CMT Chinook Siding - September 2014

You don’t know how good it is to have a home club layout is until it’s gone



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


Dale Sproule: President, Andrew Love: Past President, Treasurer and Director,

Ron Sauer: Membership, Harvey Tavener: Director, Teagon Murray: Director and Web Master



Sept. 7 (Sun), Victoria, BC:   PNR 7th Division Public Show, Victoria Model Railway Show, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Highway, Colwood, BC, 10 am - 4 pm, Adults $7, Youth (11-16) $3, Family $14, Children under 8 free with an adult. Operating layouts, vendors, displays, door prizes and more. Info: Ted Alexis (250) 595-4070

Sept. 20-21, Sherwood Park, AB. 2014 Great Edmonton Model Train Show, 10 AM - 5 PM, Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way in Sherwood Park. Layouts, displays, clinics, dealers and LEGO!,  

Sep 21 (Sun), Missoula, MT : 35th Annual Train Show and Swap Meet, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Big Sky High School, 3100 South Ave., West. Info:- Mike or Elaine Brown at 406-543-6123, or Admission $3 for adults, children 15 and under free.

Sep 26-28, Edmonton, AB:  Northern Rails 2012 OPSIG Operating weekend. Six or more operations-focused home layouts, sessions on the EMRA's Monashee Pacific. Operation-specific clinics.  Due to the limited space available, this event is invitational with spots being filled on a first come basis. Info:-,

Sep 27-28, Calgary, AB:  Railway Days at Heritage Park. 9:30am-5:00pm. Info:-

Oct 18 (Sat), Calgary, AB:  Boomer Auction - South Bank Short Lines Association presents the 35th Annual Boomer Auction. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 703 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary. Doors open at 09:30 for Set-up/Display/Viewing. Bring your Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Buildings, Kits, Tools, Parts, Photographs, Slides, Books and Railroadiana that you want to sell. Magazines and VHS tapes will NOT be sold. Auction starts at 11:00. Dining Car Service opens at 10:00. Adults $5, Youth 6-16 $2, under 6 free. South Bank Short Lines will charge a commission of 10% of sales. Info:-John Wrinch, (403) 281-5745,

Nov 7-9, Burnaby, BC: PNR 7th Division Meet and Public Show, Cameron Recreation Complex, 9523 Cameron St, Burnaby, BC, Public Show Nov 8 & 9, 10 am - 4 pm, Adults $10, NMRA Member $5, Youth (6-15) $5, Senior (60+) $8, Family $25, Children under 6 Free. Operating layouts, vendors, displays, contests, clinics, door prizes and more. Info:-,  

March 2015, Calgary, AB The CPM meet will likely be held. Watch for details.

May, 2015, Saskatoon, SK. There is to be 6th Division Spring Meet in May, date unknown. Watch advertising and The HIGHBALL  for details.

August 23-30: Portland NMRA National Convention

June 2016, Salmon Arm: PNR meet.

BREAKFAST WITH THE PRESIDENT continues to be successful.  Normally the Breakfast is held the Saturday just before the Monthly Business Meeting.  Next date will be Saturday, September 13 at 0930 hrs.  All members are invited to this no-host Breakfast and some members even return to CMT to do some work on the layout.  Easy was to get there: travel East on 9th Avenue just about as far as you can go, and just as you emerge from going under the CP Rail line to Edmonton, turn Left into the Truck Stop. Usually 5-7 members gather at 9:30 for Breakfast and friendship.    Should be an excellent Breakfast this time since the President will be on Holidays again.

SEPTEMBER BUSINESS MEETING:  President Sproule will be absent (Holidays) so your Executive team will run the meeting. Gain Rees is our co-cordinator for the upcoming Heritage Park Railway Days and will be firming up his final details.

HERITAGE PARK RAILWAY DAYS REPORT: Heritage Park has approved our application for CMT to participate in the 2014 Heritage Park Railway Days set for September 27-28, 2014. We requested space measuring 22’ x 22.’ This and more is available in the 2nd level of the Gunn Dairy Barn.   Gavin is our coordinator.  Trains and Such is picking up the cost of lunch for Model Rail Club members.   Don’t forget to consider attending the Saturday evening dinner.   

THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER: Remember, if you have announcements, stuff for sale or anything else send me the information to post. Maybe you want to report on a current project too? 

