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

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SAL14 Northeast Bay (self-guided)
Saturday Afternoon July 2 $0.00 Dep 1:00 PM Ret 5:00 PM
This is the self-guided counterpart to tour AL14. This tour includes all of the layouts of AL14 except for Otis McGee's SP Shasta Division. If you want to see Otis' layout, you must take one of the bus tours AL14 or L402. This tour also includes a number of other layouts in the Northeast Bay Area which are not part of the AL14 bus tour. There are too many layouts on this tour for you to expect to see them all, but the variety of layouts should let you put together a pleasant afternoon tour.
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.

N Bay Area NTRAK Club Bay Area NTRAK
30' x15' Scenery: 60% DCC Not handicapped accessible http://bayarean-trak.org/
Our N-Trak club is the oldest in the San Francisco Bay Area. We follow the NTRAK Modular Railroading Standards, and model any era or road. All are welcome in the club and on the layouts. Our club has both traveling modules and a permanent layout. The Club's Permanent Layout is in the old SP Depot in Crockett, CA. The club's portion of the depot is the left side entering through the large freight doors. The right side, which was the historical passenger section, is a museum dedicated to the area's part in WWII. The C & H Sugar factory can be seen in the background. The Carquinez bridge is just west of the depot. The club room features a large window that can be used for watching the main line rail traffic that passes along the waterfront between the depot and the sugar plant. It can also be used for watching some of the sugar loading operations at the plant. Many trains, from UP freight and container trains, to AMTRAK California passenger trains, go by at regular intervals. DCC is fully functional at the club . We have 3 complete lines running. Our scenery is about 60% complete.
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.

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 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.

G Bob Evans Los Arabis Creek Railway Company
50' x 150' Scenery: Real dirt & rocks; miniature planting DC track power with walk around remotes No hazards
A large garden RR that models a mainline railroading during the transition era. The railroad features four mainlines: a double track mainline of approximately 350 feet with wide radius curves and long straight runs; a third 300 foot mainline winds its way up a river canyon and through the mountains; and a fourth 200 foot line features numerous bridges. Unlike many garden railroads, we like to run long passenger and freight trains, pulled by track powered diesel and steam locomotives. The railroad is located in a beautiful setting. It features several tons of rocks, over 100 miniature trees (some trees being 15 years old), a river and pond, many unique structures and detailing, and an uncluttered feel. Backyard is wheelchair accessible, but the path around the layout is gravel.
HO Wayne Floyd
16x22 Scenery: 100% DCC by NCE and/or DC by Aristo-Craft your choice Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line is SP, branch line is Sierra RR up to sawmill, Logging RR to logging camp.
Layout includes:
Two towns, Citrus Grove with SP Station, Ice House and Facilities, Freight Dock, and more and Oak Flat with an SP and Sierra Station and more.
A Engine Yard with Round Table, Five Stall Round House and Machine Shop.
A Logging Mill, Blacksmith Shop and Logging Camp.
A Mine with Head Rig, Boiler House and Black Smith Building.

Note: wheelchair 2 inch riser Duckunder removeable.

G Frank Lucas F&DL RR
Scenery: 100%, well established Track power with hardwired sensors to turnouts Average house (1-2 steps) http://www.lcc-mb.com/CHUG.html
The F&DL RR is a waist-high dog bone with about 150 feet of mainline winding its way through 2 tunnels, under a non-recirculating waterfall, and up a 3% "post and ladder" trestle, which carries it above the village. Two trains run concurrently on the mainline, controlled by hardwired sensors. Track power with a mix of clean LGB brass, dirty LGB brass, and Aristo Stainless. There are a variety of miniature plants along the route, which eventually give way to the 1:1 scale garden at the village loop; and some unusual kit-bashed "stuff". (See Oct 08 Garden Railways.)
On3 Don McKenney Mill Valley Lumber Co. RR
10' by 10' room Scenery: 100% DC, PFM sound Accessibility unknown/not entered
The layout features logging operations around 1900, give or take 10 years, somewhere in northern California. Just about everything on the layout is scratch built, including the big trees. Hand-laid, code 83 rail and stub switches throughout. All equipment operates with link and pin couplers, a variety of Climax and Shay geared locomotives and an 8 ton Porter switching the mill yard. Note: The layout itself pretty much takes over the room - built for me alone operating trains. Which is to say, access is very tight with aisle space that really only allows two folks in at a time and even then you won't be able to pass each other without ducking under!
HO and G Kermit Paul MMR Lone Pine & Tonopah
27 X 44 Scenery: 100% Progressive cab control No hazards
The Lone Pine and Tonopah is an imaginary railroad operating during WWII. Motive power of steam and early diesels run on a single track mainline with reverse loops at both ends and there is a logging branch line.

