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.

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

A taste of some of the London rail terminals - earlier today: London Kings Cross, London Paddington and London Waterloo.

3 weeks ago
Birmingham Back to Backs

This National Trust site in Birmingham is well worth a visit to see how folk lived in the 19th Century in houses around a common courtyard.

The National Trust's Birmingham Back to Backs, West Midlands, is the last surviving court of back-to-back houses in Birmingham.

1 month ago
The Shakespeare Express

This should be running both Sundays on the convention so factor it into your plans.

The Shakespeare Express makes two round trips each day calling at the following stations: Birmingham Snow Hill Birmingham Moor Street Tyseley Stratford-upon-Avon

1 month ago
New railroad proving ground to open in England | Trains Magazine

High Speed Rail is a big topic in the UK at the moment and a lot of construction will be going on in Birmingham when the convention is on. ... See more

New railroad proving ground to open in England

1 month ago

Come see and hear a great modeller Gordon Gravett in 2022.

1 month ago

We’re looking forward to meeting and chatting to you all next month in Salt Lake City. Atlantic Director Mike Arnold and 2022 team members will have brochures and be pleased to talk about what we ... See more

The official page for the National Model Railroad Association 2019 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago
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.

3 months ago
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.

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

3 months ago
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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