Introduction to the

Model Railroading Hobby Program

Saturday, September 16th

presented as part of the

"Ontario Manifest"

PSR, NMRA 2017 Convention

September 13th - 16th, 2017

Ontario Convention & Airport Hotel

2200 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91761


Interested in TRAINS?

               Have some spare time for a hobby?

                              Want to learn some new skills?

                                             Meet some new friends that share your interest.




One day only, Saturday, September 16th

               Following the morning presentations,

               Join us for a visit to the Corona Model Railroad Society’s layout,

               See some of the amazing potential of today’s model railroading hobby.


For $25 and a half day of your time,

meet some modelers that will give you all the facts you want to know about the hobby of model railroading.  This is a four part, interactive presentation where you will become knowledgeable in the basics of the hobby.   Learn about the sizes of trains, what they cost, where to buy them, how to keep them running, how to plan and build your first railroad, where to get ideas and watch instructional videos, and where to meet other hobbyists and groups.  Your day ends with a trip to a local model railroad club to see their handiwork in person.


Here’s what we’ve planned for you:

Program Features

  Time Session Topic
  7:30am - 8:30am

Program Registration at the Door, Coffee, Refreshments

  8:00am - 8:30am

Meet the Presenters

Meet our highly qualified staff of presenters informally while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. This group of eight NMRA advanced modelers have all distinguished themselves through their various model railroad interests and all started small with a Lional, American Flyer, Marklin or other first train set.


8:30am - 9:15am


Introduction to Model Railroading- Pete Steinmetz & Ron Varnell

This session will cover the basics of all of the model railroading hobby. What model railroad sizes are common, what sizes are available, how the models work, how much they cost, etc.

       *How Model Trains work

       *Model Train Engine and Car construction

       *Common Types of Model Railroad Track

       *Model Railroad Electrical Power Basics

       *Common Model Railroad Model Scale Ratios

       *Model Railroad Costs

  9:15am - 9:30am

Break- Individual Questions

  9:30am - 10:15am

Selecting the Right Model Train(s) for Your Railroad- Gary Butts, MMR & Kevin Honda

This session covers what you should consider before making a model train purchase. Buying the wrong types of model trains for a particular individual's dream, space, skill level and budget can lead to frustration and ultimately dissatisfaction with the hobby. This session will help you get started in the right direction regardless of your ultimate goals.

       *How to make it Happen: What is your Model Railroad Dream?

       *The Modeling Scales: How much room do I need to make my Railroad?

       *Model Railroad Eras: Steam? Diesel? Trolley? Mixed?

       *Hobby Time: How much time do I need to create and enjoy my Model Railroad?

       *Ready-To-Run, Kit and Scratch Built: Do I have to build my trainst?

       *Model Railroad Hobby Cost: How much does the Model Railroading Hobby Cost?

  10:15am - 10:30am

Break- Individual Questions

  10:30am - 11:15am

Your First Model Train Layout- Carl Heimberger

This session covers how to get started with a Train Layout. From a simple loop around the Christmas Tree to a perminantly constructed set of tracks, turnouts (switches), scenery, etc. From track laid on the carpet to a to that laid on a shelf to a 4'x8' sheet of plywood and larger. This is how you can go about it and enjoy the process.

       *Layout Location

       *Type of Layout Construction

       *What will my Layout be?

       *Track Planning

       *Type of Power System


  11:15am - 11:30am

Break- Individual Questions

  11:30am - 12:15pm

Resources: Knowledge, Skills, Group Therapy- Harry Buehrle

What do I need to know to have fun in this hobby?  Where can I find information to learn and improve my skill set? Where are other railroaders to be found and what kinks of events are offered?


            Product, Tools, Track plans, Scenery, Electrical, Maintaining Equipment, History & Locale


            Plan, Build, Improve

       *"Group Therapy" (Social Interaction)

            For Fun, Fiendship, Memories

  12:15pm - 12:30pm

Individual Questions- End of formal Program

  2:00pm - 3:00pm

Informal visit the Corona Model Railroad Society Layout

3124 Taylor Ave, Corona, CA 92882

(951) 675-4707


Program Price*

$25 Includes all materials, program reference manual and the Corona Model Railroad Society visit.

*(This program is included if registered for the regular Ontario Manifest Convention)


*Free Advanced Program


Walk-ins are welcomebased on space available. But advanced reservations will guarantee your place in this special program.  No cost to secure your reservation, you will pay at the door.  Secure your spot early.


Use the handy registration form below or submit your registration request directly to:

Information about this program is also available from these Model Railroad Stores and Clubs:

  Arnie's Trains, Westminster, CA RailMaster Hobbies, Bellflower, CA
  The Train Crossing, Costa Mesa, CA Corona Model Railroad Society, Corona CA

Advanced Program Registrations

* * * *Required for Registration Confirmation

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*You will receive a Registration Confirmation and Online brochure covering this program to the Email(s) listed above.

This email information will not be used for any purpose other than that relating directly to this program and will not be shared.

Expect confirmation within a few days.