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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Local news The LetKbridge Herald Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Saturday, November 2. 1974 Pages 19-36 Here's how grown men let off steam Scoffers might say that grown men are too big to be playing with toy trains But to Lloyd Parker and his fellow enthusiasts, model railroading is more than "playing with toy trams It's a com- plex, technical and fascinating hobby and it grows on you like weeds on an old right-of-way Mr Parker superintendent for the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club, has had a life-long interest in trams, but has only been "fully active" in the hobby for six years The club is building an HO-scale layout the Alberta Southern Railway at its quarters in Gyro Park The project is in its fourth year, and is far from finished When it is done it will be a panorama of a railway from the prairies through the foothills to the mountains, all in a scale of 3 5 millimetres to one foot All of it will be modelled with painstak- ing accuracy The foothills section nearmg com- pletion, bears an uncanny resemblance to the Crowsnest Pass The locomotives and rolling stock bear close inspection still looking like the real thing Even the rivers and streams look as if real water flowed in their beds The model railroader is often interested in railroading in general, says Mr Parker Some have side interests such as collecting railway artifacts or going on old-time steam excursions The effort involved in the hobby is ab- sorbing, and relaxing after a day's work he says There is enough variety to it that a person tiring of say, building scenery, can switch to track-laying or wiring Work has begun on the mountain section of the Alberta Southern, with the underly- ing wood frame work up and wiring in progress Track has been laid, but scenery remains to be added The mountains will be more than six feet high so an operator at the local con- trol point in the middle of the range will probably be invisible Local controls, as well as a system con- trol board, are being built into the layout It will be operable as a system or by sec- tions The prairie section of the road will be added later says Mr Parker As well as mountains, foothills and prairie, the finished railway will include a marshalling area storage tracks and a hump yard The layout is being built from the ground up including framing, wiring and track laying Club members with special training such as electricians, supervise the technical work The wiring panel already looks like a telephone switchbox and most of its junc- tion boards are yet untouched by spaghet- ti. All tracks come in single three-foot lengths, and are hand-laid on the ties The right gauge is ensured by a metal template The ties themselves are stained by hand and laid by hand on the sand roadbed The rails are fastened on with tiny spikes by hand The rolling stock can be bought ready- to-roll or in kit form, says Mr Parker some hobbyists go so far as to acquire small lathes and other tools and make their own from scratch The layout will not be completed for another two when the mam switching station is ready The switching station like those at modern CP Rail and CNR yards, shows all switches under its control and their JIM NOBLE'S TRESTLE WITH WORKMEN IN CLOSEUP ALBERTA SOUTHERN IN FOOTHILLS TOM STERNBERG AT CONTROLS current state The board may wind up with some form of computer control, he While the majontv of model railways are controlled with one power pack and two w ires the mam cable for the Alberta Southern has 800 pairs of wires In spite of the realism the project is not a direct copv of an actual railway, says Tom Sterenberg the club lav out foreman Such a copv of an actual stretch of CP Rail or some other road is called a protoUpe model and some enthusiast? do build them But U s hard to get all the right equipment for Canadian lines, says Mr Sterenberg "So most of us make up our own railwavs" he-savs We get less criticism thai way Mr Parker savs hobbvists have a preference for stock modelling construe lion or scenerv work but adds "Like everybody else we like to just run them too Model railioader> have one technical advantage the railways haven t the hook Thai the hand from the skv that keeps Irairs nnpinp on lime and on 1hf track impcnlam point sinro mode railroaders ninnrg their equipment piten slick 1o Building requires some knowledge of hislon ho agrees but for tunatel-v there is large literature of railwa" <-onsinir1ion r-oriel milwav construction a modeller doesn 1 know he probahlv find in a hook he savs HAND-CRAFTED LOCOMOTIVE IS AFTER 1938 ORIGINAL Story by Murdoch Macleod Phil Illingworth photos builder but the mountains look real, and the illusion is increased by the background painted on the masonite walls of the room The layout is the third m the room in 10 years and was begun three years ago after its predecessor suffered smoke damage We re about a year too soon to see it finished, says Dr Noble Mountains are constructed of wire screening over the wooden frame, with plaster over that, and a bit of coloring in the plaster to make the rocks the right color Rivers and streams are made by painting the streambed, then pouring resin down it The resin picks its own course and sets looking like water The waterfalls are done the same way. but us- ing silicone. says Dr Noble Trees are hand-sanded dowels, stained and with foliage, rubber com- pound and paint Foliage is often packing material but on this layout it's broken stems of baby's breath inserted into holes in the dowels His layout also includes the trestle Before he built the trestle Jim Noble had to research railway trestle construc- tion Only two pieces, where it gaps across a stream and a lower track level, are from kits The rest is hand-made The trestle contains about 900 actual feet of wood, and to scale contains feet To scale it is 204 feet high, two thirds of the height of the railway bridge over the Oldman River