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

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L601 BAY AREA CLUBS - NORTH Sold Out
Friday Evening July 8 $25.00 Dep 5:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This tour will visit three model railroad clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the East Bay Model Engineer Society in Richmond, with its three different scale layouts.
N East Bay Model Engineer Society
25 X 70 Scenery: 90% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The N scale (no name) layout features the SP in Sacramento yard and icing docks, Tehachapi Loop, and magnificent snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains.

HO East Bay Model Engineer Society Port Richmond and Truckee
120 X 35 Scenery: 80% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The HO/Hon3 Point Richmond & Truckee features prototype based familiar places including Oakland, Sacramento, Roseville, Elvas Wye, Martinez, Colfax, and Truckee. Tracks gain over 6 feet in elevation as they move from the San Francisco Bay to the Sierra Mountains. Prominent features include Oakland Mole, Oakland 16th St. station, Elvas Wye, and in the Sierras; Long Ravine Bridges, snow sheds and the Chinese Wall. Trains 20' in length and more are common sights.

O East Bay Model Engineer Society
165 X 30 Scenery: 60% DC and DCC Special adaptations for handicapped http://www.gsmrm.org
The East Bay Model Engineers Society / Golden State Model Railroad Museum is home to three large layouts in O/HO/N scales with broad curves and long trains in a warehouse-sized building. All three layouts can operate on either DC or DCC and the club has been featured in Model Railroader magazine. Each of the layouts makes use of the high ceilings in the building to provide majestic mountain scenes.

The O/On3 (no name) is a more free lanced layout and features long mountain bridges, a mine scene and trains which are over 40' long are common!

HO Napa Model Railroad Club Napa Valley Northern Railway
125 x 15 Scenery: 100% DC and DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.nvmrc.org
The Napa Valley Northern is a north-south bridge route from Stockton, CA to Portland, OR competing with the SP Cascade Route and the WP-GN/BN Inside Gateway route. The layout itself is the trackage from the Port of Napa, CA north through the Napa Valley then through the Mayacmas Mountains past Clear Lake to Ukiah, CA. Many of the past and present industries of the Napa Valley region are included in the local freight collection/distribution system. Connecting with the AT&SF/BNSF, SP and WP/UP through Stockton plus the BN/BNSF, GN, NP, MILW, and UP at Portland, the NVN hosts various eras of run-through trains from 1940-era steam freight and passenger through 1970-era pool power freights to 2000-era Amtrak and double-stack inter-modal trains. The club was featured in Scale Rails in early 2004.
HO Carquinez Model Railroad Society Crockett Central
30 x 60 Scenery: 30% DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.cmrstrainclub.org
The layout represents a portion of the original transcontinental railroad and old Southern Pacific Railroad running between Oakland, CA and Sparks, NV . The timeframe varies from the 1950's to present, allowing both steam and diesel locomotives to be operated through time appropriate scenery on the layout. Notice that the mainline is double tracked allowing operators to swiftly run from destination to destination without stops at sidings to wait for trains to meet and pass. The track is constructed on three levels with two large helixes on opposite corners providing a connection. The "mushroom style" layout is narrow with long tabletops that are stacked like bunk beds. This design provides maximum linear track space without having unrealistic twists back and forth, an undesirable but typical characteristic of older "spaghetti bowl" designs. Code 100 track is used on the 1st level and helixes only, and Code 83 track is used on the rest of the layout. Nominal minimum track radius is 48 inches. Maximum 2% grade is found on the helixes. The club consists of 50 members, is growing and welcomes new members. The UP mainline passes adjacent to the club's second floor location.

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