Bay Area Layout Design & Operations Weekend
January 25, 26, & 27, 2013
Pacific Coast Region-NMRA
Layout Design Special Interest Group
Operations Special Interest Group
The Pacific Coast Region-NMRA, Layout Design SIG and Operations SIG will hold another joint San Francisco Bay Area Regional Meet in the South Bay Area (about 45 minutes south of San Francisco) Friday, January 25, through Sunday, January 27, 2013.
A terrific three-day program is being planned for your model railroading enjoyment. The agenda for the weekend includes kick-off dinner (no-host), clinics, operations discussions, track planning workshops, layout operations consultations, track planning consultations, and visits to local layouts on Friday and Saturday evenings. There will also be operating sessions at several nearby layouts on Sunday, along with additional layout tours. Don't be surprised if someone puts a throttle in your hand!
The meet and all three days of layout tours are open to all. If you can't join us for the entire meet, at least come out and enjoy some truly wonderful layouts.
390 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA, 95129
The recommended hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, Cupertino. It is not far from Harry’s Hofbrau, where the meet activities are held this year. The current HGI.com website standard rate for the meet weekend is $122 per night, including tax. The current non-cancelable rate is $103, including tax. This hotel is located near the intersection of Wolfe Road and Interstate 280. Map
Other nearby quality hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn in Mountain View, The Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale and the Cupertino Inn in Cupertino available at slightly higher prices. There are about a dozen other hotels along Stevens Creek Blvd in the Cupertino/Santa Clara area.
There are no meet activities at the hotel and we do not have a contract, so you are free to stay where you wish. There is not much variation in price for the meet weekend. The Hilton Garden Inn is well above average in quality and slightly above average in price.
The layout tours on Friday and Saturday nights are open to SIG meet attendees and, as a "Coast Tour", are also open to all PCR members, even if they are not participating in the SIG meet.
Enter your registered email address and NMRA membership number to access the maps. If you have any problems accessing the maps, please contact Steve Williams directly by e-mail or by phone (four naught eight, eight five seven, six seven eight seven).
The weekend's festivities start with a no-host Kick-Off Dinner, 7:00 PM Friday, January 25. You are welcome to join us at Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, for some good food, along with good conversation with friends, both old and new. (MAP)
Be sure to indicate on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if you will be joining us so we can make the necessary reservations. Layout tours of several local layouts will follow dinner.
Registration starts at 8:30 AM, the meeting starts at 9:00 AM, breaks about 11:45 AM for lunch, then wraps up about 5:00 PM for dinner, followed by layout tours from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. We're planning several clinics and other panel discussions.
Clinics with links (underlines) are available on the PCR website's new " Clinics" page.
|9:00||Introductions||Seth Neumann, Chairman|
|9:10||Welcome||Pat LaTorres, PCR President|
|9:30||RFID for Model Railroad Operations||Seth Neumann & Chris Drome|
|10:15||Modeling the Pacific Coast Railway's San Luis Obispo Facilities||Thomas Knapp, MMR #101|
|11:30||Birds of a Feather (BOF) Discussions|
|1:30||Design with Free-moN modules||Dave Falkenburg|
|2:15||Using JRMI Operations to validate layout design||Dennis Drury|
|3:00||The Willoughby Line||Guy Cantwell|
|3:45||Panel: TBD||Bruce Morden|
|4:45||Closing Remarks||Seth Neumann|
|7:00||Layout Tours Start|
|10:00||Layout Tours End|
Please bring your display of layout design or operations-related ideas. (Layout mock-ups are particularly interesting). Please indicate what you are bringing and its size in the "Comments" block of the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM.
Byron Henderson is again organizing the layout design and operations consultations. If you are planning a layout, bring along your "Givens & Druthers", maps, sketches, and other materials to get a free consultation from group members! They can also help with questions about operating your layout, including how to get started. Please indicate on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM that you would like a free layout design or operations consultation to facilitate scheduling.
Would you like to meet with others modeling your region, prototype or era? Interested in DCC, sound, computerized switchlists, or layout CAD programs? Any of these might be a topic for an impromptu "Birds of a Feather" meeting. Let us know if you would like to informally lead a short group discussion on any topic. These are scheduled at the end of the morning session so you can continue your discussion over lunch, if you'd like. Please indicate in the "Comments" section on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if there are any BOF discussion topics of interest to you, either as a participant or the leader.
David Parks is arranging for a number of layouts to be available Friday and Saturday evenings to tour and we would like to have more. Remember that SIG groups will be appreciative of seeing your layout in any state of construction, or even completion! If you'd like to make your layout available to us, please use the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM to let David know.
David Parks is also coordinating operating sessions for Sunday morning and afternoon at a number of nearby layouts, including many opportunities for those new to operations. Please use the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if you'd like to sign-up for an operating session.
Contact Bob Jacobsen if you need or can offer a carpool seat to a fellow attendee. Past attendees have come from all over the country and would welcome riding with someone familiar with the area.
To facilitate planning, please RSVP and register in advance using the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM. Be sure to sign up for the other activities so that we can contact, especially about your preferences for operating sessions.
For more information, to volunteer to help out, get names for car pools, etc., contact:
Phone: (510) 486-7355
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