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Pacific Coast Region NMRA Annual Convention

Sugar Pine Centennial 2021 - Virtual

April 24, 2021
Via Zoom from Fresno, California


Bruce Morden

Because the Sugar Pine Centennial 2021 PCR Convention has gone virtual, we can't really have a model contest, but we would like to feature some models during the convention. We will be devoting forty minutes to "Meet the Modeler." During that time, five modelers from around the Pacific Coast Region will share their models – including why and how they were constructed.

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Milton SanSoucie • Convention Car

Milton has experience building several models for himself using cast resin. As our event Treasurer, he was present at a committee meeting where we discussed whether or not to have a convention car. Milton volunteered to build a ready-to-run car, based on an actual car built for the Sugar Pine Lumber Co., our convention namesake. Starting with a single prototype photo of one of the six all-steel moving cars the company owned, Milton produced masters and molds to produce a very limited number of cars for the convention. He will describe the entire process during this presentation. More information about the car may be found here.

Sugar Pine Centennial 2021 Convention Car prototype photo

Dave Adams • Telegraph Sounder

Back when railroads used telegraphy to communicate, every depot had a telegraph sounder. Dave Adams wanted to have sounders for his On3 D&RGW Durlin Branch, so he built them. Dave will take us through how a sounder functions and how he constructed several for operations on his layout.

Telegraph sounder photo

Jim Petro • Transfer Caboose

A Transfer Caboose was generally used in yard applications. Many were built by the railroad's own shops and were unique designs. Jim Petro has modeled a Union Pacific transfer caboose and will share with us the whys and hows of its construction.

Transfer caboose photo

Earl Girbovan • Sawmill Complex

Earl is a seasoned structure modeler who has built models for many layouts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, he constructed a sawmill complex for Ted Stephens’ layout in Mountain View. The complex includes a lumber mill, a planing mill, an office, and the cut lumber storage yard. Earl will share some of the construction techniques he used on the sawmill complex.

Sawmill complex photo

Ed Merrin • Petaluma River Bridge

Past PCR president Ed Merrin models the Northwestern Pacific. One of the towns he is modeling is Petaluma, with all the warehouses along Water Street. There has long been a bridge across the Petaluma River and Ed has modeled it. He will share all the complexities that come with modeling a movable structure and the detailing of this interesting bridge.

Petaluma River bridge photo

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