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Berkshires on the Narrow Gauge: The Slim Gauge Origins of the NKP’s Clover Leaf District

Tony Koester

Model Railroad Planning editor and Model Railroader Trains of Thought columnist and contributing editor Tony Koester will discuss how the Nickel Plate Road’s Toledo-St. Louis line, part of which he models in HO, sprung from an amalgamation of three-foot-gauge railroads that later formed a key link in the NKP’s High Speed Service system. Its famous Berkshires struggled to the end of steam with grades and curves left over from the narrow gauge era.


Boston Bogies

George E. Anderson

The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad had a total of 32 bogie locos on the roster over the years from 1873 to electrification of the line in 1928. These bogie engines came first from Mason (1873-1887), then Taunton (1889), Manchester (1899-1900), Alco-Manchester (1902-1912) and finally Alco-Schenectady (1914). Most of the engines were scrapped in 1930, save one that was used to heat the car barn until 1940 when it too was scrapped for the war effort.


Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Structures

Wesley Ewell

This clinic will look at most of the major structures of the B&SR, with photographs, scale drawings, and interesting facts about each. Included will be the station, freight house, engine house, machine shop, car shop, and coal shed in Bridgton, the engine house, freight house and coal shed in Harrison, and the Sandy Creek and Perley’s Mills stations. Dates of construction and expansion, names of builders, and changes over the years will be covered.


Building the Fiddletown & Copperopolis HOn30 Display Railroad

Dave Frary

In 2014, Dave built an HOn30 display layout for MiniTrains in Germany. The display was used at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in January and at other shows in and around Europe. The theme of the display is Carl Fallberg’s railroad cartoon book depicting the fictional Fiddletown & Copperopolis Railroad. Dave will explain how he developed many new scenery techniques to keep the display lightweight and portable, how the western-style structures were built, and how the project was colored and finished.


Building the Sea Port Model Works Display

Dave Frary

Sea Port Model Works needed a way to display their HO and O scale ship models at marine and train shows around the U.S. Dave built them a 6’x 30″ traveling display representing a New England seacoast village. He will explain the steps he used to build a large model project, starting with building a presentation “model of a model.” Next, he will cover the structure designs, construction and placement. Dave will discuss how the backdrop was “built” using Photoshop®, and will also cover the simple water techniques used to complete the project.


The Challenge of Logging in the Maine North Woods

Richard N. Symonds, Jr.

The clinic will focus on overcoming obstacles to logging in the Maine North Woods and the related Great Northern Paper Company (GNP)  operations. It will trace various methods of meeting the challenges over the years, including changing the direction of water flow, operating a tramway, and the use of railroads. The focus will be on the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad (EL&WB RR). The connecting Chesuncook and Chamberlain Railroad, and the Seboomock Lake and St. John Rialroad, another part of he GNP operations, will be discussed as related to the EL&WB RR.


Coal Mines along the East Broad Top

Ron Pearson

During its last 40 years, the East Broad Top Railroad was mainly a coal-hauler. Nine coal loaders filled empty, three-bay, narrow-gauge steel hoppers with run-of-mine coal for its journey down Broad Top Mountain to the refractory brick plants  and the coal cleaning/sizing facility in Mount Union, PA. Maps and photos will be used to show the prototype facilities that were used to create selectively compressed, historically accurate models of the Rockhill Coal Company mining facilities. Ron’s EBT modeling was featured in the October 2014 issue of Model Railroader.


Coastal Cargoes Under Sail and Steam

Nathan Lipfert

Nathan Lipfert, Senior Curator at Maine Maritime Museum at Bath, will present a heavily-illustrated talk about the coastal vessels which connected and competed with the railroads and other forms of transportation. He will focus on the vessels shipping lumber, lime, ice, and granite out of Maine, and bringing coal in during the narrow gauge period. These cargoes traveled in barges, big sloops, and schooners of all sizes up to six masts. Box freight also traveled coastwise in several types of steam-powered craft. The Museum’s large photograph collections will be featured, with great images of life and work on coastal schooners and steamers. Coastal shipping, between two U.S. ports, has always been more important financially than international shipping, although it is much less often written about or studied. Consequently, it can be more difficult to find construction details for the common coasting schooner than for clipper ships, whalers, and warships. This presentation will attempt to remedy that situation.


