Westside Reunion - April 17, 2010

Exciting news:

Plans are moving forward on West side Reunion for this year.  Here are some details:
1. It will be at the Sonora Senior Center - 540 Greenley Rd, Sonora, CA, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  y!  This is an excellent facility.
2. Four great presentations so far.
3. There are 25 tables - only 6’ tables.  All with covers. Table prices have to be raised to $20 per table.  I will not take door prize donations for tables.  If you are a non-profit please contact me about a comp table.  Note, only the 25 tables. 
4. All attendees will be given a West Side and Cherry Valley token. There are also ones available for purchase.
5. There will be a setup for vendors on Friday evening and early on Saturday morning.
6. If you are a vendor you can leave your table for Sunday (but much purchase a ticket for admission on Sunday for the Sierra Seminar).  All tables can remain setup for both days! 
7. No food or drink but there are many places for lunch within 1 mile - map will be available. 
8. Coffee in the AM - free. 
9. A Friday event is in the works.  More later.
10. Contest now will be a judged contest. Again more to follow.
11. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with plaques for 1st place and a best of show!
12. So far I have over 40 Door Prizes.  I expect to have at least 20 more. 


To Register give me the following information

1. Name - First and Last

2. Email addresss

3. Home addresss - Street number and name - City - State and Zip Code

4. Name on registration - Or if more than 1 each name.

5. Number of tables for sellers - $20 per table.

6. Registration Fees - $25 per person -

7. Total of Registraion('s) and Table('s)

8 Check or money order to Frank Markovich, 1904 Chula Vista Dr. Belmont CA 94002 or do paypal to frank@frankmarkovich.com

Also include if you are able to help in anyway.


Link to registration form




Moved to Oct 1, 2022. Unfortunately the 2021 West Side Reunion had to be cancelled.  In 2022 we will meet at the Sonora Senior Center in Sonora. Many reasons why last year had to be canncelled, but the main one is related to Covid-19, in that the location most likely will not allow us to meet.  Still planning for 2022.  If you have any questions please email me; frank@frankmarkovich.com. We have already started planning for 2022.  The Sierra Seminar for 2021 was also cancelled. The Sierra Seminar will be April 10, 2022 at the Senior Center also.
Thank you,
Frank Markovich




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.


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.



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 Clinic TBD
11:00 AM Clinic TBD
12:00 AM Lunch, the future, and Presentation of contest awards
1:30 PM Clinic TBD
2:30 PM Clinic TBD
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Clinic TBD
4:30 PM Final Remarks -
5:00 PM Show Ends


Last update 2-19-20

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 Annual Sierra Railway Historical and Modeling Seminar has also been cancelled! glennsutherland@sti.net.

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.

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