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Pacific Coast Region NMRA
Daylight Express 2017 PCR Convention

April 19 – 23, 2017
Bakersfield, California


NEWS & UPDATES

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Check here frequently for News and Updates. New clinics, layout tours, prototype tours, and any cancellations, as well as other changes to the convention will appear here.

  • May 2, 2017
    ADDED – Daylight Express 2017 Convention cars went on sale today on the Company Store page.
  • May 1, 2017
    ADDED – Clinic presentations for:

    Links to these presentations are also on the Clinics webpage and the PCR website's Clinics page.
  • April 17, 2017
    UPDATED – As of today, registrations do NOT include the Saturday Awards Banquet or the PCR Breakfast. Both the Banquet and Breakfast meals are SOLD OUT.
    ADDED – Clinic: Jeff Cauthen, "Modeling Ideas for Southern Pacific C-77-1, -2, and -3 Chair Cars", Friday, 1:00 PM, Sierra Room.
    CANCELLED – Clinic: Bill Kaufman, "Planning and Developing the State Belt", Friday, 1:00 PM.
  • April 15, 2017
    ADDED – There are still a few Modeling with the Masters clinics available for sale. See the Modeling with the Masters page to purchase a ticket for the available clinics.
  • April 14, 2017
    ADDED – Dremel, Micro-Trains, ScaleTrains.com as door prize donors. See the Home and Links pages for links to their websites.
  • April 12, 2017
    CLOSED – Sales of Modeling With The Masters clinics are now CLOSED.
  • April 11, 2017
    ADDED – List of commercial vendors that will be on site Saturday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. See the Home page for more information.
    UPDATED – Non-Rail registrants: Upon arrival at the convention, look for signs with directions to the Non-Rail Room. The Rosedale Room, slated to be the Non-Rail Room, will be used for clinics Wednesday evening. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.
    UPDATED – Daily Schedule on Schedules page for above changes.
  • April 10, 2017
    ADDED – A printer-friendly listing of restaurants near the Convention Hotel. See the Home page "Restaurants" section to download and print the PDF file. (Adobe™ Reader™ required. Click here for a free download)
    ADDED – List of door prize donors. See the Home page and the Links page.)
  • April 8, 2017
    ADDED – GEHAMS layout tours: Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM; Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM; Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00, N scale. (HO already open 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) See Layout Tours page.
    EXTENDED – Deadline to sign-up for Modeling With The Masters clinics has been extended to Wednesday, April 12. Seats are selling fast. Don't be disappointed, sign-up today on the Modeling With The Masters page.
  • April 7, 2017
    CLOSED – Tehachapi Loop Tour ticket sales are now CLOSED.
  • April 4, 2017
    UPDATED – Deadline to sign-up for Modeling With The Masters clinics has been extended to Saturday, April 8. Seats are selling fast. Don't be disappointed, sign-up today on the Modeling With The Masters page.
  • April 3, 2017
    UPDATED – Board of Directors Meeting moved to Sequoia Room (was Rosedale Room).
    UPDATED – Non-Rails Room moved to Rosedale Room (was Lake Ming Rooms).
    UPDATED – Modeling With The Masters clinics moved to Lake Isabella Room (was Rosedale Room). The Lake Ming room will serve as the convention office & storeroom.
    UPDATED – Layout Tour: Al Sandrini, Saturday, changed to 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (was 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).
    UPDATED – Layout Tour: Kevin Birkbeck, Friday, 5:00 to 9:00 PM (was 5:00 to 8:00 PM).
    UPDATED – Daily Schedule on Schedules page for above changes.
    UPDATED – QwikLook Master Schedule on the Schedules page for changes above.
  • March 30, 2017
    UPDATED – Swap meet tables and dealer tables have sold out.
  • March 25, 2017
    ADDED – Robert Pethoud's Fall Creek Branch layout tour on Layout Tours page.
