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10-19-16 Notes to Convention Attendees

posted Oct 19, 2016, 6:54 PM by Rob Rousseau   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 6:18 AM ]

You will soon be on your way to Durham, North Carolina; actually some of you are already on the way as we have attendees coming from the West Coast and the Midwest. Here is some of what you can expect on Thursday.

·         Registration opens at 4pm. Registrar Bill Grosse and his team have prepared packets that include

o        registration badge

o        any prepaid breakfast tickets that you might have purchased

o        banquet ticket if you are attending

o        extra fare tour venue tickets (Tichy, Pullman, Art Museum, New Hope Valley Railroad)

·         You will also receive

o        Convention shirt if ordered

o        Convention Guide that contains

§         schedule of events

§         hotel floor plan

§         Silent Auction procedures

§         Clinic descriptions

o          Layout Tours Guide

§         Layout tour etiquette tips

§         Open house schedule

§         Operating sessions schedule

§         Two pages of layout map locations

§         Layout descriptions

·         You will see two layouts set up in the hotel’s public areas

o        Carolina Piedmonts Division’s Holiday Trains for Kids raffle layout 

o        Gene Sing, MMR’s museum layout

·         We have seven hours of clinics running from 7:15pm to 10:45pm

·         The Mid-Eastern Region has its traditional Board of Director’s meeting at 7:15pm in Edison C. This meeting is open to all members.

·         Please have your badge visible at all times for entry to clinics, RPM room, Contest room, Silent Auction room, layout and prototype tours, Board of Director’s meeting and the Annual Business Meeting.

·         Convention volunteers from the Carolina Piedmont Division will be wearing easily identifiable gray polo shirts. We are available to assist if you have any questions.

The following layouts are open for tours on Thursday. You may enjoy visiting these layouts without your convention badge if you visit before checking in at the registration at the Marriott.

1.       Charlie Rausch’s Rio Grande Southern 1-5pm and 7-10pm

2.       Joe Gibson’s Chamberwell RR 1-8pm

3.       Ken Reising’s Southern Pacific 1-5pm 6-9pm

4.       Chuck Batherson’s Blue Ridge & White Mountain 1-5pm

5.       Mike Pennie’s PennCentral 1-5pm

6.       Hayes Hobby House multi-scale layout 1-5pm

a.       809 Elm Street, Fayetteville

7.       Dan Fisher’s Norfolk & Western 6-9pm

8.       Vinny DeRobertis’ New York Central 7-10pm

9.      Carolina Model Railroaders 7-8:30pm

a.       300 East Washington Street, Greensboro

All of our operating callboards and Saturday Tichy tours have been fully subscribed, but we still have limited availability for the caboose ride, the Pullman restoration tour and the art museum tour. We also have two Friday Tichy tour openings. Please see the web site for details on these events.

One of the more popular offerings at MER conventions is the Silent Auction. Please check out the Raffle / Silent Auction tab on If you have items to sell you will want to follow the instructions and complete the form on the web site. Preparing your list in advance will save everyone time.

New this year is our Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) room. Bring your prototype rolling stock, locomotives, vehicles and structures whether completed or under construction for display.

Don’t forget the Contest Room. This staple of MER conventions always presents an exhibition of the work of the Region’s finest modelers. Finish up that paperwork and bring your models in for Achievement Program evaluation and consideration for many of the special awards.

Check our website for the latest announcements. We look forward to seeing you soon. Safe travels.