BAPM is an organization that promotes and supports prototype modelers in the broader San Francisco bay area. BAPM was formed . Their organization's website is found here.
I have within the last several years been able to attend our local Bay Area Prototype Modelers meeting. This is by far one of my favorite days of the year. Here are my links to each of the annual meetings (held in June each year).BAPM 2003
These vendor-led shows have been a great source of equipment and train stuff over the years. I have acquired a fair amount of my models through these.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the last day of 2011's National Train Show, part of the NMRA annual convention held in Sacramento that year. What an amazing experience! I had been years earlier to the show in Seattle, which was also tremendous. Just wandering around all the booths, talking to vendors, and rubbing shoulders with other hobbyists was energizing.
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