Bay Area Layout Design & Operations Weekend
January 25, 26, & 27, 2019

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 Petaluma, California, Friday, January 25, through Sunday, January 27, 2019.

A terrific three-day program is being planned for your model railroading enjoyment. The agenda for the weekend includes a welcome 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.

Registration is now open!

Location

Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma
745 Baywood Drive
Petaluma, California 94954
(707) 283-2888
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Lodging

TBD

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Friday – Welcome Dinner & Layout Tours

WELCOME DINNER – 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Social Hour starts at 6:00 PM)
Location: TBD

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 – Updated

Layout Tours – Updated

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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Layout Design Challenge

TBD

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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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