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July 22, 2017
NMRA 2017 Orlando Registration Information and Package

     

Registration for all Tours and Extra Fare Items is now open!

The package includes everything you need to know from getting to Orlando, the hotel and discount code, all tour descriptions and times, extra fare clinics, Modeling with the Masters information and our meal events.

Make a purchase of any tour item in the NMRA Company Store by clicking here.

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Sunshine Region of the National Model Railroad Association is pleased to host NMRA 2017 Orlando, the Orange Blossom Special, this year’s NMRA National Convention in the number one vacation destination and number one convention destination in the world, Orlando, FL.  The 2017 National Convention begins on Sunday, July 30th and continues through Saturday, August 5th.

The Host Committee for The Orange Blossom Special has been working hard in creating the best convention activities to please any and every one.  Whether you participate in the rail or Non-Rail parts of the program you will be able to find enough to keep you busy while attending the convention.

There’s plenty of reasons for Orlando to be the number one convention and vacation destination and more than 5,000 of them are for eating.  Whatever you want, Orlando has it all from Fast Food to Fine Dining experiences.  Within a two mile radius you’ll have enough places to eat for 10 week long vacations and then some.

With so much to see and do, Orlando is great for families.  With 8 theme parks leading the charge, followed by 4 major water parks and hundreds of attractions, there’s enough to keep everyone busy from rise and shine to sleep tight until tomorrow.  Check out our low registration rates for children on the convention registration form.

Register for the convention ONLINE at the NMRA Company Store as soon as possible to avoid being shut out of the tours you want to attend! Some of the most popular tours and extra-fare clinics always sell out early. You can register for the convention, including all tours on the NMRA website at: https://www.nmrastores.com/Company_Store/

If you have never attended a national convention, there’s no time like the present.  Bring your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, heck, bring your entire family.  With our special ticket pricing for theme parks you’ll all be sure to have a great time. 

All Events and Activities are Subject To Change

All convention activities are subject to change. Every effort has been made to verify that the information in this packet is accurate at the time of publication. However, changes may occur impacting the program, tours or events of the convention between the time of publication of this packet and the start of the convention.  Check theback here for the latest information.

NMRA 2017 Orlando Online Program Guide

NMRA 2017 Orlando Program Guide

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Regardless of your mode of transportation, it’s easy to get to Orlando.  Walt Disney selected Orlando as the location for “Disneyland East” because it was conveniently located near the intersection of I-4 and the Florida Turnpike and Orlando had a major airport.

Driving

If you are driving you can take I-75 from the Midwestern US to the Florida Turnpike in Wildwood FL and head south.  If you’re coming from the Northeastern US, you can take 95 south to Daytona and take I-4 west.

Flying

If you’re flying to the convention, Orlando International Airport is your destination.  Thirty nine airlines service “MCO”.  United Airlines is the official air carrier of NMRA 2017 Orlando.  They are offering up to a 10% discount on their fares.  The discount varies by the fare type or ticket type you purchase.  Enter the Z Code: ZX2A.

When you arrive in Orlando, you have several options to get to the hotel...

You can rent a car from more than a dozen car rental companies.  Pick up your car, exit the airport on the north side and take FL-528 (The Beach Line) West to International Dr. and head north.  The Rosen Plaza is on your left immediately after the Orange County Convention Center.  The Rosen Plaza is a 20 minute ride from the airport.

Connect with Mears Transportation.  Mears offers a variety of transfer options between the airport and The Rosen Plaza.  Mears offers one way and round trip fares and you can reserve transportation in advance on the Mears website at http://www.mearstransportation.com/

If you select Mears and reserve online, be sure to select the correct destination, The Rosen Plaza (there are six Rosen hotels listed).  The hotel address is 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL

You can get a cab at the airport.  Fares vary depending on destination.  Uber serves Orlando International Airport.  Check out the Uber travel options at http://uber.com

BAGS, Inc.