    ADDED – New Operating Sessions page with layouts, times and sign-up information.
    ADDED – Layout tour times on Layout Tours page.
    UPDATEDLayout Tours & Operating Sessions page was renamed Layout Tours.
    UPDATED – Daily Schedule on Schedules page to add operating sessions and layout tours.
    UPDATED – QwikLook Master Schedule on the Schedules page to add operating sessions and layout tours.
  • March 22, 2017
    ADDED – Layout photos and driving distances to the layouts on the Layout Tours and Operating Sessions page.
    ADDED – Layout photos, videos and trackplan for Al Sandrini's HOn30 Dixie Creek Central on the Layout Tours and Operating Sessions page.
  • March 16, 2017
    ADDED – 2 new clinics by Bob Chaparro and Tommy Johnson. Look for the NEW! flag on the Clinics page.
    ADDED – Repeat presentations of clinics by Jeff Allen, Dave Connery, and Tony Thompson. The new times will have "– Added 3/16/17" on the clinic descriptions on the Clinics page.
    UPDATED – Daily Schedule on the Schedules page with new clinics.
  • March 9, 2017
    UPDATED – Friday's Swap Meet starts one hour later at 2:00 PM. See the Swap Meet page for new set-up, sales, and tear-down times. Tear-down is now 30 minutes.
    UPDATED – Daily Schedule on the Schedules page with new Swap Meet times and LCC Demo Layout display times.
    UPDATED – "QwikLook" Master Schedule on Schedules page for Swap Meet changes and LCC Demo Layout display times.
    UPDATED – Robert Bowdidge's clinic, 3D Printing Freight Cars at Home has an updated description. See the Clinics page for the new description. Also moved the "Qwik"Links" closer to top of page and removed the photo.
  • March 6, 2017
    ADDED – 8 new clinics. Look for NEW! flag on the Clinics page.
    ADDED – Clinic descriptions and times on the Clinics page.
    ADDED – New Layout Command Control page announcing LCC is coming to the PCR!
    ADDED – Daily Schedule on the Schedules page with clinics and other activities.
    UPDATED – "QwikLook" Master Schedule on Schedules page.
  • February 22, 2017
    ADDED – Modeling With The Masters Clinics, presented by Clark Kooning, MMR #225. See Modeling With The Masters page for more information and to reserve your spot in these special clinics.
  • February 20, 2017
    CANCELLED – Clinic: Mike Blumensaadt, MMR & Frank Markovich, MMR, Building a Small Layout for Home or for the Build-A-Memory Program.
  • February 18, 2017
    • Updated the "QwikLook" Master Schedule on the Schedules page.
  • February 16, 2017
    • Updated the Tehachapi Loop Tour to include a live signal demonstration at the Tehachapi Depot. We also had to move the lunch from The Shed Restaurant, which closed its doors, to Kelcy's Restaurant, right across the street from the Tehachapi Depot. See the Outside Activities page for details.
  • February 13, 2017
    • Changed last day to register for the Tehachapi Loop Tour to Thursday, April 6, from Thursday, April 13. See the Outside Activities page for details.
  • February 4, 2017
    • Updated layout descriptions on the Layout Tours page.
  • February 3, 2017
    • Added 8 new clinics. Look for NEW! flag on the Clinics page for the new clinics and presenters.
    • Bill Kaufman's clinic Clerk Style Operations, was changed to Planning and Developing the State Belt.
    • Duncan McRee's clinic Secrets of the Frog Juicer was cancelled.
  • January 24, 2017
    • Housing for the convention is now open! Use code NMRA when making reservations. See the details on the Hotel page for the phone numbers to call. Online reservations are presently not available.
  • January 21, 2017
    • Added information about thos year's Hobo Breakfast on the Hobo Breakfast page. Please purchase ticket in advance of convention.
    • Added Hobo Breakfast ticket purchase on the Company Store page.
  • January 10, 2017
    • Added Swap Meet announcement, rules and procedures. See the Swap Meet page.
    • Added Swap Meet Table to Company Store page.
    • Added Dealer / Manufacturer Table to Company Store page. Requires invitation letter from Convention Co-Chair.
