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 - AGM info.
  • CMT's (Calgary Model Trainmen's) Fleamarket
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CMRS SPRING MINI MEET
was held
Sunday, March 13, 2016

View photos of the Show and Tell displays

Download and view clinic slides for Electrical Basics for Model Railroaders by KEVIN RUDKO (pdf file)


SHOW AND TELL 8:30 – 12:45
CLINICS 10:45 – 11:45 AND 11:45 – 12:45
LUNCH 12:45
CLINICS 1:45 (approx.) – 2:45 (or later)

8:30 - 12:45 SHOW AND TELL

The show and tell room will be open from 8:30 – 12:45. Please bring models and displays, accompanied by an information sheet with your name and a description of the model (s). Work in progress is just as interesting as completed models or displays.

10:45 – 11:45 PAUL CLEGG
Railroad Engineering 101

Paul (long time CPR employee) will look at prototype railroad engineering as it can be applied to model railroads for improved operation and more realistic scenery. This will lead to appropriate compromises for track design. The clinic will cover little discussed issues like horizontal curves and grade compensation, and it compare typical model and prototype curves versus selection of appropriate frog angles for switches. It will also cover briefly some issues of wheel/rail interaction for modellers. Scenery topics will cover grade design such as engineering “balance,” the evolution of grade and ballast profiles and selection of the appropriate model ballast and grade profiles for common modelling eras.

10:45 – 11:45 ROGER WALKER
Building Chain Link Fences

Chain link fencing was invented in 1844, and has been used in North America since 1900. It is appropriate for model railroads of almost any era. Even short sections of fencing can be visually attractive and prototypical. The clinic will show how to build chain link fencing from cheap materials (styrene rod or wire, and bridal veil), quickly and easily. Format will be a slide show and demonstration.

11:45 – 12:45 SYLVAIN DUCLOS
Improving the operation of Rapido Trains passenger cars

This clinic will give tips and tricks for improving the operating reliability of Rapido Trains rolling stock, particularly the Smooth Side lightweight cars, the Stainless Budd (fluted) cars, and LRC (coach and club) cars. Emphasis will be on uncoupling and derailment issues. The solutions can also be applied to cars from other manufacturers. Finally, possible issues and solutions with respect to the Rapido Angus van will be discussed.

11:45 – 12:45 MORT SPELMAN
Wood Kit and Scratchbuilding of Structures

Many of you will have seen some of Mort’s superb structures at Supertrain. In this clinic, he will discuss the tools used in structure building, making wood grain, and colouring wood with paint and chalks. The clinic will also address colouring metal and resin castings, and landscaping materials around the structures. There will be lots of time for questions and answers.

Mort will bring 2 kit built and 2 scratch built structures to view at the clinic.

1:45 – 2:45 (approx.) KEVIN RUDKO
Electrical Basics for Model Railroaders

This presentation will help model railroaders understand basic electrical principles and how those principles relate to electrical and electronic applications in model railroading.

Topics to be discussed include -

  • Electrical Circuit basics
  • Selecting wire sizes and other electrical parts based on their application and ratings.
  • Light bulbs and LED applications
  • Motors
  • DCC Topics

11:45 – 12:45, continuing 1:45 – 3:45 (approx.) DOUG LEE
Layout design and Operations Bootcamp

NOTE. THIS IS A SPECIAL THREE-HOUR CLINIC. IT WILL BE PRESENTED ONE HOUR IN THE MORNING, AND TWO HOURS AFTER LUNCH. THERE IS NO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT, BUT FOR LOGISTICAL REASONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND THIS CLINIC. REPLY TO ROGER WALKER AT walkerrg@telus.net

A model railroad is a major commitment of time and money. One path for obtaining sustained value for these efforts and outlays is the creation of an operating layout that mimics the business of the prototype. Creating an operating layout can easily complement other hobby activities, such as researching prototype railroads and building detailed dioramas.

To assist modellers in creating their personal vision of such a layout, Doug Lee will be hosting a Layout Design and Operations Bootcamp. The clinic will use John Armstrong’s layout design approaches. It will begin with a checklist to frame the modeller’s layout design criteria (scale, era, prototype, available space) and operating priorities (freight, passenger, switching, running). That will be followed by a thorough discussion of a methodology to produce a satisfying plan for an operating layout. The clinic will be of interest to modellers at the layout design stage, those who already have a layout and would like to embellish the operational aspects of it, and people considering switching scales.

Techniques that will be discussed to pack realistic operation into less space:

  • Understand the trade-offs between optimum train viewing height, length of mainline run and ease of layout room access
  • Orient the operating aisles and benchwork to disguise smaller-than-prototype track curve radii
  • Have yard switching of N-scale freight cars derailment free, even when equipped with truck-mounted couplers
  • Save space by matching turnout frog number and minimum curve radius
  • Make train movements graceful and prototypical using curve easements and superelevation
  • Reduce the footprint of staging yards by stacking them, by using single ended yards that still offer train reversing functionality, and reverted loops
  • Optimize the location and capacity of loads-in/empties-out industrial tracks
  • Pack more yard into less space using “sweet spot” turnouts such as HO Peco code 75 medium and Roco code 83 15-degree
  • Increase the reliability of train running and switching by banishing S-curves
  • Design a helix to perform three, four or five key functions, thereby justifying the required construction effort

Participants will be given a hardcopy of the clinic materials. The handouts will contain eight minimum space track plan templates for N, HO and O layouts, including designs that do not require stooping to enter the layout room. The templates can be easily expanded or adapted to fit the modeller’s available space and desired curve radii.

ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING TREES

At the clinic on making trees (Fall, 2015), technical issues prevented Ian Mears from showing his video. I most strongly recommend checking this out on YouTube – you’ll see how quick and easy tree making can be. The site is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgFJoEmJK9A&feature=em-upload_owner

FOS YARD OFFICE

Don’t forget to finish up your yard office, along with as many kit bashed modifications as you can think of. CMRS will pay $25 for each completed model brought along to Show and Tell. Thanks again to Peter Bouma for organizing this challenge. Check in at the desk in the show and tell room to present your model and claim your $25, Please also bring a single sheet with your name, and an explanation of any special treatment your model received.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MINIMEET

UPDATED INFORMATION WILL APPEAR ON THE WEBSITE

ROGER WALKER



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