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

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Wednesday All Day July 6 $25.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
This tour will visit several layouts in each city. There will be a meal break between the two at Santa Rosa's Railroad Square where participants can visit the restored Northwestern Pacific depot and associated NWP exhibit in addition to dining in a restaurant or deli within easy walking distance of the depot. The three layouts in Petaluma will operate in a "round robin" with part of the bus at each layout on a rotating basis. Ed Merrin's layout in Santa Rosa requires a hike uphill on a long driveway.
On3 Steve Skold Whiskeytown & Shasta
18X19 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Steve's narrow gauge Whiskeytown and Shasta is located in the area West of Redding, California along Clear Creek from Old Shasta through Whiskeytown to French Gulch. It services the mines of the Tree Frog Mining Company and the livestock from the OC Cattle Company. The line connects with the standard gauge Anderson & Bella Vista with a further connection with the SP to the outside world. Quartz is mined and shipped to the copper smelter at Kennett. On the West end is the connection with the Trinity Southern which provides mine timbers and lumber. Trains are short with 4 or 5 cars and a caboose and small engines 4-6-0 and 2-8-0.
HO Ed Merrin NWP
12 x 17 Scenery: 50% Lenz DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Layout is a depiction of the NWP running through Sonoma and Mendocino counties about 1958. It is double decked, connected by helix, with staging yards on a third level underneath. It is designed to be operated in a prototypical fashion, with trains and scheduling based on a prototype timetable. Most motive power are SD7s as per the real NWP of the time. Scenery is about half finished, with painted backdrops and blue foam covered with drywall "mud" and Sculptamold. Power is through a Lenz DCC system. A number of the locomotives are sound equipped.
HO Ernie Simard Western Pacific
12 X 30 Scenery: 66% Digitrax Average house (1-2 steps)
Ernie's Western Pacific HO layout represents that railroad's operation from Bieber, California to Salt Lake City. It occupies a three car garage and is designed for operations.
HO Verne Alexander Colville, Republic and Palouse (CRAP)
13 X 13, 5 levels Scenery: 65% NCE Radio DCC Not handicapped accessible
The Colville, Republic and Palouse Railroad (CRAP)

The CRAP is a walk-in HO scale proto-freelance linear railroad representing Eastern Washington during the wartime harvest season of 1944. The layout is contained within a 13' X 13' air-conditioned room constructed within a two car garage. It consists of five levels of track, on 2.3 decks. The vertical rise is from 32" in Pullman to 68" in Republic. Industrial areas of the city of Spokane occupy two decks, connected by a helix, along one side of the room. The track North out of Spokane resembles Great Northern's Kettle Falls branch, running through mountains and forests and servicing the mining, logging and cattle industries. The track South out of Garry (Lower Spokane) resembles Northern Pacific's Palouse and Lewiston branch. It rambles through nearly treeless rolling hills of wheat, and services the many trackside elevators and canneries along the line. Basically the CRAP gathers the natural resources from the "Inland Empire" and transports them to Spokane, where they are interchanged outside the layout room to one of the four transcontinental and two regional railroads that have a Spokane presence. Thirty cars per operating session are interchanged off the layout, and are replaced by thirty cars of processed food, manufactured goods and machinery from the other railroads. There is no overhead traffic on the CRAP - staging is in the form of six car cuts of interchange traffic. Motive power is small steam of early 20th century vintage and is nearly all equipped with sound. Train length is six cars, and all trains have a lot of switching to do. There are ten towns in addition to the two large areas of Spokane. Passenger service is by two motor cars. There are eleven trains per session, with the North and South Turns and the Woods and Mine trains frequently running twice. A session lasts something over four hours. Control is by NCE radio. The layout's maximum use of vertical space, 30'; deep decks and use of outside-of-the-room staging and industries make it one of the largest small layouts in existence. Aisle space is very limited. An operating crew of six pretty well fills it up! The environment is rustic.

HO Angus McDonald Petaluma Valley
20 X 40 Scenery: 100% DCC North Coast Special adaptations for handicapped
Angus MacDonald's HO scale Petaluma Valley RR, is a freelance RR in its own 20' x 40' handicap accessible building. Trains run around the outside walls on a triple folded loop ending at the "Y" entrance to the inner peninsula (the 18' x 5' yard). Completely sceniced, with more super detailing still being added, Angus' scratch built automatic bascule bridge is only one of the many scenes that shouldn't be missed. Check the interior of the winery warehouse, the farm and the stock yards!

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