The Colorado and Southern: Going Up Clear Creek without  a Smokestack

Duncan Harvey

We’ll be viewing sights up Clear Creek that can still be seen today and that were also visible in C&S days. Since these will be modern-day shots, they will have been made without the use of a train with a smokestack. We’ll travel from Golden, CO to Forks Creek, up to Black Hawk and Central City, back to Forks Creek, then on to Idaho Springs, Dumont, Downieville, Lawson, Georgetown and Silver Plume. We’ll view rock formations, structures, railroad equipment, and even some track with equipment operating on it. Part of the purpose of this clinic is to serve as an introduction to some of the sights you can see at next year’s National Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver.


 

Custom Photo Backdrops

Dale Kreutzer

There are many ready-made photo backdrops that can be purchased for your railroad, but if you want that specific scene for your prototype, you are often out of luck. This clinic will guide you from concept to finished scene, and provide you with the tips, tools, and techniques that can help you create your own custom photo backdrops. Dale’s presentation will draw on images and experiences from his own beautiful Sn3 interpretation of the Rio Grande Southern.


Dead Rail: S-Cab and Del Tang

Miles Hale MMR

Dead Rail operates trains without track power, relying on batteries and radio control. Some suggest it is the future of model railroading. Miles will demonstrate installations and operating models with S-Cab controls and Del Tang controls.


Engineering Secrets of the Eastern Loggers

John Burchnall

See techniques pioneered by the Eastern Loggers to create their unique sectional HO/HOn3 layout depicting Pennsylvania logging in the 1920s. These items are key to the portability, durability, operation and presentation of the layout. Included will be useful methods encompassing layout connection (both electrical and mechanical), ease of construction and operation, portability, and appearance. The clinic also includes a photogenic overview of the layout, which has been featured in GMRR, NMRA, and RMC magazines, and has also appeared in NG&SLG and the Walthers catalog.


Ephraim Shay: His Life, His Railroads, His Inventions

Bruce Gathman

Part 1 – Ephraim Shay – The Early Years
Ephraim Shay’s early years growing up, serving in the Civil War, and becoming a lumberman with a need for a better way to bring logs to his sawmill. His original design and patent are explained  as well as his association with Lima.

Part 2 – Ephraim Shay – The Later Years
Ephraim Shay moves on as a successful lumberman, railroad man, and inventor. Additional patents with improvements to his original design are covered, as well as the unique locomotives he constructed to run on his railroad. His final years in Harbor Springs, Michigan and also his son’s accomplishments are discussed.


Fields and Fences, Woods and Walls

Lou Sassi

Lou will discuss the materials and techniques he utilizes to model various types of fences, walls, woods, fields and rocks. He will begin by demonstrating, via video, the components and mixing of “Ground Goop,” which has been the basis of all his scenery. Following the video will be a step-by-step Keynote presentation on the same subjects.


A Fresh Look at the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway

Jeff Young and Peter Foley

At a mile and an eighth in length, Huntsville and Lake of Bays was the smallest commercially operated railway in the world. Affectionately known as the “Portage Flyer,” this quirky little railway is a favourite throughout the world. Using secondhand and homebuilt equipment, this diminutive narrow gauge line provided a rail connection over a portage between two steamboat routes in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, from 1905 to 1959. Built to the unique narrow gauge of 44.5″, it was regauged in later life to 42″ to accommodate the purchase of new locomotives. In the course of preparing a new book on the railway, hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and documents have been acquired, shedding new information about the railway, the equipment, and operations. As well, drawings of the locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, and ships are being prepared. The clinic will provide a history of the railway and highlight the new photographs, drawings and documents. In addition, 1/24th scale models of the locomotives, rolling stock and buildings will be on display.


Geology of Colorado, or Modeling Trackside Geology vs. the Three-Foot Rule

Monte L. Pearson

As modelers, details are a major part of the hobby. We worry about how many nut-bolt-washers, what color it was, how to represent weathered wood and rusted metal, and more. Geology can be modeled at the same level of detail and intensity. Understanding rock coloring, stratigraphy, structure or tectontic modificaton, and most of all how rocks weather adds to the modeling detail required to have the same level of complexity and authenticity in the rocks and rock casting construction on our layouts as in the prototype world we are duplicating. In this clinic, examples plus methods will be presented. Photos of the real world and those of the corresponding model or plaster-cast world will be presented to illustrate this concept. The use of Pan Pastels, paint pigments, latex paints, spray bottle and brush application methods are discussed so that one can effectively represent plaster rocks within the Three-Foot Rule. Or should we as modelers just use the Three-Foot Rule when it comes to modeling the geology in OUR WORLD?


Great Dioramas Aren’t Ever Done; You Just Quit Working on Them.

