Clinics

Clinics

 

2023 Clinic info

The Amherst Railway Society "Clinics Department" is back again in 2023 with
a two-day program.  For the 2023 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:

 

2023 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" (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:

2023 Info

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!)
 

$ 112.00*

* Special Note: The clinic program is now offering 1-day passes as well as the 2-day program (1-day program cost is $69.00).  Also, there are hands-on classes that may require extra supplies, to be purchased when you register.  Watch for the HANDS-ON ITEM.


A note from our clinic organizer:  

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 fee are the following:

     - Breakfast and lunch each day
     - 
Ticket to the Train Show for each day
     - Opportunities to connect with railroaders from all over the country
     - HANDS ON clicnics may require pre-registration and/or extra fees for supplies - stay tuned!

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

STEPS TO REGISTER:  

     1. Register in the Shopping Cart for a one or two day pass.
     2. Fill in all of the information, most importantly, the credit card information.  Repeat the process for each person attending.
     3. That's it....
To Register for 2023 Thursday and Friday Clinics 

CLICK HERE
 
 
2023 2-DAY CLINIC SCHEDULE: 
In past years, people wanted to see more of the clinics offered during the 2-day schedule.  In an effort to make these clinics available to more folks, most clinics are repeating themselves so that you can get to that clinic that was offered at the same time as that other clinic you wanted to attend!

Thursday Clinics      
Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Office
9:15 Local Flavor TBD MicroMark Clinic 1
HO Freight Car Tune-up
Bull Session
10:00 15 min break 15 min break  
10:15 Local Flavor TBD Model Train Detection
Ask MicroMark
11:00 15 min break    
11:15 World Traveller:
USATC S100
North American Signaling Practices Hotwire Foam Factory Coatings
Noon 60 min break      
1:00 Local Flavor TBD Block Signal Design W/ Azatrax

Hotwire Foam Factory
Make and Take
Bull Session
1:45 15 min break 15 min break  
2:00 Local Flavor TBD Dwarvin Intro to Fiber Optics
Ask MicroMark
2:45 15 min break    
3:00 Local Flavor TBD Dwarvin
New Products
HO Freight Car Tune-up
3:45 15 min break 15 min break  
4:00 Local Flavor TBD MicroMark Clinic 2 Bull Session


Friday Clinics      
Time Stern Midship Fishbowl Office
9:15 MicroMark Clinic 1 North American Signaling Practices
Hotwire Foam Factory
Make and Take
Bull Session
10:00 15 min break 15 min break  
10:15
Conwingo FlatCar Build
TMB: Weathering Rolling Stock
Ask MicroMark
11:00 15 min break  
11:15 Model Train Detection TMB: Paint & Glues
Noon 60 min break      
1:00 Conwingo FlatCar Details Block Signal Design W/ Azatrax Hotwire Foam Factory Coatings Ask Conowingo Models
1:45 15 min break 15 min break    
2:00 Soundtraxx 2 Dwarvin Intro to Fiber Optics TCS Clinic 1
Ask MicroMark
2:45 15 min break    
3:00 Soundtraxx 3 Dwarvin
New Products
TCS Clinic 2
3:45 15 min break      
4:00 Soundtraxx 4 MicroMark Clinic 2 World Traveller:
USATC S100
Bull Session



 
To Register for 2023 Thursday and Friday Clinics 

CLICK HERE
 
 



TRACK 2: 

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

 

For 2023, because of the number of clinics offered at various exhibitors tables, we will not be offering hands on clinics.  Please enjoy clinics offered throughout the day at various exhibitors tables and booths.


 

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 28, 2023 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels

Start time Description Location
10:30 AM    Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon LayoutCommandControl / JMRI Combined Overview and Update by Ken Cameron, a member of the LCC and JMRI Developer Teams Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm   Young Clinic Room
3:00 pm
 
 
Young Clinic Room

   

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - YOUNG CLINIC ROOM (the "quiet" clinic room!)

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts – Open to all levels 
 
Start time Description Location
10:30 AM    Young Clinic Room
12:00 Noon LayoutCommandControl / JMRI Combined Overview and Update by Ken Cameron, a member of the LCC and JMRI Developer Teams Young Clinic Room
1:30 pm  
3:00 pm   Young Clinic Room
 

Young "quiet room" clinic descriptions 

LayoutCommandControl / JMRI Combined Overview and Update
- by Ken Cameron, a member of the LCC and JMRI Developer Teams

This clinic will provide a basic introduction both JMRI and LCC. It will also discuss what has been introduced for both over the last year and anything ‘right around the corner’. Explanations of the concepts and directions for each project and current statuses will be presented. Over the years people expressed missing one or the other topic when done split on different days. This combination is to help everyone get what they asked for.

LCC is an evolving standard to provide a multi-vendor interconnection for all your layout parts for the next 30 years. Its basic concepts and features will be explained. The fundamental differences between it and the many vendor specific systems will be highlighted.

JMRI is FREE computer software for enhancing performance and enjoyment of many aspects of our model railroading hobby. It’s DecoderPro feature makes it very easy to program DCC decoders and get the most out of these devices. The PanelPro tools focus on the layout, including panels (virtual or physical) and signaling. Other sections of JMRI like Operations, wireless control and other new developments will also be covered.

Hands on demos and one to one discussion will be available at the JMRI/LCC help desk in the Stroh Building.  Also in the Malory Complex, at the Free-mo layout, there will be a set of modules using LCC for signals and controls at a junction and interchange configuration.



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

 



Questions about the Amherst Railway Society's annual Railroad Hobby Show
should be directed to the show office at: