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Grand Rapids Who We Are

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Grand Rapids Who We Are

  1. 1. Grand Rapids - Calder City - La Grande Vitesse Invites you to join us for...
  2. 2. A Grand NMRA Convention in a Grand Convention City
  3. 3. <ul><li>Grand Rails 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Offers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding facilities at affordable prices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous Layouts of convention quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique prototype opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family oriented non-rail programs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Grand Rapids, Michigan Is Within 3 hours of the major cities of the Midwest <ul><ul><li>Chicago, IL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detroit, MI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toledo, OH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Milwaukee, WI – via ferry </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Located in heart of Grand Rapids Modern Convention Center
  6. 6. Rated best in Midwest and 12 th in North America Amway Grand Plaza skywalk to Convention Center - Conde Nast Traveler
  7. 7. Across the river from the Convention Center Days Inn provides economical rates
  8. 8. 60+ Restaurants within 5 minute walk <ul><li>Ranging from; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cafes, sandwich shops and sport’s bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine dining </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 4 Major Museums and a Planetarium (within 5 minutes) - Ford Presidential - GR Historical - GR Art - GR Children's - Chaffee Planetarium
  10. 10. Ample parking Day Rates: Ramp: $9-12 Lot: $2-7
  11. 11. Transportation to hotel From Amtrak station: $7 taxi From Gerald R. Ford International Airport: $25 round trip shuttle
  12. 12. The program for Grand rails 2012 includes: Layouts, Tours & Clinics, Rail and Non-Rail model and prototype
  13. 13. The following are Just a few of the great layouts that will be on tour during Grand Rails 2012
  14. 14. Skip Luyk’s award winning Arcadia and Betsey River A Logging & short line operation
  15. 15. Published in “ Tall Timber and Short Lines” magazine! NMRA award winning structures
  16. 16. Thom Post’s highly detailed C&O branch line
  17. 17. … and engine facility
  18. 18. Riverbend Club modeling Michigan’s UP iron range 1961
  19. 19. Including Lake Freighters and Ore Docks
  20. 20. Your Host, the GRMRHS modeling the Pere Marquette Detroit to Chicago
  21. 21. Prototypical GRS Machine Open for operating sessions
  22. 22. Dirk Start’s C&O Waverly Subdivision authentic GRS CTC machine Circa 1960
  23. 23. Don Bergman’s realistic Rio Grand Southern <ul><li>Detailed protypical modeling </li></ul>
  24. 24. … infinite detail in every scene
  25. 25. Duane Henry’s Sister Lakes Southern accommodates 50+ visitors
  26. 26. … fully signaled Operating gates, semaphores & aspects
  27. 27. Modeling B&O and Western Maryland 1955 Thom Vanderlip’s B&O Grafton Division
  28. 28. Extensive B&O type Color Position Light signaling Controlled by CTC machine interfaced with the C/MRI
  29. 29. Lansing Model Railroad Club’s Hogsback and Southern
  30. 30. The Incomparable White Creek Railroad 1/8 scale, 7.5-in gauge
  31. 31. … 120 acres of layout 5 miles of mainline and 27 industries
  32. 32. 30 passing sidings, 30 signal blocks, 27 industry spurs, 2 yards, and 9 junctions
  33. 33. Half day operating sessions 40 engines, 400 cars, 50+ crew
  34. 34. 20 car passenger trains 45 minute ride
  35. 35. Sunset Valley Oregon System
  36. 36. Sunset Valley Oregon System In operation
  37. 37. More than half of our 70+ convention quality layouts are within 30 minutes of the hotel
  38. 38. The Prototype <ul><li>Ride the Coopersville & Marne Railroad </li></ul><ul><li>Tour their shops </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy a great evening dinner </li></ul>
  39. 39. Harsco Technologies <ul><li>This is an all day tour that will also include....... </li></ul><ul><li>Where the Jordan Spreader is built </li></ul>
  40. 40. A Bridge to Engine Room tour of a great lakes car ferry
  41. 41. Grand Rapids rail yards, a coal fired power plant, steel and wood furniture plants are just a sample of industries on tour.
  42. 42. 1225 <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  43. 43. Non-Rail and Family Activities <ul><li>The sugar sand beach of Lake Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>The American Horse at Meijer Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Go Karts or Laser Tag for the kids </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping the quaint shops of West Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Sunsets in Grand Haven </li></ul><ul><li>All yours to enjoy during Grand Rails 2012 </li></ul>
  44. 44. More Non-Rail <ul><li>Tour the homes of the Lumber Barron's of the 18 th & 19 th century's </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Van Andel Museum & ride the carousel </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy lunch or dinner on the beautiful Grand River </li></ul><ul><li>See President Gerald R. Ford's Oval Office </li></ul><ul><li>Attend numerous clinics and demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Shop and tour historic Rockford, Lowell, Saugatuck and other towns and Villages </li></ul>
  45. 45. We await your arrival Join us for Grand Rails 2012

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