- Since I attended only the Sunday session, some of my reporting may be a bit in error. As I understand it folks somehow made it to David s place on FridayMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 15, 2013View SourceSince I attended only the Sunday session, some of my reporting may be a bit in error. As I understand it folks somehow made it to David's place on Friday afternoon and by some devious method got the modules transported to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. Thanks to Steve Williams for making the arrangement for ZoCal and Z scale to make their debut at the well known and popular venue. I believe the set up crew consisted of Steve, David Lancaster, Gary Hoffman, Don Fedjur and Chuck Gaskill who did their work in about two hours. The Saturday operating crew included Henri Seynaeve, Gary and Steve.
Jeff Thompson and I drive down on Sunday morning and got there about 10 AM just as Steve was arriving. Steve gave us the grand tour of all the layouts in the Museum as he is a member of two of the clubs that are permanently located there. There are five permanent layouts - one O, one 3 rail (which I thought was outstanding), two HO and one N. Let me tell you, they are BIG! I understand there are plans for an outdoor G scale layout as well.
We were in the Pacific Beach Clubroom (no, that does not mean we are a club) which was very well lighted and air conditioned with a hardwood floor and display cases for models and memorabilia from the earliest days of model railroading in Balboa Park. I was very impressed with the surroundings. The Museum opened to the public at 11 AM. We had the six module layout and Steve's three module BYOZ to show. Steve ran trains on his BYOZ and did some basic scenery construction while Gary, Jeff and I ran trains on the primary layout. Jeff ran his two engine, 30+ car train on the outside loop while I ran two shorter trains on the inner loop. Gary would periodically run his Coaster on the outside loop to the delight of local who were touring the Museum. Everything ran very smoothly with only a couple of finger induced tip-overs. I understand that there was the proverbial kid and parents from hell on Saturday but they were eventually banished. The crowd was steady all day but never very crowded. I believe the visitors enjoyed being able to see multiple trains running and not have to wait for a larger scale to slowly pass by a viewing window or railing. There seemed to be mostly vacationers although there were some local San Diegans.
The Museum closed at 5 PM and we were all packed up by 6:15.
I have opend a file 2013 SDMRRM for photos. Feel free to add photos and make comments.
- It was a fun day. I d definitely be up to doing this one again. Even got some nice comments from the large scale clubbers. I added 14 photos to the 15 thatMessage 2 of 2 , Jul 19, 2013View Source
It was a fun day. I’d definitely be up to doing this one again. Even got some nice comments from the large scale clubbers.
I added 14 photos to the 15 that were already posted. I included a few of the HO layout across the hall – looks great, as long as you have 7,000 square feet to build it in. Looks like everything is from Sunday. No pictures from Saturday?
I have opened a file 2013 SDMRRM for photos. Feel free to add photos and make comments.