Sacramento Convention 2011

Last Updated June 10, 2011

   

The 2011 NMRA and LDSIG Conventions will be held in Sacramento July 3-9, 2011. 

Information on the NMRA Convention is available at the official site http://www.x2011west.org/

The LDSIG page is now officially on the convention website at http://www.x2011west.org/ldsig.html

If you have questions or would like to get involved before or during the convention, please contact the LDSIG local events coordinator,  Seth Neumann via email at sneumann at pacbell dot net or click anywhere in this paragraph.  

Note: Watch this site for updates on clinics, forums, layout tour information and other convention activities.

 

Advance Section LDSIG Tours, Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3

 

The LDSIG does not have any special events for the Advance Section but many of the layouts have special interest.  These layouts are available via both bus tours and self-drive tours.  The self-drive tours have no additional charge beyond the registration for the Advance Section.  The tours are organized geographically on separate days starting July 1. 

The Advance Section Self-Drive Tours (and bus tours) are posted at http://www.x2011west.org/advsecTable.php 

Here is a listing of the Self-drive tours:

SAL01 -- Santa Cruz Friday afternoon
SAL02 -- On the way Friday afternoon (Gilroy, Morgan HIll, San Jose)
SAL03 -- Southeast Bay Friday evening (San Jose over to Pleasanton)
SAL11 -- Southwest Bay Saturday morning (San Jose up to Palo Alto)
SAL14 -- Northeast Bay Saturday afternoon (around Oakland and Walnut Creek)
SAL21 -- Northeaast Bay Sunday morning (SF peninsula)
SAL22 -- On the way Sunday afternoon (nominally out the I-80 corridor)

While the "Design Oriented" layouts are not broken out separately, many Bay Area layouts are available on a self-guided basis including most of the regulars on the Bay Area SIG meet tour.  Here are a few of the layouts on the list.  For a full list click here.

Dave Adams D&RGW Durlin Branch On3

Charlie Bedard Agassiz Baisin Railway HO

Robert Bowidige SP HO

Jack Burgess Yosemite Valley HO 

Cal Central Club California Central Lines HO & HOn3

Jim Dias Western Pacific 3rd Sub 

HO Rick Fortin Santa Fe Valley Division 4th District HO

Howard Lloyd Claremont Docks HO 

Ed Loizeaux New York Central System S

Frank Markovich On3 Nov/Dec 2010 NG & SL Gazette 

Seth Neumann UP Niles Canyon HO

Bob Osborn Chicago & Mackinac RR HO

David Parks Cumberland, MD (WM/B&O) HO

Kermit Paul Lone Pine & Tonopah HO

Silicon Valley Lines Silicon Valley Lines HO

Andy Schnur C&O Alleghany Sub HO

Ted Stephens Ohio & Little Kanawah RR HO

Jim Vail Glenwood and Black Creek Narrow Gauge RR HOn3


Most of these layouts have descriptions and photos posted on the BayRails site: 

http://www.bayrails.com/layouts.php 

 

SIG Room, All Week

LDSIG Exhibit Room, Sunday, July 3 through Saturday, July 9 

All week long you can make the SIG room the place to be. We are sharing the room with the Operations Special Interest Group which is planning a full round of operations during the convention.  Make the SIG Room your convention headquarters networking opportunities, meeting others for planning, designing, building, and operating considerations intended for your dream layout.

 

 

SIG Room Hours

Open

Close

Sunday

7 PM

10:30 PM

Monday - Tuesday

7:30 AM

10:30 PM

Wednesday

7:30 AM

12:00 Noon

Thursday

7:30 AM

10:30 PM

Friday

7:30 AM

5:00 PM

Saturday

8:00 AM

12:00 Noon

 Displays & LDSIG Desk – in the SIG Room. Check here in coming months for guidance on ways to improve your displays and instructions for shipping them to Sacramento if you can't travel with them.  Members’ informative displays include track plan diagrams, layout photographs and 3-D mock-ups, and priority lists of design features to help others learn how others have solved layout design problems. Frequently, the layout designer is available for discussion. Design-related clinic schedules, descriptions of open-house layouts for the Wednesday tour, carpool signup lists, a local restaurant list, and a roommate-wanted list will be available. A bulletin board will have important updates about LDSIG events - be sure to check daily for activities and schedules.  You may catch great discussions from time to time, especially in-between clinics.

