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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 2016

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

Norfolk & Western Class J #611 2016 Excursions

Spencer NC and Roanoke VA

The 611 will move from Roanoke to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in February in preparation for maintenance and its annual Federal Railway Administration inspection. Following that work, spring will see a total of four weekends of public excursions behind 611 on the Norfolk Southern system. A variety of seating options, including coach, first class, and dome cars is planned for each excursion. In addition, special appearances by 611 are being planned for Roanoke, Manassas and Danville, VA, and Spencer, NC

  • April 9, 2016 — The Virginian, Spencer, NC, to Lynchburg, VA

  • April 10, 2016 — The Blue Ridge Special, Spencer, NC, to Asheville, NC

  • April 23, 2016 — The Roanoker, Greensboro, NC to Roanoke, VA

  • April 24, 2016 – The Roanoker, Greensboro, NC to Roanoke, VA

  • May 7, 2016 — The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA

  • May 7, 2016 — The Pelican, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA

  • May 8, 2016 — The Powhatan Arrow, Roanoke, VA, to Lynchburg, VA

  • May 8, 2016 — The Pelican, Roanoke, VA, to Walton (Radford), VA

  • June 4, 2016 — The American, Manassas, VA, to Front Royal, VA, (runs once)

  • June 5, 2016 — The American, Manassas, VA, to Front Royal, VA, (runs twice)

For safety reasons, there will be no open vestibules or open vestibule windows, or photo run-bys. The public is encouraged to take pictures of 611 for personal use when the locomotive is stopped in publicly accessible locations and when it is in operation. All passengers and spectators must stay off and away from the tracks, respect Norfolk Southern and other private property, and adhere to all instructions from NS and other security personnel.

Look for an announcement soon for ticket prices, sale dates and the exciting, new train consist, which includes first class and dome seating towards the front of the train.

For more information and for tickets, prices and reservations go to

January 30 – 31, 2016

Cape Fear Model Railroad Society
18th Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale

American Legion Post 10
702 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409

This show features operating layouts (G, O, HO and N), workshops and train vendors.

Hours, Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: $5, children: $3, 5 and under free.

For more information go to

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

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 70 tables of toy trains & related Items, plus door prizes and operating layouts. Raffle prize drawing at 3:00pm.

Kids Train Races — bring your favorite racing engine.

3:00pm Raffle Prize Drawing: Lionel Steel Set #6-11912.

Greensboro Shrine Club
5010 High Point Road
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm
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

February 19 – 21, 2016

21st Annual
Carolina Coastal Railroaders Model Train Show

Riverfront Convention Centere
203 E. Front Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560

Hours, Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission: $6.00
Children under 12 with Adult: Free
Ticket good for both days.

See ten operating layouts in N, HO, S, O, Standard Gauge and G scales, and Thomas and Friends. New and used model railroad equipment available. There are hourly door prize drawings. Concessions available.

For more information call (252) 474-4153 or go to the Club's web site at

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March 5 – 6, 2016

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show

Location: Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Hours, both days: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $9.00, Children under 12 free.
More information at

Greenberg's Train & Toy Show is a traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200–500 tables of train dealers offering everything from ... HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Hobby Tools, Die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana, Slides, T-shirts, Videos, Railroad Gift Items, Books, Photos, and more. 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 layouts for the entire family to enjoy. Informative presentations are offered on a variety of model railroad and toy train topics. If you're looking to dispose of an old toy train, this is the perfect place. You can get appraisals and get offers from multiple dealers under one roof.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

South Carolina Trade Shows
Columbia SC Train Show

South Carolina Trade Shows travel across South Carolina providing the public with vendors with a wide variety of different types of shows. These shows consists of "Model Train Shows" and "Toys & Hobby" and "Home Decor".

This show features over 160 tables of toy trains & related Items, all gauges. Large kids area. Thomas the Tank Engine. Ride Choo Choo the Train.

National Guard Armory
1225 Bluff Road
Columbia SC 29201

Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Admission: 12 years and up: $5.00
Under 12 with adult — Free

For more information visit the web-site at

March 19, 2016

8th Annual
Carolina Model Railroaders
Train Show and Swap Meet

"The Greatest Little Train Show in Greensboro"

Greensboro Amtrak Depot, West Concourse
300 East Washington Street
P.O. Box 13642
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 Walter Sabin at 336-312-4198. Free parking available.
For more information send an email to, visit the Club's web site at, or by mail at CMR, PO Box 13642, Greensboro NC 27415.

June 29 — July 3, 2016


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N Scale Enthusiast
24rd Annual
National N Scale Convention

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park KS 66211

There will be a Public Train Show on July 1 – 2, 2016.

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 later this Fall.

Visit the Convention web-site at

August 6, 2016

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





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NMRA National, NTRAK & N Scale Enthusiast Conventions

Year NMRA National Convention NTRAK Convention N Scale Enthusiast


Indianapolis IN

July 3 –10



Kansas City, KS

June 29 – July 3


Orlando FL







Kansas City MO







Salt Lake City UT

July 7 – 14






St. Louis MO









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Last updated: Saturday February 6, 2016


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