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Pacific Coast Region - NMRA

Next Daylight Meet

8:30 AM, Saturday, October 6, 2018, San Luis Obispo

Veteran's Memorial Building Lounge
801 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA

Meet Coordinator:
Neil Fernbaugh


Daylight Division Fall Meet

Once again we are timing our Fall meet to coincide with the Central Coast Railroad Festival. For those of you who haven’t attended, the list of events is wonderful, and our friend Bob Chaparro has put together a great list of layouts for you to tour.

Information from CCRRF Staff Tom Mitchell: There will be a free Shuttle on Saturday between the Sands Hotel (CCRRF Official Hotel), Vets Hall (Daylight Division Meet) , City-County Library (Displays & Orange Co. N-gineers modules) and the Railroad Museum, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

I know it’s long drive for those of us in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is a real opportunity to visit with some great modelers and see some iconic layouts:

  • The San Luis Railroad Museum’s layout seems to expand dramatically every time I visit and even if you visited last year you will see dramatic changes.
  • Andrew Merriam’s SP Coast Line layout that focuses on classic scenes between Santa Margarita and Santa Maria. NOT open Saturday; Open Friday 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Bill Obermeyer’s Obermeyer Ranch Railroad that blends Santa Fe and SP operations in the mid-fifties. Open Friday and Saturday, 4:00 – 8:00 PM.
  • Plus nearly 30 other model railroads are on the tour.

There will be swap meets, book and art sales, garden railroad and modular groups set up in various locales. The Central Coast Railroad Festival website and the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum website both feature many more details about the weekend.

We will meet in the Lounge of the San Luis Obispo Veteran’s Memorial Building starting with coffee and donuts, socializing and sharing projects from about 8:30 and have a short meeting, clinic, raffles and door prizes beginning at 9:30.

Once again I want to ask all of you to bring your latest projects, rolling stock, structures, locos, even photos of work you are doing on your layout (feel free to laugh at my jumble of benchwork construction techniques shown in the photo attached). Whatever I bring or show, I always learn and get better ideas from our meets.

For those of you who are carpooling for the day, the long drive is a great chance to discuss all your latest projects. For those of you who can stay the night there are a variety of activities spread over the entire weekend. The Sands Inn and Suites is the festival’s featured hotel, and they may have one or two rooms still available at a special railroad festival rate (call by September 15th). There are other relatively inexpensive (for the coast) motels and airbnbs available through on-line searches.

Registration is $4.00 for NMRA members, $5.00 for non-members.


To be determined


  • Model: Passenger Car
  • Photo: Model Color

(See Contests webpage for the two-year schedule)

There will be favorite and judged model contests. The photo contest is a popular vote contest. Only NMRA members in good standing may enter the contests. Non-NMRA guests are encouraged to bring display-only models and photographs. Awards will be presented to the winners of each contest.

See the "Contests" webpage for more information about the contests and future contest categories.

There will be tables for display-only items, in addition to contest entries. Please bring whatever items (prototype, model or photograph) that you are especially proud of and would like to display for our enjoyment.

Door Prizes & Auction

Donations of new, unused items for door prizes would be especially welcome.

Future Meets

  • October 6, 2018 - San Luis Obispo
  • February 2019 - TBA
  • May 2019 - TBA

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