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.

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



Event Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:00pm - Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

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.

Preliminary Schedule (Updated 3/1/2018)

This is a preliminary schedule. As we move closer to the Convention date. More detailed information will be added.





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 Contest Entry Form #901 and Contest Judges Score Sheet #902. The Judged Photograph Contest will require a completed Contest Entry Form #901. The Achievement Program Judging will require a completed Contest Entry Form #901 and appropriate Achievement Program Assessment  Form. The above contests will be judged following NMRA Contest Rules and SER Contest guidelines.

The theme for the Popular Vote contest is “Logging in The Western North Carolina Mountains ”. Entries maybe models, photographs, art or crafts that relate to any aspect of WNC Logging Industry. All entries in the Popular Vote Contest will require a completed Contest Entry Form #901.
Popular Vote Models and Photographs may be entered in the appropriate Judged Contest if accompanied by the additional Forms required for Judged Contests.

Activities of Interest

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 line, an historic section of railroad located in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  CML operates approximately 3.45 miles of rail line known as the Asheville to Craggy Branch, which is part of the former Southern Railroad located in Woodfin Township, Buncombe County, NC.


Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is located in the heart of Bryson City, NC just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This scenic rail excursions take you from the historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. They are one of the top Fun things to do in North Carolina for families. Dine in the First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola!       

Home Layout Tours

Due to the mountainous region of the area, all layouts visits will be done using your own GPS device or self-generated computer maps. 

Non-Rail Activities

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

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