Railroad Modeler’s Retreat 2018

Twin Cities Division of the NMRA
presents our Annual
Railroad Modelers Retreat
April 6-7, 2018

Enjoy two days of great presentations on railroad, prototype, operations and modeling geared for the Railroad Prototype Modeler. Some of the finest regional modelers will display their craftsmanship and be available to share with you their research, modeling and finishing techniques. Research the railroads in the Twin Cities through one of the most extensive historical map collections which will be displayed in the exhibit hall, plus get a hands on demonstration of JMRI computer programming for DCC decoders.

Location: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, Plymouth MN, 55441

Pre-Registration is $20.00 for two days of activities plus lunch on Saturday. Deadline Monday, April 2.  Registration at the door will be $25.00. Limited commercial display space available. For more information, call Ken Zieska at 763.232.3455.

To pre-register, mail your name, your email address (for confirmation), and a check payable to TCD, NMRA to Ken Zieska, 11810 52nd Ave. N., Plymouth, MN, 55442-1820. Or by email to Ken at mhry19@gmail.com and transfer funds via PayPal.

Friday, April 6 — 5:00 until 10:00 pm

Doors open at 4:30, first presentation at 5:00 followed by a Prototype Railroad viewing party at 9:00.

Saturday, April 7 — 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

Doors for setup at 7:00 am. Coffee will be on! Doors open at 8:00 for viewing and conversation. Six hours of presentations begin at 8:30. Lunch at 11:30.


Joe Binish/ Doug Complin  — TT&TO basics
Dennis Bartholow  — DCC conversations
Lester Breuer  — Resin kit construction
Dan Dossa  — Call it the Transfer, call it the Commercial it just gives you big operations in a small space
Ross Hammond  — Harbors and Car Ferry Operation
Doug Hodgson  — Big Operations, Small Space
Jeff Otto  — Powder River Coal, planning and operations
Barry Karlberg  — Prototype operational photos from Barry’s experience as a T.C railroader
Ron Olsen  — Smart Operational Control with your Smart Phone
Bob Rivard  — The Rocky-SOO Transfer
Greg Smith  — Modeling Great Northern Passenger Operations
Walt Thompson  — Panel Pro
Ken Zieska  — SOO Camden Line- NP “D” Line

Tom Johnson  — DCC JMRI programming station
Dave Vos  — Twin Cities Railroad maps, pre-merger era

More presentations coming!

Quality Presentations
Quality Presentations
Milwaukee Road display
Milwaukee Road display
Craftsmanship in all scales
Craftsmanship in all scales
Les Bruer Milwaukee
Les Bruer Milwaukee
Hands on Switching 2
Hands on Switching 2

— Photos from 2017 Railroad Modelers Retreat