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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

April 11, 2015

13th Annual North Carolina Railroad Expo

Sponsored by the Alexander Chapter, National Railroad Historical Society

Hickory Metro & Convention Center
Interstate 40 Exit 125 (Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard)
Hickory, North Carolina

Hours: 9:00am — 4:00pm

Admission: $5 Adult, under 12 Free. Free parking.

This show feartures operating model layouts, and 250+ tables of railroadiana, video, shirts, collectibles and models. For more information call (828) 527-6520, email Matt at, or click the following link:

Saturday May 9, 2015

National Train Day
Raleigh, Cary & Durham Stations

Trains take us where we need to go, want to go. They remind us of what other lives seen only out the window look like. They employ our townspeople, bring passengers with a few extra dollars to spend into local coffee shops, draw activity to sleepy downtowns, attract funds to the roads and buildings around the stations. They bring us to school, to work, to visit a friend in need. They connect our towns together. They connect us to each other. They tell the American story.

And that is why trains matter to us all.

Join us on May 9, 2015 at the eighth annual National Train Day to show that trains matter to you, your town, and your community. Attend an event in Raleigh, Cary and/or Durham.




320 West Cabarrus Street
Raleigh NC 27601
Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

211 North Academy Street
Cary NC 27513
Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

601 West Main Street, Suite 103
Durham NC 27701
Hours: 9:00am – 2:30pm

The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club will feature our T-TRAK layout and Junior Engineer layout at Durham Station.

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Saturday & Sunday, May 30 – 31, 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 of Lionel 6-38313 Budd Car Train Set at 3:00pm.

Kids Train Races — bring your favorite racing engine.

Scenery Workshop with Tom Staley of Tom's Train Station.

Kerr Scott Building
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, North Carolina

Hours: 10:00am – 3:30pm
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


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June 5 – 6, 2015

Palmetto Excursion
National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
Southeastern Region 2015 Convention

Greenville Marriott
One Parkway East
Greenville, South Carolina

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina combines traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America's hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Centrally located at the intersections of Interstatres 26 and 85, Greenville is an easy place to reach, and has many attractions beyond those that are rail-related.

The SER Convention features Rail Clinics, Prototype Tours, Home Layout Tours, Non-Rail Activities, Fan Trips, Contests, OPSIG Activities, andthe Company Store.

Check also the convention's web-site at

June 20 – 21, 2015

Windsor Point Retirement Home
Model Railroad Show

Windsor Point Retirement Home
1221 Broad Street (Hwy. 55)
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 28409

This show features the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club's operating NTRAK layout.

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

This show is for residents of Windsor Point and their families, and is not open to the public.

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

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

August 22 – 23, 2015

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Historic Spencer Shops
Model Train Show

Southern Railway Spencer Shops
411 S. Salisbury Street
(Exit 79 on Interstate 85)
Spencer, NC 28159

Saturday, August 22: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 23: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Show Admission
Adults: $5 Train Show plus $6 Museum admission ($11)
Kids 12 & Under: Museum admission only ($4)
Train rides and turntable rides require an additional fee.
Free parking

The Eastern N Lines affiliated clubs (Central Carolina N Scalers, Lynchburg Area N Scalers, North Raleigh Model Railroad Club) will feature an NTRAK layout located in the Backshop.

This show will feature two full days of model train layouts, model train and railroad memorabilia vendors, kids activities and model clinics.

For more information call 704-636-2889 x 239 or connect to the Museum's web-site at:

August 22 – 23, 2015

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Location: Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $7.00, Children under 12 free.
More information at

Greenberg shows offer the following attractions:

  • A large marketplace of train, toy and hobby dealers. In general between 200-500 tables of train dealers offer an extremely competitive marketplace at every show. 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 train layouts for the entire family to enjoy.

  • Learn more about the hobby through informative presentations on a variety of model railroad and toy train topics.

  • This is the place if you are looking to dispose of an old toy train. You can get appraisals and get offers from multiple dealers all under one roof.

  • Each show features a test track, so you can be sure your purchases function properly before you leave.

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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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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

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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

26th 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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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



Orlando FL







Kansas City MO







Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 14








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