NMRA Convention – Arrival Day

Not much going on today. We got into Atlanta about 2pm and went directly to the convention to check in. All went smoothly and everyone is friendly – many evening singing! Not sure about why, but at least they are happy. Only got to go to one session today, on using JMRI to generate switch-lists for operations on a small layout, but it was good. Also visited the silent auction room and placed a few bids. There were lots of great items, but since I have confined myself to a few well defined niches it makes resisting easier. I will find out in the morning if I was successful bidder on anything. And finally, as can be seen by the picture, I picked up my official convention car in N scale. Very nice indeed.

Well enjoy the pictures such as they are, I will be doing more tomorrow and hopefully have lots more to say and an increase in both the quality and quantity of pictures.

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.

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

Model Railroading in the 21st Century

OK folks, a couple of weekends ago at a local tech conference, BarCampCHS, I proposed a session called “Model Railroading for the 21st Century”. The proposal received an overwhelmingly (and surprising to me) positive response. So, I delivered it and the folks attending really seemed to enjoy it. What’s more, I know for a fact that at least one person who had no prior model railroading experience went to the local train show the next day and bought over $80 in trains to get started!

I just wanted to know what you thought of the presentation, what I might add or change, of if I should leave out anything. I plan on trying to give it some more around town to reach the uninitiated.


Model Railroading Presentation