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August 18, 2017
The Next Sunshine Region Convention Is
Gateway to Florida
October 22-25, 2015
Jacksonville, FL
 
Convention Hotel
Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Standard Room Rate: $99 per night
Reserve Your Room By Clicking Here
You can also call the hotel at (904) 296-2222

This rate expires on September 22, 2015 at 5pm and will not be extended!

Convention Highlights
Registration is $100 and is Now Open!
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For this convention we're changing Registration.  Our Full Fare rate now includes one Banquet Dinner so it is a "Full Fare" registration.  Full Fare is $100 and inclues Registration for all three days, all layout tours, all seminars (hands on workshops have material fees), The Celebration of Models model contest, a Continental Breakfast on Saturday morning and the Banquet on Saturday night.  Standard Registration costs $70 and includes everything above except the Banquet.  You save $8 if you select Full Fare registration.  Your Spouse's Registration is free.  They may attend both Prototype Toures and the Banquet (for a fee).  Single Day Registration costs $55 and is good for one person for Saturday Only.*

  • On Thursday Night, we'll get started with Layouts
  • On Friday, we have 2 prototype tours, one of JaxPort and one of the Genesee & Wyoming Training & Customer Service Center, Layout Tours, the Model Contest and Clinics
  • On Saturday, more Clinics, Layout Tours and the Model Contest!
  • For the Banquet, Dinner In The Diner and contest awards!  Choice of Stuffed Roast Pork or Stuffed Roasted Chicken, Mixed Green Salad from the Atlantic Coast Line with choice of dressings, Scalloped Potatoes and Fresh Garden Peas
  • Bring your Spouses! Jacksonville's Finest Shopping is only minutes away.

Operating Sessions

There will be three mini operating sessions on Thursday night. Each uses two 2 man crews. These are excellent if you're getting your feet wet with operations. The cost for a session is $5. These will fill up quickly so Register early.

JaxPort Tour

Take a tour of JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. JaxPort is America's oldest port facility; it's a 754-acre maritime terminal and is JAXPORT’s largest facility. Come take this 1½ hour tour of the port and discover how marine and rail work together. You'll need to provide us your Date of Birth and bring your Government Issued Photo ID with you. (Cost: $35)

Genesee & Wyoming Training Center and Customer Service Center

Come see how the Big Boys do it.  On this tour you'll see the G&W Training Center where they use simulators to train Engineers.  They also have a Brake Rack that simulates how brakes work for additional training.  The Customer Service Center shows how the railroad uses technology to track the movement of freight across 100 short lines in the US.  There's also a museum with artifacts from the railroad through the years.  This is a tour you don't want to miss!  (Cost: $35)

Hands On Workshops

The clinics will include three "Hands On" workshops using technology for model railroading.
  • Using Online Maps to Enhance Prototypical Layout Design requires a laptop. Each Attendee will also receive a trial copy of AnyRail Version 5. This is a 2 hour long seminar and the cost is $20.
  • Introduction to Programming Arduino Modules requires a laptop. Each Attendee will also receive an Arduino board, 2 led's and a motor. The cost is $35.
  • LED's That Enhance Your Modeling and Bring Your layout Alive requires a soldering iron, wire cutter and soldering supplies. The cost is $25.

Celebration of Models Model Contest

As always we'll have our model contest, a truely unique celebration of the best we have in model railroading. Whether youre a novice getting started in modeling or a seasoned pro, the contest is for you. Enter your model for judging or just merit awards for the Achivement Program or enter your work as a Display Only model for everyone else to see your work.
 
