CMT Chinook Siding - September 2013

(51-02’26.78”N, 114-02’59.92”W, elev. 3432 feet)



 Sept 8 (Sun): Victoria, BC Victoria's Annual Model Railway Show 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. New Location: Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre (West Shore Parks & Recreation) 1767 Island Highway, Colwood, B.C. Adults $6; Family $12; Youth 11-16 $3; Children under 8 FREE when accompanied by an adult. Info:- Ted Alexis, 250-595-4070,

Sept 15 (Sun): Missoula, MT 33rd Annual Train Show and Swap Meet, 10 AM to 4 PM, Big Sky High School, 3100 South Ave., West. Admission $3 for adults, children and under free. Info:- MMRC Show, P.O. Box 2315, Missoula, MT 59806-2315 or call Mike or Elaine Brown at 406-543-6123

 Sept 21-22: Sherwood Park, AB 2013 Great Edmonton Model Train Show, 10 AM - 5 PM, *NEW LOCATION* Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way in Sherwood Park. Info:  trainshow@mmrf.ab.ca

Sep 28-29: Calgary, AB Railway Days at Heritage Park. 9:30am-5:00pm.


October 5-6: Lynden, WA Lynden Lions Club 29th Annual International Model Train Show. Sat 9-5,  Sun 10-4. Admission: Adults $6; Family (up to 6) $20;  Seniors  $5; 6-12 $4; under 6, free with an adult.


October 20:  CMRS Fall Mini-Meet and AGM, Glenmore Inn, Calgary.  Details follow in this newsletter.

Oct 26-27Red Deer Model Railroad Show. Westerner Park in the Harvest Center, 4847A - 19th St.  Red Deer. Sat: 10AM-5PM; Sun: 10AM-4PM. $5.00 per person, children 5 and under are free. Info: Gord Sylvester, 403-986-3866,

November 8-10:  “Trains 2013” Railway Meet and Public Show, Burnaby, B.C.

June 18-21, 2014: PSX2014, PNR Meet. Details follow in this newsletter.

 July 14-July 20 (2014)NMRA National Convention and National Train show, Cleveland, Ohio



After   48 years, Fine Scale Miniatures is retiring from manufacturing HO craftsman   kits. Therefore, "The Jamestown Water Stop" will be my very last   kit. I now want to spend more of my time maintaining and operating my   Franklin & South Manchester Railroad, along with other interests. I would   like to thank all my FSM customers and fans throughout the years. I hope my   kits have given you a lot of enjoyment and modeling pleasure. Thanks again,   George Sellios



CMT 75th ANNIVERSARY  CLUB CARS:  Al  Matchett  tells me that production has started over the summer at ACCURAIL so I have to assume production has started and that our deadline should not be a problem. If you have any  memorabellia (spelling??) from your time at CMT and wish to display for our Open House, please let Dale know. 

 HERITAGE PARK RAILWAY DAYS:  Over the summer I sent in the required paperwork so we can participate. Setup can start after noon Friday, September 27 and teardown starts at 5pm on Sunday, September 29. Gary has acquired the use of necessary transportation to move the modules. As in past years, following the September Business Meeting, the modules are usually setup for a shakedown and check into their use.

Please get your photos ready for the Railway Days Photo  Contest . During the summer I sent you the required form and the same is also available on the Heritage Park Home Page, just go to Railway Days information.  Deadline for submissions is between September 13-24.

We will need manpower during the weekend and to CMT will offset meal pricing as outlined. A few members have indicated their willingness to help setup/teardown but just a handful have offered to actually help during the weekend. If you can spare3 or more hours either day please let Harvey know.

KIRBY CENTRE PRESENTATION:  Vlad Maritiu and Paul Douglas will be at Kirby Centre presenting a fine ½ hour presention of CMT and Model Railroading in general and CMT in particular. I will be looking for a report (written) or oral at the October Business Meeting.

NMRA CONVENTIONS:   I’ve been to several of the National Conventions and they are always fun and I always get my monies worth.  In fact for those not aware, Calgary was the site of the 1979 NMRA Convention. CMT and all members played a vital part in that meet 

The 2013 Peachtree Convention held in Atlanta, July14-20. In the NMRA magazine following the Peachtree Convention, NMRA President said in his Post Convention wrap-up column:” The (modeling) contest was inspiring as always. There were not enough entries, but the quality level was very high”.

So you don’t think your modeling skills are up to entering a model? Consider this true story from a PNR Convention that was held in Calgary in the mid 1980’s. There were no entries in the Freight Car category so the PNR President at the time went to Trains and Such, bought an Athearn 40 foot boxcar kit, quickly assembled it in his Hotel Room, then entered it into the Contest Model. There were no other entries in this category so he won FIRST PLACE.  