Mike Engler

In modeling contest-quality dioramas and displays, from planning to the construction and detailing, the last five percent of your work will be the difference-maker. This clinic will explain how to: identify which elements and scenic features will best tell your story, and how to plan and construct them; use techniques like selective compression and modeling with mirrors to enhance your effects; add drama, whether the diorama is for competition or will eventually become part of a layout; incorporate water features in the diorama, with the advantages and disadvantages of various materials; choose bases, edging, lighting and sound, and backdrops if not intended for four-sided viewing; layer in the diorama’s scenery and details; and employ a variety of textures, techniques, tactics and tools (including some you did not know you had.)


Historic Boiler and Steam Locomotive Restoration

Brian Fanslau

Boothbay Railway Village operates a fully certified boiler shop. The ability to perform code work on boilers is unique in the museum field and they are fortunate to able to keep their own equipment and that of other historic preservation efforts in proper operating condition. Their craftsmen have played a key role in returning WW&F #9, B&SR #7, and Monson #3 to operation along with other steam vehicles including two Lombard log haulers. The Museum’s clients have included Edaville, Conway Scenic, The Cog, Maine Narrow Gauge, WW&F, SR&RL, and Maine Forest & Logging Museum.

Currently, the shop is restoring the Museum’s own S.D. Warren Co. locomotive No. 2 to its original operating condition, as built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and shipped to Westbrook, Maine in 1895.  Work on the locomotive, which last operated under steam in the 1940’s, includes building a new boiler, repairs to the wrought iron frame, all new bearings, a new cab and a new saddle tank.  The planned restoration follows the specifications from the original order placed in 1895.

In this illustrated lecture, Chief Engineer Brian Fanslau will share secrets of the restoration shop he oversees and narrow gauge projects both completed and in progress.


An Introduction to 7/8th Scale

John Foley

7/8th scale is a small but growing part of G gauge. This clinic will present a history of where 7/8th scale came from, with a comparison of all the scales that run on G gauge, illustrating how 7/8th scale presents large models of small trains. Using a show and tell format, a variety of rolling stock, locomotives and buildings will be presented, with an explanation of how each model is built and how they relate to prototype two-foot equipment. The clinic will end with questions and answers about 7/8th scale.


The Kennebec Central Railroad, Smallest of the Maine Two-Footers

Jeff Schumaker and Jerry DeVos

In 1890, the Kennebec Central Railroad began operations, connecting the small town of Randolph, Maine with the National Soldiers’ Home at Togus, a distance of five miles. The clinic will discuss why was it built, how well it served its purposes, and what motive power and rolling stock were in service. The program also includes a historical photo tour of the National Soldiers’ Home it served. (For more Kennebec Central, join us Friday for a guided tour of the KC remnants, and don’t miss KC #4 under steam in Alna ! )


Logging Railroads of Pennsylvania

Bruce De Young, MMR

The peak period of logging by rail in Pennsylvania ran from 1880 until roughly 1929. During that period, there were literally hundreds of logging railroads that came, operated, and then disappeared. About half of these railroads were narrow gauge.

Examples of the motive power and other equipment used by these railroads, along with a discussion of the large variety of industries they served, will be examined from both a prototype and modeling perspective.

The presentation contains dozens of prototype photos of the period and is augmented by model photos from my HOn3 Slate Run Railroad and a sampling of model photos from friends in the hobby.


Maine Industries in the Two-Foot Era

Tom Hoermann

The purpose of every railroad is to move people, raw materials, and/or finished goods from place to place.  This clinic will examine the inter-relationship between various industries and the railroads in Maine during the period 1880 – 1940, using lots of photographs.  Topics include: wood and paper products; mineral extraction and processing; agriculture; light and heavy manufacturing; and tourism.  Information on interesting and unusual prototypes will provide plenty of ideas for your layout, modules, and mini-scenes!


Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum: Preserving Yesterday’s Era for Tomorrow’s Generations

Donnell Carroll, Wes Heinz, Corey Boucher, Jay Monty

New developments on Portland, Maine’s waterfront lead to new opportunities for the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum. In this presentation you will see the design, the plans, the progress, and the process of going from a rented space to a landowning railroad.


Metal Shelf Brackets for Benchwork

Harry Downey

This clinic explains how to use readily available metal shelf brackets for benchwork that is light, fast and easy. Replacing traditional L girders and box frames, the method can be used for multilevel layouts or modular displays, from bare walls to a fully sceniced layout. Problems and solutions, pros and cons discovered in the presenter’s own multilevel layout will be discussed.


