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

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Tuesday All Day July 5 $4.00 Dep 10:00 AM Ret 10:00 PM
We are offering non-bus alternative layout openings on a daily basis. In general layouts open on bus tours will not be open for self-guided at the same time. Some will not be open for self-guided at any time, and others will only be available as open self-guided. Except for Friday evening tours, tickets are good for the entire day, but individual layouts are only open in the time window indicated by the layout owner. It is your responsibility to be aware of the hours a layout owner is available before leaving for a particular destination.

Directions packages will include a listing of addresses for entry in a GPS or internet maping system, including notations of known system glitches. Pricing for self-guided tours assumes very few people go alone and not everyone requires a directions package. Therefore, two ticket classifcations are available for each daily package; a ticket and directions package and ticket only for additional people in your party. The 50 suffix tours include directions packages and the 51 suffix tours are ticket only.

The owners open for self-guided tours on Tuesday are:

US-50 East of Sacramento
Richard Batho 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bill Eversult noon to 8:00 pm
Raymond Fernandes noon to 6:00 pm
Ron Kerekes 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rick Neet 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - self guided only
Steve Polkinghorn 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm -

Don Rosa 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm - self guided only
Terry Schmidt 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Joel Segel 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tom Weissgerber 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Interstate-80 Northeast of Sacramento
Dave Clemens 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Phil Gulley noon to 4:00 pm
Larry Moll 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sacramento Model RR Historical Society 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Mitch Valder 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nevada City (CA 49 North of Auburn)
Kent Williams 9:00 am to noon
Gordon Briggs 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
NCNG Historical Project noon to 4:00 pm

Interstate-5 North of Sacramento
Dennis Drury 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Richard Hosmer 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Paul Mendez 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - self guided only
Walt Shedler 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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 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.
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 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.
Sn3 Rick Neet Crystal Pass & Pacific RR
15 X 35 Scenery: 10% Analog with PBL sound switching to DCC Not handicapped accessible
Rick is building his Crystal Pass & Pacific in a room over a three car garage as a freelanced narrow gauge railroad that follows the Colorado prototypes of the Rio Grande Southern and Denver & Rio Grande. Set in the time period of the late 1920's to early thirties only steam locomotives ply the rails of this re-creation of southwestern Colorado. Short trains, high mountains, mines, trestles and tunnels are the rule. Since the recent acquisition of the Crystal Pass & Pacific by the D & RGW you'll see a mix of both line's equipment on the railroad.

Since the scenery is in it's early stages here's a good opportunity to inspect some of the basics of layout construction including L girder framework, modified spline roadbed (Rick calls it "speed spline"), Geodesic scenery, turnout installation, etc.

O On2 On3 On30 Steve Polkinghorn San Juan Railroad
22 X 33 Scenery: 60% DC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
The San Juan Railroad is built in O scale and features four different gauges, O Standard gauge, On2, On3 and On30 narrow gauges. The layout is set in Colorado and is dated in the 1920's with mining as the primary theme. The main yard features both the standard gauge and the start of a 3' line leading to the mountain division and a mining area where there is a 2' mining line. At both ends there are several dual gauge turnouts. There is an area modeled after Georgetown loop with a similar high bridge and a Forks Creek area, named "Spoon Brick". Locomotives are all steam pulling wood cars. Scenery is well along and the backdrop painting is about half done.
American Flyer Don Rosa
16 X 22 Scenery: 0% Accessibility unknown/not entered af2rail@att.net
Don's 16'x22' "center of room layout" is under construction. The layout will blend traditional American Flyer with hi-rail modeling and scenery.

Prior to starting the layout after recently moving, Don constructed over 600 feet of shelving on the walls of his 25 X 40 foot train room to display his extensive (twenty five years worth) collection of American Flyer "S" Gauge trains. He also has a token representation of AF HO, O and Standard gauge trains and accessories and other catalogued and non-catalogued displayed, as well as Gilbert paper, and selections from Colber and Plasticville.

Besides the train collection, Don has a 1/64 scale toy vehicle and Ertl farm implement collection and his wife, Sue's, collection of A.C. Gilbert electrical appliances on display. Most of these items are rarely seen on display.