Clinic Schedule - Friday 10/23/2015
Clinics Subject to Change
9:00 AM
Prototype Tour - JaxPort, the Blount Island Terminal
1:45 PM
Prototype Tour - The Genesee & Wyoming Customer Service Center
Contest Technology DCC Prototype & Operations Structures
Scenery Cars Trackwork Weathering Misc.
  San Marco Mandarin Julington Ponte Vedra
7:15 PM
SSR Model Contest Entries and Rules
by Carl Smeigh
Using Online Maps to Enhance Prototypical Layout Design
by John Moran
$20 Fee
Achievement Program
by Jim Gore, MMR
Modeling the C&O - "The West Virginia Northern"
by Gail Komar, MMR and Greg Komar
8:30 PM Bringing Home the Gold
by Al Sohl, MMR
Creating Great Clinics
by Jim Gore, MMR
Making Trees
by Bob Hamm, MMR
Clinic Schedule - Saturday 10/24/2015
  San Marco Mandarin Julington Ponte Vedra
7:00 AM Contest Judge Orientation
by Carl Smeigh
     
8:15 AM SSR Board Meet & Greet Introduction to Programming Arduino Modules
by Ray Hazen
$35 Fee
FRA Railroad Requirements
by Ron Lutton
Enhancing Your Railroad Operations with DCC
by Carl Marchand
9:30 AM Scratch Building Wooden Structures from Scratch
by John Giamasi
Building a DCC Programming Track
by Dan Cioffi
Modeling the Canadian Grain Train
by Gil Thomas
10:45 AM Using Rolling Thunder
by Bob Grubba,
CEO of Broadway Limited Imports
Using Programmable RFID Tags For On-Car Waybills
by Arthur Ross
Scratchbulding a Wooden Trestle
by Jim Robertson
12:00 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Intro to Ops Sessions
by Donovan Lewis
LED's That Enhance Your Modeling and Bring Your Layout Alive
by Allen Crowley
$25 Fee
Orange Juice Industry
by Tom Wilson
Enhancing Passenger Operations
by Jim Langston
2:30 PM Using Commercial and Hand Laid Curved Turnouts
by Donovan Lewis
Model a Retaining Wall and Using Real Dirt
by Al Sohl, MMR
Using Static Grass Products
by Bob Hamm, MMR
3:45 PM My Train's Better Than Yours    
 
6:00 PM Banquet
 
Layouts
Peter White
Thursday Night 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Note: This layout is only open for those people operating on the layout.
Scale: HO gauge
Size: 12 x 13
Road name: ATSF
Period: 1969
Control: DCC
Unique Features: Focusing on Switching with additional staging
This HO layout is 12 x 13 with an additional staging yard. Peter has developed software for operations. His layout is designed for switching with a wide variety of industrial switching situations and the scenery includes many railroad related industrial buildings. Operation uses DCC and two, two person crews.
Arthur Ross
Thursday 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Scale: G gauge
Size: 20 x 20
Road name: "Egans Creek Light Railway"
Period: Modern-ish
Control: R/C Locos, Track Warrant, RFID generated Switchlists
Unique Features: RFID car tracking with displays at each town
This 20’ x 20’ indoor G scale switching layout is designed for operation using technologies you will not see in many other layouts. The newest feature is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to each freight car. They are used to identify the cars passing a location and also to show the car’s destination on a small display in each town. Most of the engines use Radio Control, and operations are guided with Track Warrants. This is a what-if layout depicting a light railway connecting with the real First Coast Railroad and serving various locations on Amelia Island.
Richard Wolf
Thursday Night 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Scale: HO gauge
Size: 9 x 13
Road name: Norther Pacific, Great Northern, Union Pacific, Milwaukee road
Period: 1950
Control: DC
Unique Features: A professionally built two level layout to display equipment from the Pacific NW.
This 9 x 13 layout was built to display HO equipment in operation.  The two level layout has double track main lines representing Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and has scenery 100% completed.  Favorite railroads represented include NP, GN, UP and Milw in the 1950’s.  Space is limited to three visitors at a time.
Jacksonville Terminal Club
Friday 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Scale: HO
Size: 26x36
Road Names: Jacksonville Terminal Railroad, Southern, Seaboard, Atlantic Coast Line, Florida East Coast
Period: 1939 - 1974
This is a club that modeled the Jacksonvile Passenger Station and surrounding areas. All Road Names that used the facility are represented.
David Orr
Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Scale: HO
Size: 10' x 35'
L&N, NC&StL, TC
Period: 1950, 1960, 1970's
Control: DC Conventional, Continuous Loop
Unique Features: Shop Area, Mine Area, Yard
This HO layout is 10 x 35 located over a garage operating an extensive fleet of detailed equipment representing the L&N, NC&StL, and TC in Eastern Kentucky in the 1950, 1960 and later. Although scenery is only 15-20% complete, the mining branch line, locomotive shop area and yard have many initial scenery features established. Trains operate on a long double track main line looping through the existing and future mountains representing Kentucky mountain railroading. Many freight cars have original loads, details and weathering features.
Ron Dettmer
Friday 6:00pm to 9:00 pm

