SER 2018 Convention - Blue Ridge Rails

Come to the mountains in Western NC for a great weekend with model train clinics, prototype tours, home layout tours and operation sessions at the Blue Ridge Rails Convention. 

The Convention is being held at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center at 91 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.


  • Thursday May, 24, registration is from Noon until 5 PM, operation session and home layout tours.
  • Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, Clinics, operation Sessions, home layout tours and banquet.
  • There will be several operation sessions, Thursday, Friday, Satruday and Sunday.

Convention Committee Contacts

Convention Chairman, Fred Coleman, 828-699-0983,

Clinics, Greg Williams, 678-974-9091,

Contest, Ben Bartlett MMR, 828-883-2799,

Home Layouts, Bill Raymond, 828-513-5051,

Operating Sessions, Chuck Place, 828-685-2726,

Proto Type Tours, Ken O'Brien, 828-696-9436,

Proto Type Tours, Dave Simmons, 828-890-8183,

 Registrar/Treasurer, Ray Baldwin, 607-727-9694,

 Webmaster, Mike Nicoletti, 828-595-4887,

Convention Registration

The Bethea Welcome Center is a multipurpose building that serves as a welcome center for the region and location for lodging and event registration. This center will be the registration point for the convention as well.  Registrants will need to pick up their convention packets containing name tags, event tickets and tee shirts.


A rate of $120/Night has been given for the (Host Hotel) Terrace Hotel and $99/Night for the Lambuth Inn. For reservations call 800-222-4930 and mention the special NMRA rate.The online code for registering at either hotel at Lake Junaluska is now 1433.


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. You will also be asked to select your Payment method. You can pay by PayPal or by Credit/Debit card. 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 complete it, the form is at the bottom of this page.

If you need assistance please contact the Registrar at email:


  • Home Layout Tours
  • Clinics
  • Contests
  • Non-Rail Activities
  • Operation Sessions



Printable Registration Forms

You may not want to utilize the online Registration form so we supplied you with a printable form. Just click on the pdf. Open the form and print it out and complete. Mail the form with a check to the address listed on the bottom of the form.

Clinic Schedule (Updated 5/6/2018) Click Here for More Information

This is the Clinic schedule. As we move closer to the Convention date,  additional detailed information will be added.

Contests (Click Here for More Info)

Judged Model and Photo contests will be held, as well as Achievement Program judging and Popular Vote contest.

The Judged model contest will require completed

Activities of Interest (Click Here for More Info)

Craggy Mountain Line, Inc. is a non-profit organization which was formed in 2001 in order to acquire the last three miles of the Craggy Mountain

Home Layout Tours (Click Here for More Info)

Blue Ridge Rails Layout Tour Descriptions

Non-Rail Activities

See the attached .pdf for many interesting things to do while you are visiting Western North Carolina.


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