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

NASG S Scale Activities

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Welcome to Sacramento, California!

The dates of July 3-9, 2011, will see a cooperative convention effort between the NASG and the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) in Sacramento, California. The combined NMRA and NASG annual convention, named "Extra 2011 West", or simply "X2011 West", will have extensive NASG participation for S enthusiasts of all persuasions, including Sn3 narrow gauge, S standard gauge and American Flyer-compatible.

For general convention information, use the red main menu bar above to go to the other pages of this website or use the "Search this website" tool.

Many S events are planned to foster the family reunion feel of the traditional, smaller standalone S convention. This will be a full-featured S convention within the larger NMRA multi-scale community. We have arranged procedures so that registered S folks will have exclusive rights to register early for S events. Only after a specified cutoff date will non-S folks be able to register for an S event. Act promptly and you are in! Procrastinate and the S event might be sold out. (Note: This early date has passed! a/o 1/26/11)

Please note that the X2011 West website and this NASG S Scale Activities page are the best sources of ongoing information for this convention. As things progress, both will be updated frequently with new tours, clinics, events, news, advice and so forth.

Check back frequently or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 webpage. News and updates will automatically be sent to all subscribers of the RSS news feed.

All X2011 convention cars, banquet, layout tours, prototype tours, general interest tours and S activities may be ordered and purchased at the online X2011 e-Store.

McKenzie & Sons Timber Co. model railroad photo The exquisite McKenzie & Sons Timber Co. model railroad will be on display at the convention. This Sn3 layout is 10' x 20' of outstanding modeling with every square inch superdetailed to the hilt.

Click here to view more photos

Photo by John McKenzie

Advance Section

The Advance Section is a pre-convention event Friday noon July 1 thru Sunday July 3 afternoon and located in the San Francisco Bay region. It is an opportunity to enjoy home layout tours, prototype operating sessions, prototype rail and industrial tours, non-rail functions and much more. Ed Loizeaux’s NYC-themed S scale layout will be open for visitors on Saturday, July 2nd from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Go to the "Advance Section" page for more information.

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Auction

An S auction is being planned for Friday evening in the Sheraton Gardenia Room. Jamie Bothwell has agreed to be the auctioneer and promises to bring his usual humor from Pennsylvania. Sellers are expected to donate 10% of the winning bid to the local host group. There are no other fees.

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Banquet

An S banquet is planned for Saturday evening. The official “NASG Roundhouse Revue & BBQ too!!” will be held inside the roundhouse display area of the California State Railroad Museum. Enjoy your ribs or chicken while seated next to valve gear, spoked drivers, EMD diesels, Pullman car, ATSF diner and so forth. A musical revue will entertain you prior to NASG presentations and announcements. Bring the entire family if you like.

Reservations for the S banquet can be made at the X2011 e-Store . The cost is $65.00.

Check back here frequently for details as they are announced or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 web page. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

California State Railroad Museum Roundhouse Interior Photo
Photo courtesy of California State Railroad Museum
The official “NASG Roundhouse Revue & BBQ too!!” will be held inside the roundhouse display area of the California State Railroad Museum. Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers Layout Photo
Photo courtesy of California State Railroad Museum
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Clinics

Superb clinics are being planned for those who enjoy smaller flanges. There is no need to register in advance for clinics, except for certain "extra-fare" clinics, such as "Modeling with the Masters." Just walk in and grab a seat!

Use the links below to access our clinics database for a complete listing of clinics offered at X2011, along with descriptions. Selections may be made by topic, day, subject, and presenter.

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Contact Us / Questions?

Please read everything on the X2011 West website and these S scale pages first before asking S-related questions. Use the convenient "Search this website" tool to help find an answer to your question. If the answer to your question is nowhere to be found therein, then e-mail Ed Loizeaux at sscale@x2011west.org or Lee Johnson at sscale1@x2011west.org with your S-related question.

Non-S-related questions should be directed to the NMRA folks. See the X2011 "Committee" page for their contact information.

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Contests

Contests for S models and photographs using NASG rules and judging procedures are being planned. The contest room, Sheraton Bondi Room, will open on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm to accept models. It will be open every day through Saturday. On Saturday morning, admission to the contest room is restricted to the official judges and the NASG photographer. On Saturday afternoon, the contest room will be open for viewing. Models must be picked up by the owner on Saturday afternoon prior to 4:00 pm.

Please note that NASG contest rules and entry forms can be downloaded from the NASG website by using the following links:

NASG Contest Rules (Summary version)
NASG Contest Rules (Detailed version)
NASG Contest Entry Forms

In addition to the traditional NASG contest, there will also be a new and unique NYC-only Contest and an Operating Accessory Contest, both of which will be judged under a different set of rules which are available upon request from Dick Karnes. A $200 gift certificate from a major model railroad hobby shop will be awarded to the winner of the NYC-only Contest.