Layout Design Consultation Services –  LDSIG volunteers will be available at several times during the week to provide free sit-down guidance if you are in the process of designing your layout.  To get the most value from these opportunities, do some homework before asking for help: prepare a dimensioned drawing of your layout space, identify your "Givens", "Druthers", and constraints, and bring a map or route schematic of your proposed territory.  Also bring forecasts of the traffic mix and jobs you'd like to feature during your eventual operating sessions

Meet 'n Greet, Sunday

Begin your convention by meeting other attendees who are especially interested in layout design. Hear informal LDSIG-member introductions about their layout design and construction status, plus timely event announcements and networking opportunities. Meet published authors and respected contributors to various email lists. Sunday, 7:00p, in the SIG room.  Don't worry about arriving late if you're enjoying tours and op sessions on the way up from Advanced Section, we'll be there until at least 10:00PM!

 

Layout Design Clinics, Monday

Layout Design Clinics  – On Monday, July 4,  X2011 West and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting an all day series of clinics focusing on layout design. The clinics will provide real examples of design challenges and solutions to assist you in designing your dream layout. All these clinics are open to all convention attendees. 

 

Special Layout Design “Bootcamp”

 

Layout Design Journal editor and custom layout designer Byron Henderson and other members of the NMRA's Layout Design SIG are leading a Layout Design Bootcamp at the X2011 Unconventional Convention in Sacramento.

 

This four-hour clinic begins at 8 am Monday, July 3, 2011, and will be an intensive session on track planning and layout design. Discover how to refine vision, concept, and purpose; select layout footprints and schematics; draw accurate and useful plans; create efficient and engaging yards and industrial areas; make best use of staging tracks; maintain space for people; and avoid common track planning errors. Step-by-step examples from a variety of layout designs will be discussed.

 

Whether your dream layout is strongly prototype-based, a creative freelanced theme, or somewhere in between, this practical session will give you the tools and best practices to design a great layout!

 

Among the topics to be covered:

Layout design phases: Conceptual, Structural, and Detail

Developing vision, theme, and purpose

The impact of givens and 'druthers considering space, resources, and skills

Prototype research techniques and tools

The user and viewer experience

Layout footprint techniques

Drawing and rendering tools and best practices

Planning for people

Multi-deck considerations

Yard planning

Staging design

Signature elements vs. typicality

LDEs: Possibilities and pitfalls

Tricky traps of layout design (common errors to avoid)

… and much, much more!

  

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Byron Henderson

 

Designing with the Designers “Super Clinic”

[This is a three session clinic ending at noon. Come and stay as long as you wish!]

9:30 AM

11:00 AM

Lunch

2:30 PM

Robert Clark

Layout Design for Passenger Operations

4:00 PM

Panel

What Would You Do Differently? 

Dinner

7:00 PM

Bob Jacobsen

Open LCB

Note: Bob’s clinic is repeated Friday evening at 7PM.

7:00 PM

Jim Betz

Layout Design Tricks

 

 

Layout Design Clinics, Tuesday

Layout Design Clinics  – On Tuesday, July 5, X2011 West and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting more clinics focusing on layout design.  All these clinics are open to all convention attendees.

