EXTRA 2011 WEST
2011 NMRA National Convention
July 3 to 9, 2011 - Sacramento, California
The Unconventional Convention

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Advance Section Tours are indicated by the letter "A" for the first letter of the tour number, for example AG11. All Advance Section activitites require supplemental registration for the Advance Section. All tickets for Advance Section events will only be distributed from the Hilton Newark/Fremont the weekend prior to the main convention (July 1-3).

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AP01 Union Pacific Rail - Oakland Area Facilities Sold Out
Friday Morning July 1 $25.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 12:00 PM
Union Pacific has promised us an interesting tour of their facilities in the northern bay area. UP activity centers on the Oakland waterfront where the primary container port resides. UP has inherited all the former SP and WP facilities in the area. Some are only historic bones, but the waterfront remains an important source of traffic. The mainline still runs down the center of the city street at Jack London Square. This tour may also include BNSF facilities, but approval is still pending. See http://portofoakland.com and http://jacklondonsquare.com.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AP02 Lehigh Southwest Cement - Caltrain Maintenance Facility Click to Order
Friday Afternoon July 1 $25.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 6:00 PM
Lehigh Southwest is one of the largest cement quarries and factories on the west coast. The plant was originally constructed in 1939 to supply materials for the Shasta dam. Today it provides more than half of all cement needs for the greater bay area. It is served by Union Pacific Railway with frequent trains grinding up the hill to the Cupertino facility. See http://lehighpermanente.com.

The Caltrain Maintenance Facility (CEMOF) is the bay area service and repair focus for California's state owned passenger train system. It was formerly operated by SP and has been expanded and upgraded to the latest technology and machines. Our tour host will be the Valley Transportation Agency that partners with Cal Trains and Amtrak to provide a top grade regional heavy rail service. Capitol Corridor trains provide frequent service between San Jose and Sacramento. The CC can be used by those wishing to take the train to the main NMRA convention. See http://www.capitolcorridor.org/ and the CEMOF Wikipedia Article.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

AP23 Niles Canyon Railway and Amtrak to Sacramento Click to Order
Sunday All Day July 3 $55.00 Dep 10:30 AM Ret 4:00 PM
In 1987 The Pacific Locomotive Association entered into an agreement with Alameda County and began rebuilding the line through Niles Canyon that Southern Pacific had abandoned three years earlier. Operating as the Niles Canyon Railway, association volunteers worked for over a year on the first part of the track reconstruction between Sunol and Brightside and on May 21, 1988, almost 122 years after the first Western Pacific passenger train ran in the canyon, the Pacific Locomotive Association brought railroad passenger operations back to life in Niles Canyon.

Since that time, the Pacific Locomotive Association has extended the line as far as the town of Niles and now boards trains at both ends of the line, at Niles Station and the 1880's depot in Sunol.

After our round-trip ride from Niles to Sunol and back, we will return to the Hilton for you to eat and pick-up luggage prior to moving on the Fremont Amtrak station for the train trip to Sacramento. Tour price includes, bus transportation, Niles Canyon ticket and Amtrak travel.

Advance Section registration is required to attend any of the Advance Section events.

P201 WESTERN PACIFIC MUSEUM PORTOLA AND FEATHER RIVER CANYON Click to Order
Monday All Day July 4 $80.00 Dep 7:15 AM Ret 6:15 PM
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum located at Portola in California's majestic Feather River Canyon has the largest and most complete locomotive and equipment collection in North America dedicated to a single railroad, with over 35 locomotives and 80 cars of various types. The museum encourages visitors to climb up in the cabs of locomotives, sit in the engineer's seats, and browse through the many cabooses and passenger cars on display, including cars from the California Zephyr, one of the nation's most famous passenger trains.

Our trip will in one direction travel via the Feather River Canyon, an excellent locale for railfanning, with anticipated stops at Serpentine Canyon, Virgilia Siding and the Pulga Trestles. Stops will be adjusted to allow photography of detected train traffic. There will be no stop at the Keddie Wye where highway traffic is too dangerous to permit stopping and unloading the bus for photography. We regret this omission from the trip, but safety is critical. Tour P201 will travel directly to Portola via Interstate 80 through Truckee and return via the Feather River Canyon with the railfanning on the return.

Lunch from a local deli will be provided at the Museum.

The Museum does not restrict clothing or shoes but remember you will be in a railroad yard. Getting on and off the bus at railfanning stops with questionable footing in the Feather River Canyon might be another reason to have practical footwear. Lastly, at 5,000 feet elevation you may also want to bring a jacket and think about long pants instead of shorts.

