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

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Thursday All Day July 7 $20.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 2:00 PM
This tour will visit 5 especially nice garden railways that not only provide interesting railway adaptations but are all located in exceptionally fine gardens that anyone interested in residential horticulture will appreciate.
Fn3 Frank & Ruby Andrews Maple Rock Garden Railway
3 plus acres Battery and Live Steam Special adaptations for handicapped
The Maple Rock Garden Railway is unique because the railway is part of a nationally recognized three acre private garden. The railway is intended to represent a believable, small narrow gauge railway serving people and industries typical of this part of California in the 1920s to 1940s time. The Maple Rock Railway serves several small towns and small industries. Locomotives, cars, buildings, industries, and structures are necessarily small and compact. Locomotives include both live steam and onboard battery powered locomotives, each radio controlled. Battery powered locomotives also have electronic sound systems. Freight cars are typical 8 wheel freight and log cars or short, 4 wheel, ore cars. Passenger business is chiefly handled by combines run as mixed trains. The railway also runs periodic excursion trains for special occasions. Formed partly from graded and built up earth and partly following natural contours of the site, the railway is modeled in FN3 Scale, and has about 900 feet of track, or about 3.5 scale miles. Track is Llagas Creek code 215 rail, ties, and switches laid on granite "dust" ballast. Originally built as two sections, the lower section is built in a area of about 60 x 40 feet, has 450 feet of track in a large loop. The upper section has 120 feet of track, also a loop, is located 12 to 15 feet higher than the lower section. Later, a connector section was built between the two sections with 320 feet of track that climbs the 12 feet difference in height on 4% grades. A single "out and back" train trip from the lower section to the upper section is a bit over 3 scale miles and climbs and descends about 300 scale feet (15 actual feet) of elevation. Train trips continuing with a loop run around the lower section add another 2 scale miles, or a total of over 5 scale miles for a trip. Foliage in and around the railway are "in scale", living Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Juniper, and Japanese Maples, and ground covers. Also "decorating" the railway are several large Bonsai trees as old as 50 years and moss rocks as large as seven tons. This is a railway not to be missed.
G Jerry Abreu Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad
Scenery: 100% No hazards
The Silverwood Mining and Lumber Railroad is built in a dog bone shape filling an area approximately two hundred feet long by thirty feet wide. The railroad depicts the steam era of railroading between 1900 and 1952 and uses track power, on board battery with radio control as well as live steam. On the Silverwood you will see passenger trains running as well as trains serving both mining and lumbering operations.
G Mike & Rosie Dreiling Financial Gap, Destitute and Ruin Railroad
100 X 30 Scenery: Garden Railway No hazards mdreiling@surewest.net
The FGD&R was started in 1984 reached its current size in 1994. The railroad has approximately 300 feet of track in a folded loop configuration in an "L" shaped area 100' by 30'. Being an older garden railroad it has had many changes over the years including the reduction of the length of the mainline from 500' to its present length. One item of interest is a real life example of just how big a "Dwarf Alberta Spruce" can get in 25 years. The layout uses track power for all operation and operates a mix of US and European equipment. In fact, this layout has been described alternately as a European railroad with an "Old West" tourist area, or a western railroad with a town built by German immigrants. Visit and decide for yourself which variation you prefer.
G Chuck & Sue Maley Coyote Pass Railroad
30 X 100 Scenery: 100% Track Power and Live Steam No hazards
The railroad is about 8 years old and was built in a naturally rugged, rocky, area using numerous fills and bridges to follow the natural land contours - much like the real thing. It depicts a standard gauge mountain division line with rustic narrow gauge characteristics. Short, old time combines as well as long 15 to 20 car freights look right at home. The motive power ranges from kit bashed steam relics to late steam and early diesels of the 1950s and '60s as well as a completely out of place GG1. The 700 feet of mainline is Llargas Creek code 250 rail, bent for broad curves. The ruling grade is 2%. There is also a 90-foot short line with sharp curves and a 6% grade that services a lumber camp. Trains are track powered by Crest's RC Train Engineer system and several trains can be run concurrently. There is also a large live steam track connected to the mainline in a wye configuration. Interesting features include a 5-track car barn, cascading water flumes for a no muss, no fuss water feature and a working turntable. The over 75 structures, bridges and trestles are mostly scratch built and include animated features for the coaling tower, lumber mill and steam donkeys. Most of the structures light up for night time operations. Some of the rolling stock is also scratch built including a long, logging consist with handmade disconnects.
4 3/4 and 7 1/2 inch Sacramento Valley Live Steam Historical Soc
6,300 linear feet Scenery: natural live steam No hazards
The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum is located within the Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova, California. The organization was started around 1965 and completed with a Golden Spike ceremony on May 20, 1973. In 1992, the organization acquired more land and expanded to what is now over 6,300 feet with many sidings and several yards. The railroad also features 5 wooden trestles, a 40ft truss bridge and a girder deck bridge. The main line passes within 100 feet of the American River giving passengers a fine view.

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