Sunday 14 August to Sunday 21 August 2022

The NMRA National Convention is an opportunity to see the best in modelling from across the United Kingdom and further afield. There will be a full week of train and model related activities, time to be a tourist and all finished off with a large model railway exhibition or train show.

If you have never been to a model railway convention before then you are in for a treat. You can choose to come for the whole week to get the full effect or choose to dip in or out for a few days. You will want to see the Train Show.

The week starts on Sunday 14th August 2022 with welcome activities and the next 5 days are jam-packed full of clinics, layout tours, prototype tours, general interest and tourist tours, special presentations and displays.

Whatever your interest, whether UK railways, US or wider afield, there will be something of interest to you.  Check out the relevant pages for more details on clinics, tours, hotels, train show and check our FAQ.

The convention will be attended by NMRA members and model railroaders/railway modellers at large from across the world. Not only do you have the chance to see layouts and railways you’ve never seen before, we’ll also arrange social events so you can meet up and make new friends.

Registration FAQ

Can I register for one day, two days, three days during the convention?

Attendees coming for a full week will be able to register for the week.  Day attendees will be able to buy a clinic and on site activities ticket.

Do you need to be a member of the NMRA to register for the convention?

No, you do not need to be a member of the NMRA to register for and attend the convention. Only NMRA members may enter the model and photo contests but all are welcome for the non-judged celebration of models.

I find I can’t attend the convention. How do I cancel my convention registration?

There will be a refund policy issued once registrations open.

What is the difference between Primary Registrant and Companion registrations?

The primary registrant is the party interested in the rail element of the convention. There must be a primary registrant for every family. A companion registrant and/or a family registrant is a family member, living at the same address, who is registering with the primary registrant and is therefore eligible for a reduced registration rate. All registrants are equally eligible to participate in any clinics, tours or other activities, except that entries into the model and photo contests must come from NMRA members.

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Brindley Place is right next to the planned location of the convention hotel and is full of restaurants plus a great view of the canal.

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Photos from NMRA 2022 Convention - Birmingham, UK's post

I went to 3DMeetup in Birmingham today. We hope to have some workshops and clinics in 3D printing or whatever the latest thing is in 2022.
Yes, R2D2 was 3D printed in life size.

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Crich Tramway Village - Crich Tramway Village

Our trips will be many and varied - prototype, heritage, museums, models and the like. One of the trips we are currently planning is to the Tramway Museum.
https://www.tramway.co.uk

A great day out for all the family, including your dog! Be transported back in time on our vintage trams. Soak up the atmosphere in our period street with a visit to the shops and take refreshments ... See more

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Photos from NMRA 2022 Convention - Birmingham, UK's post

Birmingham library is well worth a visit with stunning architecture, great city views and the memorial Shakespeare room. I think they lend books too.

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Booming Birmingham

Birmingham - right in the heart of England.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJWx2LhOxkM

Why is now an exciting time for the UK's second-largest city?

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HS2 fly-through of the Phase One route between Birmingham and London

Preparatory works are in place for the UK's latest High Speed Line running from London to Birmingham. This is a video representation showing the route.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bkoGvw9kbA

The HS2 fly-through animation of the Phase One route between Birmingham Curzon Street and London Euston was developed by HS2 Ltd using the project’s engineer...

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Birmingham New Street station timelapse - five years in five minutes

Birmingham New Steet is the main railway station in Birmingham - it was recently rebuilt. See this timelapse of the reconstruction and modernisation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p-NdyYLkUg

The station now boasts brighter, airier platforms, and a concourse five--times bigger than London Euston’s, underneath a spectacular new atrium roof which fl...

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Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala 2018

We are planning a number of trips to various heritage steam railways - The Severn Valley Railway being one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTkIIzLJOWU

Fresh from overhaul LMS 4-6-2 6233 Duchess of Sutherland was the star attraction of the SVR's 2018 Autumn Steam Gala alongside Q6 63395 from the NYMR/NELPG, ...

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It will be cricket season in August 2022 so consider catching part of a game on your trip.

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(4K). 46233 Duchess Of Sutherland With The Great Britain XI at Somerton and Puriton 27.04.19

Mainline steam. This is a recent amateur video shot by an enthusiast of one of many mainline steam trains. The NMRA Birmingham 2022 Convention Committee are currently in negotiations with operators ... See more

What A Beauty..... Duchess Of Sutherland Does a splendid job on the Great Britain XI on Day 2.. Today’s run was from Plymouth to Bishops Lydeard Via Bristol ...

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