BAGS, Inc. is the official baggage handling company for Rosen Hotels.  You can check in your bag at home using BAGS VIP Service and your bags will be delivered to the Rosen Plaza within 4 hours of your arrival.  When you depart the convention, you can check your bag in at the Rosen Plaza to your final destination.  There’s no waiting for your luggage.  Check out BAGS, Inc online at:

https://www.maketraveleasier.com/bagsvip

Amtrak

Three trains per day service Orlando, The Silver Star, Silver Meteor and AutoTrain.  The Silver Star arrives late morning and The Silver Meteor arrives early afternoon.  Both arrive at the Orlando Train Station.  Cab service is available along with car rental services.  It is about a 30 minute drive to The Rosen Plaza.

Amtrak is pleased to offer NMRA 2017 Orlando a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Orlando, FL between July 24, 2017 – August 11, 2017.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X72C-957 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.  Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.

The AutoTrain is scheduled to arrive at 9 am at Sanford, FL.  After receiving your car, take I-4 west towards Orlando.  It’s an hour drive from Sanford to The Rosen Plaza.

The Rosen Plaza at 9700 International Dr. is 100% smoke free and pet friendly.   The hotel is an outstanding value at $119 per night with a pool, 4 restaurants, 3 lounge areas, a fitness center and business center.

The Rosen Plaza will be home to NMRA meetings, Non-Rail activities, clinics, the contest room, the silent auction and SIGs.  Bus tours will depart from, and return to The Rosen Plaza.  Online room reservations may be accessed from the following URL:
https://www.phgsecure.com/IBE/bookingRedirect.ashx?propertyCode=ORLRZ and use the Group Code: GRPRAILROAD.  You can also call the hotel at (800) 627-8258 or (407) 996-9700 and use the same Group Code, GRPRAILROAD

The cutoff date to make reservations is June 26, 2017, and after June 26th, on a space available basis.

Florida is a Clean Indoor Air State.  Smoking is not allowed in any indoor areas.  The Rosen Plaza is 100% smoke free.  Guests are not permitted to smoke anywhere inside the hotel.

You have access to discounted tickets to all major theme parks and water parks in Orlando.  These are great deals and some tickets are only available to convention.  In addition, with Visit Orlando’s “Show Your Badge and Save” program, you can save on dining options to many great restaurants such as Emeril’s Orlando, T-Rex, Shula’s Steak House, BB King’s Blue Club and many others.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Our Company Store will be open from Sunday at noon through Thursday at noon.  It will sell convention merchandise along with railroad relayed apparel.  Daily hours are from 9 am until 12 pm and from 1:30 pm until 5 pm.  Our two Convention Cars, a Tropicana Reefer in HO Scale and a Farmland Industries Covered Hopper in N Scale are also available.

While the Model Contest is typically considered a prime event, excellent Photo and Arts & Crafts Contests and a Rail Pass Contest are also included.

For descriptive information and required forms, go to nmra.org/ contests.

Eligibility and Entry

All NMRA members are eligible to enter any of the events in accordance with the applicable rules of the contest with the exception of the arts & crafts contest, which is open to all convention registrants, NMRA members or not. Entries must be brought to this location and presented to the contest staff along with the required forms. Once the entry is accepted, it will not be available for pick-up until the scheduled time. The schedule for these events is shown below:

Room Schedule

Entry/Viewing - Monday & Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Judge's Clinic - Monday Afternoon.  Bob Hamm, MMR, gives a clinic on judging contest models for 2017 contest judges and anyone else interested in contest judging. The clinic is mandatory for new judges.

Voting for People's Choice Awards -  Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday to noon.

Afternoon of "Meet the Modeler, Photographer & Crafter" -  Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Judging - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Contest room is open for viewing during judging; however, please no talking.

Score Review Period - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Viewing Only - Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Model, Photo & Crafts Contest Awards Ceremony -  Thursday 2:00 p.m. (check room posting)

Award Photos -  Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (CLOSED SESSION)

Entry Pickup - Friday 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Module Contest

The Module Contest will be held at the National Train Show®. Space for module entries must be secured ahead of the train show by contacting the train show staff.

Every year, a highlight of the convention is The Silent Auction.  This is your chance to find that long lost freight car you have wanted for years or if you have some items you no longer need, to get some additional cash for the National Train Show®.  NMRA 2017 Orlando will continue this tradition.

