2020CAROLINA SPECIAL Clinic Listing2020

We have a truly outstanding lineup of clinics with presenters from all over the Mid-Eastern Region along with several other NMRA regions. The listing below contains all the clinics and is quite lengthy. If you would like to focus on a particular day or time frame, you can use the following shortcuts:



The listing is current as of January 13, 2020. Check back monthly for additions.


Thursday - October 15, 2020
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
7 PM Salon C DIORAMA TECHNIQUES: 1 hour, PowerPoint lecture. Teaches the technical development of a scene for either a diorama or layout. Topics such as forced perspective, vanishing points, horizon lines, story lines, selective compression and other scenery techniques and tricks will be covered as I walk the class through the development and construction of a diorama. Scott Perry
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E STORAGE TANKS 101 FOR MODEL RAILROADERS: A new 60 minute presentation that deals with the various kinds of storage tanks found in industry for solids, liquids and gases. Atmospheric tanks, low pressure tanks, high pressure tanks, corrosive tanks, cryogenic tanks, etc., loading and unloading racks and the tank cars that can be found servicing them. Rich Mahaney
8:30 PM Salon C MASTER AND MOLD BUILDING AND CASTING: First hour of a two hour clinic on making master productions, casting one or two part molds in silicon, and then making resin or plaster castings. Not hands on, demonstration only. Scott Perry
Salon D SCENICKING A FARM: This presentation will cover a number of techniques for scenicking a farm module or diorama.  We will make hay bales from twine; build a cornfield; create various vegetable patches; show several techniques for modeling plowed fields; and discuss natural ways to group cows and other livestock. Nancy Campbell
Salon E U.S. ARMY MORTUARY TRAINS 1947-51: To handle the return of the WWII dead the Army was tasked to find, identify, and transport all the overseas dead. This is the history of that including how to kitbash 2 of the unique, former hospital cars that were configured for transporting the remains across the US. Charlotte, NC was one of the 15 Distribution Centers that handled the WW2 dead after they arrived from overseas Jim Murrie
10 PM Salon C MOLD BUILDING AND CASTING (continued): Second hour of the clinic on making master productions, casting one or two part molds in silicon, and then making resin or plaster castings. Not hands on, demonstration only. Scott Perry
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E OPEN  
Friday - October 16, 2020
Friday Morning
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
8 AM Salon C INSTALLING DECODERS IN OLDER LOCOMOTIVES: Many models of steam locomotives are not available with factory-installed DCC and sound, particularly older brass or die-cast models. Brian shows you how you can install sound decoders in older steam locomotives relatively easily. He explains why the motor must be electrically isolated from the rails, and shows you ways to isolate it. He also shows you how to get good electrical pickup from the rails for no-stall operation, and how to hook up and install a sound decoder (with or without a “current keeper”) and speaker in the tender. Brian Sheron
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E  SECTION HOUSE OR CROSSING SHANTY: First hour of a two hour make-and-take clinic on building laser cut structures. Participants may choose between a section house or a crossing shanty in either HO or N scales. Participants will need to bring the following modeling tools: Cutting mat, wood glue, canopy glue, X-ACTO knife with sharp #11 blade, metal scale rule, round tooth picks, ponce wheel (optional), thin square (optional). Acrylic paints and brushes will be provided. This is extra fare clinic #601. Crossing Shanty (two buildings per kit): HO-$20 N-$15; Section House: HO-$25 N-$15. Clinic is limited to 20 participants. Jack Dziadul
9:30 AM Salon C MODELING URBAN SCENES: Brian’s HO scale Long Island Rail Road primarily models many urban and suburban scenes found on Long Island, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Penn Station in Manhattan, and the town of Huntington further out in Suffolk County. His clinic focuses on how to plan an urban scene for your layout, identifying the key elements that make up urban scenes, and then explaining what the key modeling components are for each element, and how they all can be combined to produce realistic scale model urban scenes. Brian discusses how to create realistic backdrops for urban scenes. He also discusses using techniques such as “cutaways” to model underground stations, and also modeling overhead subways, or “Els”. His clinic presentation contains many photos that illustrate the techniques described. Brian Sheron
