Island Rails 2017 – MFMR Convention

Logo-2017Island Rails 2017 – MFMR Convention – will be held May 26th – 28th, 2017 in Summerside, PEI at Slemon Park (formerly CFB Summerside). Everything is within a two minute walk from the hotel.  The restaurant and clinic location is right across the street and the public show is two minutes away in the Atlantic Police Academy Gymnasium.

Visit our accommodations page to book you room – http://islandrails.ca/accommodations/

Our online Registration and downloadable form is now live on our website at http://islandrails.ca/registration/

Our Facebook page is set up at https://facebook.com/islandrails2017 and we will use it to post updates as frequently as possible.

Things are slowly coming together at this point but the frequency of update should increase as we get closer to Convention time.

Turnouts 101

turnout

This post goes along with the Turnout clinic that Chris Mears, Taylor Main, and Scott Jay presented at the 1st (hopefully annual) Maritime Prototype Modelers Meet held on June 27, 2015.  It is not necessary to have attended the clinic in order to learn how to build a turnout – this page should provide the resources anyone would need to learn how to build a turnout on their own.

Everyone has their own processes and methods for making turnouts.  Here are links to 3 step by step guides…

Chris Builds a Turnout Taylor’s Method Scott’s Process

 


Fast Tracks (www.handlaidtrack.com) is a great Canadian company that provides supplies and tools for the turnout maker.  They provided lots of complimentary supplies for the clinic.  Thanks Fast Tracks!

Their point form tool was used quite a lot during the clinic.  You can file frogs and points by hand but it is time consuming and difficult to get an accurate angle.  The point form tool makes it a simple task that is easily reproducible.  Fast Tracks have other tools to make the process of building turnouts much easier.

Rail soldered to PC board ties ensures they will remain in gauge for a lifetime.  Fast Tracks has a wide assortment of PC ties, wood ties, and rail of all gauges.

The turnouts during the clinic were assembled over paper templates but if you wish you could purchase a turnout jig (called assembly fixtures) from Fast Tracks that makes it a lot simpler to assemble a turnout.  The jig has slots where ties and rail fit in to maintain gauge and should make the process a lot quicker.  They only work for one size of turnout (both right and left) and are relatively expensive though so would be most economical if you had several of the same size turnouts to build.

DVD’s were provided by Fast Tracks for the clinic.  If you did not get one you can view all the videos on their YouTube Channel.


Other links coming soon!

Convention 2015 – Apple Blossom Special – Wrap up

sponsorsIt is just under a week since the wrap up of the 2015 MFMR Convention and on behalf of the organizing committee, we wanted to officially say a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who participated.

Our main sponsors “Maritime Hobbies and Crafts” and “Don’s HO Service” were fantastic. Our Clinicians Pierre Lanctot, Luc Nowlan, Weston Rhodinizer, Tim Hayman and Dave Gunn presented exceptional discussions on a variety of topics. Thanks to Dan Conlin for a wonderful keynote speech at the banquet on the “DAR in Colour”. Thank you to all the groups that set up layouts for the Public Show and also thanks to all the vendors who were present during the day as well, the public had a great time! Thanks to Marc Hemphill and Brady for the work on the Model Contest, the entries were awesome.

Our organizing committee was made up of George Webster, Dave Chiasson, Andrew Reid and Brady Rhodenizer. Also thanks to their partners Anne, Hazel and Tory for all of their help and support. Thanks to Jim Taylor for the wine. A Big thank You to our Benders Layout operating crew on Saturday: Al Gillis, Gary Miller and Dave Howard. Thanks to Wayne MacDonald for helping out at the registration desk on Saturday.

And of course thank you to all the Delegates and Banquet attendees, you made the Convention a success!

If I have missed anyone, I sincerely apologize.. Thank you everyone and see you all next year in Saint John!

Jeff Skaling

Narragansett Bay Railway & Navigation Company Video

“Narragansett Bay Railroad, NS division, layout in full display and operation at the Dartmouth Sportsplex Show held on 22-23 Nov 2014.​ The assembled layout covered 713 square feet with 104 feet of running track.

