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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 2014

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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Old 97 Wreck

September 27 – 28, 2014

Danville's Old 97 Rail Days
111th 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.

September 27 – 28, 2014

Tidewater Division Model Railroaders, NMRA Mid-Eastern Region
2013 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 "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) 420-7879 or by Email at, or visit the Division's web site at

October 4, 2014

39th Year
Town of Selma, NC
Rail Day 2014

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 3, 2014

French Broad eNpire

October 11 – 12, 2014

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, Gate 5
Fletcher, NC 28732

Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Saturday) & Noon – 3:00pm (Sunday)
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

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October 16 – 19, 2014

National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
Mid-Eastern Region (MER) Convention
Hub City 2014

Ramada Plaza Hotel
1718 Underpass Way
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 797-2500

Hosted by the South Mountain Division, Mid-Eastern Region, NMRA

The South Mountain Division invites you to come to Maryland for the 2014 MER Convention to be held the second weekend in October (16-19) 2014. 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.

Many clinics and several prototype tours are 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, followed by the usual auction.

Activities will center around the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown, Maryland. The hotel is located just off Interstate 81, just north of Interstate 70. Nearby are many eating establishments and regional shopping centers to accommodate other needs.

For more information and registration go to

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Saturday , October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Trains
on the
New Hope Valley Railway

New Hope Valley Railway
5121 Daisey Street
New Hill, NC 27562

The New Hope Valley Railway will be operating four Halloween trains over four miles of track in Chatham and Wake counties, pulled by a diesel locomotive. Tickets are available to the public online here. The fare is $13.00 for passengers of all ages over 2 years old. Exhibits at the museum include a number of cars and locomotives, a collection of historic memorabilia, and a six-hundred foot garden size model railway. Visitors are encouraged to visit our website at for further information, schedules, and detailed directions to the facility. Alternatively, they may call 1-919-362-5416 to speak with the yardmaster on duty.

Timetable Departures each day at:


Autumn Train Excursions

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

Saturday,November 1, 2014: The Virginia Autumn Special
Spencer, NC & Greensboro, NC to Appomattox VA, VA & Return

Civil War history will be all around for those traveling to Appomattox, VA. November 1.Departing from the museum grounds in Spencer with additional passenger pick-up in Greensboro, travelers will arrive in one of the nation's most historic towns around noon.

Passengers will disembark at the restored Appomattox Station, once a stop for the South Side Railroad in the late 1800s and now home to the Appomattox Visitor Information Center. This charming small town holds claim to one of the most significant moments in U.S. History — the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to end the Civil War and reunited a divided nation.

Virginia Autumn Special passengers can enjoy the historic shops and restaurants of Appomattox's quaint downtown, or, for a nominal additional fee, explore either the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, or the Museum of the Confederacy's Appomattox site.

After about three hours in Appomattox, travelers will board the train for the trip home.

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014: The Georgia Autumn Special
Spencer, NC & Spartanburg, SC to Toccoa, GA & Return

The Georgia Autumn Special will depart from Spencer, N.C., with additional passenger pick up at the Spartanburg Amtrak Station. Nestled into the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the historic town will be bustling with activity during the 38th annual Harvest Festival.

Passengers will have approximately three hours to enjoy the festival, which features handmade, handcrafted and home-grown items from more than 200 vendors, as well as delicious regional foods, great entertainment on two stages, children and youth activities, buggy rides and much more.

Toccoa Falls, named for the Cherokee word "Toccoah" meaning beautiful, is a must see. Located on the campus of Toccoa College, the 186-foot falls are 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Shuttle buses will be making a continuous loop between downtown Toccoa and Toccoa Falls.

After enjoying the festival and the falls, travelers will board the train to make their way back home.

