2019 SER Convention - Choo Choo City Rails

The Cherokee Division is working hard, putting together what will be a great 2019 SER Convention in Chattanooga, TN.

The Choo Choo City Rails SER Convention will be held May 30- June 2, 2019. Chattanooga is rich in railroad history. From the Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War to Glenn Miller’s "Chattanooga Choo Choo," railroads have played an important part in its development.

Great clinics are planned with Pelle Søeborg (banquet speaker), Cody Grivno, Stephen Priest, Matt Herman, Lance Mindheim, the owners of ScaleTrains.com, and many others.

Plans are ongoing with several of Chattanooga's major industries for prototype tours including Portland Cement, the TVRM Backshop, VW Auto Loading Terminal, ADM's trans-load facility, Astec Industries, and JIT Steel Services. There will also be home layout tours and operating sessions to choose from.

Thursday, prior to the convention, ScaleTrains.com is sponsoring a trip on the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Hiwassee River Rail Excursion. and a catered BBQ lunch at their Benton, TN headquarters. Join Pelle, Cody, Stephen, Matt, Lance and the ScaleTrains.com crew for a great train ride. For more information, pricing, and to register for this event, click here. The Sunday following the convention, join ScaleTrains.com in Dalton, GA at the NS/CSX diamond next to the freight station.

There are world famous attractions such as Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway. Ride the trains at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum or view the sights atop Lookout Mountain; the Tennessee Aquarium; ride the Southern Belle Riverboat. Bring the family, come early, stay late and enjoy all that Scenic City has to offer.

  • Thursday May 30, ScaleTrains.com will be sponsoring the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Hiwassee River Rail Excursion with a catered BBQ lunch.  Click here for more information.
  • Thursday May 30, registration is from 5 PM until 9 PM, operating session.
  • Friday May 31, Clinics, operation Sessions, home layout tours, and Prototype/Industrial Tours.
  • Saturday June 1, Clinics, home layout tours, Eagle Point Live Steam tour, Tennessee Railroad Museum rides backshop tour, and banquet.
  • Sunday, June 2, Home Layout tours, operating sessions, and railfanning at the NS/CSX diamond in Dalton, GA.


The SER Convention Headquarters will be the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Chattanooga.  The hotel will be the center of activity for the convention.  Clinics and the banquet will be held at the hotel, as well as all layout and prototype tours will originate from the hotel.  Convention attendees will pick up their convention packets containing name tags, banquet meal ticket, and  pre-ordered convention shirts at the SER Registration Table at the hotel.

The DoubleTree offers upscale amenities, decor, and spacious meeting rooms and is centrally located and within walking distance of attractions including the Aquarium, Children's Creative Discovery Museam, and a one block walk to the FREE downtown shuttle.  The surrounding area is loaded with excellent dining choices. 

We have secured a very attractive SER convention rate that is available both a few days before and after the convention.  Bring the family and let them enjoy the "Scenic City" while you enjoy your SER convention.

Hotel reservations must be made separately from the convention registration. 

To go directly to the hotel registration page that includes the negotiated rate click here.


You can go to the general reservation page for the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Chattanooga or call the hotel directly at (423) 756-5150.  Use group name - "2019 NMR SER Convention" or group code - "NMR", to receive the convention rate.

Online Registration

Click on Online Registration above. Make sure that all required fields are filled out. If you change your mind and do not want to enter any information go to the bottom of the form and click on Reset.

Once you have entered all of the information click on Submit. This will bring up a second page where you can confirm your entries. Once Confirmed you will be taken to PayPal to select your Payment method. You can pay by PayPal or by Credit/Debit card through the PayPal website. Note you can use your browser back arrow to return to this page.

Note: If you would prefer to print out a Registration form and mail it in with a check, the form can be found here.  Printable Registration Form.

If you need assistance please contact the Registrar at email: choochoocityrails@gmail.com


The Clinics page contains a working list of the Clinicians, a pleliminary clinic schedule, and the potential clinics to be presented.

Go to the Clinics Page for more details


The Clinicians Page contains a brief biogrophy of the Clinicians presenting during the conference.

Go to the Clinicians Page for more details

Prototype / Industrial Tours

No convention in Chattanooga would be complete without a visit to The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Plans are being finalized for a group visit that would include the static displays, a train ride thru historic Missionary Ridge and a behind the scenes “back shop tour”. Discussions are ongoing with several of Chattanooga’s major industries, many that are rail served. Prospective tours include VW auto loading terminal, ADM’s trans-load facility, Signal Mt. Cement, Astec Industries and Kamatsu.  Additional details and registration for these extra fare activities will be added to the website in early 2019.

Go to the Prototype/Industrial Tours Page for more details

Home Layout Tours

Many Home Layouts will be available to tour.

Go to the Home Layout Tours Page for more details


Sponsors / Acknowledgement Page

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