The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) has paid staff members, but many of its functions are performed by tireless volunteers throughout the world. The international group has a national convention every year -- but this July the capital promises to host an unconventional convention, Extra 2011 West!

Since Sacramento has long been a railroad town, the local organizing committee wanted to pull out all the stops. They were thinking BIG like the founders of the transcontinental railroad! The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to help to provide the following convention services to our NMRA guests:

Sacramento offers Passkey GroupMax for EASY housing registration.

  • Housing: Passkey GroupMAXTM allows delegates to book rooms online or over the phone. Reservation acknowledgements are immediately sent to an e-mail address (or fax number, if provided). Otherwise, they will be mailed the next business day.

the official Save the Date / Pre-mailer Postcard from Sacramento, California





Follow that Chef! through the farmers market as he buys ingredients for your lunch
  • Spouse / Guest Programs: Not every spouse or travel companion shares a passion for scale-model trains. Seriously. The SCVB arranged spouse / guest programs for visitors to experience the good life Sacramentans enjoy year-round. Grange restaurant capitalizes on its location across from Chavez Plaza, home to Wednesday farmers' markets & Friday concerts. Its signature 'Follow the Chef' experience includes a market tour, tips on selecting and preparing fresh (and at times unfamiliar) produce, and a three-course meal at the chef's own table.   

Visitors and locals alike enjoy shopping in Sacramento, CAAnother extremely popular activity for friends and/or family members of convention delegates is shoppingSuprised, no? The SCVB prepared 200-300 customized swag bags for NMRA's special guests. Travel companions received information as well as some promotional gifts from area retailers, malls and outlets.

Furthermore visitors are steps away from exploring midtown, a neighborhood known for independent businesses and local flavor.


If you're a meeting professional who heavily relies on the kindness of volunteer association members to make your event a true success, why not recruit Sacramento's convention services team? We're here to take your event to a golden standard of excellence.