Layout Tours 
Mid- Eastern Region NMRA 2018 Convention

Layout Tour Information 

Bill 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 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." 

The times are Thursday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm & 6:30 - 10:30 pm; Friday: 9:00 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. 

Should 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.

Continues 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 do).

"I 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." 

Be sure to stop back here frequently as more layouts will continue to be added.

So far, we have scheduled gthe following layoput tours:

Saturday afternoon—Northern Virginia

Privacy Notice:  Layout addresses and directions will be provided only to registered attendees at the Convention.
Bill Demas, Layout Tour Coordinator