Scale: O
Size: 26x32
Road Names: SOU, ACL, SAL, GA, A&WP
Period: 1950 - 1955
Control: DC
Unique Features: This Layout is not ADA Compatable.
This 32 x 26 O scale two rail layout is located in the basement that also includes the workshop area where Ron has built multiple O scale locomotives and passenger cars.  The layout uses DC Power and includes a stub end passenger terminal and locomotive shop and service area.  Part of the layout has operating signals involving the double track “Y” entrance to the passenger terminal.  Although the scenery is 10% complete, the passenger terminal setting displays the passenger cars, locomotives and trains representing the throat of a busy Southeastern US passenger terminal.  The workshop, accumulated parts supplies and extensive references library are also interesting.  The basement steps are not ADA accessible.
Eric Peterson
Friday 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Also has a Mini Ops Session from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Scale: O Scale(two rail)
Size: 19 x 25
Road Names: C&O B&O, WM, CSR, CSX
Period: Late steam to 2000 trains
Control: DC, Two cabs
Unique Features: Hand layed track with elevation, M of W equipment,
This O scale layout is 19 x 25 located in the garage featuring hand laid track with spirals and elevation in curves. Scenery is complete including bridges and a signal construction site. The equipment for the layout includes railroad work train and off track construction equipment. Train control is DC with control panels indicating cab and route selected. Railroad equipment represented includes Steam locomotives from the B&O and C&O as well as diesels up to modern wide cab equipment. Future projects in the works include operating signal systems as well as additional C&O passenger cars. Sectional constructing has permitted continued layout progress in 5 different homes since 1976. Current operation on the layout includes an out and back local and switching in an 8 track yard.
Larry Romaine
Saturday 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Scale: N scale
Size: 10X14 plus
Road Names: CSX, NS, Tupelo & Logan
Period: Modern
Control: DCC, wireless control
Unqiue Features: Code 55 track, layout in two rooms, hand painted backdrop
This 9 x 14 plus N Scale layout has complete scenery and painted backdrops in two rooms of his home. The layout displays modern CSX, NS, Tupelo & Logan equipment and scenery representing mountainous railroading regions in Appalachia. The layout was completed in early 2015 and shown to over 1300 people over two days during the Riverside - Avondale Home Tour. This layout is the third incarnation of the Tupelo & Logan Railroad: The initial one was built in his Huntington, WV basement and was his first large layout. The second was started in Jacksonville, FL, but was built to break down into modules. It was moved four times and altered each time to fit the space available. That layout was featured in the home tour at the 1996 NMRA Southeastern Region Convention in Mobile, AL.
The current layout features Atlas code 55 track and turnouts, DCC operation, several industries, a small yard for switching, and a combination of single and double track mainline for interesting operation. The layout is designed to provide a long mainline run and to have a staging area for trains to enter and leave the layout. Another feature of the layout is an interlocking with a class I railroad: On one side the foreign mainline disappears into a tunnel which has a mirror in the back of it.
In the second room (a sun-porch) the layout is more a shelf type construction. In this area the mainlines from each direction converge and disappear under a computer work station. Here there are two staging tracks. On the far side of the staging yard is a section that is modelled after a generic West Virginia town with mostly 1950’s style buildings.
The current layout also includes a number of mini-scenes such as a horse jumping area (representing their oldest daughter), a train watching pavilion, and motorcyclists. Highlights will continue to grow adding the treasure-hunt feel to the layout for visitors.
Dennis Larson
Saturday 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Scale: Ho/HOn3
Size: 18 x 20
Road Names: D&RGW, RGS
Period: 1940 - 1950
Control: Digitrax & NCE DCC
Layout has been under construction for 10 years. Dennis has been modeling in HOn3 about 25 years and HO for more than 50.
Bob Anson
Saturday 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Scale: O
Size: 11 x 30
Road Names: Jax. Term RR, ACL, SAL SOU, FEC
Period: 1939-1974
This 11 x 30 O Scale 2 rail layout features many fine structures displayed around the double track loop and served by sidings.  The high level of the railroad provides a realistic view of the many details and scenes.  Additional switching areas and a staging yard are also included.  Operation is DCC for a wide variety of detailed locomotives and cars.  Scenery is 95% complete and supplemented using photographic backdrops and LED strip lighting behind black valances.
Tom Anson
Saturday 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Scale: HO
Size: 14 x 22
Road Names: N&W
This HO layout is under construction featuring steel industry and other major customers on a multilevel layout using a helix to connect the levels.  Photographic backdrops are used to extend the visual image of the industrial buildings and scenes.  Tom models the N&W.  Tom and Bob share a lower lever shop area near their layouts.
Ray Gabler
Saturday 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Scale: HO
Size: 20 x 30
Road Names: PRR (Freight & Passenger)/Steam Diesel Transition
The 20 x 30 layout fills a three car garage using a helix to connect two levels of over 200’ of multi-track main lines with scenery 80% complete.  Pennsylvania Railroad in Pennsylvania is the primary railroad modeled representing the PRR as diesels were starting to enter service while steam locomotives still haul a significant portion of the traffic.  Scenery, buildings and backgrounds for both levels provide multiple settings for the trains.  Operation is controlled by DCC and some equipment has sound decoders.
Clinic Descriptions
SSR Model Contest Entries and Rules
by Carl Smeigh
Come find out what the contest is all about, what you can enter, how it’s scored and what awards are given out.  You’ll also learn some tips for better modeling too!

