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Pacific Coast Region NMRA
Enduring Rails 2018 PCR & NWPRRHS Convention

April 4 – 8, 2018
Rohnert Park, California


NEWS & UPDATES

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Check here frequently for News and Updates. New clinics, layout tours, prototype tours, and any cancellations, as well as other changes to the convention will appear here.

  • April 3, 2018
    ADDED – Clinic: "DIY Decals - Artwork and Printing" by Richard Brennan, Wednesday, 2:30 PM, Bodega Room. Look for the NEW! flag on the Clinics page.
    UPDATEDDaily Schedule Grid 2.8 on Schedules page.
  • April 2, 2018
    SOLD OUT – Hands-on Arduino Programming Clinic by Seth Neumann and Earl Girbovan. See Clinics page.
  • March 31, 2018
    ADDED – Four new clinics by Gus Campagna, Dave Croshere, Ed Hall, and Frank Markovich. See the Clinics page for the NEW! flag.
    ADDED – Information about PCR Movie Night on the Home page.
    UPDATEDDaily Schedule Grid 2.7 on Schedules page.
  • March 30, 2018
    CHANGED – Weather widget on the Home page to an operating weather station.
  • March 29, 2018
    CHANGED – Clinic: "Signaling: The View From the Right Seat" by Dave Bayless, Friday, now at 4:00 PM, was 10:30 AM, Bodega. See Clinics page.
  • March 27, 2018
    CHANGED – Clinic: "Building a Small Portable Layout for NMRA Recruitment" by Markovich and Blumensaadt, rescheduled to 2:30 PM from 4:00 PM. See Clinics page.
    ADDED – Clinic: "Signaling" by Dave Bayless, Friday, 10:30 AM, Santa Rosa. See Clinics page.
    ADDED – Layout Tour: Redwood Empire Live Steamers, Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. See Layout Tours page.
    CHANGED – Layout Tour: Peter Barnes, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, was 1:00 to 4:00 PM. See Layout Tours page.
    UPDATED – "QwikLook" Master Schedule and Daily Schedule Grid 2.6 on Schedules page.
    ADDED – Door Prize Donor: Kalmbach Media Co. See Home page.
  • March 26, 2018
    SOLD OUT – Vendor sales tables. See Vendor Sales page for list of vendors that will be at Enduring Rails 2018.
  • March 24, 2018
    CHANGED – Mark Poggendorf's "Modeling With Lightweight Urethane Foam" clinic changed to Friday, 1:00 PM, Santa Rosa Room, was Saturday, 10:30 AM. See Clinics page.
    CANCELLED – Verne Alexander's operating session, Friday, 7:00-11:00 PM. See Operating Sessions page.
    ADDED – Layout Tour, Verne Alexander, Friday, 6:00-10:00 PM. See Layout Tours page.
    UPDATED – "QwikLook" Master Schedule and Daily Schedule Grid 2.5 on Schedules page.
  • March 23, 2018
    ADDED – 8 new clinics on the Clinics page. Look for the NEW! flag.
    ADDED – Non-Rail activities on the Non-Rails Activities page. More to come SOON!
    ADDED – Three new door prize donors on the Home page.
    UPDATED – Vendor information on the Vendor Sales page.
    UPDATED – "QwikLook" Master Schedule and Daily Schedule Grid 2.4 on Schedules page.
  • March 22, 2018
    CHANGEDJim Providenza's operating session Sunday, changed to 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, was 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • March 21, 2018
    ADDED – Layout photos for Bill Horstmeyer's layout.
    ADDED – Layout Tours on Bob Pethoud's Fall Creek Branch at the hotel. See the Layout Tours page for more information.
    ADDED – Operating sessions on Bob Pethoud's Fall Creek Branch at the hotel. See the Operating Sessions page for times and how to sign up.
  • March 20, 2018
    CLOSED – Convention shirt sales.
    ADDED – Vendors that will be selling onsite Friday. See the Vendor Sales Area page for more information.
    CANCELLED – Schmidt operating session on Sunday, 1:00-4:00 PM. See Operating Sessions page.
  • March 17, 2018
    ADDED – Tom Swearingen layout tour, Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Look for the NEW! flag on the Layout Tours page.
    ADDED – Layout Tours Schedule on Layout Tours page.
    ADDED – Hands-on Arduino Programming clinic information on the Clinics page.
    ADDED – Four new door prize donors on the Home page.
  • March 13, 2018
    • The Welcoming Reception on Wednesday evening is SOLD OUT! Sorry if you missed registering for the event.
  • March 12, 2018
    • Added NWP Restoration Yard Tour time on QwikLook schedule on the Schedule page.
    • John Schubert's clinic, The Magnesia Railroad, has been cancelled. See Clinics page. (NOTE: Rescheduled to Friday, 9:00 AM on 3/22/18. dg)
    • Changed cut-off date for welcoming reception from March 25 to March 15.
  • March 9 & 10, 2018
    • There was so many updates, they couldn't be done in one day!