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E SECTION HOUSE OR CROSSING SHANTY (continued): Second hour of a two hour make-and-take clinic on building laser cut structures. Participants may choose between a section house or a crossing shanty in either HO or N scales. Participants will need to bring the following modeling tools: Cutting mat, wood glue, canopy glue, X-ACTO knife with sharp #11 blade, metal scale rule, round tooth picks, ponce wheel (optional), thin square (optional). Acrylic paints and brushes will be provided. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #601. Crossing Shanty (two buildings per kit): HO-$20 N-$15; Section House: HO-$25 N-$15. Clinic is limited to 20 participants. Jack Dziadul
11 AM Salon C BUGS ON THE RAILROAD: I hope you intend to keep your layout spider free, dust free, and limited on bugs of all kinds. What about bugs of a different nature; short track, no caboose track, main blocked because no siding, and how did that pond get in the middle of our yard? Problems and solutions suggested. Michele Chance
Salon D TANK CARS 101 FOR MODEL RAILROADERS: This 60 plus minute presentation looks at the different types of tanks cars that are used today, older style tank cars, tank car features, tank car models, how to increase tank car traffic on a model railroad layout, industries that use tank cars, and loading and unloading platforms/facilities. Rich Mahaney
Salon E OPEN  
Friday Afternoon
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
1 PM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D INTERESTING FLAT CAR LOADS: This presentation looks at a variety of “stuff” that is transported on flat cars by railroads. It answers the question: “Do they really transport that 'stuff' on flat cars for real”? It will give the modeler some ideas for their own flat car loads to build. Rich Mahaney
Salon E BULL CHUTE: A full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
2:30 PM Salon C MODELING THE DIXIE FLAGLER; ACL trains 5 and 6; 26 Jun 1949 and 19 Mar 1950: How to recreate the exact consists of this Chicago - Miami train, along with some of its history. Jim Murrie
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E BULL CHUTE (continued): Second hour of the full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
4 PM Salon C "ON WISCONSIN" - The Wisconsin National Guard and the Berlin Wall Crisis of 1961: The call to active duty of nearly 250,000 reservists led to some of the last of the troop trains. Over 9,000 men of the 32nd Infantry Division were moved from across Wisconsin to Tacoma, WA using over 750 freight cars and 17 troop trains over 6 railroads. We have photos, consists, and history of the move. Jim Murrie
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E BULL CHUTE (continued): Third hour of the full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
Friday Evening
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
7 PM Salon C SELECTING INDUSTRIES FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD: This 60 minute presentation is designed to help model railroaders select industries and community businesses for their model railroad through a systematic approach and by answering a series of questions, thinking about how railroads service their customers, increasing railroad traffic by thinking about the types of railroad cars that are used to service the needs of different types of industries. Examples of real facilities and model railroad examples are used to make the points. Rich Mahaney
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E BULL CHUTE (continued): Fourth hour of the full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
8:30 PM Salon C "QUICK INDUSTRIES" FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD: This is part 2 of Selecting Industries For Your Model Railroad. This 60 minute presentation is designed give model railroaders industry ideas for their model railroad that can be assembled in several evenings (or days) of work. These industries can quickly increase railroad traffic and new customers. Examples of real facilities and model railroad examples are used to make the points. Also other details involving industries such as track work, loading docks, industry placement along the tracks and industry building concepts will be looked at. Rich Mahanney
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E BULL CHUTE (continued): Fifth hour of the full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
10 PM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D CONSTRUCTION OF A MODEL K-1 TROLLEY CONTROLLER: This clinic presents the design and construction of a model K-1 Trolley Car Controller. The project includes use of Arduino micro-controllers to sense the use of various controls and issue applicable DCC commands through Digitrax LocoNet. The Controller includes throttle notching, air brake functions, airline pressure metering, circuit breaker simulations, door and gong operations – all with appropriate sounds. Fred Miller, MMR
Salon E BULL CHUTE (continued): Sixth and final hour of the full day, hands on, scratch building clinic where everyone makes a small wooden bull loading ramp. Everyone is successful! Clinic takes 6-8 hours depending on the speed of the class. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #602. Cost is $5 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
Saturday - October 17, 2020
Saturday Morning
TIME CLASS # DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