Modeling Both Railroads at Wiscasset

Bob Hayden

Wiscasset, Maine is well-known for the two-foot gauge WW&F Ry. and its waterfront trackage. But the standard gauge railroad that it interchanged with is captivating too. Built as the Knox and Lincoln only five years after the Civil War, the standard gauge Rockland Branch of the Maine Central ran from Brunswick to Rockland. Bob will discuss how he is modeling the Wiscasset-to-Rockland section in HO scale as a connection for his new HOn30 Carrabassett & Dead River at Wiscasset.


Modeling Maine Seacoast Structures

Sam Swanson

Modeling stout, utilitarian, and distinctive structures from Maine prototypes using practical, available, and inexpensive materials and paint is the focus of this clinic. Techniques for assembling, painting, and weathering structures and their supporting details will be covered using examples from the Windes Inlet module, which is part of the Great Lakes HOn30 Modular Group. Planning steps, including adapting prototype photos to drawings and building cardboard mockups, along with installing completed models into coastal scenery, will also be presented.


The Monson Railroad: Maine’s “Two by Six”

Harry Sage III

Only six miles long, the little Monson Railroad outlived all of its two-foot contemporaries, and two of its locomotives survive today. This clinic will look at the history of both the Monson Railroad and the slate quarries that were its life blood. We’ll also look at structures and equipment with an eye on how the entire railroad can be modeled. (For more Monson, join us Thursday for a guided tour of the Monson remnants, and don’t miss Monson #3 under steam in Phillips ! )


Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation: Who We Are, What We Do, To Whom, and How Often

Charlie Getz

Who is the only group saving both narrow gauge artifacts and models? What does the NGPF do and why should we care? Come and learn about the difference a few can make.


Narrow Gauge Through the Bush: Toronto & Nipissing and Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railways. 1867-1882

Rod Clarke

The 3′ 6″ gauge T&N (90 miles) and TG&B (180 miles) Railways were promoted to open the Ontario bush country, the hinterland of Toronto, to settlement and trade following the political Confederation of Canada in 1867. The Grand Trunk Railway, built to European standards in the mid 1850s, had proved a technical success but a commercial failure, resulting in a near-cessation of railway building in Canada for 15 years. The design of these new narrow gauge Canadian lines was based on the pioneering work of Carl Abraham Pihl in Norway, and Abraham Fitzgibbon in Australia under similar economic circumstances.

The lines had interlocking promoters and directors, and a single Chief  Engineer, leading to many commonalities of design and operation, not least the use of large ‘Fairlie’ articulated 0-6-0+0-6-0s, and 4-6-0s built by Avonside in England; and Baldwin 2-6-0s and 2-8-0s.

Opened formally on September 14th, 1871, the Toronto and Nipissing Railway was the first public passenger and freight-carrying narrow gauge railway on the North American continent. The Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway followed two months later.

The talk will illustrate their concept, promotion, engineering, construction and operation in the 15 years before their absorption by the Grand Trunk Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Narrow Rails through Red Dirt: the Prince Edward Island Railway

Chris Mears and Steven Dickie

Prince Edward Island is one of the Maritime Provinces, located in eastern Canada approximately 300 miles northeast of Augusta.  Well known for its agriculture and fishing industries, as well as being a scenic summer tourist destination, PEI had a unique rail service that lasted for 115 years.  For over 5 decades, this 300-mile system used the “Cape Gauge” (42 inch) through the Prince Edward Island Railway and its corporate successor, the Canadian National Railways.

The PEIR was British-engineered and its route tightly followed the Island’s gently rolling topography.  Change was a constant dynamic for the PEIR, whether it be motive power, rolling stock, station changes, or route adjustments.  The line had an operational frequency that provides a compelling case for the model railroader.  In this clinic we’ll follow the construction of the line through detailed maps and excerpts from engineering reports.  We`ll examine the railway’s operation using timetables and statistics gathered for both passengers and shippers.  We’ll also look at particular stations and explore how they changed over time in terms of traffic and track layout.  Finally, we’ll present some options for modeling the PEIR in the popular narrow gauges.


Newfoundland Railway Memories

Bill Linley

Join me as we tour the 547-mile mainline together with the four branches comprising Canadian National’s 3’6″ gauge lines. Our photographic journey begins with my first visit in 1967 and continues through the last trains in 1988. We will see my images covering the wide variety of scenic locations in Newfoundland, Canada’s newest and eastern-most province. As well, we’ll examine the motive power and rolling stock operated on the island. See you there.


