NMRA logo Minicon PD logo

The BIGGEST event of the season will be the

 Potomac and James River Division's 2021 Joint Minicon on November 6, 2021

 at the Battlefield Baptist Church, 4361 Lee Highway, Warrenton, VA 20187

More Information about the Joint Minicon to view, download, print, and distribute is provided in the links below.

  Minicon Announcement         Minicon Timetable  Directions for Events   

  • Due to Coronavirus still being a concern for the safety of our members the use of face masks WILL BE REQUIRED to attend the Joint Minicon. Anyone that does not wear a face mask will not be permitted to attend the convention and will be asked to leave the facility.
  • The doors will open at 8:30 AM for registration and socializing.
  • There will be a white elephant sale where you can sell and buy great railroad stuff!
  • The Minicon will begin at 9 AM with greetings and announcements by Potomac Division Superintendent Martin Brechbiel.
  • There will be two clinic tracks beginning at 10:15. Time for a question and answer period will be provided at the end of the clinic
    • Clinic Track 1
      • Ken Wilson—N&W Caboose Acquisition and Restoration

        This clinic will briefly describe the 130-year history of rail traffic in Warrenton, Virginia, from 1852 to 1982 when it was retired by the Southern Railway. In 1995 the Norfolk Southern donated a retired Norfolk & Western C-31P class caboose that had been in service for 25 years, and during the next three years the caboose was restored, and tracks relaid. The N&W modified this caboose several times during its life, and ongoing research has revealed some unusual details that will be of interest to modelers. Many photos will be included in this presentation along with some artifacts available for close examination. At the end of the Potomac Division—James River Division Joint Meet, the caboose will be opened for members to visit.

      • Ed Fischer—A Railroad that Never Was and One that Ain’t No Mo

        This is a clinic on the history of two railroads within the James River Division and how they wound up in my basement. One, the Northern Neck Railroad, was planned but never built from the Chesapeake Bay up the Northern Neck to Fredericksburg. The other, the Virginia Central Railway, was built from Fredericksburg to Orange, but no longer exists.

    • Clinic Track 2
      • Marty McGuirk—Modeling an October Scene

        Autumn can be one of the most fascinating seasons to model.  Although this clinic highlights the process to model eastern fall colors, the tips and techniques apply equally to all seasons. Marty will share what he’s learned over several decades of trying to get fall “just right.” The clinic will cover the importance of a believable overall color tone, composing believable scenes on your layout, and modeling fields and pastureland by effectively blending static grass and other scenery materials. And no clinic on fall scenery would be complete without discussing trees and how to model them.

      • John Vogler—What Are Railroad Signals?”

        This presentation is about how and why railroad signaling came into being and will give you some background to the functions of the various systems used to protect real trains. We will start with basics and build on that to prepare you to explore the application of prototype practices to our modeled world in future clinics. John was head of signals for NJ Transit before he went to Amtrak and became a senior signals official for the Northeast Corridor.

  • Upon conclusion of the clinic tracks there will be an open discussion of the Achievement Program and other activities.
  • Lunch will be on your own. (See Food map in "Directions for Events" for restaurant suggestions.)
  • There will also be two Open houses after the clinics conclude.
    • Cam Green will host one on his HO scale Maine Central Railroad Lower Road.
    • John Swanson will host another one on hisHO scale  Cresson Branch Railroad.

This Event is sponsored by the following companies.

We thank them for their support and ask that you support them.

Digikeijs (Iron Planet Hobbies)                                 Rix Products
Lionel                                                                         Scale Trains
Logic Rail Show Case Miniatures
Micro Trains Team Track Models
Mini Prints TSG Media
Nick and Nora Design Woodland Scenics
RR-Cirkits, Inc Broadway Limited
Bowser Trains

To view prior Minicons click here.

Last modified: November 03 2021 13:05:56.