Each month from April to October, the Sacramento Valley Garden Railroad Society holds general meetings in members’ homes. These meetings are generally on the second Saturday of the month from 11A to 1P, unless the hosts choose another day. This also provides some time after the meeting for open houses in the same vicinity.
As of this update, there will be six layouts open in the Redding Area on June 19, and twenty-six in the Sacramento Valley and Foothills June 20-22, with five more in the Reno, NV area on Monday, June 23!
We’re planning a BBQ dinner and modular train set up on Saturday with the Sacramento Live Steamers Club in Rancho Cordova.
And there’s the ice cream social and 1:1 train ride in a 25 passenger gas driven maintenance of way vehicle and a 15 passenger trailer (carriage) in Folsom Friday evening June 20.
Since about 1994, when the National Garden Railway Convention is east of the Rockies, a Garden Railroad Club on the West Coast puts on the “West Coast Regional Meet.” This is a non-convention: no hotel, no vendor hall, no model contest, no clinics/workshops, etc.
It’s basically an intense weekend of layout tours, with an informal dinner/banquet on Saturday night, and perhaps some ride-on train rides.
No, I’m not talking about the Giants going to the World Series, though the way they are playing is certainly surprising.
I’m talking about the Club helping out the Make-A-Wish Foundation give a nine year old boy his wish of a train layout. It came about from a phone call to me from Tricia Litts at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, asking if a model train layout could be built outdoors and what it might involve.