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

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SAL03 Southeast Bay (self-guided)
Friday Evening July 1 $0.00 Dep 7:00 PM Ret 11:00 PM
This self-guided tour includes all of the layouts available on the AL03 tour, plus a few that the bus cannot reach.
HO Jack Burgess MMR Yosemite Valley RR
20 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.yosemitevalleyrr.com
Jack's layout replicates the prototype Yosemite Valley Railroad circa August 1939 via a multi-deck design. The scenery, scenes, vegetation, and details on the layout all match the prototype. All seven of the YV's prototype locomotive roster circa 1939 are modeled. The rolling stock is a combination of scratchbuilt, resin and styrene kit models and the models reflect the types and ownership of freight cars which might have been on the railroad in the time period being modeled. All 100+ buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt from plans based on photos and available information.

Jack's Yosemite Valley Railroad has been featured in numerous articles in Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroad Hobbiset and Great Model Railroads, most recently in the January 2010 edition of Railroad Model Craftsman.

HO HOn3 California Central Club California Central Lines
500 sq ft Scenery: 100% Digitrax Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO and HOn3 club layout located in the old Agnew depot, which was built for the South Pacific Coast Railroad. The club runs steam through diesel, and dispatching is done differently according to era. The 1,000 feet of track represents California connections to the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and East. There is a small narrow gauge section. The layout has been featured in Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman.
HO Fn3 Dave Connery Sierra Carson & Truckee(HO) South West Side Lumber Company(Fn3)
10 x 17 HO and 50 X 40 Garden Scenery: 100% NCE for HO and Radio Control for Fn3 Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Dave has two layouts, an Fn3 Garden Railway in his back yard and an HO layout in a room in his garage.

HO - In a room created in a one car garage space. Era is 1929. Lower level is Sierra Railway and upper level is Virginia & Truckee. Levels connected with helixes. Includes appearances of West Side Lumber Co and Carson & Colorado (HOn3). Numerous scratch-built prototype structures along with kit and bashed scenes.

Fn3 - Relaxing garden setting features an 8' waterfall, scale models of the Bourland and Little Reynolds Creek Bridges (Trestles), scale plantings and numerous scratch built and craftsman kits of rolling stock used on the West Side in the 1920's - 1930's. Motive power is Bachmann geared locomotives re-worked to better replicate specific West Side equipment.

His layouts have been featured in Railroad Model Craftsman in May 2000 and Model Railroader in May 2004.

HO Jim Dias Western Pacific
16 x 20 Scenery: 100% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
A beautiful re-creation in HO scale of the Western Pacific RR in the Spring of 1938. The area of the WP modeled is along the Feather River including the Keddie Wye and a small logging area. The fidelity to prototype of the scenery has been praised by old WP employees, who readily recognize the scenes. An interesting touch is the many sound modules included in the many detailed scenes. The layout has been featured in Railroad Model Craftsman June 1996, July 2000, March 2011, Railmodel Journal May 2000, Model Railroader Sept. 2001 and Model Railroad Hobbyist May-June 2010
HO Don Marenzi Copper Pass & Western
19x22 Scenery: 25% CVP's Easy DCC, all wireless Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
Based on a route in Alaska that was proposed and surveyed, but never built. The route runs north from port facilities on the Pacific Ocean to the Yukon River. The principle traffic consists of copper, zinc, coal, and forest products. Entry to the layout requires negotiating 3 steps and a 50" high by 20" wide nod-under, so not wheelchair accessible. All aisles 36" or more once inside layout room. Track is 95% complete, scenery 25%
HO Bob Osborn Chicago & Mackinac Railroad
20' X 22' (two car garage) Scenery: 70% DCC - EasyDCC Wireless Several steps and/or duck-under(s) http://www.cmrailroad.com
C&M purchased the old GR&I line from the PRR and has turned it into a somewhat profitable railroad. Runs from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City, with staging in Fort Wayne. Interchanges with the Soo Line via the RR Ferry at Mackinaw City.

Dispatcher controlled 300' single track mainline with passing sidings. Several towns on the line offer lots of local switching. Mainline through freight and passenger trains keep the local crews on their toes.

Operates using wireless EasyDCC. Car forwarding is CC&WB. Verbal communication with DS via FRS radios. Fast clock & timetable for passenger trains. Basic scenery about 70% complete, but many more details needed. Full crew around 10 operators.

HO SVL Club Silicon Valley Lines
72'x23' Scenery: 50% NCE DCC No hazards http://www.siliconvalleylines.com
Founded in 1979, Silicon Valley Lines (SVL) is a freelance HO Scale Model Railroad Club located in San Jose, California. Construction of the current layout began in late 2000 and is located in the basement of an industrial building near downtown San Jose. The railroad occupies a 23' x 72' space, and is a multi-level design built using commercial steel C-channel as a benchwork system with over 600 feet of mainline. The upper level is a single-track division, while much of the lower level is double tracked. The layout features two large operating yards, as a well as ample hidden, yet accessible staging.

We operate using NCE DCC, and utilize Direct Traffic Control (DTC) operating rules.

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