and over 300 feet long but a lot of it comes just from practice and patience The narrow-gauge unit in the foothills section of the Alberta Southern Railway- has at least one example of these qualities a station that looks like a small-town CP Rail or CNR depot Jim Noble's model railway takes up a fair-sized room in his basement, and it too is still building Mr Parker savs Dr Noble is something of a scenery expert The mountain lav out looks like part of the British Columbia interior It's "just a mountain railway according to its ill LLOYD PARKER OPERATES CLUB CONTROL PANEL Bursary plan at U of L 'not working' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Major changes must be made to the experimental bur- sary program if the provincial government hopes to draw students to the University of Lethbndge from outside areas The province introduced the two-year program in 1973 to encourage students who do not live near a college or universi- ty to ditend the U of L The encouragement is in the form of a bursary and is restricted to first-year students Only 98 of the 400 bursaries available have been awarded since the fall of 1973 and there is "3 evidence that the bur- sarv program has been effec tive in drawing students to the U of L who wouldn t have enrolled if the bursary wasn't available, the U of L president Bill Beckel suggests Dr Beckel, in an interview said most of the bursaries were awarded to students from an area normally served bv the U of L Seven students from north Only seven bursaries were awarded to students from the area of Edmonton and north of the capital city and seven others were awarded to students from the area between High River and Ed- monton The other 84 bursaries were awarded to students from Southern Alberta Students within 20 miles of cities with a university or college that offers university programs do not qualify for the bursary When the department of ad- vanced education and Univer- sity of Lethbndge officials meet to review the bursary program and decide what direction it is to take, Dr Beckel will recommend that three major changes be made to the program if it is to be continued The meeting is expected to take place in December or January Advertising ''must increase' The bursary program must be advertised much more ex- tensively expanded to include students from other cities and made available to students who are attending the U of L for the first time, regardless of the years of university education they received at Alberta colleges The U of L didn't and still doesn t have the money to mount an advertising cam- paign to inform eligible students about the bursary program. Dr Beckel points out Some students in the Ed monton area haven't even heard of the University of Lethbndge so it is only reasonable to assume that thev haven t heard about the bursary program, he main- tains There are even students who apply for loans to attend the U of L who don t know that they are eligible for the free The program must be ex- panded to include students from the two major cities and to students who have taken their first year or two of un- iversity at a college in the province, so more students from other areas of the province attend the U of L the U of L president maintains 320 bursaries unclaimed Dr Beckel is anxious to have the U of L become a provincial-based university, an institution with a student population from all areas in the province "I am sure there are 300 students who might have benefited from our system' and the bursary if they had been informed about it or permitted to take advantage of it "Why should Dr Beckel asks "It is not in its best interests The bursaries have at least been financially helpful to some students, he concedes as one, if not the only, benefit the bursary achieved during the past 15 months The bursaries may have helped some students to at- tend university who may not otherwise have been able to afford it but there is no evidence to prove such was the case Meanwhile, there still are 302 unclaimed bursaries representing about that could be claimed by first- year students entering the un- iversity s spring semester this Januan Many pupils move to other schools Many parents took advan- tage of the opportunity to choose the school their children are attending this fall under the new optional atten- dance boundary policy- approved by the public school board in March school statistics released Friday show Public school principals approved 161 requests by parents to transfer their children to a school other than the one they attended last year and refused several others, the statistics show Requests for transfer were onlv refused by principals when the school the parents wished to transfer their children was filled to capacitv Before the transfer policy was approved the board in March children uerc re quired to attend the school that was located within the school boundaries of their place of residence The Gilbt rl Palerson School granted 64 transfers the most in the public school svstern Everv school had at leasl two requests for transfer and a large number of requests for transfer of students to Hamilton Junior High School and the Galbraith School were refused The requests for transfer were made to the principal of the school the parents wished to send their children rather than the school within their geographical attendance boundary The optional boundary polio only applied to elemen- tarv and junior high schools since high school students previoush had the freedom to choose between the public system s two high schools Gerry Probe, director of personnel services for the pubhr schools, said the policy didn 1 create anv ad-_ rninistratn-e problems and obvioush a ven good ihmp because rf the number of pan nls who took advantage of the opporlumtv to transfer 1heir children Parents who wish to transfer their children from school ihev are now ailtndiTig 1o another Lothbndec public school for the 2S7S 76 school vear must submit their request to the srhool of their choice before the April 1 deadline ;