). What you do now may impact you or your family for decades. Model railroaders and their families need to participate in this lively discussion. Bruce and Linda Petrarca
50 Using LED’s and Acrylic Fiber Optics for LightingThis clinic will explore the use of LED´s and acrylic fiber optics for lighting in locomotives, passenger cars, cabeese, buildings, etc. We´ll first look at the types of LED´s that are available for the modeler. Then learn how to use a data sheet to get the voltage and current specifications for the device. We will then use Ohms Law and the power formulas to select the correct resistance and wattage to use. We´ll also delve into using acrylic fiber as a light pipe for those special and/or hard to reach installs using surface mounted LED´s. Also discussed will be techniques on how to use translucent color washes to obtain a desired effect. Joe Melhorn
51 Selecting Industries for Your Model Railroad Rich Mahaney
52 1950´s Refrigeration Car Layout Operations On Model Railroad Rich Mahaney