  

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Steve Gust

Introduction to Dispatching

9:30 AM

Tony Koester

Multi-deck Layout Design

9:30 AM

 

Dave Clemens

 

 

Introduction to Timetable Train Order Dispatching

 

Lunch

1:00 PM

Steve Gust

 Modern Verbal Authority

(Track Warrants and Direct Traffic Control)

Dinner

7:00 PM

Gust, Flynn, Zinnecker, Atkins

 CTC Panel with Dispatchers and Signalmen 

8:00 PM

Tommy Johnson

Workin’ on the Railroad: Random Thoughts on Prototype Operations

  

LDSIG Annual Business Meeting, Wednesday, July 6, 8:00AM

LDSIG Annual Meeting – Our annual membership meeting agenda includes officer and volunteer reports. All LDSIG members at the convention are encouraged to participate.  The meeting should end about 9AM so the Sacramento LDSIG Layout Tour can commence.

 

Sacramento Layout Tour, Wednesday, July 6

 The Annual meeting will be followed by the traditional Wednesday LD SIG self-guided layout tour. Dave Bayless has planned a tour that includes 18 layouts in the Greater Sacrameto area.  Each of these layouts is a quality example of design, construction or operation.  We have gathered information on each layout which is posted on a special layout tour page which will will make it easier for you to decide which ones you want to visit.  Click here to see the whole list or click on any individual owner or railroad in the table below to jump directly to information about that layout.  There is also a map available on the special layout tour page

 

Here is a table of the layouts and some information about each to help you with your convention planning. Note: The color in the third column generally shows when the layout is open - morning (peach), afternoon (green), late afternoon (violet), evening (blue).  We have also added zipcodes and city locations for pre-planning purposes. 

 

#
Name
RR Name
Direction from Sacramento & Hours Layout Open
Scale
Size
Scenery
 Times of travel from Convention Center/ City/ Zip
Comments and Interesting Design Points
worth visiting.
1
North
Morning only 9a-12pm
 
HO
33 X 10
20%
Travel Time: (33 miles) / 39” minutes/
Plumas Lake (Olivehurst),
95961
Mid 80’s HO California Oregon & Western Shortline on SP Modoc Line.
Ops in and around Klamath Falls. Uses JMRI operations with a CTC panel, Novel helix construction, Lower level staging and walk-around design. Track/Bench stag.
2
Northwest
Morning
10a-3pm
 
HO
24 X 42 +
1208 Sq Ft
20%
Travel Time: (68 miles) / 76” minutes/
Colusa, 95932
SP Dunsmuir Route mostly built full scale to SP drawings, in an upstairs bonus room, innovative multi-tier, most level 2
to 3 track in place, walk-around design, scenery well along,  
3
Pacific Northwest around Portland
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon 9:30a-4pm
N
20 X 20
90% +
Travel Time: (65 miles) / 80” minutes/
Nevada City,
 95959
A very long distance but worth it. Innovative N-Scale Northwest railroad with signaling, electronics and staging “beyond the basement” concept. JMRI & Panel Pro, signaled, can use internet to dispatch, walk-in multi tier design, fully scenicked.
4
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon
 10a-3pm
HO
20 X 20
None
Travel Time: (35 miles) / 43” minutes/
 Auburn, 95603
Non-Operating, only ½ lower Staging yard built, but benchwork footprint in and extensive multi-level design. Built lean-to at back of train room to hold part of helix. Planned 6 tiers, walk-in design, models Mtn grade in NorWst. Working Signal/CTC display.
5
Northeast
Morning
9am-2pm
HO
Over 500 sq ft
70%
Travel Time: (38 miles) / 46” minutes/
Auburn, 95603
 
Impressive purpose-built building, Large Layout, Good Quality, Step-Down walkway under layout, Multi-Tier walk-around design, Helix room w/dispatcher, central hidden branch.  Union Pacific in the Wasatch Range in Utah including coal operations.
6
Northeast
Morning
9a-12pm
HO
 15 X 20
 20%
Travel Time: (17 miles) / 24” minutes/
Citrus Heights,
95610
 
