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Rails to Raleigh

Fall 2005 MER Convention
October 27 – 30, 2005

Embassy Suites Hotel
Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle East
Cary, NC

Hosted by the
Carolina Piedmont Division
Mid-Eastern Region, NMRA
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Hotel Information


Convention Timetable


Home Layout Tours

Operations Call Board

Prototype Tours

Non-Rail Activities


Banquet & Guest Speaker

Auction/White Elephant

Local Hobby Shops

Company Store

Train Show

Convention Committee

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Welcome to
Rails to Raleigh

The CAROLINA PIEDMONT DIVISION invites you to come to the Heart of Carolina for the Fall 2005 MER Convention to be held the last weekend in October (27–30) 2005. We have scheduled four days of model railroading activities: clinics, contests, modular layouts, a live auction, layout tours, prototype tours, a banquet with featured speaker, awards presentation, non rail activities and a train show. There will be much to see, learn, do and enjoy.

This will be the first MER Convention in this area of North Carolina, a major high-tech part of the country with a long tradition of railroading. The Research Triangle area of North Carolina has been consistently rated by Money magazine as one of the best places to live in the country.

Many clinics and several prototype tours are being lined up, along with an extensive self-guided tour of home layouts in the area. Operating sessions are being planned, including operations on the layouts at the Train Show. The usual NMRA contests will be held. Festivities include a banquet with a featured after dinner speaker, Steve Barry, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine, followed by the usual auction.

Activities will center around the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, North Carolina. The hotel is located just off Interstate 40 just west of Raleigh. Our confirmed convention rate of $89.00 per night includes a full cooked-to-order breakfast to start your day. Up to two people can stay at that rate. Nearby are many eating establishments and regional shopping centers to accommodate other needs.

Make your plans now to join us this Fall from October 27 – 30, 2005 at Rails to Raleigh.

Include the convention as part of your family's vacation plans!

Convention Committee



Contact Information

Convention Chairman

John Wallis

Convention Manager

David Lynam


Tom Buckingham
Bob Charles


Joseph Rugarbar
Gene Sing

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Company Store

Jim Babcock


Ray Bilodeau

Home Layout Tours

Dick Genthner, MMR
Vic Bitleris
John Janosko

Hotel Liaison

John Drye
John Wallis

Prototype Tours

Tom Cook

Non-Rail Activities

Don Bullock

Program Book

Brenda Lynam


Grif Bond


P.J. Mattson
David Derway

Train Show

Dick Buchan
John Janosko


John Wallis


Clint Hyde

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October 23, 2005


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