Ohio River & Western Railway — Ohio’s Last Narrow Gauge

Bill Logan

Ohio’s last and longest-lived narrow gauge was born during the American Victorian era in 1875 and died during the Great Depression in 1931. In between it saw boom and bust many times over. To travel the 112 miles through the most rugged portion of Ohio required the most curves, the most trestles, the most bridges, and the most station stops of any other American narrow gauge. Along the way  three tunnels, five turntables, and one wye moved the trains.

Join us to experience this most unusual railway in pictures and narration. Be transported back to a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. Consider the modeling possibilities for your railroad.

The OR&W was the start for Robert Richardson’s photo collection and is chronicled in Edward Cass’ definitive book Hidden Treasures. Follow up your visit with an ongoing participation in the Facebook group site “Ohio River & Western Railroad History and Models”.


Operations on a Narrow Gauge Short Line: the Eureka and Palisade Railroad

Greg Maxwell

The Eureka & Palisade Railroad, later the Eureka Nevada Railway, was an 84-mile narrow gauge short line that ran through the arid uplands of central Nevada. The E&P connected Eureka and its rich silver-lead mines with the transcontinental main line at Palisade. Perhaps no other narrow gauge rode the silver mining industry’s boom and bust cycles more than Eureka’s narrow gauge. With the up-swing of each new bonanza, the E&P and EN would re-equip and adapt operations to meet changing demands. This clinic will give you an in-depth look at how geography, traffic and equipment determined by what methods the E&P operated during its 63-year history.


Operations on the Sandy River

Peter Barney

This clinic will look at the operations on the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes, largest of the two-footers, and on its predecessor two-foot lines in Franklin County.


Overview of the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad

Jim Weinschencker

The Waynesburg & Washington Railroad was a small, narrow-gauge road located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Just 28 miles in length, it opened Greene County to commerce via a connection to Washington, PA and points beyond on the Pennsy’s Panhandle. Incorporated in 1876, the line was independent until 1885, at which time it was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It would run under Pennsy livery until the 1960s. The line’s final day of narrow gauge passenger service was on July 9, 1929, and steam freight service ended on April 6, 1933.

This presentation is an overview of the W&W RR, examining the right of way, locomotives, rolling stock, and some of the personalities that made this line a viable and fascinating railroad. Jim Weinschencker, W&W RR author and historian, offers a look via rare (and, in some cases, never-seen-before) photographs and documents.


Painting Backdrops: Anyone Can Do It

Chris Lyon

A practical demonstration on how to create realistic backdrops using artist’s acrylics.  This is accompanied with a powerpoint presentation showing applications in a variety of settings.  You’ll learn about creating landscapes with rock and water features, and see how one can extend the layout to the horizon following an easy step-by-step process.


The Restoration of Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington #9

Jason Lamontagne and Eric Schade

The presentation will provide a brief history of the locomotive’s original operating career and its preservation. Following this, we will discuss our approach to the project, including the criteria we used when making individual decisions and what priorities we held. After some photographs and video of locomotive #9 operating, we will conclude with a discussion around the WW&F Railway Museum’s “21 Campaign,” as well as locomotives #10  and #11, for which the campaign was established.


Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Locomotives and Rolling Stock

Jerry DeVos

Join a published expert on Sandy River equipment for a presentation on the locomotives and rolling stock of Maine’s longest two-footer. You’ll learn about the uniqueness of the equipment and how it changed over the life of the railroad. This clinic provides excellent background for the original Sandy River equipment you can see and ride during the convention at Phillips, Wiscasset, Boothbay, and Portland.


The Stock Rush in the 1920s on the D&RGW “Standard” (3-Foot) Gauge

Pat Student

This clinic will describe the shipping of livestock on the D&RGW 3-foot lines. The steps from placing the car order through executing the contract, loading, and then movement to rest points or transfer to broad gauge will be described. While most of the existing records cover the Gunnison Division and the RGS, some description of movements on the Fourth Division will be covered.


Tionesta Valley Railway

Gary Kohler

One of the largest narrow gauges east of the Mississippi, the Tionesta Valley served  various lumber, logging and chemical operations in northwestern Pennsylvania. The TV shared a close connection with the mighty Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company and eventually took over their trackage and locomotives. The railroad lasted until 1942. This overview of the TV utilizes many unpublished photos showing various locomotives, equipment, facilities and industries served.


