Clinics are a vital part of any convention; why not consider doing a clinic this year and share some knowledge you have with your fellow model railroaders. It does not have to be elaborate or flashy but informative for others. So think of a topic that interests you and create a presentation. So we can do planning, if you willing to do a clinic, please drop me an email with the topic and brief outline.   Plans are not to copy and distribute the handout material but to have them all on a USB Flash drive which all attendees will receive.

Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway

A Fresh Look at the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway – Presented by Jeff Young.

In Ontario’s north Muskoka lakes region, for a period of 54 years, there existed a charming narrow gauge railway that was only a mile and a half in length. Promoted as “The smallest commercially operated railway in the world”, the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway served as a vital link between two steamboat routes carrying tourists and supplies to the Lake of Bays, plus tanbark and cut lumber to Peninsula Lake (and on to Huntsville). The railway’s other unique claim to fame was that is was completely re-gauged during its lifetime to accommodate replacement of the locomotive fleet.

In the course of preparing their new book, The Portage Railway: An Illustrated History of the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway, Jeff Young and Peter Foley have uncovered a wealth of new information and photographs. The presentation will highlight their discoveries about this fascinating little railway.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 11 AM.

A Travelling Toolbox for the Craftsman Modeller

Presented by Ron Guttman

Ron Guttman

I’ve been a scratch-builder for more than 40 years and demonstrating these skills at train shows for almost as long. My challenge was always bringing the right tools for the project I was working on and over the years this translated into several different strategies including both commercial rolling tool boxes and shop built portable “desks”. This all changed in 2003 at the Maple Leaf Limited national convention in Toronto when I was introduced to the idea of a miniature chop saw. Once I purchased one, I found my modeling style and strategy changed and I HAD to take that saw along to the shows I was attending. And this led to the development of the toolbox system I will describe in this clinic.
The project was just featured in the 2018 On30 Annual.
Follow along as I take you through the design and construction of this toolbox system so that you can take your model building on the road with you!

Clinic will be on Saturday at 2 PM.


Presented by CHRIS LYON

Chris Lyon is the Superintendent of the Saint Lawrence Division. He is an avid model railroader and likes all aspects of the hobby. About 12 years ago, he had a dream to build a railroad in his basement. This presentation takes you through the many steps he took to create the layout: from benchwork, to trackplan, then scenery and operations. There are many techniques employed to create the final product and some of these will be shared which may help you progress and achieve success.

Visit and click on the video links to see more model railroads in the NFR and beyond.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 3 PM.

Prototype Based Modelling – Case study: CNR Lindsay

Presented by Greg Stubbings

Greg has been an active model railroader and railfan starting in his early years with a Hornby Triang train set and gradually taking over his father’s HO layout in the basement of his parent’s home in Lindsay. Lindsay was a division point for CNR’s secondary branch lines in central Ontario. The Haliburton sub-division was only a few hundred feet away from Greg’s childhood home and was a constant source of fascination. Lindsay also hosted a number of steam excursions that featured CNR 6167, 6218 and 6060 – that sealed the deal! Over the years, Greg has continued to collect photographs of the lines that ran out of Lindsay, employee timetables, locomotives and rolling stock typical of the area. Greg has also scratchbuilt models of a number of structures and kit-bashed many others to create a credible 1957 theme for his layout. Following 30 years of service with Agriculture Canada, Greg retired and decided to tear down his layout of 22 years and replace it with some new approaches. Through Greg’s presentation, he will take us through the inspiration, prototype modelling, successes and mistakes made along the way and finish with progress of his new layout.

Greg and his wife, Anita operate a small family farm just outside of Winchester. Greg also serves as the current chair of the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 10 AM.

Making Trees

Presented by Pat Rivard

I will be presenting a clinic on how I build my trees. With this clinic I will show you the many different scenery materials that can be purchased  mostly  from local sources.  I will also show how I make my tree trunks with as much in depth detail as possible.  We will also give detailed description of the different colours of paint I use for the trunks .  So please come and enjoy this clinic, I promise you will enjoy it.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 6 PM.

The Stationary Decoder – Application and Installation of the Digitrax DS64

Presented by Graham Macdonald

Graham MacDonald

Synopsis: During the process of converting his layout from a basement operation to a museum display layout it became necessary to eliminate front of layout panels and controls, and to automate reverse loops for continuous running. The DS64 has been selected as a convenient and powerful device for automating and/or remotely controlling turnouts through LocoNet, and with block detection or other sensors. Other accessories and scenic features can also be controlled.  The device capabilities, wiring, and set up will be discussed and demonstrated.

Disclaimer: The presenter has no commercial interest in Digitrax. He is a purchaser and user only.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 5 PM.

Making Scale Model Deciduous Trees

Presented by Barry Kelly

I will show you how I make deciduous type trees using the Sedum (Autumn Joy) dried flowers.  This type of material works great for HO and O scale trees and also can be used for N scale.  These can be made to represent real scale trees up to whatever height you want which can go to 120’ or higher including O scale and they are perfect for front line trees.   This is the main material that I use to make trees for my layout and I grow them at my front porch.   I will also touch on natural ballast materials.  I have pictures and slides of the process.  If you were at the 2003 National Convention in Toronto you may have seen my clinic or an issue of Canadian Railroad Modeller a few months later.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 9 AM.

Nova Scotia Gypsum Trains

Presented by Chris Lyon

In 1954, the North Carolina based National Gypsum Company opened the largest mine in North America in Milford Nova Scotia. The raw ore was loaded into a crusher at the open pit mine and loaded into Gondolas. From the mine, the CN Gypsum Train would travel east on the Bedford Subdivision to Windsor Junction and branch off onto the Dartmouth Subdivision to Mile Post 10.1, Wright’s Cove, where the cars were backed down grade into the shoreline siding in Bedford Basin. An NGC industrial switcher pushed cuts of cars through the dumper and then conveyors would feed a large stock pile which in turn was moved periodically onto ships for transportation to wallboard plants along the eastern seaboard. To this day, CN operates weekdays repeating the endless cycle of empties and loads to and from the mine. This is an operation that would easily be adapted to any model railroad using first, second or third generation equipment. Join Chris Lyon and learn more about this interesting prototypical concept and see through his photo collection how this turn works today.

Clinic will be on Saturday at 4 PM.