P202 WESTERN PACIFIC MUSEUM PORTOLA AND FEATHER RIVER CANYON Click to Order
Monday All Day July 4 $80.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 6:30 PM
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum located at Portola in California's majestic Feather River Canyon has the largest and most complete locomotive and equipment collection in North America dedicated to a single railroad, with over 35 locomotives and 80 cars of various types. The museum encourages visitors to climb up in the cabs of locomotives, sit in the engineer's seats, and browse through the many cabooses and passenger cars on display, including cars from the California Zephyr, one of the nation's most famous passenger trains.

Our trip will in one direction travel via the Feather River Canyon, an excellent locale for railfanning, with anticipated stops at Serpentine Canyon, Virgilia Siding and the Pulga Trestles. Stops will be adjusted to allow photography of detected train traffic. There will be no stop at the Keddie Wye where highway traffic is too dangerous to permit stopping and unloading the bus for photography. We regret this omission from the trip, but safety is critical. Tour P202 will travel via the Feather River Canyon with railfanning on the way to the WP Museum and will return via Interstate 80 through Truckee.

Lunch from a local deli will be provided at the Museum.

The Museum does not restrict clothing or shoes but remember you will be in a railroad yard. Getting on and off the bus at railfanning stops with questionable footing in the Feather River Canyon might be another reason to have practical footwear. Lastly, at 5,000 feet elevation you may also want to bring a jacket and think about long pants instead of shorts.

P203 SIERRA RAILWAY AT RAILTOWN 1897 Sold Out
Monday All Day July 4 $60.00 Dep 9:30 AM Ret 6:30 PM
Known as "The Movie Railroad," the Sierra Railroad's survival has long been aided by the film industry. The first known filming on the railroad was in 1919 for a silent serial called The Red Glove. Since then, the historic buildings, locomotives, and the railroad cars preserved here have appeared in more than 200 films, television productions, and commercials. Still a popular Hollywood location site, Railtown 1897 has been called "the most photographed railroad in the world." Petticoat Junction, The Wild, Wild West, High Noon, The Virginian, Unforgiven, and Back to the Future Part III were all filmed on the railroad.

In 1982 the Sierra Railroad sold it's Jamestown complex, along with the steam locomotives and other equipment, to the State of California, which now runs that facility as a California State Park called Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. The three locomotives are: Sierra Railway No. 2, a Lima 1922 103-Ton Shay; Sierra Railway No. 3, a Rogers 1891 4-6-0, used for movies and specials and the oldest surviving Rogers 4-6-0 and Sierra Railway No. 28, a Baldwin 1922 2-8-0 that is currently out of service.

Our tour will travel down the Mother Lode highway from Placerville to Jamestown, passing through towns built during the Gold Rush. At Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, we will have a Texas Style BBQ in the park's picnic grounds, a docent lead tour of the historic shops and grounds and take about a 50 minute ride behind one of the park's steam locomotives. Although the locomotive used will depend on their status at the time, it is currently expected the train that day will be pulled by the 1891 4-6-0 Sierra #3, star of innumerable movies and TV series, that has recently returned to service.

Our return trip on the less scenic interstate system is designed to have participants arrive back in Sacramento around 6:00 pm, in time to join one of the evening's fireworks events.

P211 WESTERN PACIFIC WITH LOCOMOTIVE OPERATION Click to Order
Monday All Day July 4 $115.00 Dep 7:15 AM Ret 6:15 PM
Tours P211 and P212 will share transportation with P201 and P202 and attendees will be able to participate in all activities noted for those tours. Additionally, participants on these two tours will operate Southern Pacific GP9E #2873 for approximately 15 minutes and share the cab with three other participants for the balance of the one hour window each group of 4 will receive. Tours P211 and P212 are limited to 12 participants each.

Shorts are OK but at 5,000 feet elevation you may want not just long pants but a jacket as well. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended for people running the locomotive. THINK ABOUT IT. Do you really want to be climbing the ladder into a locomotive in sandals, flip flops or high heels? Getting on and off the bus at railfanning stops with questionable footing in the Feather River Canyon might be another reason to have practical footwear.

P212 WESTERN PACIFIC WITH LOCOMOTIVE OPERATION Sold Out
Monday All Day July 4 $115.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 6:30 PM
Tours P211 and P212 will share transportation with P201 and P202 and attendees will be able to participate in all activities noted for those tours. Additionally, participants on these two tours will operate Southern Pacific GP9E #2873 for approximately 15 minutes and share the cab with three other participants for the balance of the one hour window each group of 4 will receive. Tours P211 and P212 are limited to 12 participants each.

Shorts are OK but at 5,000 feet elevation you may want not just long pants but a jacket as well. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended for people running the locomotive. THINK ABOUT IT. Do you really want to be climbing the ladder into a locomotive in sandals, flip flops or high heels? Getting on and off the bus at railfanning stops with questionable footing in the Feather River Canyon might be another reason to have practical footwear.

