Grand Rapids Convention 2012

The 2012 NMRA and LDSIG Conventions will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on July 29 - August 4, 2012.

Information on the NMRA Convention is available by clicking Grand Rapids above.  More specific information on the LDSIG Convention activities is available below and also on the LDSIG page on the Grand Rapids site.

 

The Major LDSIG activities at the convention are the Clinics, the Tuesday Tour, the Wednesday Tour, and the Banquet.

 

SIG Room

Meet and Greet, Sunday, July 29, 7-10 PM

We will hold our traditional Meet and Greet in the SIG Room providing an opportunity for all Layout Design and Operations SIG members and friends to introduce themselves and their intersts.  don't worry about arriving late if you're enjoying tours and op sessions, we'll be there until at least 10:00 PM.

Displays and Consulting

The Sig Room will be open Monday to Thursday from 8AM to 10PM.  It is a great place to congregate, meet friends, make friends, enjoy the SIG Room Displays, get or give layout design consultation or generally take a break from other convention activities.  Jeff Markey is coordinating the layout design consultation this year and is looking for members to provide some advice to others.  If you are willing to consult for an hour or so during the convention please contact Jeff at jhmarkey at comcast dot net.  Please consider doing this if you are able it is very rewarding for both the consultant and the person looking for help.  Also make sure you stop by the LDSIG desk to update your personal information.

 

Clinics

 

There will be several Layout Design cliinics presented during the convention.  Most will be held in the Haldane Room on the third floor of the Convention Hotel.  Here is the current schedule of clinics.

Monday Clinics

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Seth Neumann 

Layout Design Boot Camp

[This is a two session clinic ending at 11. Come and stay as long as you wish!]

9:30 AM

11:00 AM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Ken Cameron

Running with TT/TO 

2:30 PM

Ken Cameron

Trainsheets, MMI and other Verbal Authorities 

Dinner

 

Tuesday Clinics

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Robert Reid

 

Layout Design 101

9:30 AM

 Robert Reid

 

Layout Design 101: Vertical Thinking

11:00 AM

 Cal Sexsmith

 Car Cards & Waybills - How I Use Them

Lunch

1:00 PM

 

 

2:30 PM

Jim Dahlberg

Modeling an Anthracite Road 

Dinner

Thursday Clinics

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

Doug Harding

 

Meat Packing Plants: Prototype and Model

9:30 AM

 Doug Harding

 

Operations of Meat Packing Plants and Meat Traffic

11:00 AM

 Andy Sperandeo

 Freight Yard Design

Lunch

1:00 PM

Andy Sperandeo

 "New Presentation"

2:30 PM

Panel

What Would You Do Differently? 

Dinner

Friday Clinics

Time

Presenter

Title

8:00 AM

 

 

9:30 AM

 

 

 

11:00 AM

 

 

Lunch

1:00 PM

 

 

2:30 PM

Doug Tagsold

Railroads of Toledo 

Dinner

 

Tuesday Layout Tour

The LDSIG will have a special layout tour to the Detroit area about 2 1/2 hours from the convention.  There are several layouts of interest there.  Descriptions of the layouts and some photos may be found here.

 

Wednesday, 8 - 9 AM

LDSIG Business Meeting

Meet in the SIG Room for important updates and discussions.

 

Wednesday Layout Tour

9AM to 10 PM

A selection of about 15 layouts of special interest to layout designers, some of which are not available through the general convention Layout Tour packages.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged so you can discuss the unique features of these layouts as you travel.  No lunch is provided so you and your carpool buddies can eat what and when you want (there are plenty of good restaurants in all categories and price ranges along the route).  Includes commemorative polo shirt.  A summary map and list of addresses will be provided so bring your GPS.

For a quick summary of the layouts on the tour, go to http://www.gr2012.org/ldsig.htm and scroll down to "LDSig Layout List".

 

LDSIG/OPSIG Banquet

Friday, August 3,

6:30 to 9:30PM

This years banquet will be held in the Imperial Ballroom in the Convention Hotel.  After dinner you'll be treated to a presentation by Andy Sperandeo.  See (Form 4) fo menu selections and pricing.  If registering online, go to the SIG Membership and SIG Events icon, then LDSIG/OPSIG Banquet icon and select your choice of entre.  Refer to Ticket Codes S501-Chicken; S502-Beef; S503-Fish; S504-Vegan for meal choices.