Bill Young's operating bascule bridge photo Bill Young's operating bascule bridge will be on exhibit. The fully working mechanism is amazing.

Photo by Joe Visintine

Models may also be entered into several NMRA contests, if desired, for judging under NMRA rules. Please refer to the X2011 "Contests" page on this website for more information regarding NMRA contest forms and rules.

S models may also be placed in a secure "Display Only" area, if judging and awards are not desired.

Questions pertaining to the NASG contest, the NYC-only contest, and Operating Accessory contest should be directed to Dick Karnes at: karnesrn@yahoo.com

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Convention Cars

Two brand new S freight cars (not repaints) suitable for both scale and AF-compatible enthusiasts are being offered in both kit and ready-to-run (RTR) versions. With American-made tooling and production, these convention cars will be unique and interesting.

The GS series of drop-bottom gondola cars saw service all over the nation from the late 1940s through the 1980s hauling both granular loads, such as sand and gravel as well as pipes, logs, scrap metal and crated machinery. Wood-planked extension sides were added to some gondolas for sugar beet service, described in detail here: www.pwrr.org/prototype/sugarbeet/index.html

SP Sugar Beet Gondola with Plank Side Extenions
Photo courtesy of Larry Hanlon
Sugar beet gondola with extended sides
HO model photo courtesy of Red Caboose
Prototype SP sugar beet gondola with plank sides
HO model photo courtesy of Red Caboose

Both the composite side gondola and the sugar beet gondola with extended sides are being offered. And, to top it off, a realistic sugar beet load will also be available. Photos on this page are of an HO model which is nearly identical to the car being produced in S scale.

Kits will be painted and lettered for the Southern Pacific, but exclude trucks and couplers.

Ready-to-run cars will come with either scale wheels or hi-rail wheels and AF-compatible couplers. Specify your wheel preference.

Twelve (12) different numbers will be available for each car. Everything is manufactured here in America, except the trucks and couplers.

Side Detail of HO Sugar Beet Gondola
A-end side detail
HO Sugar Beet gondola with Extended Sides
Photo shows plywood extension sides
– ours will have planked extension sides

HO model photos courtesy of Red Caboose
B-end Detail of HO Sugar Beet Gondola
B-end detail

These S scale convention cars can be ordered by convention registrants at the X2011 e-Store and MUST be picked up at the The Unconventional Convention Company Store at the convention. There is no shipping charge when using the online ordering system.

If you are not attending the convention or want to have the convention car shipped to you, send your order to:

William Roberts
3632 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94131-1339
E-mail: bill@wcroberts.org

Make your check payable (in U.S. funds) to: "William C. Roberts, NASG 2011 Convention Treasurer". California residents must add the applicable sales tax for their locality. Shipping is $8.00 for the first car, plus $3.00 for each additional car.

Mail orders sent to William Roberts may NOT be picked up at the convention.

Specific items available for mail ordering include:

GS composite side gondola kit $ 72.00 (less trucks & couplers)
GS composite side gondola RTR $ 91.00 (specify wheels)
Sugar beet gondola kit $ 80.00 (less trucks & couplers)
Sugar beet gondola RTR $ 99.00 (specify wheels)
Sugar beet load $ 11.00
Shipping for first car $   8.00
Shipping for each additional car $   3.00

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Display

Those who wish to display models without contest judging may do so in the secure NMRA contest room, Convention Center Room 308. Those who wish to display complete modular train layouts may do so as part of the National Train Show (NTS). See the "Train Show" web page for details.

Jim Schall's converted Lionel O-27 to S scale crane car Jim Schall's diesel fueling car Stan Furmanak's scratchbuilt MONON container car
See many superbly scratchbuilt and unusual S scale models, such as this Lionel O-27 crane car (left) converted to S by Jim Schall. Not to mention Jim's diesel fueling car (center) made from pieces and parts of several different kits. The MONON container car (right) was scratchbuilt by Stan Furmanak whose craftsmanship will be on display along with several other unique cars.
All model photos by Greg Reiter
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National Train Show

The National Train Show (NTS) is a separate and distinct entity from the X2011 West NMRA Convention. The NTS will be located in the Sacramento Convention Center Exhibit Hall, directly across the street from the Sherton Grand Hotel. Registrants of the X2011 West Convention are entitled to three days of admission to the NTS at no additional cost. Just show your convention name badge at the door for admission. See the "Train Show" page for schedule and more information.

Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers Layout Photo
Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers
This large S hi-rail layout from the Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers of Boise, ID, will be on display at the 2011 National Train Show.

Detailed information regarding selling and display booth space at the 2011 NTS will be mailed out on May 30, 2010. Contact Debbie Draper at 1-602-569-9072 or NATLTRAINSHOW@aol.com to order an NTS registration information package prior to May 1, 2010. (DISCLAIMER: Dates subject to change without advance notice.)

