Tracks to the Triangle
   Mid-Eastern Region 2016 NMRA Convention
   Thursday October 20 - Sunday October 23, 2016

Carolina Piedmont Division ( will build on the very successful conventions that we hosted in Cary in

2005 and 2011. We are planning to incorporate a Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) room at the convention.
We now have the custom Hotel Registration link here:
Last day to book: 9/30/16 at the special $99.99/night rate.

Make your plans now to join us next Fall from October 20 – 23, 2016 at Tracks to the Triangle in Durham, NC.

Check out our PowerPoint presentation here--> Tracks to the Triangle Presentation
Click here for our Flyer to hand out--> Tracks to the Triangle Flyer

Recent Announcements

  • October 14th is last day to sign up for Dinner Banquet
    Track to the Triangle dinner banquet - last day to sign up for the banquet is Friday, October 14th.
    See here for more information on the Dinner Banquet:

    Posted by Rob Rousseau
  • MER Convention Update Aug. 22nd
    1. Dick Buchan's op session has sold out.
    2. Chuck Batherson's op session has sold out.
    3. Dave Koss' op session has sold out.
    4. Friday's Tichy Train Group tour has sold out, but there are openings for the Tichy tour on Saturday. 
    5. New Layout Tours Schedule revision has now been posted.
    6. New Clinic by Bob Weinheimer has been added to the Clinic Schedule.
    7. New Registration documents have now been posted (updated Aug. 20th).

      August 31 is the last day for $45.00 Early Registration. On September 1st registration will be $50.00 for NMRA members. Register Today!
    Posted Aug 22, 2016, 1:03 PM by Rob Rousseau
  • Lou Sassi Clinics Updated
    Clinic Descriptions has been updated for the two clinics by Lou Sassi.

    Sassi, Lou
    Adding Detail to Increase Realism (All New!)
    Lou explains various techniques and materials he uses to build his trackwork, scenic features (such as trees and rockwork), structures and vehicles that gives them purpose on the layout, improves their appearance and adds to their realism. Preeminent modeler, photographer and author. See actual scenery work and techniques by this noted Kalmbach books and articles author.

    Sassi, Lou
    Fields and Fences
    Lou will discuss the materials, tools, and techniques he utilizes, in both HO and O scales, to model various types of fences, walls, woods, fields, and rocks. He will begin by demonstrating-via video-the components and mixing of “Ground Goop”, the basis for all his finished scenery.

    The video will be accompanied by a step-by- step Keynote presentation of the aforementioned subject matter. He will also explain the unique features of “Ground Goop’ and how they allow the user to create scenic effects not attainable with other mediums.  Noted Kalmbach Author, see live techniques by the master of scenery from his books and articles.
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 6:49 AM by Rob Rousseau
  • MER Convention Update

    In less than 100 days, Tracks to the Triangle, the 2016 MER convention will offer attendees a variety of prototype tours and events that are certain to educate, entertain you and inspire your modeling.

    • Tour a 1911 Pullman sleeper, The Villa Real, undergoing restoration by her owner in downtown Raleigh next door to the restored Seaboard Coastline station.  

    • Visit the New Hope Valley Railroad in historic Bonsal NC. NHRV operates restored prototype locomotives and rolling stock over 6.5 miles of track. Equipment includes General Electric and Whitcomb diesel-electric locomotives, a tank (0-4-0) steam locomotive, and passenger and freight cars. In addition to offering rides aboard the restored equipment, NHVR is also an open- air museum with a number of current and future restoration projects available for up-close inspection and photography.  It also boasts a G-scale model garden railroad,  with miniature trains that run on more than 1000 feet of track complete with tunnels, bridges, plants, trees, houses, churches and even its own engine house.

    • The Tichy Train Group factory in nearby Burlington offers MER convention attendees a chance to get a behind the scenes look at a one of today’s finest manufacturers of craftsman styrene rolling stock kits and detail parts for cars and structures.

     All prototype tours are available for a nominal extra fare when you register for Tracks to The Triangle on the convention website, . The prototype section of the website includes additional information and more photos of each tour as well as links to other self-guided railfan attractions in The Triangle area. Plenty of tickets are still available for the Villa Real and New Hope Valley Railroad tours. Tichy Train Group tickets are going fast, but limited tickets are still available.

    We look forward to seeing you at Tracks to the Triangle, October 20-23 2016 being held at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC!

    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 11:57 AM by Rob Rousseau
  • RPM room, Clinic and Layout Tours Updated
    A page for the RPM Room has been created and new Clinic and Layout Tours schedules have now been posted.

    Posted Jul 18, 2016, 7:14 AM by Rob Rousseau
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