P301 MODESTO AND EMPIRE TRACTION Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $20.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 12:45 PM
While the names of the original railroad and the current M&ET both seem to imply that the railroad was built as an interurban, wires were never strung and passenger service was initially provided by a gasoline railcar and later by a battery-powered street car. Passenger service ended in 1917, but freight operations continued and were handled by a variety of steam engines. Steam was replaced with GE 70-tonners beginning in 1947. The M&ET now serves its customers with a fleet of seven Railpower GenSet 2000-HP locomotives.

Our tour will include a history of the railroad, a shop tour with photo ops of the locos and shops, and a narrated tour through the railroad's switching district. We will see and hear about the types of switching maneuvers, the businesses served, and the challenges of the railroad.

No open toed shoes or heels. Shorts OK

P302 NEVADA COUNTY NARROW GAUGE Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $40.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour, led by Bill Shaumberg as an extension of his Monday clinic, will follow the NCNG right-of-way from Colfax to Nevada City with stops along the way to see bridge and station locations, view portions of the right-of-way, and visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City. At the museum, attendees will be given a docent-led historical tour of the museum, rail yards, and restoration shop. NCNG No.5, an 1875 Baldwin that initially hauled lumber, then passengers and freight and finally ended up as a movie engine at Universal Studios in Hollywood is on display. The rail yard houses a collection of wooden cars, some of which have been restored while others are awaiting their turn in the restoration shop.

(Was previously listed as P402 before being moved from Wednesday to Tuesday)
This tour will involve walking in unimproved areas. Appropriate footwear for those conditions is highly recommended.

P303 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA TRACTION Click to Order
Tuesday July 5 $20.00 Dep 3:30 PM Ret 7:30 PM
The Central California Traction Company was incorporated in 1905 and was originally conceived as a streetcar line for Stockton, a city south of Sacramento. By September 1907, electric passenger train service began between Stockton and the city of Lodi, south of Stockton. By August 1910, the passenger line had been extended northerly to Sacramento. Freight service began on the line about the same time. Interurban passenger service made its last run in February 1933 at the height of the Depression. CCT's freight operations continued under electricity for another decade until the CCT made the switch from electricity to diesel after the arrival of a pair of GE 44-tonners in 1946.

Today, the CCT has two unconnected lines. One runs from Sacramento to Stockton with a connection to the city of Lodi. A second line serves the Port of Stockton, the second largest inland port on the West Coast, which serves the vast agricultural area of the San Joaquin Valley. This tour will give you an up-close view of this thriving shortline railroad.

Our visit will include a shop tour and photo session of classic CCT equipment.

No open toed shoes or heels. No shorts, you must wear long pants.

P304 HAYES TRUCK MUSEUM /HEIDRICK AG HISTORY CENTER (handicap access) Click to Order
Tuesday Afternoon July 5 $25.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
The Hayes Antique Truck/Heidrick Ag History Center consists of two historical collections housed in a single 130,000-square-foot interactive exhibit. The cornerstones of these exhibits are the Fred C. Heidrick Antique Ag Collection, the world's largest and most unique collection of one-of-a-kind antique agricultural equipment, and the Hayes Antique Truck Museum, recognized as the largest collection of antique trucks in the world.

The Heidrick collection in addition to farm implements and tractors ranging from an 1890 Deering Reaper to numerous Caterpillar, Holt, Fordson, and John Deere tractors from the 1920's, this exhibit includes a restored City of Woodland horse drawn street car. The Hayes Truck collection includes over 100 different makes of old trucks representing 94 different manufacturers including the one and only 1916 Breeding Steam Truck. And an ALCO Diesel - truck not locomotive.

P305 PACIFIC SOUTHWEST CONTAINER Cancelled
Tuesday All Day July 5 $20.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 12:45 PM
Pacific Southwest Container, a family-owned business founded in 1973, is the West Coast's premier provider of packaging for shipping, display and protective needs. With more than 750,000 sq ft between their Modesto and Visalia, CA facilities, they offer comprehensive services, from planning and design, to manufacturing for boxes ranging from plain brown and pre-printed shipping cartons, to product packaging and point of purchase display materials. To meet the growing consumer and retailer demand for green products, PSC embraces a new era of resource-efficient, environmentally-friendly design and manufacturing techniques.

This informative and comprehensive tour will focus on PSC's entire production cycle from sizing and forming of corrugated materials to high speed color printing and preparation for shipment. This unique tour is limited in the number of participants to approximately 20 so reserve your spot quickly.

Long pants and closed toed shoes (no tennis shoes) are required.

P311 SF TROLLEY AND CABLE CAR MUSEUMS (handicapped accessible) Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $65.00 Dep 7:00 AM Ret 7:00 PM
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where you can get the actual experience of riding vintage rail transit in its "natural habitat" by riding on the historic trolleys maintained by the Market Street Railway and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway on their F-street line. Muni, as it is affectionately called locally, operates a rotating twenty of the forty plus trolleys in regular service on a dedicated line that runs from Fisherman's Wharf along the waterfront past the famous Ferry Terminal and then along Market Street through the city's Financial District to the end of the line in what is known as the Castro District. Although visually unchanged from their historic appearance all of these "museum in motion" vehicles have been modified internally to be wheel-chair accessible, and many of the stops on the line, including the one at the Museum, have ramps.

