2011 NMRA National Convention
July 3 to 9, 2011 - Sacramento, California
The Unconventional Convention

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L404 MODESTO Cancelled
Wednesday All Day July 6 $25.00 Dep 8:00 AM Ret 4:00 PM
Two of the layouts on this tour were built by professional railroaders and one is undergoing a major expansion giving this trip a unique flavor. Lunch is on-your-own at a location not as yet determined.
HO Dave Stanley Morada Belt
20 X 20 Scenery: 50% DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Dave's Morada Belt is HO scale, set in the 1950's with 360 feet of mainline (not all of it installed yet) as well as a 35-foot branch line (yet to be installed). Track is commercial code 83 and code 70, a "point to loop" design with 30" minimum radius on the main track, one staging and two working yards. The main yard is still under construction. Scenery ranges from Tehachapi-style semi-arid to sandstone cliffs (reminiscent of Eagles Nest, Montana on the Milwaukee Road) to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Backdrops were painted by noted artist and book author John Signor. It is a trackage-rights operated bridge line used by several of the large western carriers of the 1950's, utilized when their own corridors are congested. This is a model railroad designed by a real-life railroader for operating sessions, without sacrificing the scenic beauty of the west.
HO Mike McReynolds Hangtown and Grizzley Ridge
20 X 20 Scenery: 100% Digitrax DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
A freelanced layout with an emphasis on tongue and cheek humor based on 28 plus years of prototype railroad experience. The time frame is 1960's to 1970's. The layout is on two levels and includes industrial areas, logging and desert scenery. There is a continuous loop with islands for industries. Mike uses a computer generated switch list for operating sessions.
HO Les Gregory Central Sierra Pass Railway
21 X 24 Scenery: 21 X 24 NCE radio DCC Average house (1-2 steps)
Not too long ago, Les acquired a neighboring room for his railroad to expand and evolved a mature, nearly complete model of a Sierra inspired railroad into a very strong representation of much of the Sierra Railroad. The trackage grew from approx. 150 ft to approx. 350 ft of main line, and the railroads 4 or 5 regular operators gained a heightened sense that they are repeating history on the Sierra Railroad. Les' layout has areas of interest to almost all visitors.
HO HOn3 Tom Milam Wolf Creek Railway of California
10 X 24 Scenery: 70% NCE DCC Several steps and/or duck-under(s)
An HO scale Shortline steam railroad set in 1927, Tom's Wolf Creek Railway of California is located in the foothills of California. He has many scratch built structures, wooden truss rod cars and a few custom built brass locomotives following Sierra Railway prototypes. Tom has a strong interest in operations using JMRI's (DecoderPro) switch list program. His point to point design, interchanges with his son's Buffalo Creek & Grizzley Ridge Railway, another small point to point layout. Some dual gauge trackage. Above the Wolf Creek HO layout is the start of an HOn3 layout, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (Nevada City, track only no scenery). All in all this is an HO scale empire, short trains battling steep grades, floods, fights, Indian raids and sometimes not being able to leave the station at all.

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