After 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, June 7, Reservations Must Be Made at the Door of the Convention.


The Grand Canyon Special 2023 Convention will offer three simultaneous clinics throughout the day on Thursday and Friday.  They will be located in the conference rooms just off the lobby of the Drury Hotel.  Two of the Clinics will be dedicated to topics on  model railroading.  One clinic will be dedicated to the Northern Arizona area and be of interest to both modelers and anyone visiting the area.  Below is an early list of clinics, others will be added as the convention draws near.


Clinic Schedule - Thursday


9:30 – 10:30

11:00 – 12:00


1:00 – 2:00

2:30 – 3:30

4:00 – 5:00


Meet NMRA Western District Director Mike Mackey, MMR

Contest Form Completion

Carl Heimberger



What is Flagstaff?

John Lovely, MMR

Timber Tales

Shannon Benjamin


The Peavine

Tom McColloch

Arizona Mineral Belt, Central Arizona, and Atlantic and Pacific Railroads

Richard McGaugh

Basic Operations

Steve Gust


LED Lighting Control on the ARHS Museum Layout

John Mick

Using Arduinos in Model Railroads

John Mick


Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks

Harold Helland MMR

Scratchbuilding with wood

Frank Baker MMR



DIY Lotion-Make and Take

Erica Guinn

LCC From the Ground Up

Craig Faris


Creating Interesting Model R/R Landscapes

Kevin Spady

Going for the GOLD: Earn Your Golden Spike Award

Dennis Ranke

Moving On Up: Taking Your Modeling To The Next Level

Charlie Getz

Clinic Schedule - Friday


9:30 – 10:30

11:00 – 12:00


1:00 – 2:00

2:30 – 3:30

4:00 – 5:00


The Harvey Girls in Arizona

Linda Irick

Flowerpot Transfers

Jenny Poole


Judging Clinic

Mike Allee




Trails and Roads to Rails

Jerry Snow

A Virtual Grand Canyon River Trip

Wayne Ranney


United Verde and Pacific RR

Phil Piet

Archeology of the SW.

Lauren Carter

Traveling on the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer

Bruce Petrarca MMR


Hospitality Hospitality  

Outdoor Railroading

John Lovely MMR

History of the Grand Canyon RR / Future of the Arizona Heritage Park

Al Richmond


Saving the Engines

Joe Meehan, John Lovely MMR, Ron Talbot


Making Inexpensive Pine Trees [2 hour clinic]

Don Stewart


Building with Frank [4-hour clinic]

Frank Baker MMR