Clinics

2019 Clinic Info!

The Amherst Railway Society "Clinics Department" continues to grow every year.  For the 2019 Show, there are many changes, so please read on!

Each clinic type that we offer we call "TRACKS."  Just below this paragraph is a summary of this year's "TRACKS."  Please check them all out.  However, also note that there's everything from the casual demonstration provided by our fantastic exhibitors, to hands-on clinics by experts to clinics for the serious modeler that are offered IN ADDITION to the show.  Check it out and find the one(s) that are of interest to you:


 

2019 Railroad Hobby Show Clinics, now leaving on Track 1:
(click on the TRACK NUMBER and it will "switch" you to that Track!)

 
TRACK 1:  "2 Days of Pre-Show Clinic" (30 clinics) (Thursday & Friday)   Special Show Price
TRACK 2:   "Hands-On Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 3:  "In-Show Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)
TRACK 4:  "On-Site Exhibitor's Clinic Program" (Saturday and Sunday)



TRACK DETAILS:


TRACK 1:

2019 Info...is now available!

This Program is a two-day program.  It will take place at the:

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144

 
This 2-day program includes the following:

Breakfast both days!

Lunch both days!

Free parking at the hotel if you are staying at the hotel!

All the clinics you can get to...(your choice, based on schedule and availability, of course!)

A Two-Day Pass to the Railroad Hobby Show (a 25 dollar value for that alone!)
 

$99.00 per person

A note from our clinic organizers:

N-Scalers Welcomed.  T-Trak has been a hot topic in recent months.  Much of this interest was generated at many other Shows across the country.  This year we will be featuring a T-Trak in our curriculum for our N-Scale participants and for modelers who would like to jump scale and become a part of this great social phenomenon.  Our plan is to provide each participant an unfinished T-Trak module as the blank canvas which will be filled with each hands-on exercise.  We have set an ambitious goal of having participants leave class in two days with a finished T-Trak module.  Space has been allocated at the show on Saturday and Sunday so anyone that desires to participate can get the full T-Trak experience.  Be sure to indicate that you would like to participate in the T-Trak program.  Space is limited.
 
HO, O, and all our other scales, we have not forgotten you.  We will have a number of exciting clinics to both entertain and inform.  Our hands-on clinics can and improve model railroading skills.   Please note that the default scale for our general clinics is HO.  If you would prefer O or N scale products, please specify on your registration and we will do our best to accommodate these requests.  The schedule is based on the best information available at the time of its creation.  Please note that the actual schedule is subject to change based on instructor availability.     

The Clinic Program takes place at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in downtown Springfield between 8:30 and 5:30 each day.  Included in your $99 fee are the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Attendance at any of the clinics you choose including materials in the hands on clinics
  • Ticket to the Train Show for each day
  • Opportunities to connect with railroaders from all over the country

Register now and join us for a great time of fun and learning.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in Springfield!

Mike Dettinger

STEPS TO REGISTER:  

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each person attending.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you
Registration for 2019 Clinics Coming soon!
 
2019 2-DAY CLINIC SCHEDULE: 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 am
Mike O’Connell - Chooch Acrylics 
Painting and Weathering Freight Cars with the New Chooch Acrylics.  Bring your own yellow or orange-sided reefer and learn how to paint and weather your own car. This is a hands-on clinic; brushes and paints will be provided. 

Mike Dettinger – Introduction to T-Trak
This is the introduction to the T-Trak specification.  T-Trak allows modeler to participate in “empire sized” layouts without a massive space requirement.  T-Trak allows a modeler to explore different locations, eras and scenery that may not work as a full-sized pike.  Most of all T-Trak is a fun social activity.

Vendor Clinician - DCC Sound Decoder
One of the premium sound decoder vendors will present this clinic on the use, programing and new features of their sound decoders and speakers.  

10:30 am – Noon
Mike Baker - The Anatomy of a Craftsman Kit 
This clinic will explore the differences between plastic model kits, laser cut kits, and craftsman kits.  Mike will contrast the techniques used in building these kits, the materials found inside the boxes, weathering and customizing techniques and getting to a finished scene.

Mike O’Connell - Chooch Flexible Scenery T-Trak Waterfront. 
How to install, paint and weather the new Chooch flexible scenery products. This clinic is geared for our T-Trak modelers.  Mike will demonstrate stone walls, cobblestone streets, tunnel liners, sidewalks, shingled roofing and brick walls.  We will also discuss adding a water feature to our T-Trak modules.  This is a Hands-On clinic.  Space will be limited; however, this clinic will be offered again on Friday. 