We have an exciting lineup of layouts for each of you to see, 17 in all and tours to some famous attractions like Daytona International Speedway, The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex and Valiant Warbird Museum.  We have a Fashion Show presented by Stein Mart, a High Tea for the ladies lunch, Making Chocolates, and a hands on cooking demonstration presented by Publix Supermarkets.

We have included a brief description for each Clinic, Tour or Activity below along with each tour’s number.  All events are numbered as follows:

|---------- Tour Type
| |-------- Day of Week (1 = Sunday, 7 = Saturday)
| | |------ Tour Number
| | |
C 1 101
L 2 202
G 3 302
N 4 402
P 2 502
M 5 601

  • All Tour Numbers are unique.

  • All Tours have a seating capacity of 52 people unless otherwise noted.

Most Layout and Prototype Tours include a Box Breakfast or a Box Lunch from Honeybaked Ham.  For the Box Breakfast, you will receive Ham and Egg on a Croissant, a piece of coffee cake and a piece of fruit.  For the Box Lunch you’ll receive a sandwich from Honeybaked Ham, with a bag of chips, a pickle spear and a cookie and a choice of a bottle of water or a can of soda.  These will be delivered to a stop on the tour.

Clinics

All clinics will be held in the convention hotel, The Rosen Plaza in the second floor conference wing.  Our clinicians are a mix of veterans and new presenters.  There will be a broad mix of Program Tracks and Skill Levels so you’ll be able to plan your schedule to maximize your learning interesting in model railroad subjects and techniques.

Lecture style clinics at the convention are included for all convention registrants.  Attendees do not need to purchase tickets to attend these clinics.  You only need to display your convention nametag for entry to the clinic rooms.

There are some Clinics which require advanced registration and payment to attend.  These Extra Fare Clinics are usually hands-on, make-and-take clinics. Aided by the clinician, you’ll work on a project and will be able to take it with you when you leave.  These clinics are limited in size and sell out quickly.  If you are interested in attending extra fare clinics, be sure to register for them as soon as possible.

As part of the NMRA Education Department, Modeling With the Masters (MWTM) is a very popular component of the National Convention.  These hands-on Clinics are presented by those who have earned their Master Model Railroader designation through the NMRA Achievement Program.  The 4 to 5 hour sessions will be offered Sunday through Wednesday. Sessions begin with an overview of the project followed by each participant working on their own under the guidance of a Master Model Railroader.

Note: These sessions have a maximum seating capacity of 24.

These sessions are extra fare.  You will need to pre-register for your choice of sessions and pay the required fee.  You will be able to take your project with you when you leave.  Remember, these clinics sell out quickly.  Register for them soon after they become available.

MWTM extra-fare clinics begin with an “M”.  Each MWTM clinic will have its own session number.

For all Modeling With The Masters Clinics, please note the following:
  • Students need to bring their own tools in order to participate in Modeling With The Masters clinics
  • Bring any other tools you usually use or might find useful.Optional tools:
    • Extra work light.
      These are handy tools which you could use in Modeling With The Masters clinics, but it is not essential that you buy them just for this week.  It is your option!
      A good way to carry all of these tools is to buy a small inexpensive plastic tackle box.  These are usually available at department stores year-round.
  • An updated tool list may be sent to you the week prior to the convention or will be on the Convention web site.
  • If not listed here, Modeling With The Masters will provide materials such as glues and paints

MWTM - “Scenery by the Square Foot” - A Two Part Clinic (part A)

Clinic Number: M1178
Scale:  N-HO-S-O

Date:   Sunday, July 30 2017

Time: 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Price: $55

Lead Instructor:  Peter Youngblood, MMR assisted by Clark Kooning, MMR, Jim Gore MMR & Fred Headon, MMR

This is a two-part clinic…you pay one fee of $55 but must attend Part A and Part B to complete this clinic.  Part B of this clinic is on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 from 12:30pm to 4:30 pm.

