CMT Chinook Siding - January 2015



 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, Secretary: Al Matchett, Teagon Murray: Director and Web Master


                                                CALENDAR OF EVENTS


(SUNDAY), January 11, 2015: CMT Post Christmas Brunch Hello all: A note that I have booked a group reservation for 20 souls at the Strathmore Station Restaurant & Pub (380 Ridge Road, Strathmore) Strathmore for the annual (post) Christmas CMT Brunch for Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11 am. The food is great, the variety is really good and plentiful and your cost is $20.99 for each plate. CMT then gives back to one CMT member of a family attending $20. Please reply by return email to me ASAP just in case more than 20 will attend and I will make the necessary adjustments.  

February 7-8, Olds, Alberta: The 2015 Olds Model Train, Hobby & Craft Show sponsored by The Mountain View Model Railroad Club in The Frank Grisdale Hall Gym at Olds College. Free Parking. Show time: Saturday: 10am-5pm and then on Sunday: 10am-4pm.n Admission $5. Contact Rick Astle:

February 7: Breakfast  With The President Breakfast, 9:30 am

February 11: CMT Business Meeting

March 14, 2015, Calgary: The CPM meet will likely be held. Watch for details.


March 15, 2015: Calgary: CMRS Spring Mini Meet.   Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE (corner of Glenmore Trail & Odgen Road, SE). SPRING CMRS MINI MEET AND CMT FLEA MARKET, Vendors arrive at 8pm, setup has to be done before this. 

March 14: : Breakfast  With The President Breakfast, 9:30 am  

March 18, 2015: March CMT Business Meeting and Elections.

April 18-19, Calgary:   SUPERTRAIN. Remember:  NEW LOCATION! at the Genesis Centre,7555 Falconridge Blvd N.E. 

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

August 23-30 Portland, Oregon:  NMRA National Convention

June 2016, Salmon Arm: 2016 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, January 10 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 for Breakfast and friendship.

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

WEATHERING CLINIC: Part 2 of a Weathering Clinic presented by Brian Keay will be presented sometime after January next year. I will keep you informed.   

CMT SQUARES: Piggybacking on the success of the CMRS theme of “BOUMA SQUARES” (next item below), I’ve issued the same challenge to club members that we should have our own CMT club participation session using the same theme. Entry date is the February Business Meeting, February 11, 2015. CMT members will then have a ready - made entry  for the CMRS mini meet in March 15, 2015.

BOUMA SQUARES:   CMRS is again running what I call “Bouma Squares” Challenge starting at the upcoming fall Mini-Meet and set for completion at the March 15, 2015 Minimeet.  Peter has already cut some 5 inch squares, and also some 4x6 rectangles for more variety (sorry, you lose one square inch if you go with the 4x6). Make sure you pick one up at the Fall Minimeet, and start planning your module now.  All participants will be eligible for the gift certificate draw. Last year a $100 Gift Certificate was drawn for from all “Bouma Squares” entries.  

SUPERTRAIN: Members voted to not have the modules but member project and timesaver. CMT is now registered as a participant with our 20’ x 22’ modular display and I hope an extra display of members projects.

INCREASED INTEREST IN CONSTRUCTION ON THE LAYOUT: It’s great to see so many members working on different parts of the layout. Remember, the layout is a learning tool for you to practice for your own layouts.

FLAMES HOCKEY PARKING:   A credit towards dues of $10 per event parked is provided to members.

MORE ON THE FUTURE OF PAINTThese two (acrylic based) lines seem to be taking over the Model Railroad paint industry. Many of the Floquil colors have been renamed and included in other Testor's lines like Model Master, and I  believe Scalecoat  and Modelflex (acrylic) are still out there. But you should take the time to become familiar, and comfortable with acrylics, because that's the future...  

 Tru Color:  and Vallejo:  

JANUARY BREAKFAST WITH THE PRESIDENT: would have normally been January 10 but the  Post Christmas Brunch is being held the following day.

 There is new group (to me) in Hanna, Alberta in the former CN roundhouse called the HANNA PRESERVATION SOCIETY, “Hanna Roundhouse Society”, contact:

I see on that rail service to Sydney, NS will end at the end of December, 2014.  The bridge at Grand Narrows may come out if they rip up the line.  That is also the line that goes through Orangedale which we saw.  The line will end at Pt. Hawkesbury from Truro .


Just got a new laptop for Christmas, the boys delivered it yesterday!