Our next show will be held at the Shearwater Aviation Museum Annual Spring Hobby Show in Dartmouth 11-12 April 2014”

Andrew Castle in MRH

AndrewCastle-MRHAndrew Castle has an article in the October, 2014 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist on-line magazine.

“I saw my first blue-painted Pam Am Railways locomotives on a 2011 trip to New England. During a stop in Waterville ME I saw MEC 610 waiting to depart with a southbound road freight, I only had time for a quick snapshot of the train, but further railfanning trips to New England convinced me I needed to model one of these units.”

You can read the article by clicking the image at the right, or download the PDF here.  Then skip to page 67.

THE MFMR IS ON FACEBOOK!

facebook_like_button_big1The MFMR now has a Facebook page! Search for Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders or click the like button on the left to find our page.  Please post anything you would like to share with your fellow model railroaders in the Maritimes.

Update on the Dartmouth Model Railway Club – April, 2014

This is an informal update on DMRC. As many local modelers probably know, our president, Ed Preeper, passed away at the end of July 2011.

The members are continuing with construction of a new layout which has been up and running for a couple of years. We are continuing to add structures and scenery to the layout.

However, our number of members is relatively low so, a few more new members (adult: 16+) would be most welcome. Any help the Federation can give to publicizing this opportunity to modelers in Dartmouth/HRM will be appreciated.

Please contact David Stredulinsky (daveatstredulinskydotca) for more information.

Thank you.

History of the Transcontinental Railway

Jeff and I received a request from a teacher and one of her students from Indiana.  We don’t normally add links to our site I think we can make an exception in this case.  They provided us with a great link on the history of the railway in North America, although it is primarily American railroads.

Here is the message we received…

Hello Jeff and Scott and greetings from Indiana and Ms. Ward's classroom!

I hope you don't mind me contacting you both like this! I'm currently working 
with my class to help revamp our class website with lots of new sections and 
information for students, parents, educators, etc. (in desperate need of an 
update). One of my students, Carrie, came across your page,
http://mfmr.ca/links/nova-scotia-groups/ while searching for resources for our 
Hobbies page and found some great information there that we will most likely be 
using on my site.

As part of our project, the kids are required to find and share a resource with 
the folks that we have borrowed information from for "using their stuff," as one 
student put it (haha). Carrie thought that this resource would go well on your 
site:

"The History of the Transcontinental Railroad"
http://www.upack.com/moving-west-the-history-of-the-transcontinental-railroad/

My hope is that if you find it useful at all, you might consider posting it 
along with the other link resources on your site. When I am able to show the 
kids that someone posted their suggestion, it really acts as a mini-motivator 
and keeps them excited and engaged in the project (which is obviously awesome).

Anyway, if you are able to post it just shoot me an email and let me know so 
I can show her and her group, and thanks ahead of time for playing a small role 
in this project.

Thanks so much!

Ms. Deborah Ward (and Carrie)

For more information about the history of railroading in North America have a look at this – http://www.moverscorp.com/american_railroad_history/

MFMR Member in the News

Will Lawrence was in the local newspaper – The Enfield Weekly Press. Posted on January 9, 2013 Abby Cameron

Maitland- Who doesn’t love trains; those big lumbering pieces of machinery with the rhythmic clacking, their lonesome whistle as they move on to parts unknown. However, some train enthusiasts have trains that will whistle, and have the rhythmic clacking, but they do not travel very far.

Will Lawrence of Maitland loves to build train models…

Read the whole story…

Jason Shron Visits the Maritimes

Jason (Rapido Trains Inc.) with David (the organizer of the 2013 MFMR Convention – Jitney Special)

Jason Shron of Rapido Trains Inc. visited the Maritimes this past summer.  He recently made a blog post about his trip and some of the local modelers he visited. He includes photos of his visits with Duane Porter at the Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum, his layout visits with Andrew Castle and Dave Gunn, his stay at the Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche, and the New Brunswick Railway Museum with Ian Dryden and Art Clowes.

He even put in a plug for our Convention this spring.  His post is definitely worth a read!

Click the image at the right or click here to read his post.