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Education at CCMRRCAM

Education plays a leading role in our hobby. History is ever present in railroading and the skills used to become a master modeller are available for everyone. As a 100% NMRA Club, we stand with the national associatin in the commitment to educating both current and future modellers with a variety of skils. The club offers a variety of classes which are fre of charge for members.

Introduction to Model Railroading!

Class Schedule: Autumn/Winter 2015-16 - Sundays 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.
Dates: Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 6, Dec 13, Jan 3, Jan 10, Jan 17
Field Trip: January 23 and/or 24th. Amherst Rail Show (Adult Volunteers Needed)
Age Requirements: Age 8+

TRAINS ARE FUN! Did we mention that? Our introductory class is for any boy or girl who drives their parents crazy always asking for the car to be pulled over every time a train comes into sight! For those younger railroaders who are ready to graduate from the wooden track trains to something more realistic, then this class is for you! From the very beginning, this class is all about the many different ways to enjoy this great hobby. We will begin with talking about railroads big and small and what they share in common and then we'll move to operating rules for both both model railroads and the real thing. Pretty soon we'll be working in teams to get our trains to the right stations on time and we'll probably find it's a lot harder than it looks on tv!

But running trains isn't the only thing about model railroading; we are going to learn about controlling our engines while they are on the main track and the history of the trains that ran on Cape Cod. We're then going to start getting into scenery and each student will have a diaroma box that we will be working on to create a little unique scene using the different skills we work on each week. We'll look at how to create ground cover, make water, use an airbrush, find and create a backdrop, and laying and ballasting track. We'll go through and discover skills that we can use to help build our own layout, the club layout, or even an amazing diorama for a school project. We'll even bring in a camera and take pictures of our work and learn how light and angles mean everything when taking photograohs

This class involves learning hands-on, practical skills from experienced model railroaders and is geared for Youth ages 8+ who are able to concentrate and follow instructions. At times we will be using equipment requiring adult supervision (airbrush) and proper protection techniques must be implemented and understood by students. Students ages 6 & 7 whose parents feel have the attention span necessary to enjoy the class and not be a distraction to other students may take the class with the permission of the Instructor. Adults are welcome to join the class, with or without children or grandchildren, but should be aware that the class is geared toward introducing younger members to the many unique elements found within model railroading.

Let's Build That Module!

Class Schedule: Autumn/Winter 2015-16 - Sundays 6:00 pm - 8:00pm.
Dates: Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29
Field Trips: Dec 6 (local) & January 23 and/or 24th. Amherst Rail Show
Age Requirements: Ages 12+

Modular Railroading is one of the most unique parts of our hobby because it presents the opportunity for such divesity that often is contrary to the unified style of a club or individual layout. After all, who wants to see a brand new FP40 Engine running on a layout where the scenery and rolling stock is all steam from the 1920's? Yet with Modular Railroading, no dream is too small, no scene too unique! We build a 4 x 2 ft box of wood and carefully lay three sets of tracks at specific measurements. We add a special set of connectivity plugs and now the rest of the layout is yours to scenic in whatever way you choose!

Modules are easily and effectively interchanged with one another and specially constructed corner pieces to allow for a variable layout depending on the venue at which we exhibit. We can set up a 36 x 10 foot layout in a few hours and be running trains on three tracks but an essential attraction of our layout is the variety of modules that we build. Every module offers the chance to showcase an interesting aspect of model railroading that is limited only by your imagination.

Over the course of eight classes, we will follow the steps to building modules that we will display at the West Barnstable Fire Department's Christmas Pancake Breakfast on Sunday December 6th 2016. Beginning with the first class where we will explore ideas and put designs onto paper, we will then begin the carpentry and assembly process after which we will add tracks and wiring. The rest of the time will be taken up with the super-detailing of the scenes as we learn techniques such as creating water, using an airbrush, and adding buttons and electronics.

Scouting USA: Railroading Merit Badge

Class Schedule: One Day Class 7:30 am - 5:00pm.
Dates: To be announced. Expected August/September 2015
Field Trips: West Barnstable Station Complex
Age Requirements: Must be enrolled in the Scouting Program. Visit here for more info

The Railroading Merit Badge is ranked #74 in popularity for Mwerit Badges, probably becuase it isn't always easy to get as the requirements swiftly move from modeling to history to operations. In conjunction with the Cape Cod Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society, our wonderful neighbors who restore and operate the West Barnstable Station, and Mass Coastal Railroad who operate live trains on Cape Cod, we are hoping to offer a one-day Railroad Merit Badge in the later part of the summer/beginning of Autumn. Check back or email us for updates and to register your interest.

Scouting USA: Model Design and Building

Class Schedule: Independent Study.
Dates: Ongoing
Field Trips: Not Required
Age Requirements: Must be enrolled in the Scouting Program. Visit here for more info

Model Design and Building is a specialized Merit Badge that would be of interest to a Scout interested in building a replica of a railroad car. Our experience suggests using one of the models of our Bradley and Osgood Coach as we have all the colours and decals in house. This project may be worked on individually or with other Scouts in a group. Check back or email us for updates and to register your interest.