Clinics are a big part of any Convention, and this will be no exception. More than 45 rail clinics will be scheduled from Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Most will be offered more than once. In addition to “traditional” classroom style we will offer several “hands-on” clinics for you to make and take a model. 

If you would like to present a clinic please contact our Clinic Chairman, Bill Brown, MMR by clicking this link to send him an email at

Modeling With A Master

Jack Ellis of Bar Mills Scale Model Works will present a three-hour hands-on clinic. Participants will construct, finish and weather two walls of a Bar Mills kit under Jack’s tutelage. You will take home the kit to finish on your own, along with several samples of weathering powder and a container of Jack’s own mix of stain. The session is limited to 15 participants at an extra fare of only $10.00.

Digital University

Parts 1,  2 & 3   Erich Whitney & Kaylee Zheng will conduct a session Thursday September 19, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Participants must commit to bringing a computer and two locomotives to the clinic. They will download the latest version of JMRI, and receive instruction on the many possibilities it affords for decoder programming and layout control. Utilizing the
skills they have learned, they will speed-match their two locomotives and adjust several CV's to enhance locomotive performance. Registration is limited to 10 members at an extra fare of $10.00. Don’t miss this one!

Parts 4, 5 & 6  Thursday evening 7:00 – 11:00 PM, Tom Nelson will offer a session on LCC (Layout Command Control), and Chuck Diljak, will cover “Using JMRI Ops Pro.” 

These clinics by Tom and Chuck are open to all convention attendees at no extra fare.

Other Clinicians

NMRA President Pete Magoun

Photographer and Writers Lou and Cheryl Sassi

Dave Myers from Gator Foam

and many more interesting and exciting clinicians.