National Train Show and NMRA Convention 2013

The National Train Show 2013 will be in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend, July 17 to 19. This is the annual train show which goes along with the NMRA, National Model Railroad Association, convention each year.

National Train ShowThere will be over 35,000 feet of modular train layouts operating plus lots of railroad collectibles, model dealers, clubs, etc… Check out this flyer for more information.

I will be there from Wednesday to Thursday, and will be helping out at the Atlantic Coast Line / Seaboard Air Line Historical Society booth on Saturday some. The ACL & SAL HS will be in booths 142-143.

If you are there, please find me and say “Hi!”, or let me know where you will be and I will find you. And, of course, I should be posting lots of pictures.

Oh, my wife Nancy is going too, but expect to find her by the hotel pool, at the local area thrift and antique shopping spots, and generally trying not to be too associated with all the geeky train folk. I appreciate her coming along on this and putting up with all the train talk.

10th Annual North Carolina Model Train And Railroad Artifact Show & Sale

The 10th Annual North Carolina Model Train And Railroad Artifact Show & Sale
Date: June 22, 2013
Hours: Are 9:00 AM To 4:00 PM

Train ShowWhere:
Metrolina Expo Trade Center – Building 1
7100 Statesville Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28269

Admission: $7.00 (Children Under 12 Free)
Over 200 Tables of Model Trains And Railroad Collectibles For Sale. Golden Spike’s Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show and Sale, Including Operating Layouts

For Show Information, Contact:
Charlie Miller
Web Site:

Presenting on WordPress Security

WordPress User Group Security PresentationJust wanted to let you all know that I will be speaking at the May WordPress User Group meeting on WordPress Security. Since WordPress enjoys the position of being one of the most widely used web platforms, it is also one of the most attacked. This has become particularly clear with the DNS and dictionary attack over the last month.

We will look at the basics of WP security touching on everything from file permissions and user accounts to preventing script injection and backup procedures to protect your blog from hacking or downtime.

The May meetup of the User Group will be held on May 14 at The Flagship on the corner of Calhoun and East Bay, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and feature 2 presentations. For more information, visit the WordPress User Group of Charleston’s site.

2013 NMRA Convention in Atlanta

NMRA 2013 ConventionThe 2013 convention of the National Model Railroad Association will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 14 through the 20th. I am very happy to report that I will be attending at least from Thursday the 17th on.  Earlier depends on work and wife and funds and life in general. There will be layout tours, workshops, seminars, displays, and just all kind of good model railroad stuff. And some prototype railroading too!

The show will be held in Marietta, which is in Northwest Atlanta, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. As always, the even also coincides with the National Train Show. The National Train Show® was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading.  The National Train Show offers convention attendees the opportunity to meet vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers of the hobby industry. Many manufacturers also unveil new products at the Show.

Southern Railway Model

Savannah Prototype Modeler’s Meet in April

Savannah Prototype Modeler's MeetIn case anyone is in the area. I am not associated and have never been before, but will be doing my best to get there this year.

The Savannah Prototype Modeler’s Meet is an annual event to showcase prototype models and for modelers to meet and socialize. Held in Port Wentworth, just outside of Savannah, the Meet attracts modelers from around the Southeast and beyond. All are welcome to attend, whether you have models to display or simply wish to learn.

The 2013 Meet will be held on April 4-6, 2013 at the Port Wentworth, Georgia Community Center. Thursday afternoon will be setup, with dinner and a slideshow later. The Meet begins Friday at 9am, with clinics and models all day, finishing with slideshows after dinner. Saturday opens at 9am with a door prize drawing after lunch. The Meet concludes at 5pm with dinner and more slides to follow.

For more information, hit the The Savannah Prototype Modeler’s Meet website.