Society Clinician – Card Models. 
This clinic explores the use of Card Models in model railroad scenery.  The discussion will explain math of resizing of card models PDF files if they were not drawn in your scale.   The use of bracing for structural integrity is examined.  Upgrading the card model with windows casting or even a complete reskinning with wood or plastic siding is investigated.  This is a hands-on clinic, the participants will build a warehouse flat model from Scalescenes.com.

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Vendor Clinician - DCC Sound Decoder
One of the premium sound decoder vendors will present this clinic on the use, programing and new features of their sound decoders and speakers. 

Society Clinician – Boat Kit 
This hands-on clinic will guide the participants through the construction, detailing and weathering of a wood rowboat kit.
 
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Alan Houtz – Iwata Airbrushing hands on
Learn to airbrush your scenery, backdrops, locomotives and rolling stock, track and structures for a natural weathered look. This highly informative “Hands-On” workshop teaches you basic and weathering airbrush techniques, what air sources to use, and what materials are compatible.  The different types of paint available today and their uses, what working surfaces are suitable, their preparation, and the simple maintenance procedures that are required.  Attendees will learn basic airbrush maintenance and techniques, practice simple control exercises, and practice weathering with an HO scale freight car.  Attendees may bring their own piece of rolling stock if they wish, or one will be provided at no charge.  Limited to the first 20 people.  This Clinic will be offered again on Friday.

2:30-3:30 pm
Fran Hale - “Background Trees”
There are plenty of commercially made “beautiful trees” for select spots on your layout.  But what about all the hundreds and hundreds of background trees you need?  You want them to be easy to make, quick to build, and cheap.  That’s what this clinic is about.  We’ll build several different kinds that meet this criteria--and they look good too!  This is a hands-on clinic.

Mike Baker – Vehicles 
This clinic explores HO vehicle kits on the market.  Mike also discusses techniques for detailing and weathering that can be used for any scale vehicle.

4:00-5:30 pm
Society Clinician – Weathering Techniques. 
This clinic explores all aspects of weathering – from a light dusting to the 3 Rs – ‘Recked, Rusted and Rotted.   

Barry Rosier – The Bait Shed 
This hands-on clinic will guide the participants through the construction, detailing and weathering of a bait shed. 

Society Clinician – Model Railroad equipment tuning. 
This clinic will discuss the tips and techniques to promote reliable model rolling stock operation.

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:30-9:30 am
Vendor Clinician - DCC Sound Decoder
One of the premium sound decoder vendors will present this clinic on the use, programing and new features of their sound decoders and speakers.

Society Clinician – T-Trak Work Session. 
This work session gives the participants an opportunity to plant the buildings and trees constructed yesterday afternoon.

Society Clinician – Graffiti. 
This clinic will introduce the participants to graffiti.  You may love it or you may hate it, but is a fact of modern railroading and is an inevitable as weathering.

10:00 am – Noon
Alan Houtz – Iwata Airbrushing hands on
Learn to airbrush your scenery, backdrops, locomotives and rolling stock, track and structures for a natural weathered look. This highly informative “Hands-On” workshop teaches you basic and weathering airbrush techniques, what air sources to use, and what materials are compatible.  The different types of paint available today and their uses, what working surfaces are suitable, their preparation, and the simple maintenance procedures that are required.  Attendees will learn basic airbrush maintenance and techniques, practice simple control exercises, and practice weathering with an HO scale freight car.  Attendees may bring their own piece of rolling stock if they wish, or one will be provided at no charge.  Limited to the first 20 people.  

Doug Fosscale – Waterfront Scenery and Weathering 
This clinic is geared for our T-Trak participants, Doug will discuss and demonstrate the techniques required to turn the waterfront scenery elements installed on the T-Trak module into a cohesive scene. 
Mike O’Connell - Modeling with Chooch Products, with a brief history of Chooch
You will experience all the new Chooch products, how to use them and see where you can use them on your layout.  There will be free samples throughout Mike's presentation.  You will get a firsthand look at all the new products Chooch is creating to make your modeling efforts easier and more detailed.  Mike will demonstrate stone walls, cobblestone streets, tunnel liners, sidewalks, shingled roofing and brick walls.  Chooch is celebrating its 45th year, so you will be seeing all the history of where Chooch started and where we are going in the future.. 

1:00 -2:00 pm
Vendor Clinician – Laser Cut Kits
One of our favorite laser cut kit vendors will present this clinic on laser cut kits.

1:00 -3:30 pm
Miles Hale – Computer and Printer Tricks
Miles discusses his techniques for using his printer to create signs, billboards, handbills and even building walls and interiors.  Modern computers allow us to clean up less than perfect source images and printers allow printouts in any scale.  