Introduction to Model Railroad scenery…. Learn basic scenery techniques applicable to all scales using readily available commercial products.  In one square foot, you’ll build and contour land forms using layers of foam insulation board. Next, you’ll apply ground cover materials, make a pipe drainage culvert, ballast a short segment of HO scale track, create a gravel country road, make several trees, install a grade crossing and add a trickle of water to the culvert.  This is a two (2) part clinic due to the need for drying time during which you put down a foundation.  The second part of the clinic is Tuesday August 1 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Required Tools

  • #1 Xacto knife
  • #11 & #17 Xacto blades
  • #1433 Woodland Scenics Foam Knife w/blade
  • #ST 1432 Woodland Scenics Foam Nails
  • #S912 Woodland Scenics Sprayer Bottle
  • 12” Metal Ruler graduated in inches
  • Small pointed tweezer
  • 2 Paint brushes (#3 and ½” flat)
  • Emery Boards (the ones women use to file their nails)
  • Small scissor
  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” (or larger is fine)
  • ½” clear Scotch Tape
  • 1 Pack Handi-Wipes

MWTM - Introduction to Plastic Structures & Painting with Acrylics and Pan Pastels – A Two Part Clinic (Part A)

Clinic Number: M2179
Scale:  HO Only

Date:   Monday, July 31, 2017

Time: 7:30am to 11:30am

Price: $55

Lead Instructor: Fred Headon, MMR & Clark Kooning, MMR; assisted by Peter Youngblood, MMR, & Jim Gore MMR

This is a two-part clinic…you pay one fee of $55 but must attend Part A and Part B to complete this clinic.  Part B of this clinic is on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 from 8am to 11:30am.

Fred Headon, MMR will take you through the steps of building a Plastic Structure for the first time.  This is a great project for those who are new to building structures and as well as for those who have lots of experience. This clinic is not just about building a plastic structure kit; it is also about new ways of painting these types of plastic kits. You will be taught to use Acrylics or craft type paint plus the use of Pan Pastels as a whole new way of painting a structure. You will be amazed at what you can do simply with a brush and a sponge.   You will be assisted by 3 other MMRs during your hands-on experience.  This is a two (2) part clinic.  In the first clinic session, you will assemble the project kit and apply the basic primer paint as a foundation. Due to the need for drying time, we will then have a second session on painting the structure with Acrylics and Pan Pastels.

Required Tools:

  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” or larger
  • #1 Xacto knife with NEW #11 blade
  • Extra new #11 blades
  • #1 Xacto with a NEW #17 blade
  • Metal cutting edge (scale rule will work)
  • Tweezers – straight tip, hooked tip
  • Sanding stick and/or flat files
  • Single edged razor blades
  • Micro-brushes
  • 3 or 4 small (approximately 2.5 oz.) weights
  • Paint brushes - #2 flat tip bristles, (#000 flat tip or pointed tip bristles)
  • Sprue cutter
  • Rite-Way clamps, either clamp style or magnet style
  • Right angle square

MWTM - Building Structures with Styrene

Clinic Number: M2180
Scale:  HO & O
Date:   Monday July 31, 2017
Time:  12:30pm to 5:00pm
Price: $48
Lead Instructor:  Jim Gore MMR; assisted by Peter Youngblood, MMR, Clark Kooning, MMR, and Fred Headon, MMR

Jim Gore, MMR will take you on an amazing journey into building with Styrene. This clinic will cover the construction of a basic scratch built structure using Styrene. We will be building a shed based upon a George Sellios (FSM) design. This could be a garage or a shed on just about any model railroad. He will cover tools and techniques and some detailing and weathering ideas for Styrene in general.

