Bay Area Layout Design & Operations Weekend
January 24, 25, & 26, 2020

Sponsored by:
Pacific Coast Region - NMRA
Layout Design Special Interest Group



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Welcome to Sacramento!

The Pacific Coast Region - NMRA and Layout Design SIG will hold the next San Francisco Bay Area Regional Meet in Sacramento, California, Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, 2020.

A terrific three-day program is being planned for your model railroading enjoyment. This year we will visit Sacramento again and the event will be held at the world famous California State Railroad Museum.


Historic Sacramento Railroad Tour of the SP Back Shop (weather permitting).
Meet in front of California State Railroad Museum at 2:00 PM.

Closed toe shoes are required; jeans and a jacket are recommended.
The museum will provide a hard hat.

California State Railroad Museum
125 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Museum Information / Front Desk - (916) 323-9280

The agenda for the weekend includes Friday afternoon activities and a kick-off dinner and no-host happy hour at the Old Spaghetti Factory, clinics, layout operations consultations, track planning consultations, and visits to local layouts Friday and Saturday evening. Sunday we'll have Operating Sessions on layouts in the Sacramento area. These sessions are specifically open to new operators and everyone is welcome.

We'll be sending out layout selection forms to registrants prior to the event. Don't delay in registering for the meet!

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

Location (Saturday's Activities)

California State Railroad Museum
125 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Museum Information / Front Desk - (916) 323-9280

Doors open at 8:00 AM for registration.

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There is no "official" hotel this year.

Two motels closest to California State Railroad Musuem (CSRM) are Vagabond Inn at 3rd & I Street, and Holiday Inn at 3rd & J Street. Both are within walking distance from east of I-5 Freeway. Vagabond has Perkos Restaurant next door, and Holiday Inn has Cyprus Restaurant in house. Another hotel on the extreme south side of Old Sac is Embassy Suites at Capitol Ave between Tower Bridge and I-5. Downtown Sacramento has a few hotels in an area between J and L Streets including a few we used during X2011. These are accessible by SacRT bus line "30 J Street" which goes eastbound on J Street and west bound on L Street, to the Amtrak Station.

There are cheaper motels, including Motel 6 about a mile north of Old Sac along I-5 at Richards Blvd. Denny's is at Bercutt and Richards (east of I-80). Greyhound is also in this area a couple of blocks east of the freeway. From this area the cheapest access to CSRM is a hiking trail along the Sacramento River, but this may be a challenge due to danger of attacks by homeless people. If several men are walking together as a group, the campers along the trail will usually leave them alone. Another area with cheap motels is West Sacramento, mostly along West Capitol Ave, accessible by YoloBus Line 42 A & B. Another cheap Motel 6 is "Sacramento Downtown" at 30th and N Streets, accessible by SacRT 30 "J Street" bus line.

For more motels and restaurants information, see Trip Advisor.

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Getting to CSRM

Public transit may be used, if it can be figured out. See the following links:

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Friday – Tour, Kick-Off Dinner & Layout Tours

Historic Sacramento Railroad and SP Backshop Tour - 2:00 PM

Meet in front of California State Railroad Museum at 2:00 PM, (weather permitting).

Closed toe shoes are required; jeans and a jacket are recommended.
The museum will provide a hard hat.

California State Railroad Museum
125 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Museum Information / Front Desk - (916) 323-9280

Kick-off Dinner & No-host Happy Hour– 4:30 PM, Dinner served at 5:30 PM :

Old Spaghetti Factory (Historic WP Depot)
1910 "J" Street

Cost: $30.00 including soft drink

Be sure to indicate on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if you will be joining us for dinner so we can make the necessary reservations.

Layout Tours Friday – 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Layout descriptions and address info will be sent in advance to PCR/SIG Meet registrants.

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Saturday – Clinics & Layout Tours

Doors open at 8:00 AM for this event at the California State Railroad Museum. MAP

Registration starts at 8:00 AM, the meeting starts at 8:30 AM, breaks about Noon for lunch, then wraps up about 4:45 PM for dinner (we MUST be out by 5:00 PM), followed by layout tours from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

  8:00 Doors Open for Registration
  8:30 Introduction Seth Neumann, Chairman
  8:45 PCR President's Remarks Chris Palermo
 9:15 The Next Layout Robert Hoffman
10:15 The Sandy River and Rangely Lakes - Prototype inspiration to layout design Ron King
11:15 Announcements
11:45 Lunch - Birds of a Feather
  1:15 How I Designed My Summit County Railroad Phil Gulley
  2:00 Update on Prototype Waybills Tony Thompson
  2:45 Maximizing Small Layout Operations (Squeezing 10 lbs of Ops into a 5 lb Layout) Al Daumann
  3:45 Panel Discussion - Live streamed on TSG Multimedia Bruce Morden/John Abatecola
  4:45 Closing Remarks Seth Neumann
  5:00 Clinic Program Ends
  7:00 Layout Tours Start
  • Bill Burg in Sacramento
  • Robert Hoffman in Elk Grove
  • Larry Moll in Granite Bay
  • Steve Redeker in Elk Grove
  • David Stanley in Morada (North Stockton)
  • Sacramento MRHS (Standard & Narrow Guage)
    Note:SMRHS is open for all layout tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10:00 Layout Tours End

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Sunday – Operating Sessions

We'll be sending out layout selection forms to registrants about two weeks prior to the event, so don't delay registering for the meet.

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.

Layout Tours Sunday

Operating Sessions Sunday

Advance reservation for operating session crew is necessary. Please reply to e-mail from David Parks and indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices if you wish to be a guest operator. Contact David Parks if you have any questions or need special assistance.

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Exhibits & Displays

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

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Track Planning & Layout Operations Consultations

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.

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Design Challenge

There will not be a Design Challenge this year.

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"Birds of a Feather" (BOF)

Due to the need to be out at 5:00 PM, we will not have formal BOF discussions, but encourage people to do so during the lunch break.

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RSVPs & Registrations

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 you, especially about your preferences for operating sessions.

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Contact Us

For more information, contact:
Seth Neumann
Phone: (415) 602-1510

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