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

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L650 FRIDAY SELF GUIDED - TICKET AND DIRECTIONS PACKAGE Click to Order
Friday Evening July 8 $4.00 Dep 6:00 PM 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.

Friday night is Club Night. The self guided version gives you the opportunity to customize the clubs from the three scheduled tours.

Roseville Roundhouse 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
26th Street Model Engineers (Sacramento) 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tidewater Southern Railroad (Stockton)5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Diablo Valley Lines (Walnut Creek)7:00pm to 9:00 pm
East Bay Model Engineer Society (Richmond)
Carquinez Model Railroad Society (Crockett)

HO 26th Street Model Engineers Spokane Pullman and Southern Railway
30 X 50 Scenery: 95% NCE DCC Not handicapped accessible
The 26th Street Model Engineers have built their layout in the basement of charter member Keith Brownfield's home. The layout is freelanced, but scenes are modeled to depict the Pacific Northwest in the transition era. Subdivisions divide the railroad and each one has a unique theme that focuses on various industries. Scenery is mostly complete, and the club uses Railops to prototypically move freight cars.
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.

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.
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!

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 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 and N Roseville Roundhouse Model RR Club
30 X 17 Scenery: 70% MRC DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
The Roseville Roundhouse Model Railroad Club was founded in 1977 by a small group of modelers in the home town of Southern Pacific's Jennings Yard. Over time, the group moved to several locations before coming back to the Placer County Fairgrounds where they started. The HO layout is approximately 30x17 and is built in the shape of a "Z" for the membership to operate trains. The N scale layout is fully sceniced and is both DC and DCC by operating one mainline per control system. The club's Western Sierra Lines Railroad is freelanced on both layouts.
HO Sacramento MRHS Sierra Central
40 X 60 Scenery: 80% Digitraxx DCC Special adaptations for handicapped
Since 1948, the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society has been the premier model railroad club in the Sacramento region. A new layout was started in 2002 to represent the Southern Pacific from Oakland Pier to Sacramento, and the Western Pacific from Sacramento to Keddie, CA. The society also has one of the largest HOn3 layouts in California featuring prototype scenes of the East Broad top, Colorado and Southern, and the SP narrow gauge. The standard gauge is Digitrax DCC interfaced with CMRI and Panel Pro. The club operates a prototype tri-color CTC signaling system featuring an original Western Pacific US&S Sacramento dispatching panel.
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.
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.

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