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10-20-16 Update to Convention Attendees

posted Oct 21, 2016, 5:19 AM by Rob Rousseau   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 5:37 AM ]
Ladies and Gentlemen: many of you have already arrived and many more are on the way. We have had an encouraging response to our first effort, led by Bill Hanley, with a dedicated room for RPM displays. The modeling displayed is incredible with more coming tomorrow. The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club has its Apex, NC T-TRAK modules on display. You will be very impressed with the detail these folks can fit into a N scale layout. We appreciate the club being a part of our convention.

Two other layouts have been set up in the hotel common areas. We appreciate the support we have received for our Holiday Trains for Kids layout. This year's effort was inspired by downtown Edenton, NC. the layout will be raffled off at the Neuse River Train Show in November, but tickets are available now. $1, six for $5. This layout is on display just outside the RPM room. This annual layout build supports Carolina Piedmont Division's.

Tomorrow's line-up of clinics begins at 8am. We will have the clinic schedules posted outside of the clinic rooms each day. The clinic schedule will also scroll on the monitor near the convention registration table.

The hotel restaurant opens at 6am tomorrow (Friday) to get you off to a quick start for clinics and tours..

In case you missed it, the New Jersey Division is selling name badge lanyards for $1 at the registration table.

We have an easel set up near the registration desk to note schedule changes or other notices. You are free to use this message board.

The first Tichy tour will gather tomorrow morning (Friday) at 8:15 am. Gene Sing and I will help to get driver's and passengers matched up in carpools to save on some gas. It is also a way to make some new friends. Departure is scheduled for8:30 from the hotel.

The New Hope Valley Railroad prototype tour is tomorrow morning (Friday). The loco engineer and cab ride slots are fully subscribed, but there is availability on the 11 am caboose ride.
3900 Bonsal Road,
New Hill, NC 27562

The layout tours open Friday are:

  1. Cooper Dwiggins  9 am - 5 pm    
  2. Jerry Mersch         1 - 5pm           
  3. Vinny DeRobertis  7-10 pm          
  4. Jim Murphy           9 am - 5 pm   
  5. Charlie Rausch     1- 5 pm / 7 - 10pm 
  6. Hayes Hobby House 9 am - 5 pm     809 Elm Street, Fayetteville
  7. Vic Bitleris             11 am - 3 pm   
  8. Will Allen               9 am - 5 pm     
  9. Joe Gibson            9 am - 8 pm   
  10. Lou Sassi              9 am - 1 pm    
Note that Bill Aulicino is only open on Saturday.

If you have reserved a spot for ops or a prototype tour and need any assistance to arrange transportation, please let us know so that we can be of assistance.

We have received some nice feedback on the Guidebook App. Let us know if you have any questions about using this app for your convention clinic scheduling.

And how about this raffle! Jim Babcock has almost 100 items donated by manufacturers, retailers and individuals. With this many prizes, it is hard not to be a winner. $1, six for $5.

We hope that you have a wonderful Friday.