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

Layout Design SIG Activities & Schedule

The Layout Design SIG activities are set!

Schedule of Activities

Sunday, 7/3 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
• Meet and Greet in the SIG Room
An opportunity for all Layout Design and Operations SIG members and friends to introduce themselves and their interests. Don’t worry about arriving late if you’re enjoying tours and op sessions on the way up from Advanced Section, we’ll be there until at least 10:00 PM!

Monday to Thursday — 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
• SIG Room displays, layout design consulting

Wednesday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
• LDSIG Business Meeting

Wednesday — 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM(or immediately following the LDSIG Business Meeting)
• LDSIG Self-Guided Layout Tour, L455
A selection of 15-20 layouts of special interest to layout designers. Carpooling strongly encouraged so you can discuss the unique features of these layouts as you travel. No lunch is provided so you and your carpool buddies can eat what and when you want (there are plenty of good restaurants in all categories and price ranges along the route). Includes commemorative polo shirt. A summary map and list of addresses will be provided, so bring your GPS.
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Price: $35.00 (limit 150 "seats")

Friday — 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM No-host Bar from 6:00 PM
• SIG Banquet, R010 (All are welcome!)
Enjoy a catered dinner in the roundhouse display area of the California State Railroad Museum with fellow SIG members. SIG membership is not required, all convention attendees with an interest in layout design are welcome!. There will be an after-dinner presentation by a prominent layout designer. A great opportunity to discuss everything you've seen during X2011 West and reflect on how to apply your learnings to your layout!

Price: $62.00 (limit 125)

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SIG Clinic Track (jointly with the OPSIG)

See the X2011 West "Clinics Schedule" page for up-to-the minute details on clinic times and locations. We'll also have a Twitter feed on last-minute schedule changes.

LDSIG Clinics List LDSIG Clinics Schedule
OPSIG Clinics List OPSIG Clinics Schedule

Monday — 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Layout Design Boot Camp, led by Byron Henderson, Seth Neumann and others

Monday — 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
• Other Layout Design Clinics, including Tony Koester and an LDSIG Panel on "What would you do differently?"

Tuesday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM — So You Want to be a Dispatcher?
• 8 hours of clinics on Dispatching strategy and specific techniques for Dispatching under Timetable and Train Order (TT&TO), Track Warrants (TWC), Direct Traffic Control (DTC) and Centralized Traffic Control (CTC). Led by former LDJ Editor Dave Clemens, retired UP Dispatcher Steve Gust and a host of current and retired Train Dispatchers and signal maintainers.

Thursday — 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Grade Crossing Warning Systems – CSRM, P523
• Our morning will start in one of the Railroad Museum's presentation theaters, with a discussion of not only how track detection and grade crossing signals work, but also the Federal Regulations that control those activities. The how and why the signals are where they are and operate the way they do. After that we will board a Sacramento Southern train and visit three different grade crossings on the line. The trip requires boarding and disembarking from the train in multiple locations, and a half mile walk along the track. The Sacramento Southern Railroad's trains are not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, due to historic, limited doorway widths and steep stepwells. Closed-toed shoes must be worn by all session participants for safety reasons.

Price: $10.00 (limit 125)

Thursday — 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM — Signaling Symposium, Day 1
• Clinics by many hobby leaders on Signaling and CTC, including Bruce Chubb, Dick Bronson, David Metal, Rodney Black, Joe Melhorn, and Dave Megeath. Bruce Chubb's three signaling clinics will be repeated Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00 PM.

Friday — 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM — Signaling Symposium, Day 2
• Day 2 of the Signaling Symposium continues with clinics by Rodney Black, Joe Melhorn, and Dave Megeath.

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