2023 PMLC… Changes?

The 2022 event is not even a week old and already we’re working on some changes for 2023. We don’t have a specific range of things we need, or want, to modify but during our debrief chats we’re always looking for ways to improve. It’s always possible to tweak some of the details that go into an event, even just a one-day foofaraw, and any way we can make the event better or more appealing or fun for the attendees is a good move.

Because our model contest is so important to the event it’s naturally one activity area we’re discussing. We have several ideas we think most of our attendees will like and we’ll talk more about those later on this year.

We would be pleased if any of our participants would like to weigh in with any comments or suggestions they care to pass along. Send any thoughts to my email at splco-mwry@comcast.net, if the mood strikes.

Thank you! – Jeff Johnston

March 11, 2023

After much arduous searching and cross checking, we have a date for the 2023 event! It’s March 11, back closer to where we always were before. The date is, as far as we know, free and clear of any other local RR events, as well as being at least a week ahead of the first Oregon or Washington spring break schedules. The earlier date means we’ll need to hope for the best as far as weather is concerned, but that’s the best we can do.

2022 PMLC In The Books

The 2022 edition of the Pacific Model Loggers’ Congress is in the books. We had a small crowd, as expected during this tumultuous “re-opening the country” time of history, but our attendees seemed enthusiastic and the model contest, while small in numbers, had its usual array of terrific quality entries.

Our event heart and soul, Lon Wall, was seriously missed. RIP Lon.

We’re researching our options for the event date next year and as soon as we can nail something down, we’ll let you know. In the meantime if you have any questions or comments, drop a line at the Contact Us link at the bottom of the home page.

One week to go

Hoping this makes it to the “News” part of our website, still learning this whole WordPress thing. And being darn slow about it.

One week from today we’ll be gathering at Camp 18 for the event. We’ve had excellent response from quite a few pending attendees and that’s a welcome development. Our projects are mostly finished and ready to go, we’re rounding up all of our usual hardware, and our crew is assembling well. With any luck this year’s Congress will be one to remember!

Remember, we still have a dealer table or two available, and any of our usual suspects who feel like volunteering to help should let us know at your nearest convenience.

Thank you!

March 6 update

We’re moving ahead with plans for the event as well as refining some Covid-related aspects our attendees may want to know about.

  • We won’t be doing food service in the room, but coffee, soda, meals and the legendary Camp 18 sweet rolls will be available upstairs in the restaurant.
  • Although the Covid-related mask requirement will have ended by then, we encourage our attendees to observe any sensible safety precautions we’ve been living with for a couple of years now.
  • There will be no water pitchers in the event space, so we’re encouraging people to bring their own water bottles to refill at the faucet in the room.
  • J. Clark McAbee’s presentation on St. Paul and Tacoma will not be taking place, but we will likely have a presentation on Dave Clune’s fantastic 0n3 Cascade County Narrow Gauge layout which includes a modest logging operation as part of the layout. This one you need to see to believe, Dave is both a fine artist and a meticulous technician. The combination is a stunning layout that sets a pretty high bar for the rest of us.