Enhancing Your Railroad Operations with DCC
by Carl Marchand
Come learn what it takes to design a layout from the ground up using an NCE DCC system

Modeling the C&O - "The West Virginia Northern"
by Gail Komar, MMR and Greg Komar
The West Virginian Norther is a coal divsion running through WV.  After a move the layout has been reassembeled and upgraded.  A DCC control system, an expanded yard, another staging yard, new and spruced up scenery and a lighting system that walks you throgh a typical day on the railroad makes operating sessions realistic.  Learn how the layout went from storage to operating.


Building a DCC Programming Track and Using it with JMRI
by Dan Cioffi
Does DCC scare you?  Don’t be, DCC is more simple than you think.  You’ll learn how to build a programming track, connect it to your computer and you’ll be programming locos in no time flat.
Creating Great Clinics

The Achievement Program
by Jim Gore, MMR
If you’re thinking ahead about the Achievement Program you need to think about sharing your knowledge.  This seminar will walk you through how to create a dynamic and entertaining seminar.

Creating Gret Clinics
by Jim Gore, MMR
Jim will discuss the philosophy behind giving a quality and entertaining clinic; what works and what doesn’t.   That is, what techniques can the presenter use to keep the audience (and himself or herself) awake and interested.  Techniques in using PowerPoint to make the presentation easy to follow.   Finally, some ideas on what are “easy” and “not so easy” topics to present  [here’s a hint:  the lists are identical].  If you're thinking about presenting at the NMRA National Convention in 2017 and haven't presented before, this clinic is for you.

