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Last Updated: 16 October 2018

2018 EVENTS
October 27, 2018 (NEW DATE) - Sierra Division Fall Meet. In the morning we will tour David Stanley’s Morada Belt. This will be in scheduled shifts – contact Jim Collins (jimcol@charter.net) for scheduling. The afternoon meet will be at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, 2766 Dakota Avenue, Modesto, CA. (MAP)

Officer elections.
October 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Steam Train Photo Special. 56001 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA, near the South Entrance to Yosemite National Park. This is a trip for railroad photographers, not the general public. If you don’t understand what it is, please don’t purchase tickets. The railroad’s grounds will be closed to the public and only ticket purchasers will be permitted to enter and park. (MAP)

It has been many years since a special train for photographers has operated on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. The line has a pair of 3-truck Shay locomotives from the West Side Lumber Company. Number 10 was built in 1928 and No. 15 was built in 1913. The railroad is only about 50 miles southeast – as the crow flies – from Tuolumne, home of the West Side Lumber Company. This is as close as anyone can get to seeing operable WSL Shays in their natural environment.

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, both locomotives will be out for a private excursion that begins at 1:00 PM and continues through the afternoon. Each locomotive will make an individual trip over the line with its own train. There will be multiple photo runbys and staged opportunities with both locomotives. The finale will be a doubleheader that also features runbys. Both locomotives will be posed together at the depot for photos at the end of the day.

Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking in a rugged forest at 4,800 feet in the mountains. The trip operates rain or shine. Trains will return to the depot periodically during the afternoon for restroom breaks. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $75.00 each, plus a $1.00 service charge. Only 75 are available. All sales are final. Go to the railroad’s website: http://ymsprr.com and click the Buy Tickets Online button. Select Steam Train PHOTO SPECIAL on October 28th. No tickets will be sold by phone or mail. You will need to bring a printout of your ticket receipt for admission to the grounds and a parking pass.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is less than 90 minutes from the railroad and has direct flights to many cities. The railroad is less than a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Ample lodging is available in Oakhurst, 20 minutes away. The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, www.YosemiteThisYear.com can assist with booking a room and other area information.

There will be a photo contest after the excursion to select two photos for the railroad’s 2019 brochure; one for the cover and one for the inside. The winning photographer will receive two tickets for the “Moonlight Special” barbecue train during the summer of 2019. This train operates on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Details for submitting the photos will be available at the event.
November 1 – 3, 2018 - The Fine Scale Model Expo 2018, Downtown Albany New York Hilton & Convention Center, Albany, New York.

Vendor show opens at noon on Friday • Layout tours • Clinics • Contests & Prizes - $1000 BEST-IN-SHOW! • Prizes for first place in each category.
Expo Contest Rules
November 2 – 4, 2018 - Northern Nevada Model Railroad Tour, presented by PCR Sierra Division.

Twenty (20) layouts in N, HO, HOn3, O, On30, and G guages will be open for your enjoyment. Click HERE for a downloadable FLYER (3.67 MB) with the tour schedule, layout descriptions, driving instructions and maps.

Info: Jim Petro, e-mail jpetro328@gmail.com or (775) 852-5636 or cell (775) 544-9857 if you have any questions.
November 3 & 4, 2018 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 50th Anniversary of Trains at the Zoo and High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club Model Train Show, Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Directions and Parking

Free admission to the Model Train Show in the Dscovery Pavillion with paid Zoo entrance fee:
    • Adults (13-64) : $18
    • Children (2-12) : $10
    • Seniors (65+) : $13
    • Children Under 2 : Free

ALL ABOARD! The Santa Barbara Zoo Train offers a 15-minute narrated tour weaving through tunnels and past favorite animal exhibits on a 1-mile round trip. One of the Zoo’s most popular attractions, the Zoo Train has transported more than 35 million visitors since 1968. The railroad operates year-round, weather permitting.
November 10 & 11, 2018 - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, FREE Model Train Show, Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club, Aspen Builders Inc. Activity Center at the Tehachapi Recreation and Park District, 410 West "D" Street (off Mill Street), Tehachapi, CA. MAP
November 10 & 11, 2018 - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 41st Annual International Railfair Model Railroad Show, Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd, Roseville, CA. MAP

Co-sponsored by PCR Sierra Division. Vendor Coordinator, Bob Warner, at bkwarner51@comcast.net.

