2019 SER Convention - Choo Choo City Rails

A news conference was held on January 31st in Chattanooga to announce that the Riverbend Festival, one of the country's oldest festival in it's 35th year, has moved their program to the same dates as our convention.  In addition to attending a great convention those attendees who would like to attend both events will have that opportunity.  Our convention hotel is 4 blocks from the Chattanooga's riverfront where the Riverbend Festival will be held.  On Friday evening Keith Urban will be the star attraction with many more to be announced.  On Saturday evening after the banquet attendees who decide to walk down near the river will be treated to a huge fireworks show that the Riverbend Festival puts on at the conclusion of the festival.  The Choo Choo City Rails Convention activities should not be impacted by the Festival as all of the performances are in the evening after sunset.

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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.

Accommodations

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. 

You can go to the general reservation page for the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Chattanooga or call the hotel directly at (423) 756-5150.

Bring the family and let them enjoy the "Scenic City" while you enjoy your SER convention.  The DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

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

Clinics

The SER Convention will have over 40 clinics on a variety of topics.  The Clinics Page contains a reference guide of the clinicians and the title of their clinic.  See the downloadable clinic schedule for date and times of the clinics:.

Go to the Clinics Page for more details

Clinicians

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

Several of Chattanooga’s major industries, many that are rail served will be available as part of the Prototype/Industrial Tours. Tours include ADM’s trans-load facility, Buzzi Unicem  (Signal Mt Cement), Kamatsu, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Excursion, and JIT Steel Services.

The industry tours will be accessed by chartered bus only, individual vehicles will not be allowed on industry property.  The industry tours are not handicapped accessible .

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

Sponsors / Acknowledgement Page

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