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

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November 8 – 9, 2014

Thirtieth 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

Exhibition Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina

Hours, both days: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: 6 years and up: $6.00 (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 15 – 16, 2014

5th Annual
Grand Strand Model Railroaders, Inc.
Train Show & Sale

The Lakewood Conference Center
5837 South Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
A "Kid Friendly" Event

Times: Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 Free

The Grand Strand Model Railroaders will display their NTRAK layout plus there will be layouts in others scales as well. There will be 70+ tables of dealers selling model railroad products in various scales as well as railroadiana and other railroad-related items. Also Clinics, Door Prizes, Food Vendor, Free Parking.

Visit the Club at Myrtle Beach Mall (near Bass Pro Shop) Monday 4–7pm, Wednesday 12–4pm and Saturday 10am–5pm.

For more information visit the Club's web site at

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Saturday & Sunday, December 6 – 7, 2014

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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Saturday & Sunday, December 6 – 7 and 13 – 14, 2014

Santa Claus to Visit the New Hope Valley Railway

Jolly Old Elf Will Board the Trains for Rides with His Fans

New Hope Valley Railway
Bonsal, NC

The New Hope Valley Railway has just received word directly from the North Pole confirming a personal appearance by Santa Claus himself on its trains on both Saturday and Sunday of the first two weekends in December. This is an occasion worthy of note, for while the jolly old elf may have many helpers appearing around the world, he reserves his own appearances for only very special venues. The symbol of the Holidays will be at Bonsal to ride each and every train on 6, 7, 13, and 14 December 2014.

The appearance of Santa in some form on the New Hope Valley Railway has become a tradition in this part of North Carolina, and one bringing all on the railroad a great deal of joy. Regardless of our ages, there is a warmth in every heart the days the Santa Trains run, and the crews enter into the spirit of the season, decorating the locomotives and cars in keeping with the customs we all hold dear. It is our way of wishing everyone our best now and throughout the year. We hope you will join us.

The New Hope Valley Railway will be operating when Santa visits with five trains each day, starting at 11:00AM over four miles of track in Chatham and Wake counties. Tickets are available to the public at the ticket office in Bonsal, NC (just south of Apex, NC). Exhibits at the museum include a number of cars and locomotives, a collection of historic memorabilia, and a six-hundred foot garden size model railway. Visitors are encouraged to visit our web site at for further information, schedules, and detailed directions to the facility. Alternatively, they may call 1-919-362-5416 to speak with the yardmaster on duty.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per child age 2 to 12 for diesel powered trains, and $15 per adult and $12 per child age 2 to 12 for steam powered trains. Please arrive at the depot at least 30 minutes before the departure time of the train you plan to ride.

Timetable Departures each day at:

9:30am Steam
11:00am Diesel
12:30pm Steam
2:00pm Diesel
3:30pm Steam




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Shows in 2015

February 20 – 22, 2015

20th Annual
Carolina Coastal Railroaders Model Train Show

Riverfront Convention Centere
203 E. Front Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560

Hours, Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: $6.00
Children under 12 with Adult: Free
Ticket good for both days.

See seven operating layouts in N, HO, S, O, Standard Gauge and G scales, and Thomas and Friends. New and used model railroad equipment available. There are hourly door prize drawings. Concessions available.

For more information contact Joe Hofmann by phone at (252) 638-8872 or by Email. or go to the Club's web site at

June 24 — 28, 2015


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N Scale Enthusiast
23rd Annual
National N Scale Convention

Double Tree Hotel
2001 Point West Way
Sacremento, CA

There will be a Public Train Show on June 26 – 27, 2015.

You do not need to be a member of N Scale Enthusiast to attend the Convention, but you must register to attend and take part in Convention activities. Attendance at the Train Show will be $8.00.

More details about this Convention will be available this Fall.

Visit the Convention web-site at

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NMRA National, NTRAK & N Scale Enthusiast Conventions

Year NMRA National Convention NTRAK Convention N Scale Enthusiast


Cleveland OH

July 13 – 20

Chantilly VA

August 7 – 10

Roanoke VA

June 25 – 29


Portland OR

August 23 – 30



Sacremento CA

June 24 – 28


Indianapolis IN

July 3 –10






Orlando FL







Kansas City MO







Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 13








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