SSR Board Meet & Greet
Come meet the SSR Board!

FRA Railroad Requirements
by Ron Lutton
Ron will show you the ins and outs of the Federal railway Administration's requirements for running realistic operating sessions.

Scratch Building Wooden Structures from Scratch

by John Giamasi
Structures is an Achievement Program certificate that isn't all that hard to earn.  This clinic will take you through the steps that are needed to build structures from the ground up.

Rolling Thunder by Broadway Limited
by Bob Grubba, BLI
Come discover from Broadway Limited, Rolling Thunder.  Rolling Thunder is their newest addition to their sound products.  It places a sub woofer under your layout and plays the deep bass sounds through it for an exciting operating experience.

Orange Juice Industry
by Tom Wilson
If you model in Florida through the 1970's you should have shipped ice cold oranges to markets to the north.  Tom Wilson't clinic will get you started modeling the packing houses and citrus idustry,

Using Programmable RFID Tags For On-Car Waybills
by Arthur Ross
Operating Sessions are becoming more and more realistic. This seminar will show you haw you can use RFID tags on Cars to identify where cars are on your layout at any give time.

Scratch Building a Wooden Trestle
by Jim Robertson
If you are looking to enter the Achievement Program one of the requirements for AP Structures is to scratch build a bridge of some kind. This seminar will tell you some of the things you need to know about scratch building a wooden trestle  for judging, but will also concentrate on building a trestle to be used on your own home layout.


Intro to Ops Sessions
by Donovan Lewis
What's all the fuss about operations?  Donovan Lewis will take you down the road of operations and you'll be running like a pro.

Modeling the Canadian Grain Train
by Gil Thomas

The Devil Is In The Details
by Dan Cioffi
When was the last time you saw a utility pole perfectly straight, without wires?  This seminar is about all those little things that you can add to your layout that make it come alive.

Using Commercial and Hand Laid Curved Turnouts
by Donovan Lewis

Modeling With Real Dirt
by Al Sohl, MMR
How to build a wood retaining wall, with modeling using real dirt and making realistic dirt roads
Bringing Home the Gold
by Al Sohl, MMR
This seminar, given by Al Sohl, MMR will teach you the basic of adding details to your model contest entries that bring them over the top.


Making Trees
by Bob Hamm, MMR
Bob Hamm co-authored the 1995 Model Railroader series on building trees will take you through the processes of building various types of deciduous and coniferous trees, both foreground as well as background and cost effective selection of commercial products that fit the bill.


Using Static Grass Products
by Bob Hamm, MMR
Static Grass let's you lay very fine grass that looks very realistic.  The original tools needed were expensive though.  Come learn how Bob Hamm, MMR created his own tool that lays static grass.  You'll have weeds and grass that look REAL!

My Train's Better Than Yours
This free form seminar is all about you, you discussing your layout and modeling with others.  Grab a drink and come into the room to discuss your modeling wit otehr modelers.  Who knows wha you'll disciver?

Achievement Program
by Jim Gore, MMR
Come learn about the Achievement Program, what it is and how easy it is to become an MMR.
 
Enhancing Passenger Operations
by Jim Langston

Hands On Workshops
Using Online Maps to Enhance Prototypical Layout Design
by John Moran
In this workship you'll learn how to take Google Maps, zoom in on trackage for your railroad and use it for designing your own model railroad.  You'll need to bring your own laptop.  Participants will receive a demo copy of AnyRail.
$15 Fee

Introduction to Programming Arduino Modules
by Ray Hazen
Arduino has been around for several years and the model railroad has gone all in.  Using these micro controllers you can do anything.  Each participant will receive an Arduino micro controller, a USB Cable, a Motor and 2 LED's.
$28 Fee

LED's That Enhance Your Modeling and Bring Your Layout Alive
by Allen Crowley
This workshop will take you through the steps to adding LED's to your layout for dynamic effects.  You'll need to bring a structure to add lighting to.
$25 Fee