Milwaukee Convention 2010

Last Updated June 22, 2010

The 2010 NMRA and LDSIG Conventions will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 10-18, 2010, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the NMRA.

Information on the NMRA Convention is available at the official site http://www.nmra75.org/

If you have questions or would like to get involved before or during the convention, please contact the LDSIG local events coordinator,  Seth Neumann via email at sneumann at pacbell dot net or click anywhere in this paragraph.

Note: Watch this site for updates on clinics, forums, layout tour information and other convention activities.

 

Sunday, LDSIG Drive In Tours

Mike Ritschdorff will have his layout open on Sunday.  There is information about his layout in the Wednesday Tour Section below.  Ted Schenpf  will be holding an eleven day open house from Friday July 9 to Monday July 19th.  Each day from 9 AM  to  5  PM, you are
welcome to visit.  Ted will be operating 1  PM  to  5  PM, on the following dates:
Saturday - July 10
Sunday - July 11
Saturday- July 17
During the none operating times, staging the layout will be taking place and your are welcome to help.  No
reservation is necessary for the open house. Ted will also be on the Wednesday Tour and there is information below about his layout. Contact Seth Neumann for further information (click here)

  LDSIG Exhibit Room, Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17

All week long you can make the SIG room the place to be. We are sharing the room with the Operations Special Interest Group which is planning a full round of operations during the convention.  Make the SIG Room your convention headquarters networking opportunities, meeting others for planning, designing, building, and operating considerations intended for your dream layout.

SIG Room Hours

Open

Close

Sunday

7 PM

10:30 PM

Monday - Tuesday

7:30 AM

10:30 PM

Wednesday

7:30 AM

12:00 Noon

Thursday

7:30 AM

10:30 PM

Friday

7:30 AM

5:00 PM

Saturday

8:00 AM

12:00 Noon

 Displays & LDSIG Desk – in the SIG Room. Check here in coming months for guidance on ways to improve your displays and instructions for shipping them to Hartford if you can't travel with them.  Members’ informative displays include track plan diagrams, layout photographs and 3-D mock-ups, and priority lists of design features to help others learn how others have solved layout design problems. Frequently, the layout designer is available for discussion. Design-related clinic schedules, descriptions of open-house layouts for the Wednesday tour, carpool signup lists, a local restaurant list, and a roommate-wanted list will be available. A bulletin board will have important updates about LDSIG events -- be sure and check daily for activities and schedules. You may catch great discussions from time to time, especially in-between clinics.

Layout Design "Help Desk" –  LDSIG volunteers will be available at several times during the week to provide free sit-down guidance if you are in the process of designing your layout.  To get the most value from these opportunities, do some homework before asking for help: prepare a dimensioned drawing of your layout space, identify your "Givens", "Druthers", and constraints, and bring a map or route schematic of your proposed territory.  Also bring forecasts of the traffic mix and jobs you'd like to feature during your eventual operating sessions

Meet 'n Greet, Sunday

Begin your convention by meeting other attendees who are especially interested in layout design. Hear informal LDSIG-member introductions about their layout design and construction status, plus timely event announcements and networking opportunities. Meet published authors and respected contributors to various email lists. Sunday, 7:00p, in the SIG room.

 

Layout Design Clinics, Monday

Layout Design Clinics  – On Monday, July 12, NMRA75 and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting an all day series of clinics focusing on layout design. The clinics will provide real examples of design challenges and solutions to assist you in designing your dream layout. All these clinics are open to all convention attendees.  

 

Special Layout Design “Bootcamp”

 

 

Former Layout Design Journal editor and custom layout designer Byron Henderson and other members of the NMRA's Layout Design SIG are leading a Layout Design Bootcamp at the NMRA Convention in Milwaukee in 2010.

 

This four-hour clinic begins at 8 am Monday, July 12th and will be an intensive session on track planning and layout design. Discover how to refine vision, concept, and purpose; select layout footprints and schematics; draw accurate and useful plans; create efficient and engaging yards and industrial areas; make best use of staging tracks; maintain space for people; and avoid common track planning errors. Step-by-step examples from a variety of layout designs will be discussed.

 

Whether your dream layout is strongly prototype-based, a creative freelanced theme, or somewhere in between, this practical session will give you the tools and best practices to design a great layout!

 

Among the topics to be covered:

Layout design phases: Conceptual, Structural, and Detail

Developing vision, theme, and purpose

The impact of givens and 'druthers considering space, resources, and skills

Prototype research techniques and tools

The user and viewer experience

Layout footprint techniques

Drawing and rendering tools and best practices

Planning for people

Multi-deck considerations

Yard planning

Staging design

Signature elements vs. typicality

LDEs: Possibilities and pitfalls

Tricky traps of layout design (common errors to avoid)

… and much, much more!