Admission by Donation:
  • Adults - $10.00
  • Children under 12 Free!
  • Fairgrounds Parking: $5.00
  • Sunday Family Special - $15.00
November 17, 2018 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Open House, Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society, 1534 19th and Eye Streets, Bakersfield, CA. (MAP)

Both of GEHAMS' layouts—HO and N scale—will have model trains operating to give the public a chance to see what model railroading is all about. Come and view Central California's largest model train display. Entrance to the clubhouse is to the rear, and in the alley, of the Chef's Choice Noodle Bar, located at 1534 19th Street, on the northeast corner of 19th and Eye Streets, and located on the 2nd & 3rd floors, in downtown Bakersfield. (MAP)

Adults and kids of all ages are welcome. For further information, please email carldw@aol.com, or by phone at (661) 331-6695.
November 17, 2018 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Redwood Empire Division Spring Meet, Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA. MAP
December 1 & 2, 2018 - Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 41st Annual Train Show, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA. (MAP)

Vendor tables: Vern Cowan 1-714-686-7165. Info: Ed Cathcart 1-209-479-4432. Adults $7.00; Kids under 12 Free.
December 2, 2018 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, The Quarterly NMRA Coast Division Meet - a FREE Model Railroading Event,, 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA. (at SF Bay Area Council Office of Boy Scouts of America)

See railroad models and photos. Meet their Makers! Bring YOUR models to share! Enjoy workshops and roundtable discussions: Get your questions answered and problems solved. Enjoy John Allen's TimeSaver Switching Puzzle! Win a door prize? Large auction of modeling stuff.

Driving: Exit Davis Street from Highway 880, 0.6 mi east to 1001 Davis on right. MAP
BART: Exit San Leandro Station, walk 0.3 mi west on Davis St to SW corner of Davis at Orchard Ave, across from Thrasher Park.

December 8 & 9, 2018 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Model Railroad Open House, Carquinez Model Railroad Society, 645 Loring Ave (across from C&H Sugar), Crockett, CA. (MAP)

Admission is $5.00 for adults, under 16 free when accompanied by an adult.

The Carquinez Toy Train Operating Museum, located in the same building, will also be open at the same time. They have a large O scale model railroad that will also be operating. Admission is also $5.00.
December 25, 2018 - Merry Christmas
2019 and BEYOND EVENTS
January 25 – 27, 2019 Bay Area Layout Design & Operations Weekend, Sponsored by Pacific Coast Region-NMRA , Layout Design and Operations Special Interest Groups.

Location: TBD

The meet and all three days of layout tours are open to ALL, regardless of affiliation or membership. NMRA, PCR, LDSIG, or OPSIG membership is NOT required! If you can't join us for the entire meet, at least come out and enjoy some truly wonderful layouts.

  • Friday - Kick-off dinner (no-host) at a location to be determined later in 2018
  • Saturday - 8:30 am to 10:00 pm - Clinics and panel discussions, layout design consultations, "Birds of a Feather", followed by layout tours. 
  • Sunday - Operations Sessions (newcomers and out-of-towners encouraged!), layout tours.

More information will be posted in the latter months of 2018. Save the dates!

March 9 & 10, 2019 - Sat: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sun: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Golden Empire Historical & Modeling Society's Annual Model Train Show, Horace Massey Building, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P Street, Bakersfield, CA. MAP  

Admission is $7.00 for adults, kids 12 and under admitted free, when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission is good for both days. Approximately 100 vendor tables with model train supplies for sale and thousands of square feet of operating model trains on display. Train rides for railfans of all ages, $2.00 additional charge. Contact info: (661) 331-6695; email: carldw@aol.com
May 2 – 5, 2019 (NEW STARTING DATE) - Diamond Rails Forever 2019, PCR/FRRS Joint Convention, Lions Gate Hotel, McClellan Convention Center—McClellan Park, 3410 Westover Street, Sacramento, CA.  (MAP)
July 7 – 14, 2019 - 2019 NMRA National Convention & National Train Show®, The Little America Hotel - Salt Lake City, 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Attending a National Convention is like drinking water from a fire hose! You will come home exhausted, but exhilarated, ready to hit the train room with tons of new ideas!
September 4 – 7, 2019 - 39th National Narrow Gauge Convention, Sacramento, CA. See the website for organizer email addresses.