The San Francisco Railway Museum, located across the street from the Ferry Building is designed to complement the historic rail vehicles of the F-line and cable car lines by serving as an information and interpretation center for them. The museum features a full-sized exact replica of the motorman's platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, and audio-visual exhibits to bring rail transit in the 19th and 20th centuries to life.

We will travel via Amtrak and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to the San Francisco Railway Museum. The tour fee includes a day pass on Muni, so once our docent led tour of the Museum is over you will be on-your-own for the rest of the day. Ride the trolleys, take pictures as they go by the Museum (all 20 have to pass in each direction in a traffic safe location) dine at either end of the F-street line at Fisherman's Wharf or the less touristy Castro.

As a side trip, catch a Cable Car, the fare is included in the day pass. Go for just the ride or get off at the Cable Car Museum to view their exhibits and the operating wheel that pulls the cable. The Cable Car option is not handicapped accessible, and can involve extensive waits to board at either end of the line. Additionally, re-boarding at the Cable Car Museum can be difficult (they are always full and in the middle of heavy traffic) and you should be prepared to walk down a steep hill to the F-street trolley line.

The last of Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains from Richmond to Sacramento leaves at 8:30 pm. and you need to catch BART from San Francisco to Richmond at least an hour before that. The convention shuttle running on Thursday will provide transportation from Old Town Sacramento (at the end of the Amtrak station) to the Convention Center until 7:00 pm. See the tour desk prior to departure for more details on pick-up on Tuesday and after 7:00 pm Thursday.

This is a great tour for trolley fans, photography buffs, historians and anybody else just looking for an unconventional day.

P321 PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION - CSRM (handicapped accessible) Click to Order
Tuesday Morning July 5 $5.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 10:00 AM
The California State Railroad Museum has a lot of wonderful equipment to photograph. All of which can be done during normal museum hours, with flash and lots of people to shoot around. This tour gives you the unique opportunity to use a tripod and be in a limited attendance environment of only convention attendees before normal Museum operating hours. Tour size is limited to 50 attendees.
P401 NWP HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND PETALUMA TROLLEY RESTORATION SHOPS Cancelled
Wednesday All Day July 6 $35.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 4:05 PM
The Northwestern Pacific Historical Society and Petaluma Trolley share a facility in which both are working on projects restoring equipment. Our trip starts with a visit to that facility where we will meet with representatives of both organizations. After leaving the facility in Petaluma we will travel to Santa Rosa where participants can visit the NWPHS' display in the Santa Rosa Depot prior to or after lunch in one of Railroad Square's dining establishments. Before leaving Santa Rosa to return to Sacramento we will stop and visit local NWP themed layouts.
P403 WESTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM - RIO VISTA Click to Order
Wednesday Afternoon July 6 $25.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:30 PM
The Western Railway Museum has over 50 historic cars on display in its 2,400-square-foot display and exhibit hall. Our docent led tour will view cars in the exhibit hall and ride approximately ten miles of track in one of the museum's restored trolleys. Afterwards tour participants will have time to visit the museum's photographic displays and gift shop before returning to the Convention Center.
P404 UNION PACIFIC ROSEVILLE YARD Sold Out
Wednesday Morning July 6 $20.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 12:00 PM
The Union Pacific Railroad is North America's largest railroad, covering 23 states with over 32,000 miles of track. The Union Pacific has almost 42,000 employees and over 8,300 locomotives. For fallen flags followers the UP now incorporates the Missouri Pacific, Western Pacific, MKT, Chicago and Northwestern and the Southern Pacific.

The Union Pacific's Davis Yard in Roseville, California is the largest and most modern Classification Yard on the West Coast. Approximately 98% percent of all UP traffic in Northern California moves through the Davis Yard. The Davis Yard greatly improves the UP network to and from Northern California for manifest carload traffic. Davis Yard blocks all cars for Northern California into zones for satellite yards such as Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton, Tracy, Warm Springs, Milpitas and Modesto to avoid additional switching at these yards.

The yard encompasses 915 acres. It has 2 mainlines, 8 receiving and departure tracks and 55 bowl tracks with a capacity for 6,500 cars. There are also 247 switches and a repair facility capable of repairing damaged cars in a single day.

During our tour we will visit with the yard's mechanics and the main control tower.

Long pants and hard shoes (no tennis shoes)are required.

