The Los Angeles Division Proudly Presents                                                                                           PSR-NMRA CONVENTION                                                                                         SEPTEMBER 9TH-13TH, 2020 The Los Angeles Division is very excited to bring you this outstanding convention! Van Nuys, California is centrally located in the San Fernando Valley. It has gone from a Spanish rancho to many acres of orange groves to a major metropolitan area of greater Los Angeles. There is a long railroad history here. The Southern Pacific and Pacific Electric inter-urban lines once crossed the valley. Now, Union Pacific freight, Amtrak, and Metrolink commuter trains ply the rails. We cordially invite you to discover with us all that this area has to offer. We are working diligently to bring you an excellent convention experience. There will be a new convention format in 2020 that will allow you to do and see more than ever before. This message highlights only a few of the offerings we have planned for you: WELCOME RECEPTION: Our convention officially kicks off with our Wednesday evening welcome reception, held at the lovely Midway Gardens area of the hotel. Dinner choices at the reception include delicious barbeque, sides, and dessert. We will also have special surprise entertainment you won’t want to miss! CLINICS: We currently have 40+ clinics scheduled, many which have never been presented before. There will be something to interest just about everybody-more than can be listed here. LAYOUT TOURS: We will be visiting some of the finest layouts in Southern California on our layout tours. Tours will include both home and club layouts, with all major scales represented. Some layouts will be featured on bus tours, while others will be self-driven. PROTOTYPE TOURS: One of our tours will be a two-part presentation, starting with a clinic at the hotel, followed by a field trip! The presenter is a working Union Pacific conductor, who will describe the work done at the former Gemco yard, and then we will board a bus to visit and see the prototype in action. Another tour will take us to prototypes of the past, as we visit the Travel Town Museum and take a docent-led tour. OPERATING SESSIONS: For the operators, we have a line-up of some of the best operations layouts in the area. We will also be offering operations  at the hotel on a modular layout, perfect for those just starting with operations who want to learn more about this fascinating aspect of the hobby. CONTEST ROOM: Here’s your chance to share your talent and perhaps take an award home as well! We encourage you to bring your best modeling efforts for all to see. VENDOR ROOM: We will be hosting manufacturers and suppliers  throughout the convention. SWAP MEET: Our Saturday morning swap meet will be held in the hotel parking lot, where you can shop for those special items you can’t pass up. The first table is free for registered attendees who wish to convert those special items back into cash. NON-RAIL ACTIVITIES: The non-rail luncheon will be held at San Antonio  Winery, L.A.’s oldest continuously operating winery, built in 1917. We are also offering a visit to the Suiho-En Japanese Gardens, a tranquil oasis. There will be a wide variety of activities offered at the hotel, including Wine  and Paint, yoga, bingo, a ladies boutique, and more. Bring your own projects to work on or just rest and relax! HOBO AUCTION: Join us for our famous Hobo Auction, where you will have a chance to win that special item that you have been wanting! Hundreds of items will be available, with many new items. AWARDS BANQUET FEATURING OUR SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: The Saturday night awards banquet is the culmination of our convention, where the achievements of our members are recognized. It is also the time when our attendees can socialize and reflect on the events of the previous days. We are pleased to welcome our special guest speaker, Joe Fugate, publisher of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine. WHY STAY AT THE CONVENTION HOTEL? The only way we can present this great convention is to commit to a specific number of room night reservations with the hotel. This minimum number of reservations must be met to grant us the use of the hotel meeting rooms, which would otherwise be unaffordable. We also have a schedule that starts early and goes late, so it best for you to stay at the convention hotel to maximize your enjoyment of the convention. HOW TO GET HERE: FLYING IN: You can fly in to LAX and catch the Fly-Away shuttle bus to the Van Nuys Fly-Away depot for only $9.75! The Fly-Away shuttle runs on a 15 minute schedule all day and most of the evening. The hotel shuttle will pick you up and transport you to the hotel. If you fly in to Bob Hope-Burbank Airport, you can catch the MetroLink commuter train to the Van Nuys Amtrak station, where the hotel shuttle will pick you up. If you or someone you know is a private pilot, you can fly in to Van Nuys Airport, where the hotel has complimentary aircraft tie-down space directly adjacent to the hotel. BY TRAIN: Van Nuys is an Amtrak and MetroLink station stop. The hotel shuttle will transport you from the station to the hotel. DRIVING: Use your favorite navigation app or go old school with a paper                      WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN VAN NUYS! VAN NUYS LOCAL 2020 Home Registration Hotel Clinics Prototype Tours Showroom Volunteer Non Rail About Layouts Contact