Mini Meets are one-day model railway events for members of the CMRS and usually include clinics, displays (Show and Tell), related activities, and sometimes lunch.

Other events, such as the following, are sometimes combined with a particular mini meet:

  • Annual General Meeting of the CMRS
  • CMT's (Calgary Model Trainmen's) Fleamarket

See Mini Meet Resources for Show and Tell Photos and Clinic Materials from previous Mini Meets.

CMRS Fall Mini Meet and Annual General Meeting
was held
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE

(corner of Glenmore Trail & Odgen Road, SE)


09:30 - 10:00 Set-up

10:00 - 12:00

12:00 - 12:15 Take-down


10:00 - 11:00 Tom Price - The Coquihalla Ops Was The Easy Part
This presentation of largely unpublished images shows the variety of battles that were fought constantly to keep the railway open. Throughout the Coquihalla's short life, the battles never ceased.

10:00 - 11:00 Laurie Kitchen - Understanding Electrical Switches and Relays
This clinic is the second in a series intended for those who feel somewhat intimidated by electricity and wiring. It will focus on understanding terminology around electrical switches and relays, electronic switches versus mechanical switches, specialty switches and relays and their uses, how to pick the right switch or relay for the job, common model railroad applications such as light control, block control, reverse loops, Ys, turntables, switch machines, train detection, multiple throttles, computer interface.

11:00 - 12:00 Don Thomas - History of Banff Station and Summer Passenger Train Operations
It outlines the history of the station buildings, and changes to the tracks and yard facilities that served summer resort passenger traffic as well as year round freight and passenger service since 1883. The clinic identifies the principal passenger trains that have served Banff, the types of equipment they contained, and how extra cars were added and removed at Banff. Both photos and plans are used. At the end there is a note about selective compression, and a sample of other destinations served by similar heavy dedicated passenger train service.

11:00 - 12:00 Dale Sproule and Wayne Toth 11:00 Scratch Building
This clinic will illustrate techniques to work with wood buildings such as cutting out walls, windows and doors, bracing and shingling model buildings. It will also include comments on cutting your own strip wood and building jigs for model assembly. This clinic will be very useful for those with a model builder's table saw, however, it will also be of great interest to anyone wanting to expand their model building skills with wood.


12:15 - 13:00 Lunch


13:00 - 13:30 AGM (approx.)


13:30 - David Jones - Fairly Fit for Settlement: Canadian Pacific and the Alberta Irrigation District
When the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was incorporated to build the first transcontinental line across Canada, the company received 25 million dollars and 25 million acres of land from the federal government to aide with the enormous cost of its construction. Railway author David Laurence Jones examines where the railway chose to take those lands, culminating with the final land grant allotment that committed the CPR to developing the largest irrigation project in North America.


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