Mini-Con 2022 UPDATE

From Grant Berry

On Saturday, 23 April, 2022, South Mountain Division (SMD) will present a Mini Convention in Blue Ridge Summit, PA, sponsored by Mainline Hobby Supply. Beginning at 9:00 AM, this free annual outreach programming consists of a morning loaded with informal clinics, including a couple of make-and-take opportunities, and then concludes in the early afternoon with a couple of formal presentations. Both NMRA members and the general public are invited to this no-cost gathering.


  • Raffle – $150 Mainline Gift Certificate, Tickets $10ea at tegistration table. Drawing at 1:00 PM.
  • Food Truck on site starting at 10:00 AM.
  • 20 Different Clinics,  3 Presentations.


  • 12:30 – 1:30 Building his Western MD Railroad by Jack  Brown, Author of Western MD Passenger & Freight Equipment
  • 1:40 – 2:35 Miser’s Guide to Model Railroading by John Pursell, SMD member
  • 2:45 – 3:40 What’s Happening on the EBT by Pete Clarke, SMD member


  • Brian Greenwalt  –  Make and Take using a Carolina Craftsman Kit
  • David Sweeney – Make and Take using simple plastic kit
  • Bill Martz – Make and Take    DPM Kit
  • Ron Polimeni – Timesaver Switching
  • Ron Polimeni – Building Old Style Rolling Stock Craftsman Kits
  • Jane Clarke – Scenery from Natural Materials
  • Dennis Blank – Lighting a SD-40 with LEDS
  • Bob Johnson – Rolling Stock Tuneup
  • John Madden – DCC ++
  • Ken Mazer – Fast Track Turnouts
  • Jeff Adams – Loco Tuneup
  • Todd and Brett Wiley – Custom Buildings
  • Andrew Dodge – Building a Model Railroad that is Quick, Easy, and with no Mess
  • Bill Reynolds – Using Tortoise Switches
  • Dottie Caldwell – Painting Hydrocal Buildings
  • Bob Morningstar – How to make a Current Keeper
  • Alex Polimeni – Model Railroading as Game Design
  • Michael Groves – Fiber Optic Lighting
  • Jay Beckham – 3D Printing
  • Steve Green – Turntable and Other Electronics

Author: smdnmra

South Mountain Division, Mid-Eastern Region, National Model Railroad Association