Westside Reunion - April 17, 2010
Sierra Railroad Seminar FlyerPictures from last year

Next Years Event is April 18, 2020. I have confiremed it with the Elks Club. In addition the Sierra Seminar will be the next day, April 19, 2020 at the Sonora Senior Center. We will have another full weekend of trains. Layouts will also be open on Saturday evening.

4 clinics so far including one on Tim McCartney and his contributions to West Side Reunion, Jim Zeek on Sawmill Rail Operations.

More information coming!!

Event for this year is over - had a great time and next year is already looking good!

I don't have a contest chairperson. If interested please contact me. I will comp a ticket to the event and one table.

Thank you to all who attended, including the great vendors and the presenters.

All vendor tables were rented. No extra tables. Going forward there will be 35 vendor tables.

Anyone wishing to present at 2020 event please contact me at:


Here are a few photos from previous years:


How West Side Inspired Me

Take a break from your usual routine
and try logging modeling.

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.


Vendor List from previouse event

Example of Award plaques given out in the past years-

Click Pictures to Enlarge

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.

News! There were over 35 Vendor tables last year and over 40 door prizes given out.

So come join us as we celebrate our 32nd year!

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 this year we have expanded the catagories and have decided to only away plaques for first place in each 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. Also there will be a table for show and tell models.

Please do not touch any of the models - only the person entering and the head judge can touch a model (head judge to move it if necessary).

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 (this year your spouse is included). 8 ft. Dealer tables are available for $35.00 for the first table, which includes 1 Pass. Each additional 8 ft. table is $10.00. 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.

Food and drink will also be available for purchase at nominal prices. Very similar to what is available at Coast Division events (events).

2019 SCHEDULE (subject to change)

8:45 AM Pre-registered can enter but Vendor room opens at 9:00 AM
9:00 AM Registration at the door.  Vendor Room Opens.
9:20 AM Introduction
9:30 AM 1st clinic Tim Godfrey - West Side - great presentation! Saw it at the NNGC in Minn.
11:00 AM Joel Bragdon -Using Vertical Space to get the most out of Model RR Scenery
12:00 AM Lunch, the future, and Presentation of contest awards
1:30 PM Tom Knapp -3D design and construction of a Heisler based on West Side #3
2:30 PM TBD Short presentation on WS Caboose restoration
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Patrick Karnahan - Slides of West Side - Pickering and others
4:30 PM Final Remarks - Special Presentation
5:00 PM Show Ends


Last update 3-11-19

Don't forget this year Plaques will be handed out during the award ceremony!!!

Schedule subject to change. Thank You.

Related Activities and Events:

The 7th Annual Sierra Railway Historical and Modeling Seminar will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019,Tickets glennsutherland@sti.net. Tickets available at the door and the Logging Modeler’s Convention. Location is Sonora Senior Center

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.

No Friday event this year!!!! But come early and explore the area, go to Railtown and take a roundhouse tour!!

Related Websites:

Also, try joining one of the discussion forums on Yahoo.com such as the West Side Lumber Co. forum, the Loyal Legion of Logged-on Loggers, Pickering Lumber Corp forum, Logging Railroad Modelers, South East Forest Industry Modeling, New England Logging and 3' Railroads, Northwest Rail Logging Society or even the Historic Sierra Railway forum. There is even a forum for Logging Railroad modelers in Europe.

Or how about Narrow Gauge? Australian Narrow Gauge Railways or go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for narrow gauge groups. There are 171 different forums as of this posting.

A great group to look at:http://www.pacificmodelloggerscongress.com/ Pacific Model Loggers Congress.

The Pacific Model Loggers' Congress,http://www.pacificmodelloggerscongress.com/, is a one-day logging modeler and history event in its second decade of operation. It take place early March at the Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum in Elsie, Oregon, on the way towards the beach and from Portland. 

Some Other Railroad Groups:

Tap Line's Southeast Railroad History includes some narrow gauge and logging, or if your interest is in all industrial railways try http://groups.yahoo.com/group/industrial-railway/.

Besides meeting some pretty great people, these are a great way to share information, photos, modeling ideas and techniques.

Frank Markovich personal Site

Contact Information:
Frank Markovich
1904 Chula Vista Dr.
Belmont, CA 94002
Cell: 408-505-2727
E-Mail: frank@frankmarkovich.com




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Check the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum for a number of restored West Side Rolling Stock including a couple of cabooses.