8 AM Salon C BECOMING A MASTER MODEL RAILROADER-Working your way through the NMRA Achievement Program: This is the first hour of a two-hour presentation that gives an overview of the NMRA Achievement Program. It consists of an overview of what it takes to achieve completion of the requirements and what it means to be a Master Model Railroader. The steps I took along the way to achieving MMR status will be covered to provide the attendee information on how to develop a roadmap to achieve MMR status. The Master Modeler-Car AP requirements will be covered in more depth than the other AP certificates as that was the last AP certificate I earned and found most difficult. Possible obstacles on the way to MMR and how to overcome them through improving, adapting, and overcoming them will also be addressed. Ernie Little
Salon D TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ELECTRONIC PROJECTS FOR MODEL RAILROADS: This clinic presents a number of design and construction steps which have proved useful in electronic projects for model railroads. A simple micro-controlled blinking LEDs project (e.g. crossing signals) will be used to demonstrate the various tips and techniques. Fred Miller, MMR
Salon E STAINING AND WEATHERING CASTINGS: First hour of a three hour hands-on clinic with PowerPoint presentation. Each student is given a special labstone casting consisting of wood, rock, metal, brick and stone features. Using powder, stains, and washes each student learns step by step how to get amazing results with special techniques. This is extra fare clinic #603. Cost is $13 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
9:30 AM Salon C BECOMING A MASTER MODEL RAILROADER-Working your way through the NMRA Achievement Program (continued): This is the concluding hour of a two-hour presentation that gives an overview of the NMRA Achievement Program. It consists of an overview of what it takes to achieve completion of the requirements and what it means to be a Master Model Railroader. The steps I took along the way to achieving MMR status will be covered to provide the attendee information on how to develop a roadmap to achieve MMR status. The Master Modeler-Car AP requirements will be covered in more depth than the other AP certificates as that was the last AP certificate I earned and found most difficult. Possible obstacles on the way to MMR and how to overcome them through improving, adapting, and overcoming them will also be addressed. Ernie Little
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E STAINING AND WEATHERING CASTINGS (continued): Second hour of a three hour hands-on clinic with PowerPoint presentation. Each student is given a special labstone casting consisting of wood, rock, metal, brick and stone features. Using powder, stains, and washes each student learns step by step how to get amazing results with special techniques. This is a contuation of extra fare clinic #603. Cost is $13 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
11 AM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E STAINING AND WEATHERING CASTINGS (continued): Third and final hour of a three hour hands-on clinic with PowerPoint presentation. Each student is given a special labstone casting consisting of wood, rock, metal, brick and stone features. Using powder, stains, and washes each student learns step by step how to get amazing results with special techniques. This is a continuation of extra fare clinic #603. Cost is $13 for materials. Clinic is limited to 14 participants. Scott Perry
Saturday Afternoon
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
1 PM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D RECREATING THE 1953 RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: History of the 1953 show and how to kitbash it. Includes load lists and make-up of each of the 3 sections. Jim Murrie
Salon E OPEN  
2:30 PM Salon C CONSTRUCTING AN ELEVATED SUBWAY: Brian Sheron
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E OPEN  
4 PM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E OPEN  
Sunday - October 18, 2020
TIME Room DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR
8 AM Salon C JUNCTIONS, INTERCHANGES, AND DIAMONDS FOR YOUR MODEL RAILROAD: This 60 minute presentation looks at real railroad junctions, interchanges and diamonds and how they can be modeled by model railroaders. Their use can allow more rail traffic, the use of other railroad equipment and can some interesting operations. If a modeler likes a number of railroads, this is the solution to allow the many of different railroads to operate on a layout. A variety of examples from different model railroads are shown as part of this presentation. Rich Mahaney
Salon D PULLMANS FOR PATIENTS: In the 1930 Pullman built two cars especially to transport patients on the C&NW from Chicago to the Mayo Clinic. In 1937 they identified a car to be used exclusively for transporting polio patients in iron lungs across the country. It stayed in that role until 1954. History of those cars and some of the trip data. Also pictures and description of some of the accessibility issues that led to the cars being used. Jim Murrie
Salon E OPEN  
9:30 AM Salon C OPEN  
Salon D OPEN  
Salon E OPEN