P405 SIERRA PACIFIC LUMBER Click to Order
Wednesday Morning July 6 $20.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 11:45 AM
Sierra Pacific Industries is a family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California that owns and manages nearly 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. It is the second largest lumber producer in the United States. In addition to the forests, SPI operates sawmills and plants to produce products from finished lumber, to windows and even decorative landscaping bark.

Our tour will visit the Sierra Pacific Industries facility in Lincoln, California. This saw mill complex consists of two band mill head rigs with conventional carriages, band re-saw, edgers and trim saw/sorting line plus a small log mill consisting of a twin band mill head saw to break down logs together with re-saw, edger and trim saw/sorting complex. The complex is supported by log yard, de-barking operation, electrical power generation on site, dry kilns and a lumber/timber planing mill for finishing lumber for the retail market.

Our bus guide on this tour will be a name many of you may recognize. Jim Zeek has been a frequent presenter at both Regional and National NMRA conventions, most recently at the 2008 in Anaheim. Jim is also a former SPI employee with extensive experience in the mill processes. A follow up session is planned for Friday evening where both Jim and SPI Community Relations Manager, Mark Luster will be on hand to answer questions about the plant in a quieter environment than the plant.

Long pants and hard shoes (no tennis shoes)are required.

P408 FOLSOM HISTORICAL SITES Cancelled
Wednesday All Day July 6 $20.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
When the Folsom Powerhouse opened in 1895 it was the first power system to transmit high voltage alternating electric current over long distance power lines by sending power to Sacramento, twenty-two miles away. That feat has earned it a spot in the National Register of Historic Places. Our docent led tour of the Powerhouse is one of four stops we will make after arriving in Folsom. Our other stops, also docent led, are the Folsom Railroad Museum operated by the El Dorado Historical Society Railroad, the Folsom History Museum and the Folsom History Museum's Pioneer Village Annex adjoining the Railroad Museum.

This tour will travel via Sacramento Regional Transit's Light Rail System from the Convention Center to end of the line in Downtown Folsom. All of our stops in Folsom are within walking distance of the light rail stop.

P413 PETALUMA TROLLEY AND WESTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM - SELF GUIDED Click to Order
Wednesday All Day July 6 $15.00 Dep 9:30 AM Ret 5:00 PM
As our trolley enthusiasts know, tours for their interest are slim at our conventions, largely due to the limited number of members interested in that aspect of our hobby. Tour P401 is primarily Northwestern Pacific themed, but includes the Petaluma Trolley restoration project which is housed in the same facility as the NWPHS restoration project. Tour participants on P401 will not be back in time to participate in tour P403. Therefore, as SELF GUIDED ONLY we are offering both locations as an alternative tour. Participants need to arrive at the Petaluma Trolley Restoration facility by 9:30 a.m. and can arrive at the Western Railway Museum as early as noon.
P444 UNION PACIFIC ROSEVILLE YARD
Wednesday Afternoon July 6 $20.00 Dep 12:30 PM Ret 4:00 PM
Tickets for this tour will only be available at the tour desk at the Convention

The Union Pacific Railroad is North America's largest railroad, covering 23 states with over 32,000 miles of track. The Union Pacific has almost 42,000 employees and over 8,300 locomotives. For fallen flags followers the UP now incorporates the Missouri Pacific, Western Pacific, MKT, Chicago and Northwestern and the Southern Pacific.

The Union Pacific's Davis Yard in Roseville, California is the largest and most modern Classification Yard on the West Coast. Approximately 98% percent of all UP traffic in Northern California moves through the Davis Yard. The Davis Yard greatly improves the UP network to and from Northern California for manifest carload traffic. Davis Yard blocks all cars for Northern California into zones for satellite yards such as Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton, Tracy, Warm Springs, Milpitas and Modesto to avoid additional switching at these yards.

The yard encompasses 915 acres. It has 2 mainlines, 8 receiving and departure tracks and 55 bowl tracks with a capacity for 6,500 cars. There are also 247 switches and a repair facility capable of repairing damaged cars in a single day.

During our tour we will visit with the yard's mechanics and the main control tower.

Long pants and hard shoes (no tennis shoes)are required.

P500 MUSEUM SHUTTLE Click to Order
Thursday All Day July 7 $5.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 8:00 PM
On Thursday the convention will hold a number of special events in the California State Railway Museum and run a shuttle to and from Old Town to accomodate the need of attendees to move between the convention center and Museum. Additionally the shuttle will operate between the Convention Center and other California State Parks and privately operated museums such as the Governor's Mansion, Sutter's Fort and the Crocker Art Museum. Admission to the museums other than the CSRM will be your own responsibility but the tour desk will have discount coupons available and can help arrange group and docent led tours as requested. We anticipate the shuttle schedule will include trips to local hobby stores mid-day. The shuttle fare is good for unlimited rides, and will only operate on Thursday. A detailed schedule of times at the Convention Center, CSRM and other interim stops will be available at the convention.
P501 SIERRA PACIFIC LUMBER Click to Order
Thursday Morning July 7 $20.00 Dep 7:30 AM Ret 11:45 AM
Sierra Pacific Industries is a family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California that owns and manages nearly 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. It is the second largest lumber producer in the United States. In addition to the forests, SPI operates sawmills and plants to produce products from finished lumber, to windows and even decorative landscaping bark.

