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Old 03-12-2017, 08:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Interesting, my buddy Ted gets his materials for coupler conversions from Tap plastics. Didn't you guys have a place down here in either Carlsbad, or San Marcos?

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Old 03-17-2017, 10:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A "traveling" convention would be tough on the vendors and any indoor display layouts, depending on how much time between the dates of each location.
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Interesting, my buddy Ted gets his materials for coupler conversions from Tap plastics. Didn't you guys have a place down here in either Carlsbad, or San Marcos?

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Old 03-19-2017, 05:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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A "traveling" convention would be tough on the vendors and any indoor display layouts, depending on how much time between the dates of each location.
Well, the vendors and display layouts in the Exhibit Hall usually don't open up to attendees until the Thursday toward the end of the show. By then, maybe 5 days of tours could have already been done and then everybody ends up at the Convention Hotel for the next few days to enjoy the Hall, clinics and other social activities. I think it would work somewhat like we did in 2016 with Pre-Convention tours Saturday and Sunday and Post Convention tours the week after. Only make it more formalized with specific hotels picked in each region to stop at so that the attendees could "bond" and socialize more.

I noticed in the latest issue of Garden Railways the Vic Thies states that he joined FOUR Southern California Garden Railroad clubs. Let's see... I can find SoCalGRS, OCGRS, GCGRS, UplandGRS, SCVGRC, FGRR (my personal choice for a great place to wrap up the Convention), SDGRS, Gary Raymond's 1:32 Group, and I'm sure I'm missing some... But how many more clubs are in SoCal? There are a lot of them and they are spread all over... The question is...Can they work together on something like this?
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i dont think a traveling show would work. too much stress on vendors and layouts. IMHO
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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i dont think a traveling show would work. too much stress on vendors and layouts. IMHO
I don't know why you think that... The vendors and display layouts usually don't show up to the NGRC until set up day on Wednesday. Then the hall is opened to attendees on Thursday. The vendors and display layouts would only set up once and stay in one location just like they do now.

Realize that from North to South you have a 300 mile range between layouts. Evn if the convention center was located dead center you'd still have 150 miles to drive to the furthest layouts. Way too far in Southern California traffic.

The scenario I see is that the first couple of days there would be a designated hotel at one of the extreme ends of the open layout area. We'd stay there and visit the layouts in that area and then a couple of days later travel to the next hotel maybe 100 miles away. Of course we'd visit layouts on the way... Then spend a night or two there before heading to the next "host" hotel before finally heading to the final stop at the convention center where the vendor hall and clinics would be held.

This is similar to the pre- and post-convention tours that we did in 2016 and Denver did in 2015. The only exception would be to have a designated host hotel on those tours so attendees can socialize in a group setting. I received many emails from the 2016 NGRC attendees asking for hotel advise for our pre and post tours and many small groups did stay together.

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Russ,
I like your idea. I know that S. Cal has lots of great layouts and I would love to see them. I think the vendors and clinics would work in one central location, maybe the one with the most layouts. Looking forward to hosting with the Georgia Garden Railway Society in 2018 and attending conventions beyond!
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I can't see a "travellng convention" as actually working very well. When we went to the Arizona convention, it seemed like all I did was drive between Phoenix and Tucson! I do like the idea of having one club doing the convention and nearby clubs having open houses for visiting "to or from" the convention site.

I know our members enjoyed being part of your convention last year. We got many visitors from all over!
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Assuming folks already know, but 2020 is scheduled to be in Nashville. 2021 and 2022 are already set up as well.
Thanks to the Nashville Garden Railway Society for stepping up and creating what looks to be a fun convention!
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Friends,
The Spring 2020 issue of Garden Railways Magazine has a nice preview article for the 2020 convention. Dates are also listed for the 2021 Denver Convention. The 2020 Nashville web site has lots of info as well. Should be a great week of large scale railroading!
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