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Modeling University?

Our class offerings, listed below, are grouped to help you identify the location of the class. Most courses are self-contained so that anyone can attend any course. However, note that because of facility capabilities, all classes are limited to 20 attendees except as noted below. Some popular classes have been scheduled twice to accommodate demand, so make sure you don't inadvertently select a repeat class. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes long, with a 15 minute break between classes.

Just a reminder -- you do not have to be an NMRA member to attend. The event is open to the public and the cost is only $10 no matter how many classes you register for. Please add another $5 if you want to bring any family members (one $5 covers all).

The classes below are arranged by classroom. The first two digits are the classroom number. The last digit is the time slot during the day (i.e., Class #16-3 is in Classroom 16 during the 3rd time period - 1:00 pm). Use the table to select those courses you would like to attend. Make a note of the particular class numbers you have chosen and use them to register using the registration form at this link.

Classroom 14 Courses

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 14-1 Basic Model Railroading: If You have questions , Michele has your answers. She walks attendees though how to get started, scale vs gauge, layouts and modules, time period, where to build, construction, DC vs DCC, rolling stock, cost and links to terminology and resources. Michele Chance
10:30 AM 14-2 Planting Buildings: Not watering buildings like you water flowers, but putting in a foundation and making your structure moveable for clean-up or future moves. Michele Chance
1:00 PM 14-3 OPEN  
2:30 PM 14-4 Scratchbuilding Cars 101: This clinic is designed to acquaint the modeler with basic scratch building techniques. We will not build a car, but we will demonstrate cutting and fitting, proper gluing techniques, measuring, and many other aspects of scratch building.
We will look at a composite gondola that won a merit award and discuss how to improve on it. I have built an improved version of the model to demonstrate the improvements. This car will be given to one of the students. Plans for this car are included.
Basic tools, glues and solvents will be presented along with their advantages and disadvantages.

THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 10 PERSONS.

Jack Monette

Classroom 16 Courses

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 16-1 Open Car Loads: This class covers coal hoppers, gondolas, and flat cars. The main focus is on coal loads for hoppers. Jack will also discuss how to make pulp wood loads, pipe loads, and others. There will be no special charge for materials, but THIS IS A MAKE-AND-TAKE CLASS AND IS LIMITED TO 10 PERSONS. PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN OPEN HOPPER OR GONDOLA. Jack Monette
10:30 AM 16-2 OPEN  
1:00 PM 16-3 Track & Wheels — Making It Work: Two of the most common and frustrating problems with model railroading is track and wheels. Jack addresses common problems with track, wheels, and couplers, while demonstrating to attendees how to use a NMRA Standards Gauge to identify the cause of such problems. Attendees are invited to bring their own NMRA Standards Gauge. Jack Haynes
2:30 PM 16-4 Documenting Your Railroad: Learn how to document your railroad for posterity and insurance purposes. The class covers using photos, spreadsheets, and other means to document your model railroad. Doug Algire

Classroom 17 Courses

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 17-1 How to Solder Like a Pro: How to solder circuit boards, rail or make drop feeders.  Alan learned to solder while working on the Apollo project at NASA in Florida. The right tools, and skills can save hours of troubleshooting. Please bring a soldering iron (15 to 40 watt) and an extension cord. Also (optional), if you have any or all of the following supplies bring them, too: solder, small sponge, needle nose pliers, wire stripper, a small section of track with rail joiners, a used tooth brush, alcohol, liquid or paste resin, to name a few. Alan Burdick 
10:30 AM 17-2 Lighting the Layout: Although most of us already have lighting for our layout area, we often have difficulty uncoupling or rerailing cars without using a flashlight or squinting. Neal will show how to make a simple, Inexpensive lighting system that is easy to install and will greatly improve the light level for your operations. Neal Anderson
1:00 PM 17-3 Laying and Ballasting Track: Neal will demonstrate a way to lay ballast down on a section of track three feet long, glued and ballasted in ten to fifteen minutes. Neal Anderson
2:30 PM 17-4 OPEN  

