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2023 Mid Central NMRA Regional Convention

The Convention will be from May 4 through 7, 2023, sponsored by the Keystone Division of the NMRA, Mid-Central Region, at the Doubletree by Hilton at Cranberry, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA, 16046.

Clinics - Tours - Contests - Non-Rail Activities - Layout Tours - Banquet - White Elephant Tables - Door Prizes - Railfanning

Our convention hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton at Cranberry, is conveniently located within easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79 just north of Pittsburgh. You can visit the city, see Station Square, ride the Duquesne or Monongahela Inclines, railfan and enjoy the area. You are just 15 minutes from Norfolk Southern Mainline and 20 minutes from CSX Mainline.

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If you have any questions regarding the convention, please contact by e-mail .

Volunteers Needed
Help Make This Convention A Great Experience For All

The full line-up of activities being offered promises to make the 2023 MCR Convention a memorable one for all attendees. Much planning and pre-work has taken place to make sure there's plenty to do over the four days. To assure everything falls into place and runs smoothly, we need the help of volunteers on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Many Division 2 members have already stepped-up and agreed to help. That's where the old expression, "the more the merrier" comes into play.

We want to be certain there are enough volunteers on-hand to share the duties, so no one misses a clinic or activity they want to attend. \ With that being said, how about offering a little of your time to help us? As an added benefit, you will earn "volunteer" hours toward your NMRA Association Volunteer Certificate!

There are several areas that you can we can use help:

Convention Volunteers:
  • No experience is necessary, but there are plenty of members throughout the region who have assisted in past conventions. We'll need help in the Vendor Room, White Elephant Room, Attendee Assistance and Registration.
  • Send an e-mail to¬† .
Model Contest Volunteers:
  • Judges: We need members that have served as a judge in at least one NMRA sponsored Model Contest.
  • Clerical Staff: We need members to help check in models and complete the required paperwork.
  • Contest Room Security: We also members to help visitors secure any packages they are carrying before viewing the models as well as ensure that the models are not damaged.
  • Send an e-mail to .
Give it some thought and agree to help out.
Clinicians and Vendors
We still have room for additional Clinicians and Vendors:
  • clinicians can email us at
  • vendors can email us at

Would you like to know more about what we are planning? Our Superintendent is making presentations to all Mid-Central Divisions.
Here is a Link to the Presentation he made to Division 8 on October 15, 2022. We thank Division 8 for allowing us to share it with you.

Here is the Convention Flyer PDF handout that you can view and print.