2024 Schedule and Clinic Descriptions

Schedule subject to change.  Clinic descriptions are below the schedule.

Clinic time table May 24

If you’d like to present one, please contact Dave Owens at neprotomeet@gmail.com

Ted DiIorio: Hands-on weathering. Bring a model and weather it with assistance from Ralph and Ted. They’ll bring the materials.

Ron Poidomani: Rebuilding a Railroad Empire Part 2, How the former Huntington & Hartford Railroad is becoming transformed into The New Haven Railroad 1948-1968

John Terry: A Long Island Railroad engineer discusses qualifying to operate and a typical day in the transportation side of the railroad business.

Dave Owens: Railroads and fire equipment. Railroads own fire trucks, carry fire trucks from manufacturers to customers and all of it can be on your layout. We’ll also have an overview of fire equipment models available in HO scale and the eras they cover.

Ian Stronach: North American aluminum companies established eight railways to serve their ports, refineries, and smelters.  The first of six in the U.S. and two in Canada started up in 1900. Seven are still operating but only two are owned by aluminum companies. Details of each, including history and current operations will be presented. How the industry was historically and is now served by its dedicated railways and common carriers will be examined.  Ideas on how to model the aluminum industry will be presented.

Ed Olszewski: Researching a prototype. Using the web, book and magazine searches and how to find other sources of information for what you are modeling.

Peter Ness: Modeling New Haven Railroad TOFC, 1937-1968 Part II

Irv Thomae: Montpelier & Wells River:  Highlights from the wealth of prototype data and stories about this long-gone Vermont short line, collected by working with a local historical society

Matt Herson: Erie-Lackawanna and Penn Central through the camera of Matt Herson. (Thursday evening)

Ken Twombly: Weather a car in 10 minutes using Pan Pastels. Bring a car of so you can weather it.

Ryan Mendell: Modelling a Delaware and Hudson lightweight 1932 ARA boxcar

Dave Olesen: Signals and CTC for the C&O Alleghany Sub. Dave will discuss the learning and design process, including signals, signal aspects and placement; CTC – what is it?; interlockings and block definition; and block detection, signal logic, CTC code, and signal drivers.

Bob Tegtmeier: A Inside Look at Sperry Rail Service 1999-2000. Most railfans and model railroaders know the Sperry Rail Big Cars inspect the rails, but how is it done?  What defects are they looking for?  How many vehicles are there doing this?  Bob was the Quality Assurance Manager in 1999 and 2000 ad rode the cars doing the inspections. And he took photos.

Rick Abramson: Development of the EMD/GM AeroTrain.

George Melvin: Maine Central M of W car houses, AKA section houses.

Tony Koester: Nickel Plate Update: Tony reports progress on all fronts. Interlocking plants of various degrees of sophistication are being or have been installed; key structures have been added; the steam and diesel fleet has grown; “blue box” cars are rapidly being retired; the dispatcher finally has a "finished” office to perform his timetable and train-order magic in; a telephone system using actual NKP scissors phones has been installed; and the cab bus wiring on his updated NCE DCC system was completely revamped.

Dave Oppedisano: BNSF Lakeside Division- Bridging Latah Creek. Update on the layout including a 40-foot benchwork expansion and building of the Latah Creek Bridge.  Latah Creek bridge discussion will include prototype design, 3d printing, Laser cut beams, Deck design and photo etched railings.

Bill Badger: Tips on HO Vehicle Construction and Modification or Adventures Building HO Vehicles. I have worked with and kit bashed old school metal kits, modern 3D printed kits, Jordans of all sorts and everything in between.

Steve Meyer: “Evolution of a Design—Part II: Steam and Steel on the Monongahela River Line:” The Monongahela River Line is a prototypical replication of the Pennsylvania and Union railroads in Pittsburgh in 1926. The key industry served is the Duquesne Works of Carnegie Steel. Part II focuses on the history and function of this massive steel mill. The clinic explains how prototype structures and operations are reduced to HO scale. Design of the layout is substantially finished with construction starting soon.

Jim Otto: Jordan Spreaders: Invented in 1890 by Oswald Jordan, the Jordan Spreader is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment. The machine design has developed over the 134 years with new versions still being built. Major variations of the prototype and available models in all scales.

Jim Fellows: Modeling Pullmans used in New England: A brief history of the types of Pullman cars used, both heavyweight and lightweight, and a variety of methods to construct them in HO.

Ted Culotta: Scratchbuilding for Pattern-Making: This presentation focuses on creating patterns by scratchbuilding. The discussion focuses in detail on materials and techniques (including some new to this modeler) as well as touching on when this modeler elects to scratchbuild vs. create from other media, such as solid modeling/3D printing and etching

Mike Boland: History of LIRR push-pull operations from 1971 to 2000.

Larry Lawler: Penn Central Cabooses

Don Valentine: More on Milk Cars and Trains

Mike Wlochowski: Helpful hints for model railroaders and using what you have around the house to save money.

Tim Garner: Modeling Baltimore's Pennsylvania Station in HO: With a mix of prototype and model photos and plans, Tim will show you his plans for building the station and surrounding facilities in the PRR era (360 degrees), the modeling techniques he's using, and several months of progress on the project.

Mark Osmun – Going Guilford: Guilford Transportation Industries 1983-1988, Why I chose this, what the change entailed and what I learned during the process.

Mal Houck: Aquaculture and Railroad Fish Cars

Mal Houck: Brass tenders and DCC

Ted Pamperin: How we created a model railroad video that documents operations of the C&O in 1943. Ted discusses the process that blues the line between a model and reality.

Vincent Lee: Piermont and the Northern End of the Erie’s Northern Branch.  This area of southern New York state seemingly has it all: Two Erie branches crossing one another, as well as significant grades- one up to the suburban terminal of Nyack, itself just begging to be modeled, one down through steep bluffs to serve a large paper manufacturer on the west bank of Hudson River at Piermont.

Ted Shasta: Tools and Techniques: Some of the tools and techniques he has found to be helpful. Some of these may be new to you, and those present are urged to share what they have learned over the years.

Neil Schofield: CP Rail Operations in Vermont - Developing a Realistic Operating Plan: The clinic includes an illustrated background on CP Rail's prototype operations in Vermont and how that was the foundation for modeling the prototype. It also includes discussions of the compromises necessary to take the prototype and make it work on a selectively compressed model railroad.

Ramon Rhodes: Hotspot: Birmingham Alabama: A city where all the major railroads in Alabama come together in a 2-mile stretch of parallel double-track mainlines right through the middle of downtown, that features intense action and a choke point. All major class-1 railroads in the US and two short lines are represented.

Randy Hammill: My Journey in Prototype Modeling: An overview of why I’m a prototype modeler, what I model, and why.

Ken Freeman: The Alco RS-27, Episode 3 of the PRR, PC and Conrail Orphan series

Hunter Hughson: The U25B: General Electric created their first road-switcher in 1959 and entered the domestic diesel-electric locomotive market in a big way that year with the U25B. They had been partners with other builders and had offered a limited range of specialized switchers in the past, but this would be a bold first move in direct competition with EMD and Alco.