Classroom 18 Courses

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 18-1 OPEN  
10:30 AM 18-2 Making Scenery: Ty will share how he develops a scene from the ground up. He will cover building the base - ground cover, rocks or mountains - using both foam and hydrocal and hydrocal molds. He will also cover adding basic water effects. Ty Brown
1:00 PM 18-3 Making Scenery: This is a repeat of class 18-2 above. Ty will share how he develops a scene from the ground up. He will cover building the base - ground cover, rocks or mountains - using both foam and hydrocal and hydrocal molds. He will also cover adding basic water effects. Ty Brown
2:30 PM 18-4 OPEN  

Classroom 19 Courses

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 19-1

LED Lighting: Joe returns to RMU with his always popular class on LED lighting.  Attendees will be introduced to LED basics, size, placement and using LEDs for turnout indication.

Joe Burden
10:30 AM 19-2 OPEN  
1:00 PM 19-3 Sceniking 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
2:30 PM 19-4 Reversing Loops: Learn the ins and outs of using reversing loops. It includes design, wiring, and using DCC components to manage the reversing loop. Roy Becker

Classroom 20 Activity

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM 20-1 Light, Sound & Motion Animation for Model Railroads: Lights and sounds have become commonplace in our model locomotives. But this clinic will explore some ways to add light, sound and motion to your layout. Various projects will be described and demonstrated, some using commercial products, others with electronic circuit details for construction provided. The clinic will cover animation of semaphore signals and crossing gates. The clinic will make ample use of actual implemented projects on Fred’s HO Traction modules. Fred Miller, MMR
10:30 AM 20-2 Sound Animation (Layout Background Sounds): Adding background sounds is a way to enhance the “multi-dimensional” effect on your layout.  Industry, city or country sounds broaden the viewing and operating experience.  There are a number of commercial “sound boards” offering pre-recorded or recordable capabilities with prices ranging from $10 to $100.  The quality of the recorded sound varies as well as the playing time. Fred Miller, MMR

 

1:00 PM 20-3 Multi-function Animation Decoder: This clinic is about a custom designed inexpensive decoder which was designed to operate lights, sounds and motion for animating buildings on a layout. The decoder operates from DCC track power and accepts DCC commands to initiate the animations. The construction and details of the decoder will be presented along with several animated demonstration buildings operated from both a LocoNet time-of-day scheduler and a standard throttle.

Fred Miller, MMR

2:30 PM 20-4 Tips and Tricks from a Master Model Railroader: Mr. Parker will demonstrate and discuss Tips & Tricks he has learned over his 50 plus years of model railroading.  Everything from weathering to scratch building will be discussed.

Jack Parker, MMR

Multi-Purpose Room #1 (MPR1) Activity

TIME Class # Description Instructor
All Day MPR1-1 NMRA Achievement Program and Judging: The first class period is where you will learn about the NMRA Achievement Program and how you can earn the designation of Master Model Railroader. If you have a model(s) you like to be judged for the Achievement Program you must sign up for this class. Please bring your models and appropriate paperwork. This class is taught by Dave Chance who is the Achievement Program Chairman for the NMRA Mid-East Region (MER) as well as for the Carolina Southern Division (CSD). Dave Chance

Multi-Purpose Room #2 (MPR2) Activity

TIME Class # Description Instructor
9 AM MPR2-1 OPEN  
10:30 AM MPR2-2 Modular/Sectional Layout Construction: Gil will explain how to build your layout in smaller pieces to enhance your enjoyment, even if you are not severely space limited. It can also make your layout easier to move should you have to relocated. Gil Brauch
1:00 PM MPR2-3 Modular/Sectional Layout Construction: This is a repeat of class MPR2-2 above. Gil will explain how to build your layout in smaller pieces to enhance your enjoyment, even if you are not severely space limited. It can also make your layout easier to move should you have to relocated. Gil Brauch
2:30 PM MPR2-4 OPEN  

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