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MER Convention Update

posted Jul 28, 2016, 11:53 AM by Rob Rousseau   [ updated Jul 28, 2016, 11:57 AM ]

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,www.mer2016.org . 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!