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NMRA 2021 Virtual National Convention


July 6 – 10, 2021
Santa Clara, California


Model Railroading

Historical & Prototypical

  • Roaring Camp Railroads - "Where History Comes to Life," Felton, CA
  • Ardenwood Historic Farm - "A place for people to escape the stress of the modern daily grind." Fremont, CA
  • Niles Canyon Railway - "A Railroad Museum Where The Exhibits Come To Life", Sunol and Niles, CA
  • South Bay Historical Railroad Society - Preserving the South Bay Area's railroad history. Includes museum, library, HO and N-scale layouts, and a 1912 Pullman café parlor observation car, all located at the historic Civil War-era Santa Clara Depot, built in 1863. Santa Clara, CA
  • San Leandro Historical Railway Society - Dedicated to preserving the historic depot, built in 1898, originally on the final leg of the Transcontinental Railroad. San Leandro, CA
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, 56001 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA. (559) 683-7273 – The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a fun-filled excursion for the entire family, located only 10 minutes from the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park off of Highway 41. The historic railroad offers train rides, gold panning, an on-site rail museum, and a fun gifts & collectibles store. Open April through October.
  • Hillcrest & Wahtoke Railroad, 6943 S Reed Ave, Reedley, CA 93654. The H&W operates the live steam, 15" gauge, 5" scale, Glenwood, South Park & Pacific #13, 2-8-0 "Consolidation" locomotive, pulling 5" scale gondola cars, handmade at the on-site Hillcrest Shops, over nearly a mile of track.
  • Western Railway Museum, 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585. (707) 374-2978 – Preserving the regional heritage of electric railway transportation as a living resource for the benefit of present and future generations. Co-hosts for Rails By The Bay 2021 NMRA Convention.
  • Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola - Home of the world-famous "Run-A-Locomotive" program
  • New! Added 7/14/21History of the School Bus • This link was sent to me by Judith, a volunteer educator in a summer youth program. She is teaching a unit on transportation and the kids are having a lot of fun learning about all types of vehicles. While searching for different bus and car models, they found my old X2011 West NMRA National Convention "Links" webpage, where they found many useful links. (I like to be helpful!)

    One of her students, Regina, took the initiative to do some homework and found this article about the history of the school bus. Judith suggested that they share the link with me because it has great information that seemed like a natural fit for our "Links" page. Well, since I cannot access the old X2011 website anymore, I thought it natural to include it on the new Rails by the Bay 2021 NMRA National Convention "Links" webpage for another generation of kids to find in the future.

    Regina and Judith. Thank you for sending me this link for our website. Here are a couple of more links for you. Enjoy! - Dave Grenier, PCR Webmaster

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