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

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L302 PONY EXPRESS TRAIL Click to Order
Tuesday July 5 $20.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 6:30 PM
US Highway 50 runs from Sacramento in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east at Ocean City, Maryland. Part of the highway follows the old pony express trail from Sacramento over the Sierras. We will only be going a short portion of that route to visit five HO scale layouts, one with a G scale as well.
HO Ron Kerkes Central Valley Railroad
24 X 36 Scenery: 100% Analog No hazards
Ron has a unique layout housed in a replica depot in his back yard. Over the past 20 years, Ron has built his Central Valley Railroad with the help of a round robin group. The railroad runs over 400' of mainline from Fresno staging to Redding staging. There is an industrial switching railroad in the town of Delta and a shortline railroad at Westwood that serves a lumber and paper mill. Ron enjoys prototype operations and included a lot of industry on this freelanced layout based in the mid '70s. His railroadiana collection that adorns the walls of the depot also makes this a welcoming home layout. Ron is currently converting to DCC from walk around DC.
HO and G Raymond Fernandes Westrac Lines
Battery No hazards
The Ashland and Bridgeport Garden Railroad by Ray and Dianne Fernandes features a lush garden with a waterfall, tunnels, and bridges. The mainline runs about 300 feet through their backyard in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many miniature pines and flowers are featured for scenery.

Raymond's HO layout is a Western Pacific theme that features industrial switching and interchange with the Southern Pacific on the "Westrac Lines." The layout is MRC DCC and focuses on the transition era with early diesel power and 50's freight equipment.

HO Richard Batho NWP
16 X 9 Scenery: 100 % Analog No hazards
Retired art teacher Richard Batho has focused on the quality of his "atmospheric perspective" backdrops for this Northwestern Pacific layout. The main backdrop features Mount Shasta and the surrounding topography. This fully-sceniced pike represents a fictitious NWP branchline that ran to the base of Mount Shasta. Richard's continuous running dogbone layout uses steam and early diesels to operate. One main staging yard feeds the industries while passenger operation completes the theme and is still a large focus of revenue for the branch.
HO Tom Weissgerber Union Pacific - Columbia River Gorge
15 X 37 Scenery: 50% DCC - Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
This loop to loop railroad features the Union Pacific's Columbia River Gorge in a large room in back of the owner's garage. This layout is superbly detailed with excellent scenes. The engine servicing facilities, forests, and scratch built structures give this layout top notch quality. The layout is operated mostly by steam, but there are few diesels here and there in service. The realistic scenery along the gorge and through The Dalles, Oregon is excellent.
HO Bill Eversult Oahu Sierra
20 X 44 Scenery: 100% DCC No hazards
The Oaho and Sierra runs from Roseville to Truckee over Donner Summit, but this layout also features a narrow gauge line, the Michigan Cal Lumber Co. This second line runs from Camino to Pino Grande. Scratchbuilt lumber mills, the enclosed Truckee roundhouse and the Roseville PFE ice plant are just a few of the highlights on Bill's layout.

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