    • Added four new layout tours for Vern Alexander, Ron Kaiser, North Coast HMRS, and Jim Providenza. Look for the NEW! flag on the Layout Tours page.
    • Changed layout tour times for Ron Learn and Richard Schoenstein on the Layout Tours page.
    • Added three new clinics by Giuseppe Aymar, MMR #513 & Dave Croshere, Pat LaTorres, and Tom Schaeffer. See descriptions and schedule on the Clinics page.
    • Added NWPRRHS Restoration Yard Tour hours, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and address and map for the Sturgeon's Mill Tour on the Prototype Tours page. Rearranged tours in day sequence.
    • Added links to the NWPRRHS website on the Company Store page to show what other merchandise will be available at the convention.
    • Added Vendor Sales, Friday, 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM. See details on the Vendor Sales page.
    • Replaced workbooks with updated versions on the Boy Scouts Railroading Merit Badge Program page.
    • Updated the Master Schedule and 5-day Daily Schedule grid (v2.2) on the Schedules page with new information and activities.
  • March 5, 2018
    • Added Company Store hours on the Schedule page.
    • Changed text in convention car description to add a convention decal with the numbering decals on the Home page.
  • March 3, 2018
    • Added 3 new door prize donors on the Home page.
    • Changed weather widget on the Home page to an operating weather station.
    • The clinics schedule has been posted on the Clinics page. More to come soon!
    • Updated Master Schedule and 5-day Daily Schedule grid on the Schedules page. If there are any discrepancies between either schedule and the subject-specific page, the subject-specific page is correct.
  • March 2, 2018
    • Added information on signing up for operating sessions on the Operating Sessions page.
    • Updated Registration page with cutoff dates of March 26th for mail-in registration forms and April 1st for online registrations. If you miss the mail-in cutoff, bring your completed registration form to the Registration Desk at the convention.
    • Added four new clinics by Jeffrey Allen, Seth Neumann, and Tony Thompson. See descriptions and schedule on the Clinics page.
    • Updated Master Schedule and 5-day Daily Schedule grid on the Schedules page. If there are any discrepancies between a schedule and the subject-specific page, the subject-specific page is correct.
  • March 1, 2018
    • Removed SMART Tour from online registration form and mail-in registration form. For anyone that ordered the tour, refunds may be picked up at the Registration Desk when picking up your registration packet.
    • Added cutoff dates of March 26th for mail-in registration forms and April 1st for online registrations on the Registration page.
    • Cancelled - Campagna operating session, Friday evening.
    • Added 5 new study guides in the FAQ section of the Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge page.
  • February 26, 2018
    • Added six new clinics by Mike Blumensaadt, Al Daumann, Clifton Linton, Frank Markovich, and Mark Poggendorf. See descriptions and schedule on the Clinics page.
  • February 24, 2018
    • Registration for the Boy Scout Merit Badge event is now closed. See Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge page for information on the next presentation.
  • February 19, 2018
    • SMART Maintenance Facility Tour cancelled today. Due to heightened security reasons, the SMART Board decided to cancel all public tours of the facilities.
  • February 16, 2018
    • Added days and times for Bill Wells' layout tours.
    • Added new Welcome page with a letter from Pam Stafford, Mayor of the City of Rohnert Park.
    • Added new layout tour for Bill Horstmeyer on the Layout Tours page. Look for the NEW! flag.
    • Added links to the layout descriptions on the Operating Sessions schedule.
  • February 15, 2018
    • Updated layout description for Ron Kaiser's layout and the location from Healdsburg to Santa Rosa.
    • Updated Awards Banquet page with the menu for A Truly Sonoma County Buffet.
  • February 9, 2018
    • Added door prize donors on the Home page.
    • Added four (4) new clinics by Ian Lorentzen, Chris Palermo, and Charlie Siebenthal. Look for them on the Clinics page.
    • Cancelled clinic by Charlie Siebenthal, "Consolidation Into the NWP."
    • Added schedule on the Operating Sessions page.
    • Added times for the Sturgeon Mill and Korbel Wine Tasting tours on the Prototype Tours page.
  • February 8, 2018
    • Added video layout tour links for Jon Schmidt, Jim Providenza, and Bill Kaufman's layouts on the Layout Tours page.
  • February 6, 2018
    • Added layout tour times for Peter Barnes, Phil Hoard, and Paul Weiss on the Layout Tours page.
  • February 5, 2018
    • Added two new layout tours for Phil Hoard and Paul Weiss, plus added layout tour times for Ed Merrin and Bill Kaufman on the Layout Tours page.
    • Added seven (7) new clinics by Bob Battles, Bob Chaparro, Ed Merrin, and Bob Pethoud. See descriptions and schedule on the Clinics page.
    • Updated the Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge page due to a cancellation of one of the planned venues.
  • February 2, 2018
    • Added the first sixteen (16) new clinics, with many more coming soon, on the Clinics page. Look for the "NWPRRHS Track" notation identifying NWPRR-related clinics. Sorry, clinic dates and times are not yet available.
