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

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Rhatische Bahn West
Chip Gierhart Palo Alto
2500 sq ft.
Garden DCC
Average house (1-2 steps)
The RhB West models the Rhaetian Bahn (RhB) Bernina Express from the Chur area in Switzerland over the Alps to Italy. Four tunnels and four waterfalls are surrounded by both Alpine and Mediterranean flora. Plants include varieties of dwarf cypress, spruce and pine at the "Swiss" end of the layout, complemented by colorful perennials at the "Italian" end. Fifteen types of thyme are available for "sniffer"s to smell, along with several oregano and other herbs. DCC powered engines and switches allow several concurrent trains to run. About 1500 sq ft. The track is stainless steel with LGB ties, powered by a Massoth central station and wireless handhelds. All engines and most rolling stock are LGB. The engines have mostly Massoth decoders, some with remote-controlled couplers. The automation is done with decoders from Zimo and Digitrax. Several features remote control features include a gravel loading building loads gravel into hoppers, a hopper that delivers and dumps gravel around the track; a barrel car that dump the barrels; a "Hot Metal" car that dumps water. The walkway is uneven at one point getting into the garden.
L701 PENINSULA GARDENS Saturday, 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
SAL11 Southwest Bay (self-guided) Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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