Charlie and I attended the NMRA National Convention, our first national, in Cleveland, OH several weeks ago. There was so much to see and do, it is hard to know where to start. Charlie had been asked by Tony Koester and Pete Magoun at last year's MCR regional in Dayton if he would present a clinic this year on creating a website for your model railroad. He agreed and did a great job. I also offered to give two clinics I had given in the past; one on track geometry and the other on streetscapes. In all, there were around 250 clinics offered from Sunday evening through Saturday morning! They ran from 9 am through 9:30 pm every day - a hard pace to keep up for an entire week. In addition, there were many bus tours to see layouts, local industries, prototype railroads and historical sites. Over 1,100 people attended the convention, including quite a few modelers from Australia, Canada and Great Britain. Here are just a few of the highlights.
All day Wednesday and Thursday, vendors and many modular layouts were setting up in the convention center exhibit hall. We eagerly awaited the opening of the show, where vendors announce their new products, on Friday morning.
I was not anticipating the many, many modular layouts that traveled to the train show. They left no doubt that modules are a serious venture requiring all the skills and imagination that larger layouts utilize.
Of course these two urban street scenes really grabbed my attention - awesome modeling!
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