West Side Reunion April 20, 2024

Sonora Ca

2024 will be at the Black Oak Casino Hotel. Event starts at 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM on April 20th. Sierra Seminar is at the same place the following Day.

We think you’ll find the hobby interesting and will challenge your modeling skills.

With many eras and a wide variety of logging methods, there is something to appeal to any modeler.

From complex structures –

– to interesting and unique rolling stock, this hobby has much to offer.

If mining is of interest, any number of prototype railroad mining operations would be a good basis for a model railroad, such as The Merced Gold Mining Company pictured here.

Modeling the unique world of mining offers the same challenges and modeling possibilities that modeling logging equipment does. From the most complex of structures,

to some of the most unusual equipment, the modeler’s talents and imagination are fully engaged.


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Jim Vail, Jack Burgess, and Dave Braun

The Logging & Mining Modeler's Convention is a great place to meet and talk to fellow modelers. Jim Vail, Jack Burgess, and Dave Braun are taking a few moments to discuss a subject or two.

Glenn Tyra Glenn Tyra started it all by hosting the first "West Side Reunion" in his home way back in February of 1986. There were a total of 18 attendees including Glenn's Mom.
Click Photo to Enlarge! Model railroad hobbyists can find a wide variety of model railroad equipment in the Logging & Mining Modeler's Convention dealer sales area. All scales, including N, HO, S, O, and G, are represented. Antique logging, mining, and railroad memorabilia, photographs, books, videos, and souvenirs are also available at the show.
Click Photo to Enlarge! Sometimes you have to hunker down low to see all the details of a scale model log car, ore car, caboose, locomotive or some other piece of logging/mining railroad equipment on display at the Logging & Mining Modeler's Convention. Visitors can see scale model equipment representing hardware from the 19th century all the way to modern times.
Click Photo to Enlarge! Skillfully assembled scale models of lumber mills, engine houses and all kinds of logging, mining and railroad equipment are on display at the Logging & Mining Modeler's Convention.
Click Photo to Enlarge! Informative clinics that cover model building, historical and technical aspects of logging and mining history and the model railroading hobby are part of the Logging & Mining Modeler's Convention. Shown is Joel Bragdon, presenting a clinic on mold making and casting for modelers.

Included in the event are informative and entertaining clinics presented by experts in the field of model railroad construction and operation, railroad, mining and logging history and the technical aspects of those areas. Professional photographers, researchers, film makers, historians and others keep the audiences entertained and interested with their well presented programs.

A major part of the event is the model contest that’s open to models in all scales and representing all kinds of railroad, mining and logging equipment including structures and dioramas. Voting for the winners is by popular ballot, with each attendee allowed one vote. We have revised the rules for the contest and added several new categories and will include First, Second, and Third Place plaques in all categories as well as one ”Best Of Show” Award. We heartily encourage anyone to bring models for the contest, even if they are only slightly related to mining, logging and/or railroading. Our judge will help you determine the most appropriate category for your model.

There’s also a large and well-stocked dealer area where attendees can find a wide variety of model railroad and logging related items to purchase. Children’s toys, shirts, hats, video tapes, books and photographs are among the treasures to be discovered in the convention’s dealer sales area.

Admission price for the all day event is $25.00 per person in advance and $35 at the door. 8 ft. Dealer tables are available for $45.00 for the first table, which includes 1 Pass. Each additional 8 ft. table is $20.00. Each additional person at your table(s) is $25.00 for their pass. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Please reserve tables early. Make all payments payable to Frank Markovich - address is Frank Markovich, 1904 Chula Vista Dr., Belmont, CA 94002.


9:00 AM Doors Open
9:30 AM  
11:00 AM  
12:00 Noon Break for Lunch
1:00 PM  
2:30 PM  
4:00 PM  
5:30 PM  
6:00 PM  

Schedule subject to change. Thank You.

Related Activities and Events:

The Annual Sierra Railway Historical and Modeling Seminar will be held Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA. Doors open at 9:00 AM. For prices and registration see the Seminar Flyer. Contact: glennsutherland@sti.net. Tickets available at the door and the Logging Modeler’s Convention. For information regarding the day's events, see the Agenda.

Railtown 1897: Steam Train Excursions and Roundhouse Tours Saturday and Sunday. Please check their website at http://www.csrmf.org/railtown/default.asp for schedule.

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Contact Information:
Frank Markovich
1904 Chula Vista Dr
Belmont, Ca 94002
Cell: 408-505-2727