Mid- Eastern Region NMRA
Layout Tour Information
Demas, who has volunteered to serve on the Local Convention
Committee (LCC) as the coordinator for home layout tours and operations
callboard, has started recruiting and has a message for us: "As
everyone knows, three of the main components to a convention are
clinics, layout tours and ops sessions. The latter two are where I come
in. If you are interested in hosting either or both, get in touch with
me by phone [(Cell) 240 447 1218 or (Home) 301 460 0741] or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please state if you have a preference for a specific day and or time
slot or would be flexible. Obviously, we can't overload any one day or
slot, but I'll do my best to accommodate you. You're the ones
volunteering after all."
times are Thursday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm & 6:30 - 10:30 pm; Friday:
am - 1:00 pm, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, and 6:30 - 10:30 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am -
1:00 pm, and 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Sunday: after 11:00 am. Of course, the
aim is to group layout tours in geographical clusters as close as
possible to mitigate the effects of Washington area traffic. Ideally,
layouts closest to the hotel would be best for Thursday and Friday
evenings, and the Virginia and further-away Maryland layouts during the
day Friday or Saturday. This has worked well for us in the past and
will form the framework again, but we'll do everything to accommodate
what works best for you.
you wish to volunteer, we'll need a brief description of your layout to
put in the guidebook; pictures are really welcome. If you are
doing this for the first time and are not sure what to include, check
out the descriptions on the Potomac Division website.
Bill, "I already have several home layout tours lined up, and a few
operations sessions as well. Soon I expect the usual suspects who can
always be counted on will step up, and that's great. I can almost close
my eyes and name them. We are fortunate to have no shortage of famous
names and layouts within our division and I know folks will want to see
those layouts, meet those modelers, and attend their clinics. I really
want to encourage everyone to participate. I'm writing this at those
who for whatever reason hesitate or hold back. I have NEVER met any
modeler who has disparaged another's work. Never. This is the most
unselfish, supportive group I have ever been a part of —
including my time in the Army. They share their knowledge unstintingly
and only offer advice when asked. Hosting a layout tour is also a great
motivator to finish those projects you have been putting off for so
long (mine is getting the fascia up among many, many things I've got to
hope I have encouraged a few of you to feel more confident to give it a
go and host a layout tour. I really want to hear from you."
sure to stop back here frequently as more layouts will continue to be
So far, we
scheduled gthe following layoput tours:
addresses and directions will
be provided only to registered attendees at the Convention.
Layout Tour Coordinator