WEATHERING CLINIC:  Five CMT members attended on June 28 a great Participation clinic presented by Brian Keay. After viewing his HO gauge layout, he presented a 2 hour clinic on the basics using a water soluable product called Gouche. This allows you to make mistakes (and we all do) then wash them away until sealed. Part 2 I think will be in the fall and we will learn how to use “pencils” and other basics. I’ve seen how attending members have really caught on to what we learned, particularily Gary Ward. I will advise those who attended Part 1 the date of Part 2.  We were then welcomed to the home layout HO scale layout of Roger Walker for another hour. 

TACOMA REPORT:  Many of you have asked for a report from the past PNR meet in Tacoma attended by Al Matchett and myself. Registration count was 174 primary registrants, 39 family, 2 youth, and 12 single-day Registrations and a total of 10 no-shows.

SCENERY CLINIC: I’m prepared to construct a small module to become the base of an experiment on how to apply different types of scenery with a track located as part of the module. Interested members can learn how to apply plaster bandage called hard shell, then work onto the creation and use and application of rock moulds, ground cover, static grass (CMT owns a static grass applicator), and perhaps water. I think I’d like to start this clinic in October or November going in stages towards February but we’ll see how progress changes the schedule. Interested members: If you are interested in participating  please email me to confirm by mid September.

OCTOBER NIGHT RUN:  I think a Friday night in October would be the right time for a late Friday Op session without room lighting, just the light from locomotive headlights, flashlights, miners lamps and so on. Start time may be around 10 pm. I’ll elaborate more later.

PORTLAND NMRA MEET: I’m pleased to report that 4 CMT members have been asking questions  about how they can travel to Portland or what occurs at the meet and many more questions. I personally am registered. There are another 6 Calgary Modelers and 2 from Lethbridge that I hear are also thinking about attending the meet. Remember, to cut expenses travel together, maybe 4 in a van!(it’s been done before).

REQUESTS THAT MY INTEREST YOU: The public watches our  CMT web site and Teagon Murray forwarded the following 2 requests to me. I forward these to you for your consideration. I told these 2 gentlemen that I would include these requests in the next CMT newsletter.

#1: I have a fair amount of Cork, was in my Grandfather's garage. When we cleaned it out, I did not let it get tossed in garabage.  Seem's to be in good shape. If you are interested please let me know.  Robert Hulme (

#2: During the process of cleaning out my father's residence, we came across my 60's vintage Triang model railroad equipment. Just wondered if CMT knows of any group in Calgary that could give this a good new home. Please contact Gord Dobson (

CHINOOK AND HOBBY WEST CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP: Ownership Change: New owners of Chinook and Hobby West took over August 1 from Rob and Mike Ford. Jessie is the new owner, (apologies for forgetting his last name). He is 1 of 2 new owners. I don’t know too much more but go see Jess and support him. 

NMRA MERIT JUDGING AT CMT:   I’m pleased to report that Gary brought down a Walthers laser cut wooden, Macon’s kit # 933-3321 and asked me to give comments as seen from the eyes of a model judge in the NMRA-AP Program.  I gave him several positive comments on how he could improve his model with a very minimum amount of word. He agreed with all my comments and I know he will come back with a better model. Gary is considering attending the NMRA meet in Portland and he might just take his model as a contest entry or just participate in the AP Program.  Well done Gary! The offer stands for anyone else to do as Gary did.

RMC Magazine ceased operations this month, a real loss to the Hobby but not all is lost. A new owner emerges: White River Productions Acquires Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad Magazines from Carstens Publications. White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines effective Sept 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014

Founded in 1992 by Kevin Eu Daly, President, White River Productions is currently producing 22 historical society magazines plus calendars, books, and other peripheral items such as membership brochures, advertising rate cards, annual meet announcements, and ballots. The company also publishes Model Railroad News, Railroads Illustrated, Passenger Train Journal, The Railroad Press magazine, and now Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines. The company began when owner Kevin Eu Daly decided to write and publish the book Missouri Pacific Diesel Power. He produced The Eagle for the Missouri Pacific Historical Society from 1993 to 1996 and picked up the editor’s reins again for the MPHS in 2010. In between, he has edited and produced numerous historical society publications. His wife, Nadean, manages day-to-day operations at White River Production

And finally……………..Let’s not lose focus that we have a major layout to work on. The fall has arrived and many members have tackled different areas on the layout and please keep up the good work.