Clear to the Coast 2020 logo

Pacific Coast Region NMRA Annual Convention

CLEAR to the Coast 2020

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

NEWS & UPDATES

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Check back 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.

  • January 18, 2020
    • Removed "Forms, Signs and More" clinic from the Clinics page added in error.
  • January 17, 2020
    • Added descriptions for two mini-clinics "Dirt, Weeds and Disrepair" and "Background Trees", on the Clinics page.
  • January 15, 2020
    • Added "Electrical power is not available in the swap meet area." in the Swap Meet Rules and Procedures section of the Swap Meet page.
    • Added cutoff date of April 2, 2020 for the convention special room rate on the Convention Hotel Information page.
    • Removed references to refreshments being available in the Non-Rail Room on the Non-Rail Activities page.
  • January 13, 2020
    • Added Banquet speaker name, bio and photo on the Awards Banquet page.
    • Added clinic descriptions for Bob Chaparro's two clinics on the Clinics page.
  • January 11, 2020
    • Added 23 new clinics to the Clinics page. Descriptions coming soon!
  • January 10, 2020
    • Added layout description for Jeff Escott's layout and photos for John Cockle's layout on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Added Introduction to Eagle CAD PCB Design clinic by Seth Neumann on the Clinics page.
  • January 7, 2020
    • Added layout description for Bill Gibson's layout and photos for Dan Rom's layout on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
  • January 4, 2020
    • Updated layout description for the Carquinez Model Railroad Society on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Added two new layout tours for John Cockle and Michael McMillen on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page. Both of these are first timers for the PCR Layout Tour.
  • December 31, 2019
    • Updated description for Dave Tateosian's layout on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Added clinic title and description for Tony Thompson's clinic on the Clinics page.
    • Added information about "Best in Show" awards, combined "Pattern" and "Original" Arts & Crafts Contest categories into "Open" category, reordered "Ingenuity & Levity Contest", and made other minor edits to the Contests page, as requested by the PCR Contest Department Manager.
    • Changed PCR Contest Department Manager to Pat LaTorres on the Contests page and Committee pages. Also changed email alias on PCR server.
  • December 28, 2019
    • Added descriptions, photos and videos for layouts of Dave Connery, Mike Hardwick, and Dave Tateosian on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Added Jim Dias layout tour on the Advance Section and Layout Tours & Operating Sessions pages.
    • Added On-the-Way-Home Layout Tours for Sunday, May 3. Watch this page for updates as they become available!
    • Updated Daily Schedule and Master Schedule on the Schedules page with known updates.
  • December 20, 2019
    • Added 6 new clinics and descriptions on the Clinics page.
    • Added 14 new layout tours on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Added Layout Tours section to Advance Section page. We are working on getting more layout tours for the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, April 29th, one day before the official start of the convention.
    • Updated Popular Vote Contest categories on the Contests page. Also updated the Model Contest Awards.
    • Updated website as needed to be in sync with the article in the new upcoming issue of PCR Branch Line newsletter.
  • December 16, 2019
    • The Early Bird Registration price has ended and is no longer available, removed from the website.
    • Added important Parking and Car Pooling information on the Convention Hotel Information page. All convention attendees need to read and be aware of this information.
    • The Non-Rail program has added two new Friday afternoon clinics, both of which could appeal to modelers as well as non-rail attendees, on the Non-Rail Activities page.
    • Added new clinics to the Clinics page. More coming soon!
  • December 14, 2019
    • Added page visits counter to the Advance Section page.
    • Added convention shirt ordering deadline of March 15, 2020, to the Home page, Company Store page, and online registration form.
  • December 9, 2019
    • Added preliminary information about Speeder Rides in the Canyon on the Advance Section page. Details for ordering tickets will be forthcoming soon, hopefully by mid-December.
  • December 6, 2019
    • Added text requiring a convention registration to purchase add-on tickets for the Awards Banquet, PCR Breakfast, President's Reception, or Tours. See details on the Home page or Registration page.
    • Added text requiring a convention registration to purchase Awards Banquet, PCR Breakfast, President's Reception, clinic, and outside tours on the Company Store page and the online registration form.
  • December 1, 2019
    • The deadline to take advantage of Early Bird Registration has been extended to midnight Sunday, December 15, 2019! See details on Registration page.
    • Updated mail-in and online registration forms to extend Early Bird Registration to midnight Sunday, December 15, 2019.
  • November 27, 2019
    • Updated information for the SPCRR at Ardenwood Tour on the Advance Section page and Prototype Tours page.
    • Added announcement about the President's Reception on the Home page.
    • Added new webpage for Swap Meet. Updated all webpages to add new navigation buttons.
    • Added Ray Davis' Cricut clinic on the Clinics page.
    • Updated mail-in and online registration forms to add President's Reception, SPCRR at Ardenwood Tour, and Swap Meet Table, plus simplify ordering of convention shirts.
