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.

1 month ago

Birmingham famously has more canals than Venice so consider taking a boat trip on your visit.

2 months ago

It’s football season now but there may be some pre-season friendlies you can visit in the summer when the convention is running.

2 months ago

When it’s cold outside, it’s time for a nice cuppa.
We’ll be offering a traditional afternoon tea for anyone wanting to try this typically British custom.

2 months ago

I’m in misty Birmingham to talk to hotels about the convention.

2 months ago

Birmingham was chosen as the convention location as it’s in the middle of the country with great public transport links to the rest of the country and the Continent.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Happy New Year!

We look forward to sharing more about our exciting convention over the next year.

It will be a big year for us as we finally open up registrations in the summer at the NNRA ... See more

3 months ago

Happy Christmas from all of us organising the NMRA 2022 Convention.

3 months ago
Birmingham city centre tram extension opens to passengers ahead of schedule - West Midlands Metro


The latest extension to the Midland Metro light rail system has recently opened. The line now runs through to The Library via The Town Hall and Symphony ... See more

Two more Birmingham city centre tram stops have today been opened to passengers.

3 months ago

Early morning train trips will get you all over the country!

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