Required Tools:

  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” or larger
  • # 1 Xacto knife with new #11 blades
  • Fine-pointed pencil (mechanical pencil is best)
  • Extra new #11 blades
  • Sanding sticks
  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” (or larger is fine)
  • Fine-tipped forceps (“tweezers” not a hemostat)
  • Scale rule (metal, if possible)
  • #2 or smaller stiff-bristled brush
  • Fine sandpaper 400 to 600 grit
  • File card OR a metal-bristled brush (usually used for cleaning files and removing rust) [sometimes called a “metal toothbrush]

MWTM - Weathering Rolling stock with oil-water base artist paints & other products

Clinic Number: M2181

Scale:  HO & N

Date:   Monday July 31, 2017

Time: 7pm to 10:30pm
Price: $35

Lead Instructor: Clark Kooning, MMR; assisted by Peter Youngblood, MMR, Fred Headon, MMR, & Jim Gore, MMR

Clark Kooning, MMR and the MWTM team will provide you with the knowledge to look at the prototype for weathering ideas on freight cars. Then they will show you how using primarily oil-water base artist paints you can weather your own cars   You will be shown how to choose, mix and apply the artist medium to your models to create your own realistic weathering. In addition, they will be discussing  how an airbrush is also important in this process. We will also discuss the different types of other weathering products you may also choose to use in addition to the primary application of primarily oil-water base artist paints.

Required Tools:

  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Each Student is responsible to bring his or her own cars for weathering. We ask you to bring 2 cars a Modern Box car and a covered hopper.  Participants must drop off both cars on Sunday night for prepping by staff!!!
  • Assorted Paint brushes 1/8 flat, 1/4 flat ½ flat ½ fan brush ¾ fan brush - Must be made for oil paints.
  • Fiberglass Eraser (small pencil style) Micro Mart carries this Item #14259
  • 12” Steel ruler graduated in scale feet (for your scale)
  • Toothpicks
  • Emery boards (the ones women use to file their nails)
  • Sanding stick
  • 3 (000) Sable paint brush (may be called Natural paint brush)
  • Plastic Paint pallet (Michael’s Artist's Loft™ Fundamentals™ Palette & Knives Set Item# 10122055)

MWTM - Introduction Plastic Structures & Painting with Acrylics & Pan Pastels – A Two Part Clinic (Part B)

Clinic Number: M3182
Scale:  HO Only

Date:   Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Time:  8am to 11:30

Lead Instructor: Fred Headon, MMR & Clark Kooning, MMR; assisted by Peter Youngblood, MMR & Jim Gore MMR

Prerequisites: YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN PART “A” on Monday, July 31, 2017

Fred Headon, MMR will take you through the steps of building a Plastic Structure for the first time.  This is a great project for those who are new to building structures as well as for those who have lots of experience. This clinic is not just about building a plastic structure kit; it is also about new ways of painting these types of plastic kits.  This is a two (2) part clinic.  In the first clinic session you will assembly the project kit and apply the basic primer paint as a foundation. Due to the need for drying time, there must be a Part Two for this clinic.  In Part Two you will be taught to use Acrylics or craft type paint plus the use of Pan Pastels as a whole new way of painting a structure. You will be amazed at what you can do simply with a brush and a sponge. You will be assisted by 3 other MMRs during your hands on-experience.

 

You must have taken Part A of this clinic to participate.

Required Tools:

  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” or larger
  • #1 Xacto knife with NEW #11 blade
  • Extra new #11 blades
  • #1 Xacto with a NEW #17 blade
  • Metal cutting edge (scale rule will work)  
  • Tweezers – straight tip, hooked tip
  • Sanding stick and/or flat files                                  
  • Micro-brushes
  • 3 or 4 small (approximately 2.5 oz.) weights
  • Paint brushes - #2 flat tip bristles, (#000 flat tip or pointed tip bristles)
MWTM - “Scenery by the Square Foot” – A Two Part Clinic (Part B)

Clinic Number: M3183
Scale:  N-HO-S-O

Date:   Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Time:  12:30pm to 4:30 pm

Lead Instructor:  Peter Youngblood, MMR assisted by Clark Kooning, MMR, Jim Gore MMR and Fred Headon, MMR

Prerequisites: This is a two-part clinic.  You pay one fee of $55 but must attend Part A and Part B to complete this clinic.  Part A of this clinic is on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Introduction to Model Railroad scenery…. Learn basic scenery techniques applicable to all scales using readily available commercial products.  In one square foot, you’ll build and contour land forms using layers of foam insulation board. Next you’ll apply ground cover materials, make a pipe drainage culvert, ballast a short segment of HO scale track, create a gravel country road, make several trees, install a grade crossing and add a trickle of water to the culvert. 