Our tour will visit the Sierra Pacific Industries facility in Lincoln, California. This saw mill complex consists of two band mill head rigs with conventional carriages, band re-saw, edgers and trim saw/sorting line plus a small log mill consisting of a twin band mill head saw to break down logs together with re-saw, edger and trim saw/sorting complex. The complex is supported by log yard, de-barking operation, electrical power generation on site, dry kilns and a lumber/timber planing mill for finishing lumber for the retail market.

Our bus guide on this tour will be a name many of you may recognize. Jim Zeek has been a frequent presenter at both Regional and National NMRA conventions, most recently at the 2008 in Anaheim. Jim is also a former SPI employee with extensive experience in the mill processes. A follow up session is planned for Friday evening where both Jim and SPI Community Relations Manager, Mark Luster will be on hand to answer questions about the plant in a quieter environment than the plant.

Long pants and hard shoes (no tennis shoes)are required.

P502 SETZER FOREST PRODUCTS Click to Order
Thursday Morning July 7 $5.00 Dep 9:45 AM Ret 11:30 AM
The Setzer family has owned and operated various lumber operations in Sacramento since 1927, starting as an agricultural box manufacturing plant. They added a sawmill in 1933, the first in the Central Valley rather than in the actual timber cutting areas, but in the 1950's the sawmill lost much of its log pond to the newly constructed Interstate 5. After that much of the operation was moved to Oroville, several hours north. Today the Sacramento plant produces moldings from medium density fiberboard (MDF), but many portions of the previous operations are still standing on the grounds.

The facility has had rail service from the beginning, and was served by both Southern Pacific and Western Pacific. Rail service is now provided by the CSRM's Sacramento Southern Railroad.

Our tours will be divided into two groups, with half visiting the actual molding cutting operation. The other half will visit the historic portions of the complex, where photography is not only permitted, but encouraged, especially for people who model the lumber industry. The groups will then switch before returning to the Convention Center or other stop on the shuttle route.

The molding cutting operation is an active wood shop and is an environment with particulate matter in the air. Participants with respiratory issues may want to avoid this portion of the tour.

Closed-toe shoes and long pants required.

P503 SETZER FOREST PRODUCTS Click to Order
Thursday Mid Day July 7 $5.00 Dep 11:45 AM Ret 1:30 PM
The Setzer family has owned and operated various lumber operations in Sacramento since 1927, starting as an agricultural box manufacturing plant. They added a sawmill in 1933, the first in the Central Valley rather than in the actual timber cutting areas, but in the 1950's the sawmill lost much of its log pond to the newly constructed Interstate 5. After that much of the operation was moved to Oroville, several hours north. Today the Sacramento plant produces moldings from medium density fiberboard (MDF), but many portions of the previous operations are still standing on the grounds.

The facility has had rail service from the beginning, and was served by both Southern Pacific and Western Pacific. Rail service is now provided by the CSRM's Sacramento Southern Railroad.

Our tours will be divided into two groups, with half visiting the actual molding cutting operation. The other half will visit the historic portions of the complex, where photography is not only permitted, but encouraged, especially for people who model the lumber industry. The groups will then switch before returning to the Convention Center or other stop on the shuttle route.

The molding cutting operation is an active wood shop and is an environment with particulate matter in the air. Participants with respiratory issues may want to avoid this portion of the tour.

P504 SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY Click to Order
Thursday Mid Day July 7 $20.00 Dep 10:30 AM Ret 1:30 PM
The Sacramento Regional Transit District operates 64 bus routes and 37.5 miles of light rail using 182 buses and 76 light rail cars. Thirty-six of the cars were built by Siemens and run on direct current. The other 40 cars were built by CAF and run on alternating current. Sacramento Transit draws current for both from the same overhead power line.

The light rail system consists of two lines, linking downtown Sacramento to the Interstate 80 corridor (Blue Line) and Folsom on US 50 (Gold Line). A third line, the Green Line, is currently under construction and will eventually run from downtown to the Sacramento Airport. Our tour will travel to the Facility by bus and return to the Convention Center on the Blue Line.

Our tour will cover three areas of the Maintenance Facility, the shop tour, a discussion of the dual power source line with visits and discussion of the two styles of car and a ride on a restored 1911 Sacramento Street Car affectionately nicknamed "Miss Daisy".

Long pants and closed toe shoes required.

