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This page lists North Carolina and southern Virginia area train shows, meets and conventions, plus important regional and national shows and conventions in chronological order. All shows have operating layouts. Most also have dealer tables.

Train shows are open to the public, unless otherwise noted; admission is charged at entry. Meets and Conventions generally require advance registration, although many also have portions, such as a train show, open to the public. Check on the listing for more information and a contact to the organizing group.




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Shows in 2015

Second Saturday of Each Month

Wade's Train Town

Location: Brookford Community Center
1700 South Center Street
Hickory, NC 28602

Hours: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Wade's Train Town is a large HO scale model railroad display layout located in the Brookford Town Center. It was built by Wade Warren, who died in 1995. Since then the layout has been cared for by several groups. In mid 2006 the Carolina Southern Division of the NMRA's Mid-Eastern Region was granted access to the layout for restoration and preservation.

The layout was essentially complete and scenicked with dozens of structures, most with operating lights and other features. Two main lines circled the layout and were operational, and there was a respectable stock of locomotives and rolling stock. Work has been underway to clean, repair, restore, refurbish and upgrade the layout, a process which still continues. In addition contemporary electrical equipment and scenery materials are being applied to the layout, as well as some additional trackwork.

Trains are running during each session the layout is open to the public.

The following map shows the location of the Brookford Town Center, which is near the intersection of I-40 and US #321.

Brookford Map

More information, plus links to layout photos, is available at

Volunteer restorers are welcome to participate in the continuing restoration of this layout. Contact Rick Knight at

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August 23 – 30, 2015

National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
National Convention & Train Show

Convention Activities
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-6111

The 25th Annual National Train Show will be held at the Portland Expo Center.

Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland OR 97217


Convention Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-6111
Inn at the Convention Center
420 NE Holladay Street
Portland OR 97232
Phone: (503) 233-6331
Red Lion on the River Jantzen Beach
909 N Hayden Island Drive
Portland OR 97217
Phone: (503) 283-4466(

Check the convention's web-site at

NMRA National Conventions feature Rail Clinics, Prototype Tours, Model Layout Tours, Non-Rail Activities, Fan Trips, Contests, SIG Activities, the Company Store and the National Train Show.

The National Train Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 28, 29 and 30, 2015 is designed to promote the hobby of model railroading to the public, and consists of three parts:

  • The best model railroads of all scales on display for the public at large.
  • Industry manufacturers, publishers and railroad-related organizations display their products and converse with their customers.
  • Dealers and organizations selling their products and memberships.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Train Collectors Association
Southeastern Division
Columbia SC Train Show

Features over 150 tables of toy trains & related Items, all gauges. Large kids area. Food vender on site. Train rides from Choo-Choo the Train.

National Guard Armory
1225 Bluff Road
Columbia SC 29201

Hours: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Admission: 13 years and up: $5.00
Under 13 with adult — Free

For more information conatact Todd Pletcher at 843-307-8674 or visit the web-site at

September 19 – 20, 2015

Tidewater Division Model Railroaders, NMRA Mid-Eastern Region
2015 Train Show & Sale

Virginia Beach Convention Center Hall D
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $8.00, Children under 12 free (with an adult).
Scouts in uniform with Scout Leaders in uniform: Free
$1.00 from each admission goes to U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots"

This show includes: the sale of model railroad equipment, supplies, tools, videos, books, photos, memorabilia and train sets; operating layouts in various scales; hourly door prizes; model railroad clinics; and white elephant tables; train doctor; all scales test track. Scouts will also be working towards their Merit Badge in Model Railroading.

How to clinics will be conducted both days of the show.

For visitors from out-of-town the recommended hotel is the Virginia Beach Doubletree Hotel at 1900 Pavilion Drive in Virginia Beach. This hotel is adjacent to the Convention Center. For reservations go to their web site at or call (757) 422-8900.

For more show information contact the Show Coordinator Leonard Boucher by phone at (757) 620-8333 or by Email at, or visit the Division's web site at

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Old 97 Wreck

September 26 – 27, 2015

Danville's Old 97 Rail Days
112th Anniversary

Danville Science Center
Old Pepsi Building
The Crossing at the Dan
677 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
Phone: 434-791-5160

Hours: Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Visit Danville Web Site

DanvilleThe Old 97, a Southern Railway mail train en route to Spencer, NC, derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia, on September 27, 1903, killing 11. The event served as an inspiration for songwriters and balladeers, and the result is the now-famous "Wreck of the Old 97". The Centennial Commemoration of the Wreck of the Old 97 was held on September 27, 2003 at the Crossing at the Dan. The event was organized by Lawrence McFall of the Danville Historical Society in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department of the City of Danville. The celebration has turned into an annual event to be held on the fourth weekend in September.

The show will feature an operating NTRAK layout (located in the old Pepsi Bottling Plant) and a display of railroad-related items and other model railroad exhibits. This event is sponsored by the Danville Science Center with the participation of Richmond Area NTRAK, Lynchburg Area N-Scalers, North Raleigh Model Railroad Club, New Jersey Southern and South Hampton Roads NTRAK.

For more information on the train show and other events during the Old 97 Rail Days go to the Visit Danville web site.

October 3, 2015

40th Year
Town of Selma, NC
Rail Day 2015

Selma Union Depot and Downtown Selma
500 East Railroad Street
Selma, NC

The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK layout will be located in Selma Union Depot on East Railroad Street, and will be open all day Saturday. No charge.