    • Added Welcome Reception at Temblor Brewing Company. See Home page for more information. • Updated mail-in registration form for Swap Meet and Dealer / Manufacturer Tables.
    • Cancelled BSA Railroading Merit Badge event.
  • January 1, 2017
    • Removed "Early Bird" registration information from the website. The Full Fare price of $115.00 is now in effect for 2017.
    • Added car numbers to Convention Cars information. See the Home page.
  • December 19, 2016
    • Added 4 new clinics. Look for NEW! flag on the Clinics list for the new clinics and presenters.
    • Added information about ordering Convention Cars on the Home page.
  • December 10, 2016
    • Added 8 new clinics. Look for NEW! flag on the Clinics list for the new clinics and presenters.
    • The "Early Bird" fare of $105 expires at midnight Saturday, 12/31/16. Full Fare Registration will be $115 starting Sunday, 1/1/17. I'll be watching the ball drop while on my computer. When it hits the bottom, I hit the "upload" button to upload the new fare. Happy New Year, Dave Grenier, Webmaster.
  • November 14, 2016
    • Fifteen clinics added today. See the Clinics page for the list of clinics and presenters.
    • Clinic Presenter Information forms added today. See the updated Clinics page for the forms, including a PDF that can be filled in on your computer and emailed to us.
  • August 30, 2016
    • Early Registration Drawing announced. Register by September 30, 2016, to be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from MB Klein. See Registration page for details.
    • Actor Michael Gross announced as banquet keynote speaker. See Banquet page for details.
  • August 2, 2016
    Outside Activities page added today with information on the new Tehachapi Loop Tour, now on sale!
    Company Store page updated with Tehachapi Loop Tour.
    • Early Bird Registration extended to 12/31/2016!
    • Non-NMRA members may register for the convention, if they pay a $15 surcharge.
    • Mail-in registration form updated on Registration page.
  • July 20, 2016
    Online registration is now OPEN! Go to the Registration page to submit your online registration and securely pay with PayPal. No account needed! A mail-in registration form is also available if you'd rather pay by check. Only registrations are available at this time. Extra fare tours, clinics and merchandise will be offered at a later date.
  • July 18, 2016
    • Updated Committee page to add John Houlihan as Treasurer.
    COMING SOON! Online registration will be available VERY SOON! We have checking and PayPal accounts established and are holding for verification that the two accounts are linked. Once this verification has been received, we should be opening online registrations later this week. All the pieces are in place. I just need to test that they all work together to ensure your registrations go smoothly. Dave
  • April 25, 2016
    • Updated Committee page to add Chuck Harmon, MMR as Contests Chair and Bill Scott as Head Hobo.
    • Updated Hobos page to add Bill Scott as Head Hobo.
  • April 18, 2016
    • Added Layout Tours & Operating Session page.
    • Added Links page.
  • April 11, 2016
    • Added Registration page with fares and mail-in registration form.
    • Updated Home page with fares.
    • Uploaded and tested the online registration form, but it will not be ready for use until the financial accounts are established.
  • March 31, 2016
    • Updated Committee page to add Bob Sexton as Treasurer.
    • Updated Committee page to add Michael Larson as Registrar.
    • Updated Committee page to add Mike O'Dorney as Registrar's Assistant.
    • Updated Committee page to add Mike O'Brien as Clinics Co-Chair.
    • Updated Committee page to add David Parks and Jim Providenza as SIG Activities Coordinators.
    • Updated Committee page to add Seth Neumann as Operating Sessions Coordinator.
    • Created e-mail aliases, dx2017...@pcrnmra.org, for committee members.
  • March 29, 2016
    • Added Modeling With The Masters page today.
    • Updated Committee page to add new members.
  • March 5, 2016
    • Work commenced on the Daylight Express 2017 website today.
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