Fran Hale – Scenic Textures.
Fran discusses techniques for both land and sea features.  This clinic is geared for our T-Trak participants, but all are welcomed.

2:30-3:30 pm
John Forsythe – TCS DCC Control Station 
Join John Forsythe as he gives us a sneak peek of his new DCC command station.  After the presentation, John will invite the participants to test out the command station on a test layout.

4:00 - 5:30 pm
Vendor Clinician - DCC Sound Decoder
One of the premium sound decoder vendors will present this clinic on the use, programing and new features of their sound decoders and speakers.

Vendor Clinician – Using Detail Parts to make the scene
One of the premium kit vendors will present this clinic on the use of detailing parts to bring new life to a model scene.

Miles Hale, “How To Start a Layout”
Learn how to prepare the space for your railroad.  We’ll talk about the many decisions that need to be made before the first board is cut.  The layout plan creates many situations that need to be resolved for your layout dreams to come to life.  L-Girder, bracket hanging system, and stud wall benchwork will be presented and discussed so you can decide what’s right for your situation.  This clinic has been revised to include modular constructions including T-Trak.
 

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  • Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each registrant.
  • That's it....you will be contacted by us so that you know what tools you should bring with you!
IF YOU ARE READY TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

Tool Lists for Hands On Clinics 
 

 

 

TRACK 2: 

Hands on Clinics Saturday and Sunday
(our venue of hands on clinics in our "clinic stadium")

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Start Time Description Location
10:00 AM "Build a Woodland Scenics/DPM Kit"
Build a DPM Modular kit and take it home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM "Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium
 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

 
Start Time Description Location
10:30 AM "Build a Woodland Scenics/DPM Kit"
Build a DPM Modular kit and take it home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
1:30 PM "Learn to Make Trees"
Learn how to make 3 kinds of trees  and take them home.
Mallary Clinic Stadium
3:00 PM ‚Äč"Build a Scenery Module"
Learn basic scenery techniques on a small module. 
Mallary Clinic Stadium


2019 "TRACK TWO" Model Railroading Clinics Detail 

Please note that all clinics are hands-on and participants will have the opportunity to be directly involved if they wish. 
All clinics are held in the South Section of the MALLARY COMPLEX. Come early to get a “hands on” seat in our clinic area!!!

All clinics are conducted by Master Model Railroaders - the highest award given by the NMRA.  Join Fran Hale, MMR, and Miles Hale, MMR, and the Staff of The Model Railroading University. To learn more about The Model Railroading University, please visit: http://www.modelrailroadinguniversity.com  or  http://www.modelrailroadbuilder.com 

 

 

TRACK 3:

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts)
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THESE CLINICS MAY REQUIRE ADVANCED REGISTRATION

(for those that require advanced registration - sign up is available at manufactures' booths)

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels - please note that some may require pre-registration.
 

Start time Description Location
11:00 AM coming soon
 
    Young    
Clinic
Room
12:00 Noon coming soon
 
Young Clinic Room
1:00 PM coming soon Young Clinic Room
2:00 PM
coming soon
Young Clinic Room
  

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels 
Start time Description  Location  
11:00 am coming soon Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon
coming soon
Young Clinic Room
1:00 pm   Young Clinic Room

 

MALLARY CLINIC ROOM (the "Iwata" clinic room!)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

 
 MOVED TO THE MALLARY BUILDING OFFICE AREA
(in hallway area between Mallary North and South Complex)

 
Start Time Description Location
11:00 AM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
1:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
3:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
 

MALLARY CLINIC ROOM (the "iwata" clinic room!)

Sunday, January 27, 2019


MOVED TO THE MALLARY BUILDING OFFICE AREA
(in hallway area between Mallary North and South Complex)
 
Start Time Description Location
11:00 AM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
1:00 PM Iwata Airbrush Clinic on selecting and using an airbrush for engines, rolling stock, structures and scenery. Mallary Office Area
 

 
 

TRACK 4:

Mini Demos/Clinics offered throughout the day
(by experts at their exhibit areas)
FEATURED EXHIBITORS:




Hot Wire Foam Factory is a manufacturer of Styrofoam cutting, sculpting and engraving tools as well as foam adhesives and coatings.  They will be located in BLC at tables 40 B&C.





stop by "Bar Mills" in the Young Building, Section 79

 
 


 

stop by "Scenic Express" in the BLC, Section 44





stop by the newly designed "ETE" area of Mallary and see for yourself; in Mallary, Section 156

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