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Pacific Coast Region NMRA Annual Convention

CLEAR to the Coast 2020

Co-sponsored by Western Railway Museum
April 30 – May 3, 2020
Concord, California
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Welcome to Concord!

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The Pacific Coast Region - NMRA and Western Railway Museum cordially invite you to attend the Clear to the Coast 2020 PCR & WRM Joint Convention in Concord, California, at the Crowne Plaza Concord / Walnut Creek, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord, California, 94520. (MAP) Plans and preparations are well under way by a dedicated team of PCR and WRM volunteers working together to ensure you will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at the Clear to the Coast 2020 PCR Convention.

Clear to the Coast 2020 runs from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, 2020, starting at 8:30 AM for registration check-in and ending with the Sunday morning PCR Annual Business Meeting.

Sandwiched between the two will be a veritable smorgasbord of model railroading activities you've come to expect at PCR conventions, including clinics, contests, prototype tours, layout tours, operating sessions, breakfasts, banquet, and more!

Mark your calendars now, figure out how to get to Concord, then get ready for some real model railroading fun and enjoyment. • BART and Amtrak bus schedule

What can I expect for this Convention?

Clinics - The clinics program will focus on new innovations and techniques. It will also feature clinics which capture the oral history of actual railroad experiences from our members.
New for 2020! – Friday evening will feature a series of mini-clinics. These are a number of half-hour clinics on a wide range of topics. They will be very small group clinics, allowing you to get up close and learn. We’re anticipating attendees will have 6 – 8 or more to choose from. Every half hour, the train whistle will blow, and attendees move to the next clinic of their choice.

Layout tours - Layout tours will take advantage of the large number of high-quality layouts in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is known for great layouts in all scales and gauges! Having the Convention hotel in Concord in the East Bay provides a central location for getting to a number of these great layouts.

Operating Sessions - The Bay Area is also a hotbed for layout operating sessions and we will have a number of them available for attendees. Register early to get a better chance to participate in these operating sessions.

Prototype Tours - Several great tours are being planned. Watch the News & Updates page for the latest information.

Registration

The Full-fare Registration Package is only $150.00 and includes Registration, Awards Banquet, and PCR Breakfast.

Basic registration (no food events) is just $80.00.

Awards Banquet ($70.00) and PCR Breakfast ($40.00) tickets may be purchased separately after registering. See the Company Store page to add these meal tickets to your registration package.

"Early Bird" Special

Register early and take advantage of the "Early Bird" special of $130.00. We are offering a discount of $20.00 off the normal full-fare registration if you register by 11:59 PM, November 30, 2019. Starting December 1st, full-fare registration will be $150.00. Go to the Registration page to register before then to avoid the price hike.

Special "First Timer" Fare

The special "First Timer" fare of $110.00 is available for PCR members that have not registered for the past 5 conventions.

What's Included?

All fares include convention registration, clinics, contests, and layout tours. The Full-fare, Early Bird and First Timer registration packages also include tickets for the Awards Banquet and PCR Breakfast.

There will be extra costs for outside events or special clinics, if admission tickets, transportation, or materials are required.

Go to the Registration page to register.

Day Fares, $40.00 per day, do not include the Banquet or the PCR Breakfast.

Convention Car

This year’s convention car is an HO-scale Accurail Sacramento Northern 40′ Boxcar kit. Cost per car is $28.00 each and each additional car is $25.00 in the Company Store.

Sacramento Northern 40' Boxcar Convention Car photo

HO-Scale Accurail Kit
$28.00 each, additional cars $25.00 each
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Photo courtesy Western Railway Museum

Door Prizes

We are soliciting door prizes from many of the fine manufacturers of model railroad equipment and publications. They have been generous in the past, and we anticipate some wonderful offerings for Clear to the Coast 2020. Each registrant will have a chance to win a door prize — you could be a WINNER!

We would also welcome donations of good, new kits, ready-to-run equipment, new (or in excellent condition) books, DVDs, or modeling tools from convention attendees. If you have some of these you find surplus to your interests, bring them along and donate them for door prizes. We'll find them a new home. Donations in all scales are welcome.


See you in Concord!

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