Two prototype tours have been lined up. On Thursday, we will have a bus take us to the
Austin Steam Train Association
yard in Cedar Park, where guests will get to tour all of the amazing equipment ASTA
is restoring and maintains. Locomotives
include (parts of) the SP Mikado 786 (which is being reassembled), the Alco RSD-15 No. 442, and the EMD GP40-3. Restored cars include the:
Also check out the cabooses, a yard switcher, and other equipment undergoing refurbishment!
We are also excited to have for the first time on tour a Friday morning bus trip to the Capital Metro MetroRail Dispatching Center and Maintenance Facility
. Located in North Austin, this
facility controls local rail lines throughout the Austin Area, including the McNeil
crossing. It dispatches both passenger (MetroRail
) and freight (Austin Western
) traffic. It's
also home to the car barn and maintenance facility for the MetroRail fleet. This is sure to
be an exciting visit!
Both tours are extra fare and are limited to 40 attendees each, so be sure to book early.
There will be well over 60 clinics this year. Topics include scenery, electronics, DCC, layout construction, signaling, operations, tracklaying, weathering, prototype industries and railroads, and more!
We are especially excited to announce that guests Lance Mindheim
and Trevor Marshall
be presenting clinics at the convention.
Lance is an excellent modeler with many published
books and articles (and an excellent blog
) to his credit, and he runs a custom layout design and building business
from his home in Maryland. You may have seen photos of his
layouts - the level of realism will blow your mind, but he explains how it's absolutely attainable for any model railroader.
Trevor is also a long-time model railroader, host of the Model Railway Show
, and frequent contributor to Railroad Model Craftsman
and Model Railroader
We will also have dozens of your favorite local and regional clinicians, and we would love to have even more presenters. If you would like to present a clinic, please
contact Riley Triggs.
There are a number of operating sessions planned with a total of up to
100 operating slots available. The railroads range from small to large layouts, mostly
with full scenery, including both HO and N scale. NOTE: Operating Session selection
will be available online prior to the convention, but not during initial registration. If you register for one or more operating sessions, you will be contacted when selection is open.
We will also have an extensive self-guided layout tour program which includes tour opportunities on Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon and on the way home on Sunday. We will provide directions for driving yourself to these layouts. We expect Over 20 layouts will be open on this tour program, including N, HO, HOn3, Proto:48 O, Lionel, and garden scales.
Finally, the local AustNtrak
Austin Model Railway Society
clubs will assemble and
operate Ntrak, T-trak and HO scale layouts at the convention center Wednesday through Saturday.
The Non-Rail program has a number of great activities planned, including a bus trip to downtown Austin that will start with a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
. Trips are also planned to downtown Georgetown
and other nearby locations for sight-seeing and
shopping, as well as a bus trip to the Round Rock Outlet Mall
. At the convention, there will be some presentations and clinics as well. If you have something you'd like
to present, please contact Laurie Lind.
We hope to have a lot of entries in the non-rail contest this year: The theme is Eagles
Check out the Non-Rail Activities page
for all the details!
We will also have a number of other activities to enjoy, including:
- Contest Room - We are looking forward
to seeing many award winning cars, locomotives, structures, photographs, and more.
- Silent Auction - Bring all the items you would like to sell. Come to the
huge silent auction room and bid on all the must-have items for your collection.
- Door Prizes and Raffle - Great opportunities to pick up some great items, thanks to our sponsors!
So come rested! We've got plenty in store for you!