Clinics

Planned page where a list of clinics, sortable by topic, presenter, date/time and (maybe) category will go. Each will link to a page for clinic details.
Title Sort descending Body Clinician
Adding a Helix

Geoff will discuss the expansion of his HO layout that included a helix. His techniques will be discussed as well as some lessons learned. If you are considering adding a helix to your layout, this is a must-see clinic.

Geoff Duncan
Better Model Photos

Bruce, a retired professional photographer, will give us hints and techniques to create publishable award-winning photos of your models. Using digital photography and photo editing software will be discussed. Examples of both good and poor photos will be shown as part of his presentation.

Bruce Gathman
FDR Rail Travels & His Funeral Train

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the most traveled President using rail travel. Anne will look at some of his travels and show how a Pullman business car was transformed into US 1. FDR died in Warm Springs, GA in 1945 and his funeral train travelled along the Southern Railway to Washington DC, and eventually to Hyde Park, NY, where he was buried. Consists and locomotives used on the funeral train will be presented, as well as photos of its passing through towns along the Southern Railway main line.

Anne Winans
G Scale on Steroids

Carl models in a unique scale. Although the trains run on G gauge track, they are not G scale. They are 7/8” to the foot scale. Carl will show some of the lighthearted models that he has created. One of them is a layout that fits on a 12-inch radius circular table.

Carl Bremmer
Model Trains Station

Model Trains Station is in the Taylors Mill in Taylors, SC, just east of Greenville. The location houses 7 different layouts from N Scale to G Scale. Two additional layouts are currently in the works. Bob will discuss the challenges of setting up the train museum in a 100 year old facility that was a textile mill bleachery.

Bob Rayle
Modelling the Beer Line in Wisconsin Duane has researched the railroad lines in the Milwaukee area that served many breweries. He has designed an HO layout that reproduces the “Beer Line” in HO Scale. He will discuss how to best take a large area and make it fit into a basement or attic. Duane Heard
NARCOA and Motorcars Motorcars or "speeders" were used by most railroads prior to High Rail trucks and cars that replaced them. The North American Rail Car Owners Association (NARCOA) is a group of owners of motorcars of the past. Jim will show some of the NARCOA excursions he has participated in and what it takes to own and operate a motorcar. If you ever wanted to drive a train, this is the closest it gets without breaking the bank. Jim Hopkins
Need More Signs!

Steve will describe the need to add more printed material to our layouts, and describe methods, tools, and tips for making your signs, roads, parking lots, etc. and printing them on a color printer.

Steve Todd
NYC High Line In New York City in the 1940s, most delivery of goods was by rail. The New York Central System developed what is referred to as the High Line; an elevated system of trackage that allowed delivery and shipping of goods from factories in Manhattan. A portion of the High Line remains as an elevated park, due to a group who fought the demolition of the High Line. Steve Baker
Operation Lifesaver Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that provides public education programs in states across the U.S. to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings. Learn how they provide educational resources and necessary solutions to help resolve this problem. Janice Cowen
Railroads of Greenville County

The fascinating history of railroads in the Greenville, SC area.

George Fletcher
Seven Stories of the Transcontinental Railroad

Seven stories on things you probably did not know about the Transcontinental railroad.

  • Slow Boat to China
  • Crazy Judah
  • Show Me the Money
  • They’ve Been Working on the Railroad (and Thank God They Did)
  • The Real First Transcontinental Railroad
  • Ten Impacts That Would Change America Forever
  • Union Pacific Today
George Fletcher
Southern Railway Aggregate Hoppers Mike has researched the purchase made by Southern Railway of a set of hoppers designed to carry coal and other aggregates. Using the Southern Railway Historical Society’s archives and other sources he followed the purchase from inception to delivery. You may have seen his article in Ties Magazine recently. He is also modelling the hoppers in HO Scale and will discuss the challenges in replicating the hoppers. Mike Turner
The Greenville and Northern

The Greenville and Northern Railroad was a shortline railroad formerly operating between Travelers Rest and Greenville, South Carolina, 11.3 miles (18.2 km). Scott will discuss the history of the railroad and show how he has modeled the line in S Scale .

Scott Lister
What is T-TRAK?

T-TRAK is a modular model railroad system that is growing in popularity. Although most T-TRAK modules are in N Scale, HO and Z Scale layouts are becoming more common. Dave will discuss the current standards and module construction. Advantages of the modular construction will be highlighted. Current manufacturers of T-TRAK module kits will be discussed. HO and N Scale modules will be displayed, including kits and scratch built modules.

Dave Winans
Why a Wye? The "wye" track arrangement has been used by both real railroads and model railroads to provide efficient routing in places where 3 lines come together, and to turn locomotives or entire trains to face in the opposite direction. On model railroads, wyes are particularly useful for creating interesting switching puzzles. This clinic takes a deeper look at the use of the wye, with numerous examples from both real railroads and model railroad layouts Sandy Eustis