Save the dates!

Coast Division N-Scale modelers are invited to join the Nor-Cal Nn3 Group which will be used to coordinate preparations for this convention and the layout(s): https://groups.io/g/Nn3-NorCal

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Future NMRA Conventions for Long Range Planning

2019 - July 7 - 14, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah

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2020 - July 12 - 18, 2020, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri

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2021 - Santa Clara, CA

2022 - The Heart of England Express, Birmingham, England

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Weekly Activities

Changes? e-Mail Dave Grenier at: pcrWebmaster@pcrnmra.org

Every Monday 7:00 PM / Santa Cruz County Railroad Historical Society (HO, N, G)
Watsonville, CA / Rick Lopez, e-mail: rick213@pnet.net or 831-768-8211

Every Tuesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM / Empire Builders Model Railroad Club (HO) 3318 School St, Oakland, CA / e-mail: president@ebmrc.org. Also see Saturday.

Every Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 PM / Roseville Roundhouse Model Railroad Club (HO)
Roseville, CA / George Carter, e-mail: Geo_Clairie_Carter@msn.com

Every Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 PM / Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society (HO, N)
Bakersfield, CA / Doug Wagner, e-mail: carldw@aol.com or 661-589-0391 / Club phone 661-325-5820

Every Tuesday 5:00 to 8:00 PM / South Bay Historical Railroad Society (Museum, Library, HO, N, 4'8")
1005 Railroad Ave, Santa Clara, CA / Club phone 408-243-3969. Also see Saturday.

Every Tuesday / Lompoc Valley Model Railroad and Historical Society (HO) CLOSED – Another Fallen Flag!
Gone, but not forgotten. See the photos taken by Anita Walker, owner of Central Coast Trains at the Society's 2015 open house.

Every Tuesday 7:30 to 9:00 PM / San Leandro Historical Railway Society (HO, O, G) 1302 Orchard Ave, San Leandro, CA / Club phone 510-569-2490. Info: info@slhrs.org. Also see Saturday.

Every Tuesday 7:30 PM / South Coast Society of Model Engineers (Z, N, HO, O, G, Steam, Trolley, Diesel)
Round robin meetings weekly at members' homes. Also field trips. Business meeting on third Tuesday at Wood Glen Hall, 3010 Foothill Rd (@Alamar), Santa Barbara, CA / Contact: Bruce Morden, e-mail: bdmorden@sbceo.org

Every Tuesday and Friday 7:00 - 10:00 pm / Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Work and gab session (HO) Antioch, CA / E-mail: info@blackdiamondlines.com / Club phone 925-779-1964.

Every Tuesday and Friday 7:00 PM / Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society (HO, HOn3)
Walnut Creek, CA / Darlene Ferguson, e-mail: totempolekds@hotmail.com / Club phone 925-937-1888

Every Wednesday 7:30 PM / Gold Coast Modular RR Club (HO)
Meets in members' homes in Ventura County, CA / Jerry Mittelholtz, e-mail: mittelj@vcss.k12.ca.us or 805-525-5136 / David Minkin, e-mail:  dddave@compuserve.com

Every Wednesday (and Saturday/Sunday) from April to December, Wednesday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Trains run on Sundays only, admission is charged. Displays are open for viewing on Wednesday and Saturday, admission is free / Golden State Model Railroad Museum / East Bay Model Engineers Society (O, HO, N, Narrow Gauge, Traction) / Point Richmond, CA / Club Phone 510-234-4884 or info@gsmrm.org

Every Wednesday & Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM / Carquinez Model Railroad Society (HO)
645 Loring Ave (Across from C&H Sugar), Crockett, CA / Greg Ockander 510-787-6703 or cmrs.trainclub@gmail.com

Every Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon / West Bay Model Railroad Association (HO) / 1090 Merrill Street, near the Menlo Park Station, Menlo Park, CA / Construction is nearly complete on a DCC 2-level HO layout designed for operations. Scheduled work sessions are Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, while monthly business meetings occur at 8 pm the third Wednesday and operating sessions the second Saturday of each month. / Contact Lou Cartalano at 650-964-5603, or leave a voice message at club phone 650-322-0685

Every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday / Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society (HO)
Simi Valley, CA / Richard Dale Parshall, e-mail: oltwntrn@pacbell.net / 805-522-9721 or jamromin@socal.rr.com  / http://www.trainweb.org/ssmrc/