Two-Foot Logging in Turkey: The Zingal Lumber Company, 1926-1963

Peter Hoehn

The Zingal Lumber Company in Ayncik, Turkey was founded in 1926 to log virgin forest in the rugged mountains of the Turkish Black Sea coast. About 60 miles of two-foot logging lines, three inclines, 20 miles of aerial tramways, and several flumes were constructed.

Since neither road nor rail connection to the outside world existed and no deepwater port could be constructed, the finished products – lumber, veneer, parquet – were trans-shipped by barges to ships anchored in the roadstead and finally exported to markets all over the Middle East.

Motive power of the railroad consisted of 0-4-0T, 0-6-0T, and 0-6-0T+T engines provided by Henschel, Orenstein & Koppel, and Davenport. Rolling stock was mostly made up of disconnects and flat cars.

The clinic will focus on equipment and operation, using black and white pictures and color slides from the 1930s, as well as maps, drawings and other materials.


Tuning and Improving Model Steam Locomotives

Chris McChesney

Achieving smooth operation in small scale steam locomotives can be challenging as there are multiple variables that must be addressed.  Many of these variables have been described in Chris’ 1997 book, “The HOn30 Locomotive Handbook.”  In this clinic, Chris will describe and explain each variable through a Power Point presentation that will include a variety of rod and geared narrow gauge locomotives in various states of the tuning and rebuilding process.  Small scale DCC decoder and custom sound installation will also be described and several tuned and rebuilt locomotives will be operated on a demonstration track.  Chris is also the coauthor of the “Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley” book series, so Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway fans can see locomotives #2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 tuned, painted and operating on DCC.  Locomotive #6 even has a Soundtraxx Micro Tsunami sound unit crammed into its tiny tender.


Vacuum-Forming Model Parts at Home

Wesley Ewell

This clinic will demonstrate, through photographs and description, a simple technique for molding styrene passenger car roofs and other parts using a standard kitchen stove and a home vacuum cleaner !

A basic homemade vacuum former and samples of parts made with it will be available for inspection.


Vanadium Mining on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad

Craig Symington, MMR

This clinic will discuss the history of vanadium mining and milling along the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, specifically in the Placerville, Colorado area. It will start with the search for radium and the early experimental milling of vanadium. It will then progress through the production years and eventually the decline of the industry in the area. The major player in the business was the “Primos Mill” at Vanadium (formerly Newmire), Colorado. Because of that, this clinic will heavily focus on the evolution of the mill and its feeder mines in the area.


Waynesburg & Washington Locomotive Second # 4

Jim Weinschencker

The Waynesburg & Washington Railroad was a small, narrow-gauge road located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Throughout its life, twelve locomotives plied the 28-mile line. The eleventh locomotive ordered for the W&W RR, and the seventh of its type on the line, Second #4, was a 2-6-0 Mogul outshopped in May of 1916. Luckily or miraculously, Second # 4 has survived the scrapper’s torch and exists today.

Drawing from the railroad’s archives and photograph collection, W&W RR author and historian Jim Weinschencker celebrates the 100th anniversary of this diminutive iron pony by presenting a biography of Second #4, starting with the builder’s photo and service life, and continuing through its homecoming and favorable current-day state of preservation. The presentation will also offer a look at the W&W’s earlier locomotives via rare photographs.


Western North Carolina Narrow Gauge — 1881 to 2016

Johnny Graybeal

The Carolinas joined the “C” states of Colorado and California as hotbeds for the narrow gauge movement. Lines crossing the two states almost achieved their own trans-Appalachian crossing. Hear the story of these notable lines and also the story of their preservation into the 21st century.


White Metal Casting

Keith Glaab

We will discuss what it takes to get started in white metal casting and why it is easier now than ever before.   The clinic illustrates making master patterns and RTV molds with proper venting, and then casting details, cars, figures, or almost anything.  Single-sided, two-piece and multi-piece molds will be shown.  Sourcing of materials will covered as will the advantages/ disadvantages of different white metals.   General techniques will be explained as well as some very specific problem solutions.


The WW&F Railway Museum: Past, Present and Future

James Patten

The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum started with the vision of one man – Harry Percival, Jr.  Harry was able to infuse others with his vision, and, before he died in 2001, the WW&F was well established.  See what the Museum looked like in the early days, our progress, where we are today, and where we hope to go in the future.


3D Machines for Modeling

Miles Hale MMR

Miles will show the M3D printer for 3D models and parts, and the Cricut 2D machine for buildings and parts. He will demonstrate both TurboCAD and Sketch-Up and how they are used to make the machines produce parts for models.