We have a very busy schedule of events to educate and entertain you from the time you arrive to when you (reluctantly, we hope) have to leave!
San Diego Model Railroad Museum Reception - for those arriving on Wednesday, we'll have our customary Welcoming Reception at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego, just s few miles from the hotel. This begins at 6:30pm, Wednesday, September 12th, and goes to about 9:00pm. There will be drinks and munchies, and tours of the club layouts at the Museum. There will be invitation cards at the Convention Registration desk with information about the event, and directions on getting to the museum.
Layout Tours - visit home and club layouts
Operations - participate in home and club operations sessions
Auctions - If you like auctions, we are planning different types: Silent and Hobo (Chinese) - we'll start with the silent auction, then move into the Hobo (Chinese) auction - both great fun!
Prototype Tours - learn about past and current railroad and trolley activity in the San Diego area, take a trip to the Mission, store and dining in San Juan Capistrano, take a ride on the train at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo and tour the museum, or tour the shops of the Poway Midland RR and ride their train, and tour the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad.
Non-Rail / Railette - a hospitality suite, luncheon and crafty activities are planned.
Layout Displays - there will be several modular clubs setting up and running in the hotel for your viewing and inspections. There will also be a Time Saver switching layout available to test your skills in solving switching problems!
Awards Banquet - Saturday evening will be the PSR Awards Banquet. Guest Speaker: Clark Kooning, well known modeler and clinician, and Modeling With The Masters.
Hobo Breakfast - a PSR Hobo is defined as one who has attended a NMRA National Convention outside of their home region. The Hobos gather for a breakfast on Saturday morning to swap stories, make friends and generally have a good time.
Swapmeet - Got things to sell? Need to clean out your train room of stuff you no longer need? Or are you looking for finding that one item that someone else may think is “junk”. Come to the Convention Swapmeet on Saturday, September 15th in the Courtyard Marriott parking lot (parking is free). Convention attendees get free admission. Hey, who knows what treasure you’ll find, or get rid of!. Click HERE to download a copy of the Swapmeet brochure.