The layout will also be open for Selma area school children on Friday, October 2, 2015

French Broad eNpire

October 9 – 10, 2015

French Broad e'N'pire NTRAK Club
Autumn Rails 2014
All Scales Model Railroad Show

Expo Building
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
1301 Boyleston Highway (NC280), Gate 5
Fletcher, NC 28732

Hours: 12:00noon – 7:00pm (Friday) & 10:00am – 4:00pm (Saturday)
Admission: Teens & Adults $6.00 for both days, Children under 12 and Scouts in uniform free.

The show will feature operating NTRAK, HO, S, O and #1 Scale layouts, 90 – 100 tables of model railroad equipment and supplies in all scales from Z to G, railroad memorabilia, clothing items and railroad art. There will be door prizes.

The WNC Agricultural Center is located on Boyleston Highway. From Asheville take Interstate 26 Eastbound (i.e. South) to exit 40. Make a right turn onto Airport Boulevard at the end of the ramp. After passing Fanning Bridge Road turn left into Gate 5. From Hendersonville take Interstate 26 West (i.e. North) to exit 40. Make a left turn onto Airport Boulevard at the end of the ramp. After passing Fanning Bridge Road turn left into Gate 5...

Dealers (tables $30/8' table) should contact Chuck Place at 828-685-2726, by Email at, or by US Mail at: 1396 Spicer Cove Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

For more information go to the Club's web site at

Autumn Train Excursions

Sponsored by the NC Transportation Museum Foundation & the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum.

Saturday, October 31, 2015: The Blue Ridge Special
Spencer to Asheville NC & Return

The Blue Ridge Special will travel through the western North Carolina Piedmont, into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa, along the way, climbing the famed "loops" of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The train will pass through several tunnels and pass by the Andrews Geyser, a spectacular sight, before arriving in Asheville at noon.

Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village. Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-owned boutiques. Passengers can dine in restaurants and walk along brick sidewalks that parallel tree-lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains. Departing Asheville at 3 p.m., the "Blue Ridge Special" will return to Spencer at 8 p.m.

For more information, reservations and tickets contact the Museum at 704-636-2889, ext. #224 or #237, or click here to go to the Museum's web site.

Sunday, November 1, 2015: The Virginia Autumn Special
Spencer and Greensboro NC to Charlottesville, VA & Return

Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Sunday's Virginia Autumn Special will offer a second passenger pick-up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing for a more convenient boarding opportunity for those living north of Spencer. Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experiences beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of the Carolinas and the western part of Central Virginia. Spectacular views of the Dan, Roanoke and James Rivers will be seen as the train crosses above. The train will even pass by Schuyler, the mountain town fictionalized in the television show "The Waltons."

At noon, the Virginia Autumn Special will arrive in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. Here, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. A short walk takes you to the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall, considered one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots.

For more information, reservations and tickets contact the Museum at 704-636-2889, ext.#224 or #237, or click here to go to the Museum's web site.

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November 7 – 8, 2015

Thirty-First Annual
Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club
Trains & Railroadiana Show and Sale

The Largest, Longest Running Model Train Show of its Kind in North Carolina.

Operating Layouts: O-27, S, HO, N, Z and Large Scale (Garden), Memorabilia, Vendors, Full-size model of Thomas the Tank Engine

Jim Graham Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina

Hours, both days: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: 6 years and up: $8.00 (covers both days)
Under ten with adult — Free

For more information visit the NRV show web-site at or write to George W. Lasley at P.O. Box 19573, Raleigh, NC 27619-9573.

November 7 — 8, 2015

27th Annual
Bluefield Railfest
Model Train Show
Sponsored by the Pocahontas Chapter, NRHS

Bluefield Youth Center
1780 Stadium Drive
(Next to Mitchell Stadium)
Bluefield, WV 24701

Hours: Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 12noon – 5:00pm

Admission: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family.

Refreshments. Rail Videos on N&W History. Door Prizes. Operating model railroads, static displays, and vendors from all across the region fill the TWO large rooms and isles of the Bluefield Youth Center. Operating model railroads will include the Logan Model Railroad Club, the Lynchburg Area N Scalers, a large modular model railroad by the Pocahontas Chapter, and a T-TRAK display.

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Saturday & Sunday, December 5 – 6, 2015

The Train Collectors Association
Southeastern Division
Toy Train Sale

Sale & Display Items: Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Weaver, Atlas, Williams, American Flyer, Marklin, Ives, Marx, LGB, Aristocraft, Bachmann, Varney — Track, Switches, Accessories, Replacement Parts & other toy train related items. HO and N Scale items.

Features over 100 tables of toy trains & related Items, plus door prizes and operating layouts. Raffle prize drawing of Lionel 6-11718 NS Intermodal Train Sert on Sunday at 3:00pm.

Kids Train Races — bring your favorite racing engine (loaners available).

Kerr Scott Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Donation: 13 years and up: $6.00 ($5.00 with flyer or newspaper ad)
Under 13 with adult — Free

For more information visit the Southeastern Division web-site at




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NMRA National, NTRAK & N Scale Enthusiast Conventions

Year NMRA National Convention NTRAK Convention N Scale Enthusiast


Portland OR

August 23 – 30



Sacremento CA

June 24 – 28


Indianapolis IN

July 3 –10



Kansas City, KS

June 29 – July 3


Orlando FL







Kansas City MO







Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 14








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