We have made special arrangements for S-oriented booths and layouts to be located together. To be included in this S grouping, you must conspicuously write "S GROUPING" on the NTS forms when ordering your booth or modular layout display space. Large red lettering with a felt tipped pen is advised. The early bird gets the worm in this case. Late requests might not be honored if space is no longer available. It is STRONGLY advised that booths and layout display areas be ordered PRIOR to the 2010 NMRA convention in Milwaukee, WI. It is not unusual for space to be nearly sold out one full year in advance.

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Registration

Register for the X2011 West convention by going to the "Registration" page. Click the "REGISTER" button to access the X2011 e-Store online registration and shopping cart. This online system will be used by convention registrants to purchase S banquet tickets, S-oriented tours, S convention cars, and so forth.

X2011 housing is now open to ALL registrants. Go to the "Accommodations" page to make hotel reservations. Hotel reservations at both convention hotels are being handled by an online housing bureau.

Check back frequently for updates or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 web page. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

Spouses & Children

Spouses and children of NASG registrants will be allowed to attend extra-cost tours/events and the NASG banquet along with their full-fare registered husband upon payment of only the additional tour or banquet fee. Advance purchase of S-oriented tickets for family members is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Check NASG Box

Be sure to check the NASG box on the registration form in order to be entitled to early reservation privileges for S-oriented events. If you fail to check the NASG box, our trustworthy computer will not realize you are an S enthusiast. It is not necessary to be a member of NASG in order to check this box.

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Selling Stuff

Multiple selling opportunities at the convention include the following: S auction, NASG Swap Meet, NMRA Silent Auction, and National Train Show (NTS). Please contact the NTS or NMRA directly for detailed information regarding their activities. Visit the California State Board of Equalization website for information regarding the California sales tax and to obtain a Seller's Permit.

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S Layout Tours

Layout Tour L401 offer a fascinating tour of three major S scale layouts in the northern California region. This all-day tour includes an early-morning Amtrak ride from Sacramento to Richmond, a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) ride from Richmond to Fremont, a leisurely visit to Ed Loizeaux's NYC-themed layout, no-host lunch, a bus ride to Don Harper's Sn3 layout, and a final stop at Arden Goehring's UP empire, with a possible snack. This outstanding S scale layout tour is planned for Wednesday, July 6th, and should return to the Sacramento convention hotel before 7:00 pm. Sign up for this tour at X2011 e-Store. The cost is $55.00.

Steam engine on Ed Loizeaux's S scale layout
Ed Loizeaux's 20' x 30' NYC-themed S scale layout will be on tour.
Photo courtesy of Mike Kotowski and Joe Visintine
Scene on Don Harper's S scale layout
Don Harper's Sn3 layout has been featured in nearly a half dozen magazine articles and fully occupies a spare bedroom.
Photo by Joe Visintine
UP 54 Turbine photo
Arden Goehring's UP 40' x 40' empire will be on tour.
Photo by Arden Goehring

Reservations for all tours must be made through the X2011 e-Store online shopping cart.

Check back here frequently to learn of new S tours as they are announced or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 web page. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

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Spouses

The spousal registration rate includes a special Non-Rails Luncheon and other interesting events designed for non-rail spouses. Many extra-cost non-rail tours to local places of interest are available for purchase. Please see the Non-Rail Activities page for activites, clinics and tours. All tours may be purchased through the X2011 e-Store.

Check the Non-Rails Activities page for details as they are announced or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 web page. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

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Swap Meet

The traditional NASG swap meet will be conducted with tables attractively priced for smaller manufacturers and suppliers. A $25.00 fee per table, in addition to being a convention registrant, will be required. Swap meet tables can be reserved at the X2011 e-Store. This all-day swap meet is scheduled for Thursday, July 7th, in the Sheraton Beavis Room.

SWAP MEET SCHEDULE
Set-up 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Sales 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tear-down 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Please check back here for details as they are announced or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 webpage. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

Visit the California State Board of Equalization website for information regarding the California sales tax and to obtain a Seller's Permit.

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Welcoming Gathering

The S Scale Welcoming Gathering will be Wednesday evening, July 6th from 8:00 to 11:30 pm in the Tofanelli Room in the Sheraton. Dessert and beverages will be served, but not dinner. Our guest speaker will be Stephen Priest, Editor of the NMRA’s monthly magazine. His presentation will be most interesting and cover a wide variety of services offered to the model railroading community by his firm. Both the breadth and depth of these services are most impressive. Some S scale projects will be discussed. Open to all Attendees of X2011.

Make your reservations for the Welcoming Gathering through the X2011 e-Store. The cost is $20.00.

Check here for details as they are announced or subscribe to the RSS news feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button, located in the top right corner of any X2011 web page. Updates will be sent to you automatically when you subscribe to the feed.

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See you in Sacramento!

S Scale Co-Coordinator, Ed Loizeaux
sscale@x2011west.org

S Scale Co-Coordinator, Lee Johnson
sscale1@x2011west.org

S Scale Assistant, John Gibson
sscale2@x2011west.org

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