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Phil Edholm

Coast Division
Pacific Coast Region

Welcome to the Coast Division of the NMRA/Pacific Coast Region.

The Coast Division covers the Bay Area, including the Pacific coast down to the Monterey Peninsula, as well as Hawaii.

The Coast Division is an exciting group to engage to become a better model railroader and extend your group of friends and model railroad contacts.  The Coast Division is an active group that sponsors participation and growth with virtual, local, and regional model railroading activities.

We normally have four major meets every year: two Coast auctions, and two Coast Division meet-ups.

The auctions are a great way to get rid of excess inventory or to get items for your layout. Typically,  300-500 items are auctioned in the afternoon – anything could be there from balsa wood to brass engines. Come in the morning for modeling clinics .

The Coast Divisional meet-ups are focused on clinics, contests, and layout tours. These events are a great way to meet other modelers, improve your modeling skills, compete with your models, and be inspired by some of the great layouts built by Coast Division members.

In addition to the auctions and meetups, the Coast Division does two to four trips a year to local railroad attractions. These are generally a morning activity followed by local layout tours.  Recent events have included a trip to the California State Railroad Museum (by train no less) to see the NMRA exhibit.  The tour was led by Charlie Getz, past NMRA president and leader of getting the NMRA museum established. Other tours included the Niles Canyons Railroad and a visit to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Richmond.  These trips enable Coast members to get a “behind the scenes” view of railroad facilities, public layouts and popular attractions as well as visits to member layouts in the area.

Finally, through the Covid pandemic and on to today, the Coast Division hosts a Zoom meet every other week on Saturday morning.  These often include a clinic as well as Coast members showing their modeling and new projects. It is a great way to meet new modelers and learn new techniques. Videos of these meeting and clinic can be found on the Coast Division YouTube channel.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our events. If you are not already an NMRA member, please join us at one of our events to see how NMRA membership and Coast participation can dramatically improve your modeling experience. Learn more by visiting both the NMRA website as well as the Pacific Coast Region website.

In the interim, keep on modeling and stay safe.

Phil Edholm

Coast Division Superintendent



Coast Division Zoom Meeting

Coast Division/PCR Saturday Morning Virtual Event

Alternate Saturdays

Next:   February 4, 2023

Time:  9:00AM – 10:30AM

Our Saturday Morning Virtual Events usually start with an hour-long clinic and follow with our Coast Modeling Roundtable where we share our modeling successes and challenges. 

Come get guidance or share what you have done.

Look forward to seeing you there.



Bay Area Layout Design and Operations Weekend

February 4 & 5, 2023

Golden State Railroad Museum

900-A Dornan Drive
Point Richmond, CA 94801


This event is for model railroaders interested in model railroad design and operations, and railroad and local history.

As a hybrid event, it will be a mix of in-person or Zoom clinics and talks, in-person events, layout design consulting sessions, and local model railroad tours.

Click HERE for more info and to register ($40 in-person, $20 Virtual).


California State Railroad Museum and NMRA Exhibit Tour

February 11, 2023 2:00 pm

111 I Street

Sacramento, CA, 95814

The Pacific Coast Region will join the Sierra Division for a museum visit with 2:00 pm tour of the NMRA exhibit by Charlie Getz, past NMRA president, NMRA exhibit principal, and current PCR member.

Many attendees will take Amtrak 724 Capital Corridor from the Bay Area to arrive by 11:10 am. There are a couple of good returns options.

NMRA members get free museum admission. Send your name to by 2/8 to get on the list.


Rails by the River 2023

Pacific Coast Region NMRA Annual Convention

April 26 – April 30, 2023

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo

1782 Tribute Rd.

Sacramento, California

The Pacific Coast Region and the Feather River Rail Society cordially invite you to attend Rails by the River 2023 Joint PCR/FRRS Convention.

(MAP) Plans and preparations are well under way by a dedicated team of PCR and FRRS volunteers.

While you’re in Sacramento, plan to visit the  California State Railroad Museum – worth a trip on it’s own.


Pacific Coast Region Spring Auction

May 21, 2023

Mastick Senior Center

1155 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda, CA 94501


The Pacific Coast Region cordially invites you to attend our Spring Auction.


Texas Express 2023 Convention Logo

2023 Texas Express

NMRA International Convention

Date:  8/20 – 8/26/2023

Gaylord Texan
Resort & Convention Center

1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051


Hosted by Divisions 1 & 3 of the Lone Star Region

This will be the first convention ever in Dallas/Fort Worth and only the second convention to be held in Texas in over 30 years.

“Things are always bigger and better in Texas”

2023 Texas Express Website

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