 

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Byron Henderson

Designing with the Designers "Super Clinic"

[This is a three session clinic ending at noon. Come and stay as long as you wish!]

9:30 AM

 

11:00 AM

 

Lunch

1:00 PM

Cal Sexsmith

Track Design for a Prairie Town

2:30 PM

Cal Sexsmith

Running the Buckland Way Freight with TT&TO 

 

 

 

 

Layout Design Clinics, Tuesday

Layout Design Clinics  – On Tuesday, July 13, NMRA75 and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting an all day series of clinics focusing on layout design. The clinics will provide real examples of design challenges and solutions to assist you in designing your dream layout. All these clinics are open to all convention attendees. 

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Greg Johnson

Researching, Designing, and building an HO Scale SP Switching Layout

9:30 AM

Bruce Faulkner

Designing the CSX Shenandoah Division

11:00 AM

Bruce Faulkner

Operating the CSX Shenandoah Division

Lunch

1:00 PM

John Smith

C&O's operations in Northern Ohio

2:30 PM

Greg Johnson

Building and Operating an Industrial Strength Railroad, The Allegheny Terminal 

 

LDSIG Annual Business Meeting, Wednesday, July 14, 8:00AM

LDSIG Annual Meeting – Our annual membership meeting agenda includes officer and volunteer reports. All LDSIG members at the convention are encouraged to participate.  The meeting should end about 9AM so the Milwaukee Layout LDSIG Tour can commence.

 

Milwaukee Layout Tour, Wednesday, July 14

 The Annual meeting will be followed by the traditional Wednesday LD SIG self-guided layout tour. Jeff Markey has planned a tour that includes 21 layouts in the Milwaukee area as well as 8 layouts in northern Illinois. Each of these layouts is a quality example of design, construction or operation.  Jeff has gathered "Layout at a Glance" data and "Special Features" descriptions on all these layouts which will make it easier for you to decide which ones you want to visit.  Click here to see the whole list or click on any individual owner or railroad to jump directly to that information.

There will be no picnic this year.  This event will be extra fare and limited to LDSIG/OpSIG members and families/significant others. 

 

 Another change this year is the transition to the GPS rather than maps for navigation.  So if you own a portable GPS. please bring it to the convention.  Every Car will need One!

 To assist your planning of your personal layout tour route, we have added a column in the spreadsheet below after the owner's name, which indicates the travel time from the convention hotel.  An approximate location of the layouts is shown on a map available by clicking here.  The actual addresses will be handed out to ticket holders at the convention.

 Note: The Layouts will be open at different times depending on location.  The Illinois Layouts (Numbers 22 to 29) will be open from 10AM until 5PM except layouts 28 and 29 which will be open from 10AM to 9PM.  The Wisconsin Layouts (Numbers 1-21) will be open from 1PM until 9PM except for layouts #15 and #18 which will be open from 11AM to 4PM.  Please observe these hours of operation.  Thank you.

 

  Owner      Drive Time 

                    from hotel

Scale

Railroad Name           

Era

Size

Scenery

Control

 

 

 

 

 

1. Ken Jaglinski          10     

HO/HOn3

  Ashland, Superior & Pacific

Transition

11X37 & 10X21

100%

NCE

 

 

 

2. Don Drum              20

HO

  Chicagoand NorthWestern System

1956-1960

1140 sq ft

97%

DC PSI walk around

 

 

 

3. Jerry Gunderson     20

N

  FordCityNorthern Railway

Modern 2005-present

15 X 11

95%

NCE

 

 

 

4. Bob Zoeller (NAPM) 25

HO

 North American Prototype Modelers

Late 1940's to April 30, 1971

 4000 sq ft

          60%

 NCE

 

 

 

5. Tim Hensch           30

HO

  Norfolk & Whey Railroad

Modern 

26 X 36

25%

NCE

 

 

 

6. Bob Frey               35

HO

  U.P. & Western Railroads

Summer, 1950-59

26 X 30 X 40 X 10

98%

Digitrax

 

 

 

 

7. Keith Schmidt (MNSE)  

                                35

N

 MilwaukeeN Southeastern

Transition

17 X 40

95%

Aristocraft/System One

 

 

 

 

8. Ken Thompson       45

HO

  BurlingtonNorthern Railroad  - Peoria Subdivision

Spring 1973

36 X 22

75%

Dynatrol/Rail-Lynx

 

 

 

 

9. Marcel Trautwein    45

HO

  The Grand De Elusion

1940-1950

25 X 25

100%

DCC

 

 

 

 

