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Pacific Coast Region NMRA Annual Convention

Rails by the River 2023

April 26 – April 30, 2023
Sacramento, California
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Welcome to Sacramento, CA!

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The Pacific Coast Region and the Feather River Rail Society cordially invite you to attend Rails by the River 2023 Joint PCR/FRRS Convention in Sacramento, California, at the Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Rd, Sacramento, CA 95815. (MAP) Plans and preparations are well under way by a dedicated team of PCR and FRRS volunteers working together to ensure you will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at Rails by the River Joint PCR/FRRS Convention.


The website has been updated with the very latest information available about what we're planning for you starting on April 24th in 2023. It is updated on a regular basis. See the News & Updates page for the latest important changes. All times on this website are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Rails by the River Is Now a Hybrid Convention!

The Convention Committee is pleased to announce that the convention will now have a virtual segment to support those who cannot attend in person. The virtual side will have the following components:

  • Video stream from one clinic for all three days - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • For select clinics, a breakout room with either the clinician or a knowledgeable partner to discuss the topic and answer questions after or during the presentation.
  • One clinic led by Earl Girbovan, MMR, and/or Frank Markovich, MMR, for sure will cover how contest entries are judged.
  • A video feed or possibly a taped video of all contest entries with brief descriptions. To be filmed before judging starts - exact time TBD.
  • Contest results will be made available after the banquet.

Early bird tickets can be purchased now through Registration for only $50.00. As with the regular tickets, the price will increases to $65.00 after January 15, 2023.

We hope this provides an enjoyable alternative for those who cannot attend. However, we strongly encourage all who are able to attend the in-person event to enjoy all aspects of the convention.

Siemans Factory Tour

The Convention Committee is pleased to announce that the Siemens Factory in Sacramento has agreed to provide a tour of the facilities. The date and transportation have not yet been fixed. Please check the Excursions page periodically for updates.

Convention Shirt

We are currently working with Daylight Sales to design and make available a distinctive convention polo shirt. The shirts will be available directly from the manufacturer, Daylight Sales (not affiliated with Daylight Division, PCR), in Sacramento. A unique URL will be provided in the near future for ordering the shirts. You will be able to choose from “polo” or “ladies polo” versions in sizes from Small (or ladies’ Extra Small) to 5XL. Be sure to check the sizing information on their website.

PCR Annual Meetings

PCR Board of Directors meeting will be during the convention. Date and time still TBA. All PCR members are welcome to attend.

The PCR Annual Business Meeting will on Sunday, April 30. Time and location still TBA. We need a minimum of 35 members in attendance to have a quorum. Please plan to attend.

Jim Collins & Chip Meriam
Convention Co-chairs
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