Every Thursday 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM / Eastern Sierra Railroad Society (HO, N) / 520 South Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 / Facebook page or call Gary Gearhart, (760) 269-5762

Every Thursday 6:15 PM / Thursday Nite Boomers (all) / San Luis Obispo County, CA / Terry N. Taylor, e-mail: terryntaylor@charter.net or 805-595-9535

Every Friday 7:00 PM / Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society (HO, HOn3)
Walnut Creek, CA / Darlene Ferguson, e-mail: totempolekds@hotmail.com / Club phone 925-937-1888

Every Friday / Lompoc Valley Model Railroad and Historical Society (HO) CLOSED – Another Fallen Flag!
Gone, but not forgotten. See the photos taken by Anita Walker, owner of Central Coast Trains at the Society's 2015 open house.

Every Friday 7:00 - 10:00 pm / Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Work and gab session (HO) Antioch, CA / E-mail: info@blackdiamondlines.com / Club phone 925-779-1964 (Also Tuesday night)

Every Friday 7:30 PM / Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society (HO, On3)
Sacramento, CA / Dave Megeath, e-mail: d.megeath@comcast.net or 916-927-3618

Every Friday 7:30 PM / Silicon Valley Lines Model Railroad Club (HO)
San Jose, CA / Mark Gurries, e-mail: gurriesm@macconnect.com or 408-377-0544

Every Friday 7:30 - 9:30 PM / Tri-City Society of Model Engineers (HO, N)
Niles Plaza, Fremont, CA / Stanley Keiser, e-mail: sbkeiser@juno.com or 510-791-1504

Every Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM / Fresno Model Railroad Club (HO, N)
1321 Betty Lane, Selma, CA / Mailing Address: PO Box 181, Selma, CA 93662

Every Saturday 9:00 AM to Noon / Belmont Model Railroad Club (HO)
1719 E. Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA / Facebook page. Info: (559) 289-5549.

Every Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM / San Leandro Historical Railway Society (HO, O, G)
1302 Orchard Ave, San Leandro, CA / Club phone 510-569-2490 . Info: info@slhrs.org. Also see Tuesday.

Every Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM / South Bay Historical Railroad Society (Museum, Library, HO, N, 4'8") 1005 Railroad Ave, Santa Clara, CA / Club phone 408-243-3969. Also see Tuesday.

Every Saturday (and Wednesday/Sunday) from April to December, Wednesday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Trains run on Sundays only, admission is charged. Displays are open for viewing on Wednesday and Saturday, admission is free / Golden State Model Railroad Museum / East Bay Model Engineers Society (O, HO, N, Narrow Gauge, Traction) / Point Richmond, CA / Club Phone 510-234-4884 or info@gsmrm.org

Every Saturday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM / Empire Builders Model Railroad Club (HO) 3318 School St, Oakland, CA / e-mail: president@ebmrc.org. Also see Tuesday.

Every Saturday afternoon / West Bay Model Railroad Association (HO) / 1090 Merrill Street, near the Menlo Park Station, Menlo Park, CA / Construction is nearly complete on a DCC 2-level HO layout designed for operations. Scheduled work sessions are Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, while monthly business meetings occur at 8 pm the third Wednesday and operating sessions the second Saturday of each month. / Contact Lou Cartalano at 650-964-5603, or leave a voice message at club phone 650-322-0685

Every Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Thursday 5:00 to 8:00 PM / Eastern Sierra Railroad Society (HO, N) / 520 South Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 / Facebook page or call Gary Gearhart, (760) 269-5762

Every Sunday (and Wednesday/Saturday) from April to December, Wednesday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Trains run on Sundays only, admission is charged. Displays are open for viewing on Wednesday and Saturday, admission is free / Golden State Model Railroad Museum / East Bay Model Engineers Society (O, HO, N, Narrow Gauge, Traction) / Point Richmond, CA / Club Phone 510-234-4884 or info@gsmrm.org

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Monthly Activities

Changes? e-Mail Dave Grenier at: pcrWebmaster@pcrnmra.org

First and Third Thursday - 7:00 PM / Siskiyou Model RR Club / Yreka Western Depot, 300 East Miner St., Yreka, CA (Exit 775 from I-5). Info: Tom Brass, (530) 842-4921, Glenn Joesten (530) 340-2537

First Friday 7:30 PM / San Leandro Historical Railway Society (HO, O, G), Monthly meeting / 1302 Orchard Ave, San Leandro, CA / Club phone 510-569-2490 / Info: info@slhrs.org.

