Model Railroading Classes

The WPMRM will offer five model railroading classes early in 2020

  • #101 Introduction to Model Railroading (10 classes, twice per for 5 weeks)
    Thursday,  January 23rd, 2020 7:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

    • Class 1 – January 23rd, 2020
      Introduction to both full sized railroading as well as model railroading motive power, cars, and how they operate.   Understanding what you want to model and how this will be modeled.  Understanding who is needed and how to operate the layout.  Moving from an idea to a plan and where the layout will go. How to design a scale or tin-plate, and the condensation of both in terms of a layout.
    • Class 2 – January 27th, 2020
      Wiring – both 110 and low voltage. DC, DCC and all of that electrical stuff, and how wiring fits in.
    • Class 3 – January 30th, 2020
      Getting things ready in terms of the types of layouts and where they will go. Types of equipment needed and the way the layout will be built.   Room preparation and bench work such as supports for track and scenery.   Demos – of bench work.
    • Class 4 – February 3rd, 2020
      Understanding types of track, switches and all of the rail stuff.  Continuation of bench work, supports, “raw” scenery and roadbed demos.  Finally, laying that first piece of track
    • Class 5 – February 6th, 2020
      Finishing up bench work putting the track in place. Demos of ballasting.
    • Class 6 – February 10th, 2020
      Let’s make trees, rocks, roads, water and grass.   Working with scenery materials.
    • Class 7 – February 13th, 2020
      Making the scene come alive with buildings and anything man made – cars, streets, lights, people and lots of detail.
    • Class 8 – February 17th, 2020
      Parts and pieces. Understanding how research for your model railroad. Understanding terms like scale, super elevated curves, time tables and fast clocks.
    • Class 9 – February 20st, 2020
      A closer look at the terms such as ready-to- run, scale, kit and kit-bashed in regards to engines and cars. An in depth look at various models, both motive power and rolling stock. Demos on these issues.
    • Class 10 – February 24th, 2020
      Keep them on the tracks.  Maintenance and operation of both the layout and equipment.  Where does one go from here? Answering any remaining questions…

    Please note the classes are structured to allow time for questions and demonstrations.   You will be building a small module to take home.    Because of the nature of this class, classes may run short or long depending on the topic or demonstration.  Members of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum and or guest lecturers will teach this class.  Actual classes may vary according to individual’s schedules.
    Cost: $50

  • Members of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum will teach this class. There will be a minimum 8 student’s to hold this class and the
    cutoff date to sign up is Friday January 17th, 2020. As this is an adult Model Railroading class and one must be 18 or older to take this class and I
    understand that this is a “no refund” class. Exceptions are in writing only and must be approved. Please note we’ve structured this class to allow time
    for questions and demonstrations. You may be building a small display module to take home. And because of the nature of this class it may run
    over, some nights, also actual classes may vary according to individual’s schedules.

  • #203 A Guide to DCC for Model Railroading
    Saturday,  Feb 15th, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
    This intense class on Digital Command Control (DCC) will give the model railroader all that they will need to install and program a controller, as well as how to wire the layout for best performance. Tips and techniques will be highlighted. A behind the scenes of how DCC works will be demonstrated. Also, a brief history of DDC will be included.
    Cost: $30
  • #253 A Guide to Painting and Weathering for Model Railroading
    Saturday,  February 22th, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
    This class will delve in to all aspects of painting and weathering. From simple brush painting, the old fashion spray cans to air brushing. Painting of both structures and rolling stock will be covered. The technique of making something look old and used will be covered in the weathering portion. This weathering will cover many topics such as over spraying and pastel powers to give that old and use look.
    Cost: $30
  • #422 An Advanced Guide to Scenery for Model Railroading
    Two day class held on
    Saturday,  February 1st, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. and
    Saturday,  February 8th, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

    This class will get you from bare bench work to trees, grass and water in one day. About 20% of the class will be on preparation of everything below the top 1” of soil.  That is, plaster and foam etc. for making the mountains, stream beds and all supports the ground. The preparation of the group to accept everything above ground including ballasting of track will be covered.
    The second Saturday will build on what we’ve done, making dirt, water, rocks and roads etc. The main emphases will be on using various methods of making trees, grass and weeds. Demonstrations of electrostatic methods to apply of this green stuff will be highlighted. This will be a hands-on” (making trees and a small diorama) class.
    Cost: $40
  • #150 Boy Scout Merit Badge for Railroading
    Saturday,  February 29th, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday,  March 7th, 2020 9:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
    This class will take a Scout through all of the requirements to receive his Merit Badge for Railroading in one 6 ½ hour Saturday. The day will be divided up so the boys will rotate through smaller groups to give them hands on in all areas. Our 4000 sq. ft. display, videos and hands on will cover areas like:
    1. How all trains and a railroad operate both full sized and model
    2. The engine and cars work
    3. How a railroad is built
    4. Operation Life Saver
    5. Hands on model building
    There will be ample time for interaction with actual railroad employees as well as Museum members. It should be noted there will be Boy Scout leaders present and teaching the class. While lunch is provided it will be a “working” lunch where a video will be shown and there will be a question and answer session.By earning this badge, Scouts can learn about the history of railroading, its place in modern society, careers in railroading, and hobbies related to railroading.  All boys should be in their seats and ready, and we will make every effort to finish on time.
    Cost: $15

Students must be 18 years of age or older for classes #101, #203, #253, #422