Again, Dave Clemens recommended this attic layout. Proto-Freelanced 1960’s in Sac Valley, including Sacramento Northern and Western Pacific
Stacked Staging, Helix in Dormer, walk-in with center peninsula, built 6’h hallway to access.
7
Northeast
Morning
930a-1230pm plus
Afternoon 2p-5p
HO
270 Sq Ft
bedroom
90% +
Travel Time: (24 miles) / 30” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
UP RR in and out of Spokane, noteworthy double tier, doormino type construction with hidden loop staging under and stub-end staging behind low backdrop.
8
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon
 10a-4pm
HO (WP,SP), HOn3 (Proto-lanced)
 2800 sq ft
 75%
Travel Time: (10 miles) / 14” minutes/
Sacramento,
95838
Main Layout is walk-around double tier and narrow gauge is also walk-around. Location is WP Feather River Canyoun with SP Cal-P line and freelanced HOn3 in a separate room.  Interesting peninsula treatment at the end, using CMRI for signaling, Club is building their own searchlight signals, have old authentic WP CTC machine, semi-proto model.
9
Northeast
Morning and Afternoon 1:00pm-6pm
HO
 45 X 35
 
 
 20%
Travel Time: (25 miles) / 41” minutes/
Granite Bay,
95746

 
1950 SP Sierra Donner Pass layout utilizes a novel computer controlled signaling system with touch screens to operate turnouts. RR & Co software used for controlling turnouts, routes, signals, & accessories and to detect occupancy.  NCE DCC for train control with 70 individual blocks. Dual track 550' mainline with 18 track main yard and 10 track hidden yard. Track elevation ranges between 50" and 77" with a 1.5% max grade and 48" min radius. L girder construction with spline roadbed. Layout in operation for over 1 year using timetable and car card system. Dedicated building houses layout.
10
Northeast
Morning and Evening
12p-8pm
HO
12 X 55
90% +
Travel Time: (26 miles) / 36” minutes/
Rocklin, 95765
 
Large 2-tier Layout with backdrops, staging and plenty of online switching, innovative walk-under layout entance to step up elevated platform, Loop staging, DCC
11
 
 
South Placer Lines
Northeast
Afternoon and Evening
11a-6pm
HO
~ 400 sq ft
40%
Travel Time: (22 miles) / 28” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
Freelance 1940’s shortline to Placerville, Point to point with staging yards each end, 192 foot mainline run, 3 lines of track crosses doorway with creative lift-out access, fascias. Shelf bracket tier construction.
12
 
 
Northeast
Evening
4p-10pm
HO
 25 X 35
 100%
Travel Time: (12 miles) / 21” minutes/
Rancho Cordova,
95670
 
Large walkaround but somewhat dated, freelanced. Built in an SP looking RR station. Some double decking, makes use of small staging yards. Nice workshop area and lounge also.
13
Northeast
Afternoon and Evening
3p-10pm
HO
15 X 37
50%
Travel Time: (23 miles) / 36” minutes/
Folsom, 95630
 
UP Railroad Portland to Pocatello Walk-In around the room double tier with memorable scenes on a shelf-like layout featuring a helix and staging. Prototype modeling, DCC.
14
Northeast
Evening
6pm-9pm
HO
 Open basement
 
15 X 30
 None
 
Note: This layout is still in the design stage.
Travel Time: (21 miles) / 28” minutes/
Roseville, 95661
 
Dave Clemens agreed to be there to help visitors understand the track plan as Dave has designed it for George’s large vacant railroad room.
15
Northeast
Evening
6pm-9pm
N
11 X 26
50%
Travel Time: (21 miles) / 29” minutes/
Rocklin, 95677
 
Flowing Walk-around layout with deep fascia, under layout fascia panels, valence, backdrops, high quality scenery, open staging area, lighting.
16
South
Evening
6p-10pm
HO
22 X 18
30%
Travel Time: (15 miles) / 21” minutes/
Elk Grove, 95758
 
Modern ATSF through the Dessert, 1983, Clovis, New Mexico to Amarillo, Texas. 
17
South
Afternoon and Evening
3p-10pm
HO
20 X 20
50%
Travel Time: (42 miles) / 46” minutes/
Mirada (Stockton),
95212
 
Freelanced but large mountain RR with his favorite scenes from his long RR career, walk-in & around, multi-level, RR themed building
18
 
South
Morning to Evening 
10a-8pm
HO
Over 500 sq ft
70%
Travel Time: (71 miles) / 75” minutes/
Tracy, 95376
 
Well worth visiting. Innovative Mushroom and multi-tier layout, good model work, fabulous design ideas, railroad engulfs viewer, nice fascia and valance.

