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

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L602 BAY AREA CLUBS - EAST Click to Order
Friday Evening July 8 $25.00 Dep 5:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This tour will visit two clubs in the Bay Area, the Diablo Valley Lines in Walnut Creek and the Black Diamond Lines in Antioch, and the Tidewater Southern Historical Society layout and museum in Stockton.

At the Diablo Valley Lines tour participants will be able to operate a cab on the club layout from the engineer's area above the layout.

HO Tidewater Southern Historical Society Tidewater Southern
20 X 60 Scenery: 80% No hazards http://tidewatersouthernrailway.org
This is a large club layout depicting the Tidewater Southern between the Port of Stockton and Modesto, California with two Branch lines to Turlock and Manteca. In addition to the layout, the club has an extensive display of Tidewater Southern artifacts on display.
HO Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Diablo Valley Lines
54 X 32 Scenery: 100% No hazards http://www.wcmrs.org
The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society can trace its beginnings to 1948, when the original group began meeting in each other's homes. Their display of a 4x8 foot portable layout at special events such as Walnut Creek's annual Walnut Festival led to their first permanent railroad in a freight shed moved onto a leased site near the Walnut Creek Southern Pacific depot in 1950. This location served to house an impressive 20 x 40 foot layout until 1970 when flood control work along the creek, from which the city derives its name, required relocating the SP track and, of course, the WCMRS clubhouse. At that time the WCMRS solved their clubhouse problem by reaching an agreement with the City of Walnut Creek for the present site with a structure that was the first in California (and one of very few in the world) to be designed and built specifically to house a model railroad. The actual construction work was done in two years by members of the Society and upon completion in 1974 the building was donated to the city of Walnut Creek and the building of the Diablo Valley Lines Railroad commenced.

The current Diablo Valley Lines has over 4,300 feet of hand laid track on 175,000 individual ties with more than 340 turnouts. The entire road is HO scale and has standard gauge, narrow gauge, freight and and interurban trolley lines. Under normal operating conditions it requires about 45 minutes for one train to complete a single circuit of the mainline.

HO Antioch Model Railroad Club Black Diamond Lines
1500 sq ft DC and DCC No hazards http://www.blackdiamondlines.org
The Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club began in July 1981 as a group of model railroaders who gathered in the back of a local hobby shop. Later that year, they incorporated as a non-profit organization and in December began work on their first layout, located in the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. In December of 1985, the fairgrounds decided not to renew the club's lease and they we were forced to move to a location obtained through the City of Antioch in May 1986, where the layout remains to this day.

The Black Diamond Lines is an HO scale layout layout that occupies approximately 1500 square feet of space. Track elevation ranges from 46 to 82 inches above floor level. All track is hand-laid on wooden ties, and all turnouts and crossings are hand made in place.

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