First Friday 7:30 to 10:00 PM / Golden State Model Railroad Museum / East Bay Model Engineers Society (O, HO, N, Narrow Gauge, Traction) / Point Richmond, CA / Club Phone 510-234-4884 or info@gsmrm.org

Second Tuesday 7:30 PM / Empire Builders Model Railroad Club (HO) 3318 School St, Oakland, CA / e-mail: president@ebmrc.org

Second Wednesday 8:00 PM / West Bay Model Railroad Association, Monthly Business Meeting, 1090 Merrill Street, Menlo Park, CA / Lauren Mercer 650-322-9335 or Tom Vanden Bosch 650-369-8305

Second Wednesday 7:30 PM / Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society (HO&N)
Bakersfield, CA / Doug Wagner, e-mail: carldw@aol.com or 661-589-0391 / Club phone: 661-325-5820

Second Saturday 10:00 AM / Tehachapi Loop RR Club / Tehachapi, CA / Tom O'Brien, e-mail: threerail@earthlink.net 661-822-1546

Second Saturday 1:00 PM / European Train Enthusiasts (ETE) Sacramento Chapter (Z, HO, 1)
Sacramento, CA / Roland DiFranco 209-948-6776 or Steven Stern, e-mail: sterns@rahul.net

Second Saturday 1:30 PM / Carquinez Toy Train Operating Museum Business Meeting , 645 Loring Ave (Across from C&H Sugar), Crockett, CA. MAP

Second Saturday 3:00 - 6:00 PM / California Central Club (HO & HOn3) / Old Agnew Station, 4185 Bassett St, Santa Clara, CA / Subject to change, contacting us in advance of your visit is highly recommended at: ccmrc1961@gmail.com

Second & Fourth Weekends / Swanton Pacific Railroad Society (19")
Santa Cruz County, CA / Ed Carnegie, e-mail: ecarnegi@calpoly.edu or 805-756-2378

Mid-Month Weekends / Bitter Creek Western RR (Live Steam)
Arroyo Grande, CA / Dan Andrews, e-mail: danandrews@charter.net or 805-481-0419

Third Monday 7:00 PM / San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association (all)
Oceano Depot, CA / Dennis Pearson, e-mail: info@slomra.org or 805-929-3062

Third Tuesday 7:00 PM / Visalia Electric Model Railroad & Historical Society / Meets at Ryan's Place Restaurant, 3103 South Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA / Cecil Eppler, e-mail: cecil_eppler@sbcglobal.net

Third and First Thursday - 7:00 PM / Siskiyou Model RR Club / Yreka Western Depot, 300 East Miner St., Yreka, CA (Exit 775 from I-5). Info: Tom Brass, (530) 842-4921, Glenn Joesten (530) 340-2537

Third Friday 7:00 - 11:00 PM / Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club Operating session (HO) / Antioch, CA / Info: info@blackdiamondlines.com / Club phone 925-779-1964

Third Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Noon / San Joaquin Central Operating Session (HO) / Fresno, CA / Chuck Harmon, e-mail: harmonsta@aol.com or 559-299-4385. It's April 1949 on SP's Donner Pass and fictitious SJC. An advance courtesy contact is appreciated. Send e-mail to be added to mailing list.

Third Saturday / Sacramento Modular Railroaders Operating Session (HO) / Sacramento, CA / Scott McAllister, e-mail: scooter923@att.net

Fourth Wednesday 7:00 PM / Coast Toy Train Club / Wood Glen Hall, 3010 Foothill Rd (at Alamar), Santa Barbara, CA / Lots of collecting in S, O, and Standard gauges. / Contact: Ken Kelley, e-mail: kenatttr@thirdrail.com

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Other Activities

Changes? e-Mail Dave Grenier at: pcrWebmaster@pcrnmra.org

Irregular / Central California Operators Group (all) / varies / Steve Hayes, e-mail: hayeswp@hotmail.com 209-536-1847

Irregular / Northern California Free-mo (HO) / San Francisco Bay Area / Gregg Fuhriman, e-mail: gregg@atwc.teradyne.com or 408-365-9508 / http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free-mo/

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