P512 SF TROLLEY AND CABLE CAR MUSEUMS (handicapped accessible) Click to Order
Thursday All Day July 7 $65.00 Dep 7:00 AM Ret 7:00 PM
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where you can get the actual experience of riding vintage rail transit in its "natural habitat" by riding on the historic trolleys maintained by the Market Street Railway and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway on their F-street line. Muni, as it is affectionately called locally, operates a rotating twenty of the forty plus trolleys in regular service on a dedicated line that runs from Fisherman's Wharf along the waterfront past the famous Ferry Terminal and then along Market Street through the city's Financial District to the end of the line in what is known as the Castro District. Although visually unchanged from their historic appearance all of these "museum in motion" vehicles have been modified internally to be wheel-chair accessible, and many of the stops on the line, including the one at the Museum, have ramps.

The San Francisco Railway Museum, located across the street from the Ferry Building is designed to complement the historic rail vehicles of the F-line and cable car lines by serving as an information and interpretation center for them. The museum features a full-sized exact replica of the motorman's platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, and audio-visual exhibits to bring rail transit in the 19th and 20th centuries to life.

We will travel via Amtrak and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to the San Francisco Railway Museum. The tour fee includes a day pass on Muni, so once our docent led tour of the Museum is over you will be on-your-own for the rest of the day. Ride the trolleys, take pictures as they go by the Museum (all 20 have to pass in each direction in a traffic safe location) dine at either end of the F-street line at Fisherman's Wharf or the less touristy Castro.

As a side trip, catch a Cable Car, the fare is included in the day pass. Go for just the ride or get off at the Cable Car Museum to view their exhibits and the operating wheel that pulls the cable. The Cable Car option is not handicapped accessible, and can involve extensive waits to board at either end of the line. Additionally, re-boarding at the Cable Car Museum can be difficult (they are always full and in the middle of heavy traffic) and you should be prepared to walk down a steep hill to the F-street trolley line.

The last of Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains from Richmond to Sacramento leaves at 8:30 pm. and you need to catch BART from San Francisco to Richmond at least an hour before that. The convention shuttle running on Thursday will provide transportation from Old Town Sacramento (at the end of the Amtrak station) to the Convention Center until 7:00 pm. See the tour desk prior to departure for more details on pick-up on Tuesday and after 7:00 pm Thursday.

This is a great tour for trolley fans, photography buffs, historians and anybody else just looking for an unconventional day.

P521 SOUTHERN PACIFIC SHOPS TOUR - CSRM Sold Out
Thursday Morning July 7 $5.00 Dep 8:30 AM Ret 11:00 AM
The Southern Pacific Railroad's Sacramento Shops began construction in 1867, and grew to become the largest single-site industrial complex west of St. Louis. It served as the technological innovation center for the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and as time passed, it also emerged as the Central Shops for the mighty Southern Pacific Railroad and the Harriman railroad empire. Last used by SP successor Union Pacific in 1999, two of the remaining structures at the site are planned to become the Railroad Technology Museum, a major expansion of the California State Railroad Museum. Our tour will begin in the auditorium of the Museum with a presentation on the history of the Shops and plans for their future. We will then walk to the site for a behind-the-scenes guided tour. The tour will include walking approximately one-half mile over uneven/unpaved surfaces, and is not recommended for persons with limited mobility.

Closed-toed shoes must be worn by all participants.

P522 SOUTHERN PACIFIC SHOPS TOUR - CSRM Click to Order
Thursday Morning July 7 $5.00 Dep 9:30 AM Ret 12:00 PM
The Southern Pacific Railroad's Sacramento Shops began construction in 1867, and grew to become the largest single-site industrial complex west of St. Louis. It served as the technological innovation center for the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and as time passed, it also emerged as the Central Shops for the mighty Southern Pacific Railroad and the Harriman railroad empire. Last used by SP successor Union Pacific in 1999, two of the remaining structures at the site are planned to become the Railroad Technology Museum, a major expansion of the California State Railroad Museum. Our tour will begin in the auditorium of the Museum with a presentation on the history of the Shops and plans for their future. We will then walk to the site for a behind-the-scenes guided tour. The tour will include walking approximately one-half mile over uneven/unpaved surfaces, and is not recommended for persons with limited mobility.

Closed-toed shoes must be worn by all participants.

P523 GRADE CROSSING WARNING SYSTEMS - CSRM Click to Order
Thursday Morning July 7 $10.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 12:00 PM
Almost every layout has at least one grade crossing, and a lot have more than just crossbucks as warning systems. It is fun animation and something our layout visitors enjoy seeing. But have you every seen the inside workings of the real thing, or wondered how our model systems work compared to prototype Warning Systems? The Sacramento Southern Railroad Signal Department has, and they will spend this morning sharing their knowledge with us.

