CMT Chinook Siding Newsletter January 2017

  • Hello CMT Members: 2017 activities are listed below. There is long line of events starting with the February 11-12 CMRS Layout Tour weekend through to the June 7-10 PNR meet in Spokane.

If you are interested in LAYOUT DESIGN then the March 4th Proto meet will be of special interest to you. Details appear below


  • Maybe you didn’t know about the  BIG news:

The 6th Division is hosting a meet in Red Deer during the long May 24thweekend.  Advertised dates are May 19-21

(Friday-Sunday). More details to follow. So get your model entries, get your photo entries ready, clear you timetable, tell the wife and get ready!  There have been just Twoprevious 6th Division Meets that were held in Red Deer: 1965 saw formation of the 6th Division and again in 1967 for a 6th Division Meet.



The annual CMT Modeling Participation was announced in December, 2016. This year the theme is: “A Flat Car with A Load”. The flat car can be the conventional type or even a bulk-end flat. The load is one that I want you to use your modeling skills to create. Please, do not just buy a load a slap it on the flatcar, be creative and make one! This has never been a contest and if you bring for “show-and-tell” entry, CMT will give you a $10 gift card to Trains And Such. The builder will be asked to give a description of work involved in his entry. Completion should be at the March Business Meeting. If you have any other questions, please contact Dale.



CMT does have an active website ( Teagon Murray used to handle this site and has even though due to work conditions he is not as active as I’m sure he wished he could be but even with this time limitation he has kept up our site. Now, Sean Reilly is working to keep the site active and up to date. I’ve had a look at it, it is really neat! This is our (CMT) window to the work, many messages arrive each year asking about the club (these are not brought to the attention of the membership but Teagon alerts the President who usually responds to the inquiry).  This site is available for members to do different things: maybe you want to sell something, you can do it here. Do you have a project that you want to tell the world about, you can do it here. Please contact Sean for more details. 



Previous to our October 29 OPEN HOUSE, the excess number of boxes and moculesin our layout room was going to make movement of our members and visitors difficult hence Ron offered temporary use of one of his utility trailers for storage purposes. Since then, CMT has become the proud owner of our own utility trailer. Ron Sauer alerted CMT to a smokin’ deal, a 2016 model trailer which has been sitting on Rons property. Two weeks ago CMT members were asked to please help transfer those boxes and modulesinto our trailer so Ron could use his unit again. I was unable to attend (working at the Foodbank) but on December 21, I hope members to did so. I’ve not heard how events went, probably will do so at the January Business Meeting.


 CMT Room Expansion:

Over the Christmas break Garth Praestagaard and Charles Gilbarth have been busy with room renovations expanding CMT another 300 square feet. I’ve attached 2 photos, the first as the walls were being moved around and the 2nd shows the result.


 December 21 2016

December 21 2016

 January 4 2017

January 4 2017

LAYOUT DESIGN CONSULTATIONS - Calgary Prototype Modeller’s Meet Saturday March 4, 2017

Layout Design Special Interest Group Director and Secretary Cal Sexsmith will be offering Layout Design consultations at the Calgary Prototype Modeller’s Meet Saturday March 4, 2017.

Four ½ hour sessions will be offered at the following times:

·         10:45 am to 11:15 am

·         11:30 am to 12:00 Noon

·         2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

·         3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Advance sign up is recommended and consultations will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Measurements or a sketch of your space is essential along with some idea of what type of layout you want. This could include:

·         Scale and gauge.

·         Mainline, switching or both.

·         Continuous run or point to point.

·         Era and prototype(s).

·         Duckunders – yes, no or maybe.

·         Single deck or double deck.

·         What type or trains do you want to run?

Other useful, but optional information could include the following:

·         Any design sketches that you have come up with.

·         Other layout designs done by others that appeal to you.

·         Specific features you would like to include such as:

o   Engine terminals

o   Passenger terminals

o   Large industries/industry types

o   Large bridges/tunnels

o   Rail/Marine operations.

o   Urban vs. Rural

·         Prototype information such as maps, track charts, photographs, employee timetables.






