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NMRA 2021 Virtual National Convention


July 6 – 10, 2021
Santa Clara, California


  • June 17, 2021
    • Updated Birds of a Feather Breakout Rooms with several newly-announced breakout rooms, with dates/times to be determined. More to come...
  • June 16, 2021
    • Added hyperlink to Clinic Schedules on Clinics and Schedules pages. (NOTE: The link opens a file on our Google Drive in a new browser tab.)
  • June 15, 2021
    • Added new layout tour video for Chuck Oraftik on the Layout Tours page, for a total of 48 layout tours at Rails by the Bay. Look for New!
  • June 14, 2021
    • Updated 1st paragraph of Birds of a Feather Breakout Rooms page with a longer explanation of "What is Birds of a Feather?"

    • Updated Clinics page to identify clinics having an emphasis on Layout Design or Operations. Look for the LD-OPS SIG Track notation beneath the clinic's title.

    • Updated Layout Tours page to indicate layout tours recommended by the Layout Design Special Interest Group (LDSIG) to view before the convention. Look for the LDSIG Recommended Layout notation beneath the layout name and video link.
  • June 12, 2021

    • Updated Clinics page with the clinics schedule.
    • Added new moderated discussion, "Dispatcher's Fireside Chat — What it was really like" on the Clinics page. If you have an advance question — drop us a line at clinics@nmra2021.com. Please put "Fireside Chat" in the subject line.
  • June 10, 2021
    • Two clinics were cancelled and removed from the Clinics page: Mark Juett, "Planning and Wiring for DCC" and Bill Kaufman, "State Belt Railroad." Total clinics: 73.
  • June 8, 2021
    • Added 2 new layout tours on the Layout Tours page, for a total of 47 layout tours at Rails by the Bay, with even still more expected! Look for New! on these layouts:
    Ted Stephens, MMR® (HO)
    Paul Patterson (HO)
    • Updated "What We Need" paragraph on the Volunteers page to add, "Volunteers will get access to the shifts they work but will need to register to gain access to the full convention."
  • June 7, 2021
    • Added convention promo graphic at top of Home page.
  • June 5, 2021
    • Added Technical Team and Recording Engineers to the Committee page in appreciation for their dedication and hard work on the Rails by the Bay NMRA 2021 Virtual Convention. We could not have done it without their support. Thank you, all!
  • June 3, 2021
    • Added 1 new layout tour for Richard Eberli on the Layout Tours page, for a total of 45 layout tours!
  • June 2, 2021
    • Updated clinic descriptions as needed on the Clinics page, in accordance with presenters' requests.
  • May 31, 2021
    • Added 12 new layout tours on the Layout Tours page, for a total of 44 layout tours at Rails by the Bay, with still more expected! Look for these layouts:
    BAZ BoyZ (Z) Peninsula N-trak (N)
    Robert Bowdidge (HO) Jon Schmidt (HO)
    Free-mo (HO) Ernie Simard (HO)
    Bill Kaufman (HO) Tom Swearingen (HO)
    Howard Lloyd (HO) Tri-City Society of Model Engineers (N)
    Trevor Park (F) Nick Wright (F)

    • Howard Lloyd's Claremont Docks layout tour is a brand new video from TSG Multimedia!

    • Added 2 new clinics from Ray Persing, "3D Printing for Model Railroaders" and "Scratchbuilding in Wood" for a total of 75 clinics (as of 7:55 pm), on the Clinics page. Look for the New!
  • May 30, 2021
    • Added Vendor Registration and Payment to Registration page.
  • May 28, 2021
    • You asked for it! We listened! Updated Home page to announce that clinic recordings will now be available online an additional two weeks until August 7th for a total of FOUR weeks!
    • Added 8 new clinics, for a total of 73 (as of 7:15 pm), on the Clinics page. Look for the New!
    • Added links to 7 handouts for Steve Redeker's clinic "Modeling the Hetch Hetchy Railroad in 1919: A B&W Approach to Scenery" on the Clinics page.
    • The CB&Q Zephyr and WP Zephyrette clinics by Mark Williams were cancelled and removed from the Clinics page.
    • Numerous miscellaneous edits on Home page to update content.
  • May 23, 2021
    • Added 2 new layout tours, Jim Vail, MMR® and Ed Merrin on Layout Tours page.
  • May 22, 2021
    • Added recommendation to use computer and not tablet, iPad, or phones to access and attend the convention on the Registration page.
  • May 18, 2021
    • Added "QwikLinks to Presenters" on the Clinics page for improved navigation and revised the layout in preparation to add schedule dates and times to clinic descriptions.
  • May 17, 2021
    • Added new Birds of a Feather Breakout Rooms page to website. Check it out!
    • Added new "Schedule at a Glance" daily schedule on the Schedules page.
    • Added invitation on the Home page to all NMRA Regions and Divisions to promote their upcoming events during the convention.
  • May 16, 2021
    • Added Modeler's Showcase announcement on the Home page.
  • May 15, 2021
    • Added 41 new clinics on the Clinics page.
    • Clinics by Bernhard Beck and Benita Jameson were cancelled and removed from the Clinics page.
  • May 12, 2021
    • Added 11 new video layout tours on the Layout Tours page.
  • May 8, 2021
    • Updated all volunteer position descriptions on the Volunteers page after reviewing lessons learned during the successful Sugar Pine Centennial 2021 PCR Virtual Convention April 24th.
  • May 1, 2021
    • Added new clinic, "Photoshop Elements as a Modeling Tool" by Jack Burgess, MMR® on the Clinics page.
  • April 24, 2021
    • Added announcement about actor Michael Gross offering a special video address during the convention week on the Home page.
  • April 6, 2021
    • Added secure online registration and payment with PayPal on the Registration page.
  • April 5, 2021
    • Added 28 clinics with descriptions on the Clinics page.
  • April 1, 2021
    • Updated Layout Tours page with note that clicking on the layout name link starts a video layout tour.
    • Updated Volunteers page with a link to help resolve questions or issues with volunteering.
  • March 31, 2021
    • Updated Layout Tours page with layout descriptions, photos, website links, and added QwikLinks to facilitate layout switching on the page.
  • March 17, 2021
    • Edited old website's Home page to add link to this new Rails by the Bay website.
  • March 6, 2021
    • Updated Volunteers page to clear up some confusion.
  • March 5, 2021
    • Updated Committee, Home, and Privacy Policy pages.
    • Added Page Visits Summary (Hits) page. Link at bottom of News & Updates page (this page).
  • March 4, 2021
    • Updated Layout Tours page with links to video layout tours.
    • Revised Committee page table colors and layout.
    • Added "Technology Requirements for Volunteers" to Volunteers page.
  • March 3, 2021
    • Removed superfluous webpages from website structure.
    • Updated the following pages with relevant information for attendees of the Rails by the Bay NMRA 2021 Virtual Convention: Committee; Registration; Volunteers; Privacy Policy; Schedules; Links; and Clinics.
  • March 2, 2021
    • Created and added Rails by the Bay favicon, the icon associated with the website that is displayed in a browser's address bar, tab, or next to the site name in a bookmark list.
    • Numerous miscellaneous edits...
  • March 1, 2021
    • Updated content on Home page.
  • February 23, 2021
    • Tweaked color scheme and font families.
  • February 19, 2021
    • Started work on the NEW Rails by the Bay NMRA 2021 National Convention website. Thank you for your patience.

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