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  • Grand Rapids - Calder City - La Grande Vitesse Invites you to join us for...
  • A Grand NMRA Convention in a Grand Convention City
    • Grand Rails 2012
    • Offers:
      • Outstanding facilities at affordable prices
      • Numerous Layouts of convention quality
      • Unique prototype opportunities
      • Family oriented non-rail programs
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan Is Within 3 hours of the major cities of the Midwest
      • Chicago, IL
      • Detroit, MI
      • Toledo, OH
      • Milwaukee, WI – via ferry
  • Located in heart of Grand Rapids Modern Convention Center
  • Rated best in Midwest and 12 th in North America Amway Grand Plaza skywalk to Convention Center - Conde Nast Traveler
  • Across the river from the Convention Center Days Inn provides economical rates
  • 60+ Restaurants within 5 minute walk
    • Ranging from;
      • Fast food
      • Cafes, sandwich shops and sport’s bars
      • Fine dining
  • 4 Major Museums and a Planetarium (within 5 minutes) - Ford Presidential - GR Historical - GR Art - GR Children's - Chaffee Planetarium
  • Ample parking Day Rates: Ramp: $9-12 Lot: $2-7
  • Transportation to hotel From Amtrak station: $7 taxi From Gerald R. Ford International Airport: $25 round trip shuttle
  • The program for Grand rails 2012 includes: Layouts, Tours & Clinics, Rail and Non-Rail model and prototype
  • The following are Just a few of the great layouts that will be on tour during Grand Rails 2012
  • Skip Luyk’s award winning Arcadia and Betsey River A Logging & short line operation
  • Published in “ Tall Timber and Short Lines” magazine! NMRA award winning structures
  • Thom Post’s highly detailed C&O branch line
  • … and engine facility
  • Riverbend Club modeling Michigan’s UP iron range 1961
  • Including Lake Freighters and Ore Docks
  • Your Host, the GRMRHS modeling the Pere Marquette Detroit to Chicago
  • Prototypical GRS Machine Open for operating sessions
  • Dirk Start’s C&O Waverly Subdivision authentic GRS CTC machine Circa 1960
  • Don Bergman’s realistic Rio Grand Southern
    • Detailed protypical modeling
  • … infinite detail in every scene
  • Duane Henry’s Sister Lakes Southern accommodates 50+ visitors
  • … fully signaled Operating gates, semaphores & aspects
  • Modeling B&O and Western Maryland 1955 Thom Vanderlip’s B&O Grafton Division
  • Extensive B&O type Color Position Light signaling Controlled by CTC machine interfaced with the C/MRI
  • Lansing Model Railroad Club’s Hogsback and Southern
  • The Incomparable White Creek Railroad 1/8 scale, 7.5-in gauge
  • … 120 acres of layout 5 miles of mainline and 27 industries
  • 30 passing sidings, 30 signal blocks, 27 industry spurs, 2 yards, and 9 junctions
  • Half day operating sessions 40 engines, 400 cars, 50+ crew
  • 20 car passenger trains 45 minute ride
  • Sunset Valley Oregon System
  • Sunset Valley Oregon System In operation
  • More than half of our 70+ convention quality layouts are within 30 minutes of the hotel
  • The Prototype
    • Ride the Coopersville & Marne Railroad
    • Tour their shops
    • Enjoy a great evening dinner
  • Harsco Technologies
    • This is an all day tour that will also include.......
    • Where the Jordan Spreader is built
  • A Bridge to Engine Room tour of a great lakes car ferry
  • Grand Rapids rail yards, a coal fired power plant, steel and wood furniture plants are just a sample of industries on tour.
  • 1225
    • We are working with folks at the Steam Railroading Institute to take you on an excursion from Owosso to Cadillac, a trip through the heart of Michigan
  • Non-Rail and Family Activities
    • The sugar sand beach of Lake Michigan
    • The American Horse at Meijer Gardens
    • Go Karts or Laser Tag for the kids
    • Shopping the quaint shops of West Michigan
    • Sunsets in Grand Haven
    • All yours to enjoy during Grand Rails 2012
  • More Non-Rail
    • Tour the homes of the Lumber Barron's of the 18 th & 19 th century's
    • Visit the Van Andel Museum & ride the carousel
    • Enjoy lunch or dinner on the beautiful Grand River
    • See President Gerald R. Ford's Oval Office
    • Attend numerous clinics and demonstrations
    • Shop and tour historic Rockford, Lowell, Saugatuck and other towns and Villages
  • We await your arrival Join us for Grand Rails 2012