2013 Minicon
by Bob Reid

On Saturday March 31st the Potomac and Chesapeake Divisions held a joint minicon at the South Columbia Baptist Church in Colombia Maryland. The church is a wonderful facility. There is easy access from RT 32, and there is ample space for layouts, large clinic rooms and numerous smaller locations to house other offerings like the model contest and white elephant rooms.

The Registration and White Elephant rooms were abuzz with folks early in the day.



Three N scale groups were represented in the layout room. All were of interest to the attendees and were in full operation for most of the day. The Meade Area Railroad Society operated their modular layout and had a functioning TV camera mounted to a specially constructed car that trains followed over the layout. Several large passenger trains were running and I was able to catch a shot of the SP “Daylight” as it crossed the viaduct at one end of the setup.


The T Track N scale group also had an operating layout set up for the attendees. T Track is unique in that they use standard pre-manufactured track sections and have a standard that was developed in Japan whereby individual modules can be as small as about 10” x 12”. This is ideal for modelers with very limited space and makes transport to shows a snap. One such minimum module is shown at the lower left in the photo below.


Here is an overview of their very nicely done setup.


The Baltimore N track group had a large layout with numerous well modeled scenes. This is a well established club that is very active and is often seen at area events. They had a wonderful setup that ran the gamut from city to country with several industrial concentrations in between.


Contest Models

Three cars and one example of a hand laid crossing were submitted for judging. As you can see from the following photos all were excellent examples of modeler’s craftsmanship. Bill Day submitted three scratch built cars for judging.


Jereon Gerritsen entered this fine example of some hand laid trackwork.



Clinics were offered throughout the day and were very well attended.


Track 1 Track 2
0900-1000 Fred Lagno                                        
Realistic Model Railroad  Photography Part II

Clint Hyde - Styrene Sructure Make and Take
1000-1030 Break
1030-1130 John Teichmoeller
B&O's Baltimore Harbor Marine  Operations - 100 Years on the Water, More or Less
1130-1300 Lunch Lunch
1300-1400 David Vaughn
Introduction to 2-rail O scale modeling and Preserving Heritage Layouts

1400-1530 Marty McGuirk
Scenery and Structure Construction on the Central Vermont Railway

I sure you will agree the 2012 minicon was a fabulous success and we all look forward to another one next year!