Bay Area Layout Design & Operations Weekend
January 26, 27, & 28, 2018

Sponsored by:
Pacific Coast Region-NMRA
Layout Design Special Interest Group
Operations Special Interest Group

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Welcome to the Bay Area!

The Pacific Coast Region-NMRA, Layout Design SIG and Operations SIG will hold the next joint San Francisco Bay Area Regional Meet in Alameda, CA, Friday, January 26, through Sunday, January 28, 2018.

A terrific three-day program is being planned for your model railroading enjoyment. The agenda for the weekend includes a 2½-hour tour of the Alameda Railroads, kick-off dinner (no-host), clinics, operations discussions, track planning workshops, layout operations consultations, track planning consultations, and visits to local layouts on Friday and Saturday evenings. There will also be operating sessions at several nearby layouts Sunday, along with additional layout tours. Don't be surprised if someone puts a throttle in your hand!

The meet and all three days of layout tours are open to all. PCR/LDSIG/OPSIG membership is not required! If you can't join us for the entire meet, at least come out and enjoy some truly wonderful layouts.

Location

Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA, 94501
(510) 522-1015
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Parking (½ block east):
Alameda Civic Center Garage
1442 Oak Street
Alameda
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Lodging

The suggested hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites Oakland Airport-Alameda, 1700 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, about a 10 minute drive south of the Elks Lodge. See the Hampton Inn's website to make reservations. There are a variety of rates, depending on the number of beds and Hilton Honors discounts.   MAP

Note: There are no meet activities at the hotel and we do not have a contract with them, so you are free to stay wherever you wish.

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Friday – Prototype Tour, Night Kick-Off Dinner & Layout Tours

PROTOTYPE TOUR – 1:30 to 4:00 PM
The weekend's festivities start Friday afternoon with a 2½-hour tour of Alameda railroads led by Dennis Evanosky, editor and founder of the Alameda Sun, Alameda's only locally owned newspaper. The tour starts at 1:30 PM and ends at 4:00 PM. Meet at the coffee shop at Encinal Shopping Center, 3211 Encinal Avenue, Alameda, at the corner of High St. and Encinal Ave. MAP

Pasta Pelican location

KICK-OFF DINNER – 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Social Hour starts at 6:00 PM)
You are welcome to join us at Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, on the waterfront for some good food, along with good conversation with friends, both old and new. Social hour (no-host cash bar) starts at 6:00 PM, with dinner served at 7:00 PM. The buffet-style dinner will be $45 per person (MAP) Yes, it is on the water, see photo to right.

Be sure to indicate on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if you will be joining us for dinner so we can make the necessary reservations.

LAYOUTS TOURS – 8:30 to 10:00 pm
Tours of these local layouts will follow dinner:

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Saturday – Clinics & Layout Tours

Registration starts at 8:30 AM, the meeting starts at 9:00 AM, breaks about 11:45 AM for lunch, then wraps up about 5:00 PM for dinner, followed by layout tours from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Clinics

Layout Design Challenge

This year's challenge is to design a layout and/or an operation plan for the Alameda Belt Line. The owner of the space is modeling in HO scale and has chosen as his era 1953-54. The space for the layout is approximately 38 ft by 11 ft.

Click here for the Design Challenge and Details (262 kb)

Layout Tours

Layout tours will start after a dinner break.

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Sunday – Operating Sessions

David Parks is also coordinating operating sessions for Sunday morning and afternoon at a number of nearby layouts, including many opportunities for those new to operations. Please use the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if you'd like to sign-up for an operating session. You will be contacted via email to sign up for your preferred layouts.

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Exhibits & Displays

Bring your display of layout design or operations-related ideas. (Layout mock-ups are particularly interesting). Please indicate what you are bringing and its size in the "Comments" block of the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM.

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Track Planning & Layout Operations Consultations

Byron Henderson is again organizing the layout design and operations consultations. If you are planning a layout, bring along your "Givens & Druthers", maps, sketches, and other materials to get a free consultation from group members! They can also help with questions about operating your layout, including how to get started. Please indicate on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM that you would like a free layout design or operations consultation to facilitate scheduling.

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Design Challenge

This year's challenge is to design a layout and/or an operation plan for the Alameda Belt Line. The owner of the space is modeling in HO scale and has chosen as his era 1953-54. The space for the layout is approximately 38 ft by 11 ft.

Click here for the Design Challenge and Details (262 kb)

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"Birds of a Feather" (BOF)

Would you like to meet with others modeling your region, prototype or era? Interested in DCC, LCC, computerized switchlists, or layout CAD programs? Any of these might be a topic for an impromptu "Birds of a Feather" meeting. Let us know if you would like to informally lead a short group discussion on any topic. These are scheduled at the end of the morning session so you can continue your discussion over lunch, if you'd like. Please indicate in the "Comments" section on the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM if there are any BOF discussion topics of interest to you, either as a participant or the leader.

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WANTED: Layout Tours

David Parks is arranging for a number of layouts to be available Friday and Saturday evenings to tour and we would like to have more. Remember that SIG groups will be appreciative of seeing your layout in any state of construction, or even completion! If you'd like to make your layout available to us, please use the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM to let David know.

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Cost

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Carpooling

Past attendees have come from all over the country and would welcome riding with someone familiar with the area. If you need or can offer a carpool seat to a fellow attendee, please contact:
Clif Linton
Phone: (510) 418-1573
e-mail: linton122@gmail.com

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RSVP / Registrations

To facilitate planning, please RSVP and register in advance using the ONLINE RSVP & REGISTRATION FORM. Be sure to sign up for the other activities so that we can contact you, especially about your preferences for operating sessions.

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Contact Us

For more information, to volunteer to help out, get names for car pools, etc., contact:
Clif Linton
Phone: (510) 418-1573
e-mail: linton122@gmail.com

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