    • Updated Company Store page to add President's Reception, SPCRR at Ardenwood Tour, and Swap Meet Table.
  • November 25, 2019
    • Added "QwikLinks" on the Home page to improve page navigation.
    • Added two new clinicians on the Clinics page and removed two "placeholders" added in error.
    • Added new Advance Section page for Wednesday, April 29th activities, one day before the official start date of the convention.
    • Added prototype tour of SPCRR shops at Ardenwood Historic Farm Park on the Advance Section page and Prototype Tours page. The Daily Schedule grid does not yet show this, as a major update is in the works!
  • November 16, 2019
    • Added 2 new clinicians on the Clinics page.
    • Added online Layout Tour Information Form on the Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page.
    • Brian Booth joined the Committee as Layout Tours Chairman. See the Committee page for contact information.
    • Changed starting time of clinics on Thursday from 9:00 to 10:30 AM on the Schedules page. Note: The Daily Schedule grid does not yet show this, as a major update is in the works!
  • November 6, 2019
    • Added photos of the actual ocean waves and river rapids you will learn how to model in the Model Ultra-Realistic Surf clinic by Scott Forrest. See the Clinics page for more information and how to reserve your seat for this hands-on clinic limited to 15 attendees.
    • Added 3 new layouts on Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page, including an onsite modular layout with opportunities to operate on the layout.
  • October 30, 2019
    • Added Daily Schedule grid on Schedules page. More details will be added as they become available.
    • Added new "What's Going on at the Convention" clinic by Chris Palermo on Clinics page.
  • October 25, 2019
    • Added new hands-on Model Ultra-Realistic Surf clinic by Scott Forrest on Clinics page. This is an extra-fare clinic. Tickets must be purchased in advance during registration or, if already registered, on the Company Store page.
  • October 24, 2019
    • Earl Girbovan took over as Layout Tours Chairman, email: ctc2020layouts@pcrnmra.org
    • Added new clinicians on Clinics page.
  • October 19, 2019
    • Updated Non-Rails Activities page with information for the outside activities, including the Non-Rail Lunch.
    • Updated "QwikLook" Master Schedule with Non-Rail activities.
  • October 18, 2019
    • Registrar changed to Chris Palermo on Committee page.
    • Mail-in registration form updated to version 1.8. Version 1.7 is obsolete.
  • September 25, 2019
    • Added link to make hotel reservations on the Convention Hotel page.
  • August 31, 2019
    • Added information on new Western Railway Museum Tour on the Prototype Tours page.
    • Updated Company Store page and registration forms, online and mail-in, for addition of the Western Railway Museum Tour.
    • Save the date! Thursday, April 30, evening - President's Reception. More details coming soon!
  • July 10, 2019
    • Updated Non-Rail Activities page with Saturday's Shop Hop information.
    • Added new Page Visit Summary page. Link at bottom of this page.
  • July 5, 2019
    • Updated Non-Rail Activities page with luncheon information and Non-Rails Room schedule times. Now open Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
    • Added link to photos of the March Coast Division Square Foot Challenge entries on the Home and Contests pages.
  • June 22, 2019
    • Added Convention Shirt photo on Home and Company Store pages.
    • Added information for a new special, popular vote diorama contest, the Square Foot Challenge. See the Contests page for full details and all the rules. (There are only two!)
  • May 8, 2019
    • Added the first of many clinicians to the Clinics page. Thanks, Giuseppe and Paul!
    • Added link for BART and Amtrak bus schedule on the Home page. Thanks to Mike O'Dorney for providing the information.
  • May 2, 2019
    • Website open for business! Register online or by mail on the Registration page. A PayPal account is not required for online registrations.
  • April 23, 2019
    • Updated Layout Tours & Operating Sessions page with 5 layout tours.
    • Updated Schedules page with latest known schedule.
  • April 20, 2019
    • Updated Home and Registration pages with convention registration costs.
  • March 30, 2019
    • Updated Committee page with 5 new committee members — Dennis Stokely, Nancy Stokely, Ray Turner, Pat LaTorres, and Ed Slintak. WELCOME ABOARD!
    • Updated Contests, Non-Rail Activities, and Railroading Merit Badge page with Chairs' names.
  • March 16, 2019
    • Updated convention logo with the final version.
    • New page added: Registration.
  • March 13, 2019
    • New pages added: Banquet, BSA Railroading Merit Badge Program, Non-Rails, Volunteers, Prototype Tours, SIG Program, and Schedules.
  • March 12, 2019
    • Added draft convention logo to website.
    • Created and added favicon from logo for browser tab.
    • Updated website color scheme to coordinate with logo.
    • Updated Home and Links page to add Western Railway Museum as co-host for the Clear to the Coast 2020 PCR Convention.
  • March 9, 2019
    • New pages added: Clinics, Layout Tours & Operating Sessions, and Hotel.
  • February 26, 2019
    • Defined e-mail aliases on PCR server.
    • New pages added: Committee.
  • February 25, 2019
    • Updated all pages from The Club Car 2015 to Clear to the Coast 2020.
    • New pages added: Home, News & Updates, Hotel, Error 404 - File not found, Contests, Privacy Policy, Links, and Hobos.
  • February 23, 2019
    • Work began on the 2020 PCR Convention website. Cloned PCR 2015 website.


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