 

 

 

  Everyone on the LDSIG Layout Tour will receive a polo shirt with a special logo.

 

This event will be extra fare.  This year the tour will be unlimited and open to anyone registered for convention.  This is a self-drive tour and we encourage carpooling for enjoyable discussions of the layouts visited as you travel from one layout to the next.  As private transportation will be used, insurance is to be provided by the participants in the Tour.  Neither the LDSIG, Inc. nor the NMRA will provide insurance coverage for private or rental transportation.  

There will be no picnic this year.  Food stops may be taken at your convenience and your choice of cuisine.

 We are continuing our use of GPS from last year's convention rather than maps for navigation.  So if you own a portable GPS. please bring it to the convention.  Every Car will need One!

   

 

 

Layout Design Clinics and Forums, Thursday

 

Layout Design Clinics  – On Thursday, July 7, X2011 and the LDSIG and the OpSIG will be presenting an all day series of clinics focusing on Signaling.  All these clinics are open to all convention attendees. 

 

 

Time

Presenter

     Title

8:00 AM to Noon

California State                   While not a clinic in the normal expectation, this

Railroad Museum                 special visit with the California State Railroad

Signal Maintainers                Museum Musem signal maintainers will be a great 

                                               introduction to the afternoon's clinics.  We will see and

                                               understand the operation of prototype signals.  Includes

                                               a train ride.  

                                         Sign up at http://www.x2011west.org/generalTable.php#P523  

Lunch

1:00 PM

Seth Neumann                     Introduction to Signals for your Model Railroad  

2:30 PM

David Metal                         Making Your Own Signals and Controllers

4:00 PM

Dick Bronson                       JMRI: Loconet Signaling 

Dinner

7:00PM

Bruce Chubb                        Signaling Your Model Railroad Part I

8:30 PM

Bruce Chubb                        Signaling Your Model Railroad Part II

10:00 PM

Steve Moore                         Track Planning and Layout Design

Bruce Chubb                        Signaling Your Model Railroad Part III

 Note:  Bruce Chubb’s three clinics will be repeated Saturday afternoon starting at 1PM.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Train Show, and Layout Design Clinics

 

 

Layout Design Clinics  – On Friday, July 8,  we encourage you to attend the National Train Show at the Convention center and then return to some additional clinics before you join us for the SIG Banquet.  All these clinics are open to all convention attendees. 

  

 

 

Time

Presenter

Title

9:00 AM

Train Show starting at 9 AM for all those registered for the convention.  Public admitted after Noon

 

 

Lunch

1:00 PM

 

 

2:00 PM

 Rodney Black

 CATS - A Modern Dispatching Console based on JMRI

4:00 PM

Joe Melhorn

& Dave Megeath

Trackside Signaling System at the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society

Dinner

7:00 PM

Bob Jacobsen

Open LCB

 

Friday SIG Banquet

Friday SIG Banquet  (All are welcome!)  

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM No-host Bar from 6:00 PM

Enjoy a catered dinner in the roundhouse display area of the California State Railroad Museum with fellow SIG members.  Sig membership is not required, all convention attendees with an interest in layout design are welcome!  There will be an after-dinner presentation by a Don Mitchell, prominent layout designer.  There will also be a brief presentation by Bruce Chubb about the 2012 Grand Rapids NMRA Convention and talk about his Sunset Valley Oregon System   A great opportunity to discuss everything you've seen during X2011 West and reflect on how to apply your learnings to your layout!

Price: $62  (limit 125)

 

  [Proof reading assistance from Bruce Notman and Travers Stavac greatfully acknowledged]