Upcoming Events

April 7 , 2014


Cajon Division Meet, May 31, 2014, Las Vagas, NV Meet

Pacific Southwest Region Convention, September 3-7, 2014, San Diego, CA Convention

National Model Railroad Association Convention, July 13-19, 2014, Cleveland, OH Convention


Southern California Railway Plaza Assn., Railroad Days 2014, May 3-4, 2014, Fullerton, CA


More than 40 train-related activities and displays, including extensive model layouts in all scales and a scenic garden railway. The Welcome Center will feature vintage photographs and finely detailed models of historic train depots and scenes along the railways. Dozens of passenger and commuter trains plus 100 or more freight trains zip through Fullerton each day. As part of SCRPA's aim to raise awareness about the need for safe behaviors around railroad tracks and trains, Railroad Days 2014 will present our annual Railroad Safety Poster Contest involving local elementary schools and open to more than 10,000 students.


Trains to Hadley Jct., PCR, NMRA Convention, April 30 – May 5, San Luis Obispo, CA


The Pacific Coast Region and San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum (SLORRM), co-hosts of the convention, cordially invite you to attend the Coast Rails 2014 PCR & SLORRM Convention, Trains to Hadley Jct., in San Luis Obispo, California, at the Sands Inn & Suites, 1930 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA. (MAP) Plans and preparations are well under way by a dedicated team of PCR and SLORRM volunteers working together to ensure you will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience at the Coast Rails 2014 PCR Convention.


Spring Rail 2014, Los Angeles Division Meet, May 17, Alhambra, CA


SpringRail will start out at 7:00 am with a Swap Meet, followed with educational clinics starting at 8:00 am. The lunch break will also include the Hobo Auction with over 100 items, followed by more clinics. The event should end around 4:30 pm. There will also be modular layouts to view as well as a contest table where you can enter a model of your choosing; prizes will be awarded on popular vote


Cajon Division Summer Meet, May 31, Henderson, NV


The Cajon Division of the National Model Railroad Association will hold its annual Summer meeting in Henderson, Nevada this year. All members of the NMRA as well as the public are invited to participate in this one day event. There will be an educational model railroad clinic open to all as well as a local area layout tour and model railroad equipment swap meet and a White Elephant auction.


The Big Trian Show, Ontario Convention Center, May 31-June1, Ontario, CA http://www.bigtrainshow.com/

Whether you are a serious collector, model train enthusiast, or just getting started, The Big Train Show in not to be missed! This great event features trains of all scales & gauges. Representatives from Manufacturers & Hobby Dealers will showcase the latest & greatest in railroading and answer questions or offer advice, to help you decide what products best meet your needs. Free Demonstration & How-to clinics will be held each day, throughout the event. Stop by the operating model railroad & toy layouts to get some great ideas for your own layout! Exchange some of your old equipment at the all gauges swap shop and hop on a tour bus to see some extraordinary layouts in neighboring backyards. The Kids Corner & Train Ride tops the show off by bringing the entire family together for an educational, fun filled day of railroading!


2014 Santa Fe Railroad Historical & Modeling Society Convention, July 22-27, Fresno, CA


The SFRH&MS committee has put together what they believe is a convention you will not soon forget. With excellent clinics and some once-in-a-lifetime extra-fare trips, we hope your interest is peaked and you and your spouse come to visit the Agricultural center of California. The committee has purposely put together outside activities, both for the conventioneers and their spouses that are aimed at beating the heat. Also, we have tried to arrange train rides for each of the first three days! We have a beautiful, recently renovated hotel, with plenty of room for all the great activities, and late model air conditioned busses for travel. So, we urge you to make plans to visit Fresno, CA in July, for, as our President Joe McMillan says, “another one of those Rutledge Super-Conventions.”


Pacific Southwest Convention, September 3-7, 2014, San Diego, CA.


The theme of the convention is bringing together modelers of railroading and trains, regardless of scale, interest or techniques. There will be clinics on modelbuilding, scenery and other topics, layout tours of layouts (many featured in the modeling publications), operations sessoins, the PSR Contest Room, Railette events, and many other activities to keep you interested, informed and entertained. There is also aother concurrent event as part of the Convention - Saturday is the Model Railroad Swap Meet sponsored by the San Diego Division, PSR, NMRA


Anaheim Citrus Celebration, September 20-21, 2014, Anaheim, CA.


  • Presentations on the citrus industry, packing houses and related railroad transportation
  • Historical exhibits including crate labels and photographs
  • Tours  of the packing house
  • Displays of scale model packing houses and refrigerator cars
  • Operating modular railroad layouts featuring citrus groves and packing houses
  • Tours of home and club model railroads

Decks Over Cuesta, Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society Convention, October 29 - November 1, 2014, San Louis Obispo, CA http://www.sphts.org/convention/

CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS (TENTATIVE): Slide Potpourri of California Espee (Burket), Transition Era Cuesta Operations (Thompson), Oil and The SP (Zehnder), Trolleys through the Wonderland, the Early Pacific Electric Railway (Crossley), Modeling PFE Wood Ice Reefers — Revisited (Hartley), The Southern Pacific on the Central Coast, 1985-1990 (Hornbeck), Modeling Transition Era Beet Trains and the Guadalupe Interchange (Inman), Working the Carrizozo Sub (Signor), Milepost Memories Along the Southern Pacific: Milepost #4 (Lange), San Luis Obispo's First Railroad: the Pacific Coast Railway (Merriam), Slip-Sliding Away — Heavy Rains on the Coast Line, 1978 (McGinley), Piggyback with Paul (Koehler), SPH&TS Archives Preview (Coscia), Old Timers Panel (various)