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

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L304 COLUSA TURN Click to Order
Tuesday All Day July 5 $25.00 Dep 9:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour will visit four layouts and also visit the active restoration of Southern Pacific steam locomotive #2706 by John Manley an Amtrak engineer in Colusa. Between Colusa and Rocklin on the way home, we will stop at Western Depot Hobbies in Yuba City for a barbeque lunch and shopping time.
HO Dennis Drury California Oregon & Western
33 X 10 Scenery: 40% No hazards
The California Oregon and Western is a short line that was spun off by the Southern Pacific in 1984 to provide continuing service to customers remaining on the Modoc line after the SP was granted permission to abandon it. The layout is being constructed to represent the line from the SP/BN interchange at Klamath Falls then running to Alturas, CA. The layout was designed for Operations using 3rdPlanit and uses Digitrax Radio along with JMRI for control. In addition, the Operations module of JMRI is used as the car management / forwarding system. As a former railroader Dennis has created a layout that operates like the prototype it represents. The layout is scheduled for publication in the LDSIG Journal coming out in May or June. The JMRI portion was discussed in episode 129 of the Model Rail Cast Show.
HO Walt Schedler SP Black Butte Sub
24 X 42 Scenery: 15% NCE Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The 1955 SP Dunsmuir Shasta Division layout has four levels and is viewed from the main floor or elevated walkways. It is a loop to loop to loop design and features three main line freights and three passenger trains: the Klamath Mail Train, the Cascade and the Shasta Daylight. Presently there are about 300 feet of track. When completed there will be over 10 scale miles (600 feet) of main line. Level One staging is at Gerber, under the peninsula, about 40 inches off the floor. Level One also includes the Gerber, Red Bluff and Redding stations. Level Two has Dunsmuir, at 55 inches above the floor. It is the main viewing point as you enter the room. It is built to mostly exact scale, using the SP drawings for trackage and buildings. The Dunsmuir South yard is at 44 inches and holds about 360 cars. From Dunsmuir, through the Sacramento River Canyon, you travel over 250 feet as you pass through Small, Cantara Loop, Mott, Azalea, and arrive at Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta has an interchange with McCloud River Lumber Co. - then continuing on to the third level, you reach the Black Butte Wye. From here it splits to either the Siskiyou Line, which takes you to the lumber town of Weed, or head straight through to Grass Lake and the Klamath Falls Staging yard. Once you reach Grass Lake, you have traveled almost 10 scale miles.
O Richard Hosmer Picket Fence Antiques
10 X 14 Scenery: 20% Analog No hazards
A 16' x 12' "dog-bone" layout is O-gauge high rail, set in no particular locale, during the age of steam. It will be an expanded re-creation of the more detailed toy train layouts of the 1940s. Motive power is entirely Gilbert American Flyer from the 1939-1942 period.

It is in 3/16" scale, using castings nearly identical to the two-rail Flyer "S" gauge designs made after the war. At least one example of every locomotive type made by Gilbert is displayed, and most run. At this time, Lionel did not manufacture either a 4-8-4, or an 0-8-0. Passenger equipment is also Flyer from that period, and is diecast. These foot-long 12-wheel cars were available in just two colors, Tuscan (much less common) and dark green. I choose not to run any Flyer tinplate. Freight equipment is Marx 3/16" scale tinplate from the 1940s and 1950s, chosen over similar Flyer items, due to possessing far superior graphics. Flyer did make some very nice diecast freights, but weight becomes a serious issue for any consist over 4-5 cars. The change to Marx required that tender trucks be replaced on the freight haulers, due to coupler incompatibility. The layout is operated as it would have been back in the days - no fancy electronics, smoke or sound systems. What little automation exists, such as anti-derailing at the crossovers, is accomplished with insulated rails and hard wiring.

1 to 1 John Manley SP Prototype
No hazards
John is an Amtrak engineer who has undertaken the restoration of a Southern Pacific steam locomotive to operating condition. At this stop we will get to meet John and see the work he is doing to put SP #2706, a C-8 consolidation (2-8-0) back into operation. John has recently completed erecting a new shed to hold the locomotive during this process. In addition to the tender from #2706 John also has two other SP tenders on the property.
Western Depot Hobbies
No hazards http://www.westerndepot.com/
The largest "trains only" hobby store in California north of Sacramento, Western Depot Hobby, will be our meal stop, with a BBQ lunch and a chance to peruse the stores over $2 million in model railroading inventory.
HO David Clemens Idaho-Montana Railway & Navigation Co
15 X 19 Scenery: 75% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
The IMR&N replicates prototype UP/MILW/GN railroad operations between Spokane, WA and Plummer, ID. Prototype trains, locales and activities are included. Operation is by TT&TO using modified prototype paperwork. Scenery is completed and equipment is weathered for a prototypical appearance.
N Mitch Valder NWP 1959
11 X 26 Scenery: 33% Easy DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The North Western Pacific Railroad, located on California's isolated northern coast, ran through some of America's most resplendent settings. Mitch's layout, located in a downstairs 700 square foot bonus room, depicts 20 miles of the Redwood Route's Northern Division. Multiple unit freights, locals, and the Redwood passenger train run from the docks of Eureka to the redwood forest at McCann, just as they did in 1958. An additional scene portrays a section of the Eel River Canyon. This free-standing layout is built on a 3/4 wall system with a cantilevered shelf. The 115 foot mainline features both code 40 and code 55 rail with turnout sizes from 7 to 14. Easy DCC powers the system. About 50% of the scenery is done, though the dark fascia framing the entire layout gives it a nicely finished look. There are over 500 trees in the forest area alone. Highly detailed SD-7s with working Mars lights highlight the motive power. This N scale project has been published in the NMRA Magazine in July 2011 and Model Railroader magazines.

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