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Welcome!

The Mon Valley Model Railroad Club of West Virginia and Division Two of the NMRA-MCR invite you to the Mountain State Express 2006 NMRA-MCR Regional Convention. I’m Convention Chairman Michael Hohn and I welcome you to browse through the pages of information on this upcoming event set for April 27th through April 30th in Morgantown, W. Va. We are compiling activities to inspire model railroaders; clinics, tours, model displays and contests, a festive banquet, and local layouts to keep you busy. Check the menu links to the left for details on registration, the host hotel, convention activities, local rail attractions, and of course how to get to one of America’s most livable cities so you can enjoy this event.
Mountain State Express Convention Chairman, Michael Hohn, MMR
 
 

This is not the first time an NMRA regional convention has been held in Morgantown. We last organized a regional event in 1999 that attracted 200 people from surrounding states and as far as the mid-west. This time around, we have a larger facility in the Radisson Hotel at Waterfront Place, located on the banks of the Monongahela River with an easy view of a joint CSX and Norfolk Southern rail line. A bustling downtown with several eating establishments is located nearby, along with shopping centers to accommodate other needs.

 
 

UPDATES!

4/21/2005 - The Clinic Schedule is now posted! As always, this is subject to change.
                 - Updated details for Non-Rail activites.
                 - As we are now less than a week to the event, we have removed the registration form from the web site. Postal delivery may not get registrations to the registrar before the event begins. If you desire to add a tour, you may review the possibilities at the registration table when you arrive. There are now waitlists for the P4 and P6 tours, and the Operating Session. Tour P2 is closed as there is not enough time to process new registrants on the required security check. All other tours have seats available at this time.
                 - Don't forget we offer a model display area. More details on the Models page.

4/17/2005 - We have added a new tour! Keith Mason's full-size narrow gauge railroad is now available for a Saturday afternoon visit. More details are on the Tours page.
                 - Updated details for the Sunday self-guided laout tour. Check the Layouts page.
                 - Updated clinician list and titles on the Clinics page.
                 - There is no White Elephant Sale or Silent Auction planned for the event. The Company Store will be open and a bulletin board will be available in this area for attendees to post sale items. Personal items will not be sold at the Company Store, but sale notices can be posted on the bulletin board here.

4/2/2006 - Well, we have a few updates for you.
                - Our banquet speaker will be David E. Gratz, former General manager of the Monongahela Railway and co-author of "The Monongahela Railway: It's History and Operation 1903-1993". He will be presenting a historical review of this coal hauling line that operated between Fairmont, W. Va., and Brownsville, Penna.
                - Updated clinician list and titles on the Clinics page.
                - A special HO scale Morgantown & Kingwood Railroad hopper car is being produced in conjunction with the convention. More details can be found here. If you are attending the convention, you can use the registration form to place an order. If you are not attending, please use the order form at the website noted above.

2/22/2006 - Model and Photo contest details posted to the Models page. Model display details
                   are also noted.

2/2/2006 - Tour page updated with descriptions and costs.
                - Full registration form now available on the Registration page.
                - Updated clinician list and titles on the Clinics page.
                - Initial details posted to the Non-Rail page.
                - One-day registration rate added to the Registration page.

12/6/2005 - Family registration cost is now $10 per family member attending the event. Check the
                            Registration page for the downloadable early registration form.
                  - Rough details of prototype tours added to the Tours page.
                  - Several clinician names have been added to the Clinics page.

Make your plans to join us from April 27 to 30, 2006, for the Mountain State Express!
Click on the Registration link for more details.

Getting Here
Morgantown is accesible from the rest of the Mid-Central Region and is an easy drive from many eastern cities. Click on the map for more details.
Here is a map of the Morgantown area. The Radisson Hotel is located at the red X near the center of the map. Click on the map for more details.