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The Credit Valley Railway Company is pleased to announce our own in-house clinic program. At our new location, we designed this program with you in mind, as we now have an on-site clinic room. We can now offer our customers more than just terrific products and information from our knowledgeable sales staff, but also targeted instruction on a wide range of model railroading techniques and products. You, the modeller, can now participate in structured clinics where you can learn by doing and asking questions in a friendly atmosphere. No other model train location in Canada can provide this kind of leadership, which is our whole objective; to provide you with the most comprehensive experience in model railroading.

How Do The Clinic's work?
We have broken down our 'clinics' into 5 categories:

1. Manufacturer's Show Case - From time to time we will have manufacturers or sales representatives from some of the top model railway companies in the world come by and offer a look into their newest products. Here you will be able to interact, ask questions and see first hand all the exciting products coming to market and your layout! These Manufacturer Show Case events are free and may or may not need pre-registration to attend.

2. Hands-On Clinic - You will be given instruction, and then under the watchful eye of our instructors, you'll build the subject project. Each participant will get to take home their project at the end of the clinic. The objective is not necessarily to finish the project, but to learn the techniques in order to make you a more confident modeller. Each participant will need to bring his/her own tools from a tool list we will provide. Participants under the age of 18 are not recommended. A charge for Hands-On Clinics will vary with each project and time allotted. Pre-registration will be required for such clinics.

3. Class Room Clinic - A type of clinic where you will sit in a class room setting and be taught several modelling techniques. This will typically include Power Point presentations or some kind of visual aid to promote your understanding of the subject. There will also be an opportunity for hands-on instruction. A charge for Class Room Clinics will vary with the project and time allotted. Pre-registration will be required for such clinics.

4. In-Store Demo - These short informative clinics or demos, are fast paced and will show you new products, tips and hints on how to use products right off the shelf. There is no cost or Pre-registration to these demos and they will take place in the store on a scheduled basis. Check back often to see what's next!

5. "What's Going On In There?" Clinic - This is not a formal clinic, but rather an opportunity to walk in and see what's going on in our clinic room any time it's 'open'. We will be offering building services for layouts, so walk in and have a look at complete layouts being constructed; you never know what you might learn.

Our Clinic Team:
Our team is guided by our Lead Clinic Instructor, Clark Kooning, MMR, CRC. Clark is a well-known local modeller and holds the degree of Master Model Railroader from the National Model Railroad Association(NMRA) and holds Canadian Railway Craftsman degree from the Canadian Association of Model Railway Modellers (CARM). In addition to winning several model contests and having done clinics all around North America, Clark is also the lead instructor for the NMRA program called 'Modeling with the Masters'. We are also lucky to have several staff associates who will bring their expertise to the clinic program throughout the year. Guest instructors will also be on the agenda, so watch our clinic schedule often.

All Clinic Prices are subject to 13% HST

In Store - Clinic Schedule


**October 2014**

Soldering Skills For Model Railroaders
Saturday October 18, 2014 - 11 am to noon
Class Room Clinic - Roger Chrysler - In this clinic you will get a primer on soldering for track work, electronics and other things all model railroading. This is a must for any model railroader. Cost is $20. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18. Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

Scratch Build a Small Bridge
Saturday October 25, 2014 - 10:30 to 1 pm
Hands On Clinic - Clark Kooning In this hands on Clinic you will be shown how to build a small railway bridge for your layout. Clark will provide the plans and the materials for this bridge including laser cut ties section. If you’re new to the hobby or just want to try scratchbuilding this clinic will give you a great place to start. Please note you must bring your own tools for this clinic. A sample of the bridge can be seen in the store. N & HO Only Cost is $35. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18. Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

Beginner's Guide to Airbrushing
Saturday October 25, 2014 - 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Classroom Clinic - by Clark In this introduction to Airbrushing, you will learn the basics on how to use an Airbrush, type of paints, types of Airbrushes, air supplies, paint mixes and application of paints to models
Pre-registration is required. Cost - $20. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18.

Introduction to DCC
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:30 to 4 pm
Class Room Clinic - Paul Taylor Installations for Everyone Our own Paul Taylor will present a clinic based on 11 years of experience in DCC decoder installations. This is a lecture style clinic which will also include a detailed booklet to keep. The booklet will act as a reference guide for your future decoder installations. It is Paul's belief that learning how to install a decoder will be a valuable skill to learn and practice and will save the modeler a lot of money in the future. Decoder choices, tips, lighting, troubleshooting advice and sound will all be covered. Cost is $28. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18. Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

**November 2014**

Introduction to Model Railroading
Saturday November 1, 2014 - 10:30 am to noon
Class Room Clinic - Clark Kooning - In this clinic we will go over the basics of the five major elements of building a model railroad: Track Planning, Benchwork, Wiring, Scenery and what to buy and what not to buy! Limit 12 per class, time 1.5 hrs. Pre-registration is required. Cost - $20. Should be over 18 and focus will be on HO & N scale.

