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Pacific Coast Region / NMRA

Iron Horse Express 2013 PCR Convention
April 3 - 7, 2013
Dublin, California
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Not registered yet? What are you waiting for? You only have

until the convention starts at 12:00 PM, Wednesday, April 3rd!


Welcome to Dublin, California!

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The Pacific Coast Region cordially invites you to attend the Iron Horse Express 2013 PCR Convention in Dublin, California, at the Holiday Inn Dublin, 6680 Regional Street. Plans and preparations are well under way by a dedicated team of volunteers working hard to ensure you will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at the Iron Horse Express 2013 PCR Convention.

The Iron Horse Express 2013 PCR Convention runs from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7, 2013, starting at 12:00 Noon for registration check-in and ending with the Sunday morning breakfast and members' business meeting. Sandwiched between the two will be a veritable smorgasbord of model railroading activities you've come to expect at PCR conventions, including clinics, contests, prototype tours, layout tours, operating sessions, breakfasts, banquet, and more!

Mark your calendars now, figure out how to get to Dublin, then get ready for some real model railroad enjoyment.


Full-Fare registration is $89.00, Non-Rail or Spouse registration is $69.00, and Youth registration is $50.00. See the "Registration" page for additional information about how to register, either by mail or online.

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Special "First Timer" Fare

The special "First Timer" fare of $69.00 is available for PCR members that have not registered for the past 5 conventions.

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What's Included?

All fares include clinics, layout tours, operating sessions, and the Awards Banquet. One-day fares, $35.00 per day, do not include the Awards Banquet. The Annual PCR Members Breakfast is also not included and is an extra-fare activity, $5.00. Go to the "Registration" page to register.

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Convention Hotel

The Convention Hotel for Iron Horse Express is the Holiday Inn Dublin, 6680 Regional Street, Dublin, California, 94568. See the "Hotel" page for convention room rates.

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See the new "Schedules" page for an up-to-date view of the schedule.

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Convention Car

This year’s convention car is an HO scale Accurail #2096 ACF 3-bay Covered Hopper with data only and a decal sheet with the convention logo and six road numbers. Order a set of five cars for $100.00 and have a car number for each day of the convention, instead of just one for the year. Cost per car is $20.00 in the Company Store.

For those of you that prefer a different car, decal sheets are available separately for $3.00 in the Company Store.

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HO-Scale Model
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$20 each, including decal sheet

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Movie Night

This will be a double feature in the Waterville Room. We will be showing "Emperor of the North", set during the Great Depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Ernest Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, nobody but "A Number One" (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train. For all of you who are part of the PCR Yahoo group, come out and see the consist of this train, as discussed by the group! Then we will be showing "Sacramento Northern", which depicts the local rail lines and is the subject of a clinic and the banquet guest speaker's address.

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Door Prizes

We are soliciting door prizes from many of the fine manufacturers of model railroad equipment and publications. They have been generous in the past, and we anticipate some wonderful offerings for Iron Horse Express 2013. Each registrant will have a chance to win a door prize — you could be a WINNER!

We would also welcome donations of good, new kits, ready-to-run equipment, new (or in excellent condition) books, DVDs, or modeling tools from convention attendees. If you have some of these you find surplus to your interests, bring them along and donate them for door prizes. We'll find them a new home. Donations in all scales are welcome.

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See you in Dublin!

Dennis Stokely
Convention Chairman
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