The Railroad Museum was open for visitors of the Pacific Coast Region NMRA Convention from 10am to 4pm. Docents were available to provide explanations and guidance on an informal basis.
There was a walking tour of the restoration yard including the 1923 Southern Pacific outside-braced boxcar; the SP wooden caboose (class C-30-1); a short PMT trailer and several narrow gauge boxcars and a lot of miscellaneous stuff. Brad LaRose led this tour starting at 11am.
The model of the Pacific Coast Railway at Avila was running and much of the lower benchwork for the Central Coast Model Railroad (CCMR) main SP Coast Line was seen under construction to cabinet maker quality. Andrew Merriam, MMR, provided a morning and afternoon halfhour discussion of how the model railroad design evolved and how we derived our standards and operations (at 10:30am and 2:00pm).
Visitors also watched the Amtrak Surfliners and Coast Starlights, and a UP auto-rack freight train pass by the museum, plus took rides on the museum's speeder.
Pacific Coast Region NMRA Convention 2014
Thanks to Gary See for the photos.