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Westin Long Beach

A great convention needs an amazing location, and the The Westin Long Beach in downtown Long Beach is the place. The Westin Long Beach is two blocks from the beach, harbor, and pier. Directly across the street from Center for Performing Arts.

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Airplane Restaurant

More than 100 clinics consisting of on-site presentations by local model railroaders, nationally recognized “Master Model Railroaders”, and virtual presentations by clinicians around the world will be available. Clinics will cover the history of railroading in Southern California (the SP, UP, ATSF and others) and the Southern California citrus industry. There will also be clinics on basic and advanced model railroading, backdrop painting and methods, along with electronics and animation, battery powered model railroading (Dead Rail), layout planning, layout design, scenery techniques and much more.

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Prototype Tours

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Prototype Tours currently include Los Angeles Union Station, The Southern California Railway Museum, Travel Town Museum Rail Giants Train Museum, Metro Rail Fleet Services Facility and Self Guided Tours of Tehachpi Loop and Cajon Pass.

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General Interest Tours and Activities

Queen Mary

There are many activities at the convention for attendees that are not related to model railroading, including on-site crafting, quilting, painting, games, speakers, and social events. General interest tours include the Queen Mary, San Antonio Winery, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour with more being added soon.

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Modeling With The Masters®

Model With The Masters

Modeling With The Masters® is a unique opportunity to participate in an immersive, multi-day, hands-on clinic track where participants learn and use both basic and advanced modeling techniques taught by Master Model Railroaders®. These skills include scratch-building in styrene and wood, kit building, kit-bashing, scenery construction, and more. There are eight (8) Modeling With The Masters® clinics available as part of the SurfLiner 2024 Convention, one of which is a 2-part, 2-day construction of a creek diorama.

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National Train Show

National Train Show

For more information regarding the National Train Show, see here