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Hotel Information


Trading Table Rules


The Trading Hall


Auctions & Raffles


Welcome Party


Important Tour Information


2008 TTOS National Convention Brochure


Sacramento is located at the northern end of California’s Central Valley and is the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Sacramento is in the heart of the California Gold Rush country, and the capitol of the State of California.

This year our tours will be mostly train oriented to reflect the many faces of railroading in California. Guides will be on most tours.

Wear comfortable shoes and carry a hat; it can be very warm in Sacramento in August. We recommend jackets or coats on all longer tours as it can be quite chilly in the hills.

The deadline for tour refunds is July 16, 2008. No convention refunds after July 31, 2008.


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Sacramento is easily reached from anywhere in the country by auto, plane, or train.

Our Convention Hotel, The Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, is located one block from the Sacramento Amtrak Station.

The Sacramento Airport is approximately 15 miles north of the Holiday Inn on Interstate 5. For those that choose to drive to the convention, Interstate 5, State Route 80, and Hwy 99 all intersect in Sacramento.

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The 2008 TTOS Convention Hotel is the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza.

The hotel address is:

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

300 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814


Fax 916-446-7371

The hotel room rate is $112.00 per night with up to four guests to a room. Parking is available in the city garage next to the hotel or valet at the hotel. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, gift shop, pool, and exercise room on the grounds.

click here for the 2008 Convention Schedule
The Holiday Inn is the site for the Executive Board meeting, Tour departures, and the Saturday night Banquet and Auction.
  The hotel is next door to the Downtown Plaza Shopping Center with more than 100 shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.


is the western end of the first Transcontinental Railroad


The hotel sits at the gateway to Old Town Sacramento where our members can find shopping and restaurants galore.

Old Town is also the location of the world famous California State Railroad Museum the site of our Thursday night welcome party and silent auction.


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For additional information, please see the:
California State Board of Equalization website

If you plan to have a table in the trading hall, you must have a California State Resale License. We must have a copy of your license on file at the trading hall, so if you already have a license , please enclose a copy of it with your registration. For those members who do not currently have a California state resale license, here is a link for the necessary form to send to the state

The resale license is free, but you will have to charge sales tax, and pay it to the state later.


The Sacramento office of the Board of Equalization does not permit any number of casual sales, and they do plan to monitor our trading hall. The deadline to order trading tables is July 16, 2008. If you do not possess a California State Resale License be sure to allow plenty of time for the state to process your request.

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click here for the Convention Center Floor plan

The trading hall is located in Exhibit Hall B at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street approximately 11 blocks from the hotel.

Unloading is via the loading dock on K Street. Convention volunteers will assist you in parking and unloading. Please for everyone’s safety follow their directions while in the unloading area or on the dock. Members may hand carry merchandise through the J Street entrance. There is a $50.00 fee for electricity drops to selling tables.

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There will be raffles and a bid auction in the trading hall. The bid auction begins at 3 pm on Friday in the trading hall after the table sales close for the day. There is a $10.00 per lot fee for merchandise placed in the auction.

All items in the auction are sold AS-IS.

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The California State Railroad Museum is the location for the 2008 TTOS Welcome Party.
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TTOS has the entire museum to ourselves for the evening’s activities.

A train ride on the Museum's excursion train the Sacramento Southern Railroad is included in the price of the party.

  The museum roundhouse is the location of our famous silent auction, with hot and cold Hors d’ Oeuvres, No-Host bar, raffles and more.
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Be sure to see the fabulous Sefton Train Collection on the second floor of the museum.

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click here for a description of the 2008 tours


NOTE: Some tours are not ADA accessible. Please read each tour description carefully.

  1. Tours tend to sell out early and/or have limited seating. We suggest registering early so you get the tours you want.

  2. The deadline for tour refunds is July 16, 2008.

  3. The deadline for convention refunds is July 31, 2008.

  4. All tours will depart from the Holiday Inn. Be at the bus at least 20 minutes prior to departure.


  6. Most important: Relax and have a good time.


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