Extra Fare Tours

of the

2020 Mid Central NMRA Region Convention

PLEASE NOTE: All tours and clinics are tentative pending sufficient registrations

Tour 1 on Friday May 29th

Pittsburgh Light Rail Shops and Excursion

Pittsburgh boasts one of the most interesting light rail systems in the nation, including street and subway operations, an underwater tunnel, and a section still similar to its appearance in the early twentieth century. The tour will begin with a visit to the maintenance facility at the southern end of the system. It will also include a look at the operations center. We will board the light rail vehicle into downtown Pittsburgh on the Blue Line. A clinic by Neal Schorr is tentatively scheduled for Thursday Evening before the tour on Friday Morning. This clinic is highly recommended for those participating on the Light Rail Tour. We will have a chartered Bus for 55 participants at the cost of $30. It will run from 8:30 A.M.to about 12:00 P.M.

Tour 2 on Saturday Morning

Bridges of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has long been known as the “City of Bridges”. It owes the title to the fact that it has more bridges per square mile than any other city in the world. Beyond having many bridges, Pittsburgh has many different varieties of bridges, representing most of the common types, not to mention a few unusual ones as well. We will take a look on your tour at both rail and highway facilities. The tour covers the biggest concentration of bridges in the area which are located in downtown Pittsburgh. So, bring your camera and you will see the many sights and attractions of bridges in the area. We will have a chartered bus for your travels for the 55 participants at the cost of $ 30. It will run on Saturday Morning from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Tour 3 on Saturday Afternoon

Western Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

This 40’ by 100’ HO Scale Layout representing the summer of 1952. The Railroad Tracks and Scenery will showcase the railroad from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cumberland, Md. The layout is completely scenicked and features steam and diesel locomotives, in addition to the display, the museum also maintains a collection of Historical Model Train Sets and Authentic Railroad Related Items Dating as Far Back to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. A clinic will be held on Friday Evening to show the different locomotives and structures that you will see at the museum. This is a one of a kind layout and the group has been very gracious to open up the museum to the 55 participants on a chartered bus with the cost of $35. The museum will not be open at any other time during the convention.

Clinic 1 on Thursday 7:00pm to closing (2 slots)

Laser Cut Building Construction Techniques (Build & Take Clinic)– Gary Kohler (Portland Locomotive Works) and Sam Swanson, MMR presenting

Building the 2020 fundraising Telegraph Office kit in HO. Building, painting techniques, laser kit assembly tips and tricks applicable to future work with laser kits. Price $20, 20 participants MAX.

Clinic 2 on Friday 10:30am

Build Your Own T-Trak Module (Build & Take Clinic) - Gary Kohler (Portland Locomotive Works), Bryan Hartle (CMR), Richie & Laura Jodon presenting

T-trak background and module assembly, break for lunch then 1pm & 2:30pm (2 sessions). Building a 1x single module (12” x 13”) from a CMR/TabTec kit. Adding track then decorating it with grass, trees, and other items to make it uniquely yours. After class, modules will be added to the T-trak layout displayed at the convention. Price $40, 20 participants MAX.