Kermit is the master of animation and lighting effects which have been featured in the October 1999 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and March 2011 Model Railroad Hobbyist. Some of his animation and lighting features include ballroom dancers, a fireworks display scrap metal loading and logs dumping into a millpond.

Kermit also has a Museum of Technology and a Garden Railway for visitors to enjoy while waiting their turn in line for the HO layout.

HO San Leandro Historical Railway Society San Leandro Historical Railway Society
Three Tiered layout Scenery: 95% NCE DCC No hazards http://slhrs.org/
The San Leandro Historical Railway Society operates two model railroads and a railroad museum. The first is a large HO display that depicts the Southern Pacific route from the SF Bay Area over Donner Summit to Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The second is a new garden railroad that consists of both G and O gauge (3-rail) trains. The museum has an excellent collection of railroad china and other artifacts. Construction of the HO scale model railroad display began in 1991. This layout was designed by the famous model railroad track planner, John Armstrong, and was featured in the March 1988 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. Per the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Kalmbach Memorial Library, the SLHRS has the largest HO scale helix in the United States both in height and in diameter. There is over 4,000 feet of track on 3 levels; dozens of switches, and miles of wiring that have been installed by society members. The SLHRS was one of the first large club layouts to convert to DCC. It takes about 45 minutes for a train to travel the entire length of the display at scale speed. Most locomotives and rolling stock are membership owned. The new G&O garden railroad has two gauges: G and O (3-rail). Construction was started in 2007. Loops of G gauge and O gauge track plus a children's area are in operation. The G&O is designed to introduce the public to the model railroading hobby. The SLHRS is housed in the old San Leandro Southern Pacific depot that was built in 1898. It was rescued from destruction by the SLHRS in 1988 and moved to its current location. Construction of the HO layout and the museum was started following three years of restoration work.
HO Andy Schnur C&O Alleghany Subdivision
22' x 48' Scenery: 90% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Main line extends from Alleghany, Virginia to Prince, West Virginia with staging representing Clifton Forge, VA and Handley, WVA. There is a branch line off the main at Prince leading to the town of Raleigh, WVA with three coal mines to work and some industries in the town of Raleigh. Mainline industries include a large power plant, limestone quarry, produce distibuter, lumber mill, lumber yard, and coal dealer. Most online towns have a freight station to work. 5 passenger trains operate during a session as well. Operating sessions, when I have them, last 5 hours with a meal break in the middle.
N scale Steve Van Meter South West Pacific
44' by 16' Scenery: 75% NCE Radio throttles DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Transition era steam and first generation diesel power in the East Bay. Passenger traffic is still significant business for the railroad when the Southern Pacific was still the "Friendly" railroad.

Piggyback service was inaugurated in 1953, there were yellow reefer blocks, black Overnights, locals, and short commuter runs are found on this railroad. There is also an ectopically placed scenic loop located in the Bay Area.

HO Bob Wirthlin MMR Midland Rockies and Western
10 X 13 Scenery: 95% DC block control Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
This layout is a free-lanced, HO scale set in about 1939, with steam and early diesel locomotives.The track is in a twisted figure-8 pattern, with passing sidings, and a turntable and engine facilities at either end. Overall shape is a "G". The entry from the room door is to a 30" wide aisle. Layout is built of 1"x2" L-girders, on legs at 49" high, with code 83 nickel silver flex-track on Tru-Scale wood rail bed, and grades of 1-2%. Power is DC, with block operating system and signal lights. There are tunnels with entry to hidden tracks. The scenery is over 95% complete, with prairie, mountain, high desert features, and there are mechanical and light animations. Many of the models have won awards.

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