Introduction to Basic Scenery
Saturday November 1, 2014 - 1pm to 2:30pm
Hands On Clinic - Join our own Master Railroader as we look into the different methods of building a base for your scenery. A look at rock molds, applying them to your layout and adding grass along with other ground cover. Cost is $20. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18.
Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

All About The Soundtraxx Sound Car
Sunday November 2, 2014 - 12:30 to 4 pm
Class Room /Hands On Clinic . This clinic will show you how to install and program these new decoders. If you haven't installed a decoder before, this will be a very good way to learn how to install a decoder in a non DCC ready model. There will be 2 parts to this clinic: the first half will be a lecture/presentation and in the 2nd half we will actually install a SoundCar decoder into a freight car. The 2nd half will be optional but all clinic attendees would be welcome to stay and watch other attendees install their decoders. If you would like to install a SoundCar decoder in the 2nd half of the clinic please ask for the tool/parts list for the "SoundCar" Clinic. Cost is $28. Booklet Included. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18.
Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

Basic DCC Programming
Saturday November 8, 2014 - 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Class Room Clinic If you have trouble changing the address of a DCC locomotive, if you don't know what to do when instructions tell you to "set the fifth bite", hexes and binary talk is Greek to you, join the club. We'll throw some light on the subject and have some fun fine tuning the powerful capabilities locked in your DCC decoders. We'll talk about special lighting effects, adjusting sound to suit your loco and answer some of your DCC programming questions. Cost is $20. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18.
Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

Decoder Installation For Everyone
Sunday November 9, 2014 - 12:30 to 4 pm
Class Room Clinic This clinic is a lecture/presentation style which walks you through selecting decoders and installing decoders, (non-sound and sound). Along the way you will get much practical advice. You will learn about: selecting and installing lighting systems, basic decoder programming, speaker selection and installation and various decoder styles and formats. Cost is $28 Booklet Included. Please note this program is not suitable for children under 18.
Limit 12 per class. Pre-registration is required.

Train Shows and Events

Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train for 2014

Southern Ontario's Most Scenic Rail Tour!
Dinner, Brunch & Scenic Tours
through the Forks of The Credit
and the Hills of Headwaters
Details on Line at:

Upcoming Train Show Events for 2014-15

Bowmanville 28th Annual Model Railway Show
Clarington Central Secondary School
200 Clarington Boulevard, Bowmanville, Ontario
Saturday October 18, 2014; 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday October 19, 2014; 10 am - 4:30 pm
Adults $6, Senior $5, Family $12
Sponsored by: Soper Valley Model Railroad Association

Niagara Falls Model Railway Show
Sunday, October 26, 2014; 10am - 3:30pm
Merritton Community Centre
7 Park Avenue, St. Catharines, ON.
Adult $5; Under 12 Free
Free Parking, Drinks & Food Available
Operating layouts, vendors, displays
Contact: 905-357-6539 or

Kitchener Model Train Show
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10 am - 3 pm
425 Bingemans Centre Drive
Admission: $5 /person, Children under 12 free
Now in Bingemans Marshall Hall, Free Parking
Operating layouts, over 150 dealers
Contact: Ian

Whitby Model Railroad Show
Saturday, November 15, 2014; 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, November 16, 2014; 10 am - 4 pm
Fater Leo J Austin School
1020 Dryden Boulevard, Whitby Ontario
Admission $6 adults, children under 14 $3
Sponsored by Pine Ridge Railroaders

45th Annual Barrie-Allandale Model Train Show
Saturday February 14, 2015 10am - 5pm
Sunday February 15, 2015 10am - 4pm
Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery
Hwy 90 @ Hwy27, Barrie
More Layouts, More Vendors, More Fun!
Adults $7; Seniors & Students $5; Children Under 6 Free

Lindsay & District Model Railroaders
41st Annual Model Railway Show
Saturday March 28 & Sunday March 29, 2015
Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 10am - 4pm
Victoria Park Armoury, 210 Kent Street West
Admission $5, Age 6-12 $2, Under 6 Free
Contact: Wayne Lamb or Eric Potter

Lakeshore Model Railroaders Flea Market
Saturday April 11, 2015
10am - 3:00pm
Apostle's Continuation Church
10 Belfield Road (kipling north of 401)
Admission: Adults $7, Youth $3, Children under 6 Free
Contact: Steve McCoy 416-817-4015

2015 Brampton Model Railway Show
Saturday October 3, 2015; 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday October 4, 2015; 10 am - 4 pm
Brampton Fairgrounds
3km North of Mayfield Rd. on Heart Lake Rd.
33,000 sqft operating N, HO, O & G scale displays
Free Parking, Accessible Facilities, Great Food Service, Family Friendly
Admission: Adults $7, NMRA Members $6, Seniors & Teens $5, Family of 4 $15, Children 6-12 $ 3, Children under 6 Free
Contact: Email Show Organizers or at 905-855-4413

Let us know about your event! Drop us an e-mail at Credit Valley outlining date, time, location, fee and any other specific details. We will post it as soon as we can. We do however reserve the right to limit/edit/refuse posting.

Attention customers! Information listed has been obtained from a variety of sources. Changes, cancellations and errors are possible. Before traveling any distance, confirm details with contact listed.

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