10. David Popp           50

N

  The Naugatuck Valley RR

Fall 1958

13 X 17

90%

Lenz

 

 

 

 

11. Rolf Plachter         50

HO

  Midwest Lines

1964

33 X 52

        100%

Lenz

 

 

 

 

12. Marty Edwards      55

HO

  The ‘400’ Route

1935-1952

21 X 21

100%

Atlas DCC

 

 

 

 

13. Dan Dyer              60

HO

  BurlingtonNorthern River Division

Mid-70's - early 80's

32 X 36

10%

DCC

 

 

 

 

14. Dennis Glynn        70

HO

  BlueMountainand Cascade

1946

 Full basement

 

DCC

 

 

 

 

15. Andy Sperandeo    45

HO

  Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry.

1947

38' 6" X 44' 6"

              .    -       None

NCE

 

 

 

 

16. Stan Olander         40

HO

  CORNBELT NORTHERN

early 1950's      

"L" 15 X 25 and 15 X 50

80%

Lenz

 

 

 

 

17. Jim Hediger           55

HO

  OhioSouthern

early 1970's

"L" 22 X 28

70%

DC Block walk around

 

 

 

 

18. Kent Johnson        45

O-Hi Rail

 CP and CN based

 present

 14 X 48

          70%

 TMCC

 

 

 

 

19. Tim Scott              50

HO

  Northwoods Route

1957

25 X 17

75%

MRC DC Memory walk around

 

 

 

 

20 Jim Kelly                25

N

                     

  Tehachapi subdivision

1983

18.5 X 19

20%

System One/NCE

 

 

 

 

21. Jim Lorbiecki         30

HO

  The Northwest Timberline

Transition

4 X 20 X 28

100%

DC

 

 

 

 

22. Don Cook              65

HO

 Great Northern - Spokane Division

 ~1949

28 X 17 and 10 X 6 

          98%

 NCE

 

 

 

 

23. Dan Sylvester        65

HOn3

  Rio GrandeSouthern

1930's

4 X 8

100%

PFM (modified)

 

 

 

 

24. Jim Spice              60

HO

  Denver & CatCanyon

1953

30 X 30

98%

NCE

 

 

 

 

25. Bob Perrin             70

HO

 Illinois Central, St Louis Div

 May - Jun 1966

 92 X 32

          10%

 Digitrax

 

 

 

 

26. Greg Bedlek          75

HO

 GNP Hydra Route

 1970

 2700 sq ft

          80%

 Lenz

 

 

 

 

27. Harry Schildkraut   60

HO

  New York, Ontario& Western

Now

30 X 50

75%

Digitrax

 

 

 

 

28. Mike Ritschdorff    105

HO

  N&W Pocahontas Division 1958

1958

25 X 41

100%

Lenz

 

 

29. Ted Schnepf          115

O

 Milwaukee Road - Dubuque, Iowa & Dakota Divs

 1954, 1929

 4100 sq ft

          50%

 NCE

 

 

 

Layout Design Clinics and Forums, Thursday

Layout Design Clinics  – On Thursday, July 15, NMRA75 and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting an all day series of clinics focusing on layout design. The clinics will provide real examples of design challenges and solutions to assist you in designing your dream layout. All these clinics are open to all convention attendees. 

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Tony Thompson

More Prototypical Waybills 

9:30 AM

Ted Pamperin

Improved 4 Cycle Waybills

11:00 AM

Gerry Albers

Planning for Signals Forum

Lunch

1:00 PM

 

Turnout Considerations for Layout Designers  

2:30 PM

 

Improving track Plan Graphics

 

Friday Layout Design Clinics and Banquet

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Train Show starting at 9 AM for all those registered for the convention

9:30 AM

11:00 AM

Lunch

1:00 PM

 

 

2:30 PM

 John Young

 C&O Saginnaw Sub in N Scale

4:00 PM

Robert Reid

Layout Designs for a Small Room

 

Friday LDSIG Banquet  

The LDSIG Banquet is being planned for Friday evening at Mader's which is a famous German restaurant in Milwaukee.  It will be a full German style buffet with all the well known German dishes - sauerbraten, kassler rippchen, hungarian goulash, German sausage platter plus a fish dish, beer battered cod, and of course a large selection of German beers! (Cash bar though). 


 

Sunday, LDSIG Drive Out Tours

Mike Ritschdorff will have his layout open on Sunday.   Greg Bedlek will be open Saturday following the convention.  There is information about both layouts in the Wednesday Tour Section above. Ted Schenpf will also be open on the Sunday following.  [See information about Ted's open house at the top of the LDSIG events above.]   For more information contact Seth Neumann via email (click here).