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April 2016 Report

L.A. Division Director Report to the PSR
Pat Raymer - Director
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April 2016 Report

Postby bwsevier » Sat May 28, 2016 10:05 am

The L.A. Division’s annual SpringRail event was held April 23rd in Buena Park. There were several new clinics and, from all appearances, the event was enjoyed by all.
With SpringRail behind us, this allows us to turn our focus to the PSR Regional Convention, L.A. JUNCTION 2016.
So, without further ado, and with a nod to David Letterman, I would like to present: THE TOP TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND L.A. JUNCTION 2016
10. You will be really jealous when your friends that attended tell you what a great time they had.
9. Your spouse will be really upset with you when they hear what a great time the spouses that attended had.
8. See #9
7. Where else can you learn to make a bag of Popsicle sticks into an award winning model?
6. It will be 20 degrees cooler in Culver City!
5. Two words: Dullcote fumes!
4. If you don’t go, your pin & patch collection will be incomplete.
3. If you don’t go, your convention car collection will be incomplete.
2. If you don’t go, you’ll have to wait a whole year before you can go to another one.
And the #1 reason you should attend - CLINIC NAPS!
All joking aside, the L.A. JUNCTION 2016 convention promises to be a most memorable convention. The convention takes place September 21st through September 24th, 2016. Our convention hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel-Westside in Culver City. It is an outstanding venue, with all the amenities one would expect from a first class hotel. We are kicking off on Wednesday night with a welcome reception at Ron Varnell’s 1,400 square foot Union Pacific layout in Torrance. Complimentary food and drinks are included, and there will be a chance to operate on the layout.
The three days following will be loaded with exciting activities. We are featuring a ride to Santa Barbara on the Vino Train aboard The Silver Splendor, a wonderfully restored 1956 Budd dome car originally run on the CB&Q’s Denver Zephyr. In Santa Barbara there are many wine tasting rooms to visit, with a variety for almost any palate. There are other fun activities available in Santa Barbara. We are currently looking into a tour with an amphibious vehicle that will drive right into the harbor! If Santa Barbara doesn’t appeal to you, you may stay on board and ride over the Cuesta Grade to San Luis Obispo (extra fare, box lunch included). Seats are limited on the Vino Train, so you should get your seats reserved as soon as possible.
Other prototype tours include a 2 ½ hour walking tour of Los Angeles Union Station, with access to areas not normally available to the public, and a tour of the new Metro Light Rail yard and maintenance facility in Monrovia.
The L.A. JUNCTION convention team is planning over 60 clinics, and has 28 layouts on the layout tour so far. Other events include our Hobo Auction on Thursday night and a swap meet under a 3,000 square foot tent on Saturday. For those who will be able to stay in town after the convention, we have a very special brunch offer at The Magic Castle, an exclusive restaurant and magic club in the Hollywood Hills. The Magic Castle is usually only available to members and there invited guests. Ron Varnell has made arrangements for a limited number of convention attendees to go for brunch on Sunday. This is also an extra fare item.
Not to forget our non-rail conventioneers, we have a team setting up activities that are sure to please, with fun things to do at the hotel, and perhaps a trip to one of our outstanding local museums.
These are just some of the great things in store for you at the L.A. JUNCTION 2016 convention. For more information and to register please go to www.psrconvention.org/lajunction.
On behalf of the L.A. JUNCTION 2016 convention team, we look forward to seeing you in September!

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