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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 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.




March 6 and 7, 2015

Western North Carolina Model Railroaders, Inc.
26th Annual
Asheville Model Train Show

WNC Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Road
Highway #280 (Airport Road) Exit #40 off I-26
Fletcher, North Carolina 28732

Hours, Friday: Noon – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Admission: $5.00
Children under 13 with Adult: Free

Free parking — Enter Gate 5

See operating layouts in several scales — N, HO O and G. Over 180 vendor tables. All scales, all gauges, collectibles, artifacts, Thomas the Tank Engine train and run-it-yourself trains for kids, prototype exhibits.

For more information contact Fred Coleman by phone at (828) 699-0983 or by Email. or go to the show web site at http://asheville-trainshow.com.



Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Train Group of Mebane
Model Train Show and Train Sale

Historic Museum of Mebane
209 W. Jackson Street
Mebane, North Carolina 27302
(Take Exit #153 on I-85/I-40 north to Jackson Street, then turn left for 2 blocks)

Hours, Saturday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Admission: $5.00
Children under 12 with paid Adult: Free


Visit the permanent Mebane O ngauge train exhibit with 8 operating trains. Features several portable Operating Layouts amd approximately 50 Vendors.

For more information call 919-563-6171 or 336-260-4270



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March 21, 2015

7th Annual
Carolina Model Railroaders
Train Show and Swap Meet

"The Best Little Train Show in Greensboro"

Greensboro Amtrak Depot
300 East Washington Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Admission: $5.00 (Children under 12 with Adult: Free)

See the largest operating N and HO layouts in the Piedmont. Shop at 45 Vendor Tables. HO "City of Los Angeles" DCC train set and N Scale layout-on-a-door raffle. Tickets on sale now from Walt Sabin at 336-312-4198. Free parking available.
For more information send an email to carolinamodelrr@aol.com, visit the Club's web site at www.carolinamodelrr.org, or by mail at CMR, PO Box 13642, Greensboro NC 27415.



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 matt@tarheelpress.com, or click the following link: www.tarheelpress.com/Trainshow/.



Saturday May 9, 2015

8th Annual
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.

Raleigh

Cary

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.



TCA Logo

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



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

NCTM Logo

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.



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 www.greenbergshows.com

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.



Ole 97 Logo

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
Web: dsc.smv.org.

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 hmp3@blueridge.net, or by US Mail at: 1396 Spicer Cove Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

For more information go to the Club's web site at www.fdr-ntrak.com.



NRV Logo

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 http://www.nrvshow.org 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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Future
NMRA National, NTRAK & N Scale Enthusiast Conventions

Year NMRA National Convention NTRAK Convention N Scale Enthusiast

2015

Portland OR

August 23 – 30

TBD

2015

Sacremento CA

June 24 – 28

2016

Indianapolis IN

July 3 –10

TBD

2016

Kansas City, KS

June

2017

Orlando FL

July

TBD

2017

TBD

2017

2018

Kansas City MO

TBD

TBD

2018

TBD

2018

2019

Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 14

TBD

2019

TBD

2019


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