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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 http://www.carolinasouthern.org/TrainTown.htm.

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




November 22, 2014

32nd Annual
Sandhills Central Model Train Show

The Aberdeen Train Station & Museum
Main Street & Sycamore Street
Aberdeen, North Carolina

Feast your eyes on a tiny replica of downtown Aberdeen, a miniture circus in full swing and various whimsies in an intricate layout featuring Santa Fe and Amtrak Acela trains in motion.

Hours: 11am – 4:00pm

Admission: $5.00 per person, Children under 4' 8-1/2" free.



November 28 – December 28, 2014

Cape Fear Model Railroad Society
Holiday Train Expo 2014

705 South Kerr Avenue
Wilmington, North Carolina
(Next to the Goodwill Store)

This show features operating layouts (G, O, HO and N), workshops and train vendors.

New: Polar Express Exhibit

Hours: Fridays: 6 – 9pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Admission: $4, children 3 to 17: $3, under 3 free.

Children and adults will be enchanted by this spectacular display of model trains as they travel through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes. There's even an interactive village where you help make the holiday scenes come alive! This show is a holdiay tradition that your family will remember for a lifetime.

There will be G gauge, O Scale, On30 Scale, HO Scale and N Scale layouts, 6,000 square feet of trains

For more information go to www.capefearmodelrailroadsociety.org.



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December 3 – 7, 10 – 14 and 17 – 21, 2014

Durham Museum of Life & Science
Santa Train

The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to host the 37th annual Santa Train, the Museum’s largest fundraising event and holiday tradition for the whole family.

Take a moonlight ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway decorated for the season in twinkling lights and make your way to the North Pole. Meet Santa and his elves before returning to the station for an evening full of festive holiday fun.

  • Skate in your socks on our synthetic ice rink!

  • Hands-on activities exploring the science of the season

  • Create make 'n' take holiday crafts

  • Get decorated for the season with face painting by Paint Savvy

  • Sip complimentary hot chocolate

  • Take home a memory of the night with a souvenir from our pop-up Museum gift shop


Museum of Life & Science
433 West Murray Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27707

Train times: 5:20, 5:40, 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00, 7:20, 7:40, 8:00, 8:20pm
Fare: $15 each for Wed & Thurs evenings; $20 each for Fri, Sat & Sun evenings
Under 2 riding in adult's lap — Free

 
For more information including FAQ visit the Museum's web-site at http://www.se-tca.org.



TCA Logo

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 http://www.se-tca.org.



Saturday and Sunday, December 6 – 7, 2014

Southbound Model Railroaders
Annual Open House

South Fork Recreation Center
120 Park Ridge Circle
Winston-Salem, NC

Hours: Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm — 5:00pm
Admission is by donation.

See the Triad's largest and most complete scenicked and operating HO Scale model railroad layout, depicting selected portions of the Norfolk & Western and Southern Railways, featuring the latest Digital Command Control, plus varied exhibits of rare model railroad equipment. Come out and see model railroading at its finest.

For more information call 336-760-6924 or Online at http://www.sbmrr.org.



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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 http://www.nhvry.org 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




December 20 – 21, 2014

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Location: Richmond Raceway Complex
600 E. Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $8.00, Children under 12 free.
More information at www.greenbergshows.com

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show is a traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200–500 tables of train dealers offering everything from ... HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Hobby Tools, Die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana, Slides, T-shirts, Videos, Railroad Gift Items, Books, Photos, and more. Purchase items at excellent prices, locate a hard to find item, see new products, or get ideas.

The show offers a variety of operating model railroad and toy layouts for the entire family to enjoy. Informative presentations are offered on a variety of model railroad and toy train topics. If you're looking to dispose of an old toy train, this is the perfect place. You can get appraisals and get offers from multiple dealers under one roof.



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WGH on Tour Logo

Saturday and Sunday January 17 – 18, 2015
World's Greatest Hobby on Tour

 
The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour showcases the hobby of model railroading. Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturer's Association — Model Railroad Division and by the World's Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. The hobby of model railroading has a unique ability to bring the family together in activities that teach many skills. Model railroad skills span from carpentry to artistry, from electrical engineering to historical research. Model railroading is truly the World's Greatest Hobby

Show features include 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, 50,000 square feet of huge operating model railroads, giant riding train for kids, 200+ Booths of manufacturers and retailers, 100 Trains for kids to play with, and demonstrations, seminars and new products.
 

Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Hours: Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: Adults: $12.00 both days; Saturday only $11.00, Sunday only $10.00
Under 16 with adult — Free

 
For more information visit the Southeastern Division web-site at http://www.wghshow.com/showinfo.html.

The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club will have our NTRAK and T-TRAK layouts at this show.



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Saturday, January 24, 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.

Features over 100 tables of toy trains & related Items, plus door prizes and operating layouts. Raffle prize drawing at 3:00pm.

Kids Train Races — bring your favorite racing engine.

Scenery Workshop.

Kerr Scott Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Admission: 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 http://www.se-tca.org.

The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club will have a T-TRAK layout at this show.



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February 7 – 8, 2015

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Location: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
2371 Carl D Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $8.00, Children under 12 free.
More information at www.greenbergshows.com

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show is a traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200–500 tables of train dealers offering everything from ... HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Hobby Tools, Die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana, Slides, T-shirts, Videos, Railroad Gift Items, Books, Photos, and more. Purchase items at excellent prices, locate a hard to find item, see new products, or get ideas.

The show offers a variety of operating model railroad and toy layouts for the entire family to enjoy. Informative presentations are offered on a variety of model railroad and toy train topics. If you're looking to dispose of an old toy train, this is the perfect place. You can get appraisals and get offers from multiple dealers under one roof.



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 ten 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 call (252) 474-4153 or go to the Club's web site at http://carolinacoastalrailroaders.org/2015.asp.



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February 21 – 22, 2015

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $8.00, Children under 12 free.
More information at www.greenbergshows.com

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show is a traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200–500 tables of train dealers offering everything from ... HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Hobby Tools, Die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana, Slides, T-shirts, Videos, Railroad Gift Items, Books, Photos, and more. Purchase items at excellent prices, locate a hard to find item, see new products, or get ideas.

The show offers a variety of operating model railroad and toy layouts for the entire family to enjoy. Informative presentations are offered on a variety of model railroad and toy train topics. If you're looking to dispose of an old toy train, this is the perfect place. You can get appraisals and get offers from multiple dealers under one roof.



June 24 — 28, 2015

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Scaremento Convention Logo

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 www.nationalnscaleconvention.com/.



August 8, 2015

The 36th Annual
Lynchburg Rail Day
Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter, National Railway Historical Society

Boonsboro Ruritan Club
1065 Coffee Road
Lynchburg, VA 24503-5020

Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Admission: $6.00. Special Family Admission: $10.00. Children 12 and under free with paying adult.

Lynchburg Rail Day is an annual gathering of people interested in Railroads. People come together with interests in today's operating railroads, history of the railroads, model railroading in various scales (electric and live steam), or collecting railroad artifacts/memorabilia. Many of the people who come have long running interest in railroading while others are just starting to find out how fascinating the various rail hobbies can be. Some find items to buy from vendors who come from various cities and towns along the east coast. Others come to watch operating model rail exhibits. Others bring their children to operate (play) with floor trains. Others come to swap railroad stories. Some come to enter models or photographs in a public contest. Others enjoy talking with representatives from various rail historical societies, museums, or ongoing rail restorations. Others come to attend classroom visual presentations on various topics from railroad operations to modeling techniques. There are door prizes and refreshments to add to the festive experience.

This show features operating layouts in all scales, model railroad and hobby vendors, model and photography exposition, clinics, white elephant table, railroad slide shows, and door prizes and raffles. Freshly prepared food and beverages are available all day.

For more information and detailed directions to the Boonsboro Raritan Club see http://www.blueridgenrhs.org/rail_day.htm.



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Future
NMRA National, NTRAK & N Scale Enthusiast Conventions

Year NMRA National Convention NTRAK Convention N Scale Enthusiast

2014

Cleveland OH

July 13 – 20

Chantilly VA

August 7 – 10

Roanoke VA

June 25 – 29

2015

Portland OR

August 23 – 30

TBD

2015

Sacremento CA

June 24 – 28

2016

Indianapolis IN

July 3 –10

TBD

2016

TBD

2016

2017

Orlando FL

July

TBD

2017

TBD

2016

2018

Kansas City MO

TBD

TBD

2018

TBD

2018

2019

Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 13

TBD

2019

TBD

2019


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