You must have taken Part A of this clinic to participate.

Required Tools:

  • #1 Xacto knife
  • #11 & #17 Xacto blades
  • #1433 Woodland Scenics Foam Knife w/blade
  • #ST 1432 Woodland Scenics Foam Nails
  • #S912 Woodland Scenics Sprayer Bottle
  • 12” Metal Ruler graduated in inches
  • Small pointed tweezer
  • 2 Paint brushes (#3 and ½” flat)
  • Emery Boards (the ones women use to file their nails)
  • Small scissor
  • Self-healing cutting mat 8 1/2” x 12” (or larger is fine)
  • ½” clear Scotch Tape
  • 1 Pack Handi-Wipes
MWTM - Introduction to Laser Kits

Clinic Number: M3213
Scale:  HO, N, S & O ($10 additional for S & O Scales)

Date:   Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm to 11 pm
Price:  $48 for HO & N Scale

            $58 for S & O Scale

Lead Instructor: Fred Headon, MMR; assisted by Peter Youngblood, MMR, Clark Kooning, MMR and Jim Gore, MMR

Fred will take you through the steps of building a Laser Kit for the first time. Laser-cut wood is now used to create an array of precision-cut kits with parts ranging from walls with door and window openings cut ever-so-accurately to extremely fine window mullions.  All parts fit perfectly (even in multiple layers) allowing the resulting structure to appear like a scratch-build model.  Our project will involve a bunkhouse that could also serve as a storage shed on your model railway. You will be assisted by 3 other MMRs during your hands-on experience.

Required Tools:

  • Self-healing cutting mat 81/2” x 12” or larger
  • NEW #17 blade in an Xacto knife
  • Metal cutting edge (scale rule will work)
  • NEW single-edge razor blade
  • NEW #11 blade in an Xacto knife
  • Tweezers – straight tip, hooked tip
  • Sanding stick and/or flat file
  • 3 or 4 small (approximately 2.5 oz.) weights
  • Paint brushes - #2 flat tip bristles
  • (#000 flat tip or pointed tip bristles)
  • Right angle square
  • Corner clamps (Rite-way clamp type or magnet type)
  • Toothpicks or pointed glue applicator
  • Brass or copper tube (scale appropriate diameter) for a smoke stack

MWTM - Introduction to Building Your Own Turnouts

Clinic Number: M4214
Scale:  HO, HOn3, N, S, Sn3 & On30 ($10 Additional for S, Sn3 and On30 Scales)
Date:   Wednesday Aug 2, 2017
Time:  8am to 1pm
Price: $48 for HO, HOn3 & N Scale
            $58 for S, Sn3 & On30 Scale

Lead Instructor: Clark Kooning, MMR, assisted by Fred Headon, MMR; Peter Youngblood, MMR and Jim Gore, MMR

This clinic is about using a commercial product to build turnouts.  Clark Kooning, MMR will be on hand to teach you how to use Fast Tracks products to build your very own scratch built turnout. It is easier than you think and can save you a lot of money as well as the enjoyment of building your own turnouts. An no commercial turnout can match there percussion.

Required Tools:

  • Cutting mat (should be of reasonable size. This is a must have item)
  • 10” new sharp Flat Mill file (This is a must item! Make sure it’s new!)
    • This should be a fine file, not coarse.
  • Triangular needle file
  • Small Needle nose pliers
  • Short power bar (must bring)
    • 4' or longer cord (we use these to string power to each modeler if outlets are limited)
  • Tweezers                
  • A Sharpie Marker (medium tip)
  • Xuron Rail cutters (This is a must have item)
  •  A small soldering iron of 25 to 35 watts for N scale, Requires 35 watt for HO or larger.
    • Make sure your iron has a pencil type tip.  Recommend WELLER model WP35. (This is a must have item)
    • Make sure you tip is new, clean and works.
  • NMRA Track Gauge (if available in your scale)
  • 1 set of free rolling trucks
    • Ensure these trucks are in gauge!
Note a complete Tool Kit for this clinic is available for sale by Fast Tracks at http://www.handlaidtrack.com/clinic