By STEVE WILLIS/Cowcatcher Magazine
Many model railroad and rail enthusiasts have plans to attend an upcoming regional NMRA convention. Whether it’s the Mid-Continent Region Convention in Omaha, the Lone Star Region meet in Arlington, TX, or the Rocky Mountain Region Convention in Colorado Springs, there’s plenty to get excited about.
These conventions offer a world of attractions. Well-known modelers who can help you do anything from painting locomotives to scratch building turnouts are ready to teach. Contests spotlight exquisite models that have taken months to build, all vying for Best in Show. Friendships are made and renewed.
Personally, I love the layout tours. Building a layout is the ultimate expression of model railroading. It demonstrates skill plus shows the hobby’s dynamic nature: running trains.
A regional convention features the best examples of the layout art. Visiting famous layouts is too good to pass up. Seeing a railroad like the Virginian and Ohio is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It looks every bit as good right there in front of you as it does in the model railroad press.