February 11, 12: CMRS Layout Tours

February 4-5, Olds:  2017 Olds Model Train, Hobby and Craft Show, sponsored by the Mountain View Model Railroad Club. FGH Gymnasium at Olds College 4500-50th St. Sat 10-5 and Sun 10-4. Admission $5.00 per person, children 5 and under are free. Info:- Rick Astle 403-556-8121 or email

February 25-26, Saskatoon: All Aboard 2017, Western Development Museum 2610 Lorne Ave. Saturday 9-5:00, Sunday 9-4:30. Layouts, Vendors, and Consignment Tables. Info:-

March 3-4, Calgary: Railroad Prototype Modellers Meet, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 703 Heritage Drive SW. Friday 7pm - 9 pm - Hands-on Decoder Installation Clinic, pre-registration required, $15. Saturday 9am - 4pm - Show and Tell to share modelling ideas, four clinics, raffle tickets for displaying your models. For further information, updates, and Friday Clinic pre-registration, please contact: Dave Audley, 403-275-1869

March 5 (Sun), Calgary:  CMRS Spring Mini Meet. Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE (corner of Glenmore Trail & Odgen Road, SE). 11:00 (following CMT Flea Market). Several clinics , along with Show and Tell.

March 5 (Sun), Calgary: CMT Annual Flea Market, Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE (corner of Glenmore Trail & Odgen Road, SE). 8:30 to 10:30 (Followed by CMRS Spring mini-meet). Time to start putting aside those items you no longer need so that you can buy more stuff that you do need! Tables are $20 each, half tables can be booked for $10. To book a table, contact Brookes Harrow at or 403-201-4937.

March 18-19, Lethbridge: Southern Alberta Model Railway Club Open House at the expanded club building in Gyro Park, 15th Street and 10th Avenue A South. 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM both days. Info:- or Bill Smienk 403 328-4244 Lethbridge

March 25-26, Moose Jaw: Train Show. Sponsored by the Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club. Western Development Museum, 50 Diefenbaker Drive. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults which then provides full access to the show and all museum exhibits. There is no charge for show participants or vendors who may rent tables for a small fee. Info:-

April 1-2, Prince Albert: Prince Albert Model Train & Hobby Show at the Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club. info:-

April 1 (Sat), Edmonton:  MMRF Spring Swap Meet: Central Lion's Senior Citizens Recreation Centre 11113 113 St. 9AM-Noon, Admission $3. Info:- Ric Francoeur, Ph. 780-458-1032

April 22-23, Calgary: SUPERTRAIN 2017 Canada's Biggest and Best Annual Model Train Show; 9 AM to 5 PM both days. Genesis Centre, 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE, Calgary. FREE PARKING at Genesis Centre and McKnight-Westwinds C-Train Station with free shuttle. Adult - $15, under 16 - free. Over 70,000 sq. ft. of operating layouts, exhibits and displays, railroad artists, hobby shops, model manufacturers, demonstrations, clinics, museums and railroad historical associations, Lego and Thomas Play Area, garden railways, ride-on trains, and much more. Info:- or email to

May 6-7, Regina:  REGINA RAILFEST, Tartan Curling Club, 1464 Broadway Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan. 20,000 square feet for layouts, displays, exhibits, and vendors. Info:- Tyler Smith,

May 19-21: Red Deer, AB C&E Express, the 6th Division’s Spring Meet. Watch the PNR website Events       page for more details as they are confirmed. This is the annual 6th Division Meet for the long                           weekend in May

June 7-10: Spokane: SPOKANE FALLS EXPRESS 2017 Pacific Northwest Region Convention. Hotel                     information is now posted; phone reservations are now being accepted at 1-800-RED-LION;  use "Spokane Falls Express" as the Group Code. The registration process for the 2017 PNR                                 Convention is now open on the SFX 2017 website. Info:



And to finish off this edition, I received a late night call (Thursday, January 5, 2017) from Normand Croteau, member of CMT that has moved back home to Trois Rivieres, Quebec. We talked for about ½ hour. We talked about club activities, our new home and its expansion and what some of the members are uo to. His phone number is 819-698-7930 (  He wants CMT to know that he is watching us through our web site for our activities and news.