My point is encourage you to at least enter a model into a Convention. I am not a “ribbon chaser” but if one comes along then what the heck, I’ll take it home, I’m no dummy!   I’ve been to lots of meets where the same story is just about the same.

There are a lot of great models being built at CMT. Go ahead, ask the person who built that model (engine, structure) how he did it!   Ask the person doing some scenery how he did it!  You are the person benefitting from another persons experience. Ask how a person did that great weathering job what methods were used.

There is a great opportunity coming up on October 20th for you to participate in a Show and Tell session, part of the CMRS Minimeet and AGM. Details about this area are in this newsletter seen below.

There may be another Model railroad Convention next March in Calgary. Here is your chance to “get your feet wet” in terms of model competition. Judges will not bite your head off, rather give great adse on making you and your model  better, and we call use some encouragment and  improvement.

And if that’s not enough Convention news, plan to attend PSX2014, details are in this newsletter. Tacoma is near Calgary sp go with a friend (and take an entry).

The 2015 NMRA Convention will be held in Portland, Oregon from August 23-30. Their website is:    Here is your chance to look forward to attending.  Why not car-pool and share Hotel room expenses with a friend, that’s what I’ve done in recent years, I can’t afford to go alone.  I have a rule in attending any meet: For all the work that organizers go through to pull one of these events off, it is the least I can do but to take an entry of some sort so I usually take a photo, model, diorama and sometimes all 3. Same holds true for the Heritage Park Photo Contest.  There are 2 main types of model categories,  Scratchbuilt and Kit. That’s right, Kits!  The present contest rules allow the entry of kits. Rules can be found on the NMRA Home page.  



 CMRS Minimeet and AGM, Sunday October 20th

The Minimeet and AGM will be held at the Glenmore Inn on October 20th. This is a brief announcement of the clinics. Please check the CMRS website about mid-September for full details of the clinics.

In the morning, GREG CAVE will present a clinic on YARD DETAILS. This will include all the clutter, buildings and somewhat abandoned rolling stock typically found in yards. BRIAN KEAY will present a clinic on NEW WEATHERING TECHNIQUES that do not involve airbrushing. Instead, he will discuss the use of new materials such as gouache (watercolour paints) applied with cosmetic sponges. PETER BOUMA’s clinic will discuss ways of DISTRESSING, WEATHERING AND PAINTING PLASTIC to make it look more like wood. Finally, ROGER WALKER will attempt to KEEP THINGS SQUARE – tips on assembling plastic and wooden kits to be sure walls are square, windows neatly cut out, etc.

While all of this is going on, the SHOW AND TELL room will be open. Please plan to bring some models to share with all the attendees.

After the AGM, there will be two functions in the afternoon. DAVE BEDARD will present a clinic based on CHOOSING THE RIGHT DECODER – which is right for you, what they can do and the advantages and disadvantages of using ones that can be programmed from your computer. And BRIAN KEAY will present a continuation of his morning clinic, in a hands-on format. With a limit of about 20 participants, Brian will supply brushes, sponges and paints (you supply an appropriate car), and you can go to it under Brian’s watchful eye.

Hope to see you on October 20th

Roger Walker.

PSX 2014 Tacoma Progress Continues

The Fourth Division guys have put it together and are moving forward with a "knock Out" convention for 2014.

The convention will run from Wednesday June 18, through Saturday June 21. Prototype activities planned are an all day visit to Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad, and half day tours at Tacoma Rail, and Snoqualmie Pass.Non rail activities will include the Chihuly Glass Museum, LeMay Car Museum, Natural History Museum including the PSMRE layout, and Boeing Museum of Flight. Layout tours during the convention will include self drive outing to the Olympia area, Tacoma, and the Kitsap Penninsula. There will be a number of layouts open and availabe for visits during the pre and post convention periods.

The convention site is the LaQuinta Inn in Tacoma, adjacent to the Tacoma Dome and with immediate access to I-5. The basic web site is up with some information about the major tours that will be offered. The team has worked hard to schedule the tours so all will availabe to attendees. Keep in mind that, as with previous PNR conventions, the primary tours will be limited capacity and we expect them to sell out early. When we open registration, it will be important to get your registration in and to purchase your tour tickets early. There will be a separate alert message when the Regisrtration process is openned.

Mt Rainer tour is scheduled for all day on Thursday and includes a train ride (what else), torur of the site, and a special lunch. Tacoma rail is scheduled for Friday morning and Snoqualmie for Friday afternoon.

You can visit the  web site  at:     PSX 2914 Tacoma