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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NMRA National Convention 2019 Salt Lake City 150th Golden Spike

Ever wonder what happens at the NMRA Convention ? There is a great video from TSG Multimedia that will tell you a lot about what to expect and what great benefits it can bring to you and the people ... See more

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You get a great view of the museum at Didcot as you pass on the train. We’ll be running a tour here as it’s fascinating and even has broad and dual gauge track.

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For those less interested in railways, there are some great shopping opportunities including a few smaller quirky shops.

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Transport of Yesteryear Through the Lens

What a display of speed and power today, from A4 No. 60009 'Union of South Africa', as she hauls the Swanage Belle railtour.
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1 month ago

There are hundreds of preserved railways in the UK and we’ll be taking you to some of the local ones.

This is the Severn Valley Railway which you can get to by local trains from the convention.

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Don’t forget to try a good cup of English tea when you visit...

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

The Severn Valley is a great day trip out and will be a tour at our convention.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs

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

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The Shakespeare Express

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

http://vintagetrains.co.uk/the-shakespeare-express

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

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