Make Tracks to Eugene
The 2020 PNR Convention will be held in Eugene at the Valley River Inn, a great venue with large, comfortable clinic rooms, a contest room, and a layout room. The convention will run Tuesday – Friday, instead of the usual Wednesday – Saturday, to avoid programming collision with the WCMRC Swap Meet and Train Show, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Eugene on Saturday – Sunday. Full fare and non-rail registrants at the convention will enjoy free entry to the Swap Meet.
The banquet will be held on Friday, April 24, and feature Duncan Campbell as speaker. Duncan is the owner of Campbell Scale Models, which is located near Medford, OR.
The non-rail group will occupy a comfortable room during the convention. The program will feature make & takes, crafts, presentations, and refreshments. A tour of the historic Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House in Eugene is also planned.
At the convention venue, you may enjoy the dining area adjacent to the river.
Registration may be made either online or by mail. Online registration at http://www.MakeTracksToEugene.com. Registration forms for mail-in submission are available by contacting Rich Pitter at 2430 Northampton, Eugene, OR 97404. Send mail-in Registration to: Make Tracks to Eugene, c/o Lori Sebelley, 44694 Ashbury Place, Chilliwack, BC Canada V2R 2Y6.
The PNR Convention will be held at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Drive, Eugene, OR. For online reservations go to http://www.MakeTracksToEugene.com. Alternatively, call the hotel at (541) 743-1000 or toll free 1-800-543-8266 and use the convention group code: Make Tracks to Eugene. Rooms have two queen or one king bed, at a rate of $109/day, not including taxes and room fees.
Eugene Swap Meet and Train Show
The Willamette Cascade Model Railroad Club is 50 years old and has hosted annual swap meets and train shows in Eugene for 32 years. The show, held after the convention on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2020, presents vendors and model railroad clubs from the region. Admission to the swap meet and train show is included with full or non-rail registration to the PNR Convention.
Eugene, Oregon is located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, a long, broad valley between the coastal range and the Cascades in northwestern Oregon. The valley produces diverse agricultural products including filberts (hazelnuts), lavendar, berries, wineries, and hops. Oregon forests produce wood and lumber products, and the Willamette Valley holds Interstate-5, a principal highway that extends from Vancouver, Canada, to San Diego, California, the Union Pacific mainline from Portland to California, and several local railroad companies.
The University of Oregon is was founded in Eugene in 1876 and provides a resource for educating students as well as opportunities for research, and fine arts performances and exhibits. Eugene has an international airport and an Amtrak station, for which Valley River Inn provides shuttles. A Greyhound Bus Station is located nearby in Springfield, and local bus service provides convenient access to downtown Eugene and Springfield. Across the street from Valley River Inn, the Valley River Center has shopping, movie-going, and dining opportunities.
Oregon has no sales tax.
The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House in Eugene
Additional information for visitors to Eugene provided by Eugene, Cascades, and Coast on their website. Thank you!
As a reminder, the 2021 PNR Convention will take place in Boise, ID, from June 16-20.