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Pacific Coast Region NMRA
Enduring Rails 2018 PCR & NWPRRHS Convention

April 4 – 8, 2018
Rohnert Park, California

BSA Railroading Merit Badge

Boy Scouts of America
Railroading Merit Badge

This special clinic, conducted by adult Scouters of the PCR at the Enduring Rails 2018 PCR Convention, is a presentation of the Railroading Merit Badge requirements. At the conclusion of this clinic, Scouts will have completed all of the requirements necessary to earn the Railroading Merit Badge.

Each participant will receive a take-home goodie bag, that includes a car kit, Operation Lifesaver information, and a railroad-related magazine.

There will be six stations, each representing a part of the merit badge pamphlet:

  • Station one is "Introduction to Railroading" and covers the Railroading Merit Badge video, different departments within the railroad business model, and a general overview of railroading.
  • Station two covers Operation Lifesaver, railroad safety, and different types of trains and cars.
  • Station three is about locomotives, braking systems and end-of-train devices.
  • Station four is about the history and purpose of signals, lineside and whistle codes.
  • Station five is about Amtrak, featuring deciphering the Amtrak timetable for the Coast Starlight trains.
  • Station six is the Timesaver layout experience, where participants can run an engine and switch several cars between different tracks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is it?
A. Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Q. Where is it?
A. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, California, 94928. (MAP)

Q. Who is presenting it?
A. Registered adult Scouters of the Pacific Coast Region of the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA).

Q. Is there any cost to attend?
A. Yes, $2.00 for booklet and patch.

Q. Do I have to wear my Scout uniform?
A. Yes, it is preferred that Scouts wear their uniform to avoid a $.50 "fine".

Q. What are the requirements to earn the Railroading Merit Badge?
A. See either of these worksheets from the merit badge phamplet:
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Q. What's in the "take-home goodie bag"?
A. A model railroad car kit, Operation Lifesaver materials, and a railroad-related magazine.

Q. What else can you tell me?
A. Be prepared to have fun! Model railroading is fun!

See you in Rohnert Park!

Steve Lewis & Greg Phillips, Boy Scout Merit Badge Program Chairmen

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