The Sacramento Southern Railroad is a working railroad owned and operated by the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. Staffed by volunteers, the railroad operates steam powered excursion passenger trains with vintage 1920's-era cars every weekend April-September. The Sacramento Southern's Signal Department is a group of volunteers who maintain the railroad's various Grade Crossing Warning Systems. They conduct all the necessary tests and inspections per Federal Railroad Administration rules and regulations, and make any necessary repairs and revisions to the signal facilities.

Our morning will start in one of the Railroad Museum's presentation theaters, with a discussion of not only how track detection and grade crossing signals work, but also the Federal Regulations that control those activities. The how and why the signals are where they are and operate the way they do. After that we will board a Sacramento Southern train and visit three different grade crossings on the line. We will break into sub-groups with one at each crossing, rotating so each group can discuss the inner workings of each of the three types of crossing protection systems.

The trip requires boarding and disembarking from the train in multiple locations, and a half mile walk along the track. The Sacramento Southern Railroad's trains are not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, due to historic, limited doorway widths and steep stepwells.

Note: Specially scheduled trains Thursday evening during the X2011west Convention will provide everyone in attendance with the opportunity to experience the railroad's route along the Sacramento River, pulled by a vintage steam locomotive.

Closed-toed shoes must be worn by all session participants for safety reasons.

P701 SPEEDER RIDES Sold Out
Saturday All Day July 9 $55.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 1:15 PM
They are noisy, bumpy, drafty and potentially the most fun you can have riding a "train" at this or any other convention. Members of the Amador Central Railroad, a joint venture of the Recreational Railroad Coalition Historical Society and the Amador County Historical Society will provide rides on the Amador Central Railroad trackage out of Ione, California. Round trip out and back to Ione will be approximately 2 hours of speeder operation.
P702 CARSON AND TAHOE LUMBER FLUME TOUR Cancelled
Saturday All Day July 9 $40.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 5:50 PM
The Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company was organized in 1873 and operated several flumes to transport lumber and over 8 miles of railroad. Logging operations ceased around 1896 but the company was not formally dissolved until 1947. The company's center of activity was located around Glenbrook, Spooner Summit, and Clear Creek Canyon, where portions remain to this day.

The Truckee Donner Railroad Society is a group of individuals who recognizing the importance railroads played in the formation and development of Truckee and the surrounding area, formed a not-for-profit corporation in 2000. Their mission is to perpetuate the study, advancement and knowledge of the working railroad in the Truckee Donner area. On May 8, 2010 the TDRS opened a museum in a former SP caboose adjoining the Amtrak station in Truckee.

Join us for a tour, lead by a TDRS member that will start in Glenbrook, go up Spooner Summit to follow the old grade to a switchback on a trestle overlooking Lake Tahoe. From there it is a short drive to Spooner Meadow where lumber came off the railroad and was put in a V-Flume to float down to Carson City. After viewing a portion of that 17 mile flume route in Clear Creek Canyon we end this portion of the trip in Carson City with a visit to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Although the hikes on the Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company right-of-way are classified as easy they are still significant walks.

P703 V&T AND VIRGINIA CITY Click to Order
Saturday All Day July 9 $75.00 Dep 6:45 AM Ret 7:00 PM
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was an immensely profitable shortline railroad completed in 1872 to connect the Comstock silver producing mines with the reduction mills at Silver City and along the Carson River. It also provided these mines with needed lumber, mining timbers and cord wood for fuel. It ultimately extended from Virginia City to Reno via Carson City. However the decline of the Comstock mines near Virginia City forced the railroad to make its last run in May 1950.

But the V&T was not forgotten. In the mid-1970s, Robert Gray began rebuilding the V&T from Virginia City through Tunnel 4 to Gold Hill, a few miles away, as a tourist line. Steam trains began running over this portion of the historic line in 1976. In 2005, work began on reconstruction of the line between Virginia City and Carson City and the inaugural run over the new line, much of which follows the original alignment, took place in August 2009.

We will ride the reconstructed V&T from Carson City to historic Virginia City where you will have an opportunity to sightsee the old town as well as enjoy an own your own lunch. After lunch we will take the train back down to Carson City for a visit to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. The NSRM preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada including the V&T and other railroads of the Silver State. The museum houses two restored and operable V&T steam locomotives and a V&T McKeen motorcar which was returned to service in 2010.

The tour is designed to be back to the Convention Center in time for the Saturday evening event.

P704 SPEEDER RIDES Click to Order
Saturday Afternoon July 9 $55.00 Dep 12:00 PM Ret 4:45 PM
They are noisy, bumpy, drafty and potentially the most fun you can have riding a "train" at this or any other convention. Members of the Amador Central Railroad, a joint venture of the Recreational Railroad Coalition Historical Society and the Amador County Historical Society will provide rides on the Amador Central Railroad trackage out of Ione, California. Round trip out and back to Ione will be approximately 2 hours of speeder operation.

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