Prototype Tour #1 Thursday afternoon, September 10th Prototype tour #1 will be a trip to the Gemco Yard by bus. This is a working Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific) freight yard. Built in 1947, the Gemco yard served the Van Nuys General Motors plant. It is now a satellite yard of the Los Angeles basin. This tour is a continuation of a clinic by Mike Osborne immediately prior to the tour. Mike is a UP conductor and will be explaining the workings of the yard as we watch the 'lof67 Guadalupe Hauler' train being assembled for its journey up the Pacific coast to Guadalupe, California. We will also be taking a look at the nearby Budweiser brewery storage yard and learning how this secondary yard supports their massive Van Nuys brewery operation. Closed toe shoes are required for this tour. Prototype Tour #2 Friday afternoon, September 11th Prototype tour #2 is a journey to prototypes of the past. On Friday afternoon we will board the bus that will whisk us away to Travel Town, an outstanding rail transportation museum. There, a docent-led tour will take us through the many static displays. “The Travel Town Transportation Museum is an outdoor museum which preserves and celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States--its history and its artifacts. Particular thematic emphasis is placed on the history of Southern California and how the railroads aided its development.”* Travel Town boasts 17 locomotives on display, plus freight cars, cabooses, passenger cars, inter-urbans, and motorcars. We will have an opportunity to tour passenger cars not normally open to the public. This tour also includes a ride on the 15” gauge Travel Town Railroad. We will also be visiting the 2,000 square foot East Valley Lines N scale layout which is located inside Travel Town. Closed toe shoes are recommended for this tour. *(from Travel Town website) Home Registration Hotel Clinics Prototype Tours Showroom Volunteer Non Rail About Layouts Contact