  • January 25, 2018
    • Added Friday layout tour for Gus Campagna and updated operating session times for Jon Schmidt on the Layout Tours and Operating Sessions pages.
  • January 23, 2018
    • Added layout tour times for Gus Campagna, Ron Learn, Dud Peters, and changed days/times for Richard Schoenstein on the Layout Tours page.
  • January 20, 2018
    • Added layout photos for Richard Schoenstein and Bill Wells. See the Layout Tours page. Both are layout tours only. Schoenstein's layout will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days.
  • January 18, 2018
    • Added layout tours for Peter Barnes, Ron Learn, Richard Schoenstein, Dud Peters, and the North Coast Historical Model Railroad Society on the Layout Tours page.
  • January 15, 2018
    • Housing opens today! See the Convention Hotel Information page to make your reservations.
  • January 11, 2018
    • Added layout tour for Bob Pethoud. See the Layout Tours page for details. Bob will also have operating sessions. More layouts coming soon!
  • January 10, 2018
    • Added a notice that hotel reservations will be opening on Monday, January 15 and are in short supply. See the Convention Hotel Information page for details.
    • Updated Hobo Breakfast page to add we will be ordering from the Black Bear Diner's breakfast menu.
    • Added tour dates, but no times yet, for the Prototype Tours to assist in pre-planning your convention calendar.
  • January 9, 2018
    • Added operating sessions to "QwikLook" Master Schedule and the Daily Schedule Grid on Schedules page.
    • Added information about how and when signing up for operating sessions will occur — not now, but closer to the convention start date. See Operating Sessions page.
  • January 6, 2018
    • Added new layout tour, Richard Schoenstein, on the Layout Tours page. Also updated QwikLinks to use layout owner's name instead of just a letter. Modified both the Layout Tours and Operating Sessions pages to use a single file for layout descriptions to avoid updating two pages.
    • Added layout photos for Ron Kaiser and Ernie Simard on the Layout Tours page.
  • January 2, 2018
    • Added PRELIMINARY Daily Schedule to facilitate planning on the Schedules page.
    • Added days-to-convention-start-date countdown timer and Weather Underground widget to Home page.
  • December 30, 2017
    • Added photos for most of the layouts appearing on the Operating Sessions and Layout Tours pages.
    • Dave Croshere added as Clinics Co-chair, replacing Charlie Siebenthal.
    • Fixed the broken link for the mail-in Layout Tour Information form on the Layout Tours page.
    • That's all the changes for 2017. Happy New Year everyone! I'll be back next year.
  • December 29, 2017
    • Added information about the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception on the Home page.
    • Added operating session and layout tour information to the Operating Sessions and Layout Tours pages.
    • Added that the convention room rate includes free parking on the Convention Hotel Information page.
    • Dr. Ty Smith, Director of the CSRM, and NMRA President Charlie Getz announced as the banquet speakers. See the Awards Banquet page for details.
    • Added more information about prototype tours on the Prototype Tours page.
    • Added information about when hotel reservations can be made and why staying at the Convention Hotel is a good idea. See the Convention Hotel Information page.
  • December 23, 2017
    • Added clinic titles on the Clinics page.
    • Added information for the new Kit Bashing contest on the Contests page.
    • Added layout tour and operating sessions information on the Layout Tours page.
  • November 17, 2017
    • Added time and location for the breakfast on the Annual Hobo Breakfast page.
  • October 6, 2017
    • Added Mark Poggendorf as Publicity Chair, replacing Dick Foster and Greg Phillips.
  • May 1, 2017
    • Added Welcome Reception event, presented by Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham, LLP, on Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, at a local microbrew or brew pub to be announced at a later date.
    • Added hotel reservation information to Hotel page.
  • April 25, 2017
    • We are now accepting online registrations on the Registration page. The problem we had at the convention in Bakersfield has been fixed.
  • April 12, 2017
    • The Enduring Rails 2018 website is making its debut tonight! Let Dave Grenier, PCR Webmaster, know of any corrections or updates!
    • Added Schedules, Non-Rails, Volunteers, Company Store, and Registration pages.
    • There were too many other changes to list them all!
  • March 20, 2017
    • Added Prototype Tours, BSA Railroading Merit Badge, Layout Tours & Operating Sessions, Company Store, and Ticket Office pages.
    • Updated Committee page with alias email addresses for commitee members.
    • Updated Contests page with chairman name.
    • Updated Home page with correct hotel name and address.
  • March 18, 2017
    • Added Committee, BSA Railroading Merit Badge, Layout Tours & Operating Sessions, Company Store, and Ticket Office pages.
    • Updated Hotel page with photo, correct hotel name and address, and link to hotel website.
    • Updated Contests page with chairman name.
    • Updated Home page with correct hotel name and address.
  • March 17, 2017
    • Added NWPRRHS and logo to website
    • Updated Home, Registration and BSA Merit Badge pages.
    • Changed page heading fonts and background color.
  • March 13, 2017
    • Started working on the Enduring Rails 2018 website today.
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