O meter Joel Segel Cobre Mining Co.
40 X 60 Scenery: 100% garden Battery No hazards
O Meter Gauge [Narrow Gauge] with a 288 foot main line and a small yard and branch line. The Main Line winds and loops through backyard. Track built with Code 148 and Code 160 rail. Trains are Swiss Narrow Gauge & Freelace Narrow Gauge Mining.
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 Phil Gulley Union Pacific & Summit County RR
30 x 48 Scenery: 75% NCE Average house (1-2 steps)
The Union Pacific and Summit County is multi deck HO scale layout in a 30'x48' purpose-built building. Currently only the Summit County Railroad portion is operational and occupies roughly 30% of the space. The Summit County is a proto-freelance railroad based on the UP's Park City branch, hauling coal, ore and livestock. It connects to Union Pacific's double track transcontinental mainline at Echo. The yet-to-be-built portion models Ogden and the Weber and Echo Canyon portions of UP's trackage. The operating system is TT&TO with telephones for communication. The sound equipped, primarily steam engine roster is controlled with an NCE Radio DCC system. Freight is forwarded with a CC&WB system and all turnouts are Tortoise controlled. Scenery is underway and with a 75% completion goal by the convention.
HOn3 Larry Moll
16 X 20 Scenery: 50% DC Not handicapped accessible
The presently under construction freelance narrow gauge layouts are based on the logging and mining areas of the northwestern United States.

The HOn3 layout is a point-to-point design with three different starting locations. There are two logging sites and a mining district with six mines. Passing various rural stops the trains travel down hill to a lumber mill and town at a "Dog Hole" bay on the Pacific Ocean. One of the logging sites utilizes dual gauge track to allow the running of standard gauge geared locomotives. Both the HOn3 and Std gauge engines are serviced at the main yard and shops using a dual gauge turntable. Logs hauled on standard gauge equipment are not interchanged for shipment to the mill but "dumped" down a bluff similar to the prototypical operations at Caspar Lumber Co, in Mendocino, CA. The mining district is modeled to represent activity during one of Nevada's boom cycles. Grades to the mining and timber areas are steep, well over 10% on many sections. Trains are controlled by three wireless throttles using nine blocks and DC power.

Housed in a separate room, Larry's second layout represents a lush mountainous lumber and mining community. Beginning and ending in a yard, trains run on a half dog bone track plan through scenic timberlands of the coastal regions of Oregon and Washington. Trains are powered using Digitrax.

HOn3 Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central (NG)
14 X 35 Scenery: 66% DC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Sierra Central Narrow Gauge is a loop to loop railroad with several branches connecting lumber camps, mines, and oil fields to the mainline. The railroad's location is freelanced, but scenes are themed around prototypes such as the East Broad Top Orbisonia Shops, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Owenyo Transfer Trestle, and Westside Lumber Camp 7. With most scenes finished and detailed, the layout is in full operation. The main aisle of the layout is handicapped accessible. This is one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California.
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.
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.
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.

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 Gordon Briggs Timbercreek Railroad
24 x 36 Scenery: 100% Analog Not handicapped accessible
The freelanced Timbercreek Railroad is a branch line off the Southern Pacific RR at Truckee, CA from the East end of the Truckee yard. The SP is only visible at Truckee, the rest of the SP is under the layout as the staging area. The rest of the layout is the Timber Creek Railroad which is the main emphasis, and takes up the whole inside of the building less the Truckee area. Also included is an On3 logging operation that starts at Truckee, CA and ends up in Timber Creek. The railroad includes the towns of Timber Creek, Moss Ridge, and Grizzly Flats. The entire "O-Scale" layout is built to Proto 48 standards. All locomotives and rolling stock have had the wheels changed to Proto Craft wheel sets and/or machined in house by Gordon.
On3 Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model RR Nevada County Narrow Gauge
24 X 60 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC No hazards www.ncngmodelrailroad.org
With the support of the Nevada County Fair Board a group of Nevada County Narrow Gauge enthusiasts formed the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railroad in 1983 and renovated an unused building at the County Fairgrounds. This endeavor was assisted by material and monetary contributions from local businesses and in 1985 the railroad was opened to the public. Today the railroad features an onboard wireless mini-camera to provide visitors a passenger eye view of riding the narrow gauge train thru the woodlands of the Nevada County on one of three TV screens placed around the layout.

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