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LA Junction 2016 Details

The PSR has an annual Model Railroad Convention each year, usually in September, hosted by the Divisions in rotation. Check here for information about coming and past conventions.
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LA Junction 2016 Details

Postby bwsevier » Thu May 12, 2016 11:17 am

The L.A. JUNCTION 2016 convention takes place September 21st through September 24th, 2016. Our convention hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel-Westside in Culver City. It is an outstanding venue, with all the amenities one would expect from a first class hotel. We are kicking off on Wednesday night with a welcome reception at Ron Varnell’s 1,400 square foot Union Pacific layout in Torrance. Complimentary food and drinks are included, and there will be a chance to operate on the layout.
The three days following will be loaded with exciting activities. We are featuring a ride to Santa Barbara on the Vino Train aboard The Silver Splendor, a wonderfully restored 1956 Budd dome car originally run on the CB&Q’s Denver Zephyr. In Santa Barbara there are many wine tasting rooms to visit, with a variety for almost any palate. There are other fun activities available in Santa Barbara. We are currently looking into a tour with an amphibious vehicle that will drive right into the harbor! If Santa Barbara doesn’t appeal to you, you may stay on board and ride over the Cuesta Grade to San Luis Obispo (extra fare, box lunch included). Seats are limited on the Vino Train, so you should get your seats reserved as soon as possible.
Other prototype tours include a 1 ½ hour walking tour of Los Angeles Union Station, with access to areas not normally available to the public, and a tour of the new Metro Light Rail yard and maintenance facility in Monrovia.
The L.A. JUNCTION convention team is planning over 60 clinics, and has 28 layouts on the layout tour so far. Other events include our Hobo Auction on Thursday night and a swap meet under a 3,000 square foot tent on Saturday. For those who will be able to stay in town after the convention, we have a very special brunch offer at The Magic Castle, an exclusive restaurant and magic club in the Hollywood Hills. The Magic Castle is usually only available to members and there invited guests. Ron Varnell has made arrangements for a limited number of convention attendees to go for brunch on Sunday. This is also an extra fare item.
Not to forget our non-rail conventioneers, we have a team setting up activities that are sure to please, from activities at the hotel, to a trip to Huntington Gardens and Library and shopping at The Paseo in Pasadena.
These are just some of the great things in store for you at the L.A.JUNCTION 2016 convention. For more information and to register please go to http://www.psrconvention.org/lajunction.

On behalf of the L.A. JUNCTION 2016 convention team, we look forward to seeing you in September!
Pat Raymer
Director-Los Angeles Division
PSR-NMRA

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