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Registration Fees:

Regular Attendee (must be NMRA member) - $45 Non-Rail (Spouse) - $35 Kids Under 12 Ė FREE. NMRA Member Day Fee; Sat. Only, WITH BANQUET - $25 NMRA Member Day Fee; Sat. Only, NO BANQUET - $20

Local Hotels

Cartersville has a variety of great hotels and motels in a range of prices. For a list of hotel choices, please check the Cartersville Visitor Bureau Motel List. We recommend the Cartersville Holiday Inn. The lobby bar and cafe is suggested as the local "gathering place". The Holiday Inn is offering a special rate of $65/night. Please use the code "SER RR Convention" when making reservations. Location: I-75 & US 411, Exit 293 Cartersville, Georgia 30120. Hotel Reservations: Website or 1 888 HOLIDAY (888 465 4329) Hotel Front Desk: 1-770-386-0830 Awards Banquet (Cartersville Depot)
Convention Schedule
Friday May 18, 2007
9:00 am Registration opens, Layout Tours
11:00 am Contest registration opens
1:00 pm Clinic - "Backwards Engineering" as a Layout Design Tool (Tony Koester)
  Clinic - Stoney Creek Railroad (Ron Patzer)
  Clinic - Building the L & N Western Virginia Division (John Wilkes, MMR)
1:30 pm SER Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 pm Tour - Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery
  Tour - Non-Rail
2:30 pm Clinic - "Real" Model RRs Don't Fear Hidden Track (Bob Jans)
  Clinic - Weathering Clinic (Paul Locher)
  Clinic - What's New on the Virginian & Ohio (Allen McClelland, MMR)
3:00 pm Non-Rail - Antique Collectibles
4:00 pm Clinic - Tips, Tricks for Scratchbuilding and Kitbashing (Leslie Eaton)
  Clinic - O Scale C&O Newport News, Virginia (John Roberts)
  Clinic - The Joy of Scratchbuilding (Mike Tylick)
5:00 pm Train Show opens
7:00 pm Registration closes, Non-Rail - YoYo Crafts
8:00 pm Contest room closes
Saturday May 19, 2007
8:00 am Registration opens, Contest Room opens
  Tour - Georgia Power - Plant Bowen (Departs Komatsu)
8:30 am Tour - Trinity Rail (Departs Holiday Inn)
9:00 am Train Show opens, Contest registration closes
  Clinic - Weathering Clinic (Paul Locher)
  Clinic - O Scale C&O Newport News, Virginia (John Roberts)
  Clinic - How DCC works -- Command Stations (Loy Spurlock)
  Non-Rail - Rediscovering the Gourd
10:30 am Clinic - Stoney Creek Railroad (Ron Patzer)
  Clinic - The Joy of Scratchbuilding (Mike Tylick)
  Clinic - Appalachian Coal Tipples (John Wilkes, MMR)
12:00 pm Non-Rail - Luncheon
1:00 pm Registration closes
  Clinic - Strobe Clinic Workshop - $10 Extra Fare (Leslie Eaton)
  Clinic - Digitrax Sound Decoders (A.J. Ireland)
  Clinic - "Real" Model RRs Don't Fear Hidden Track (Bob Jans)
  Tour - Non-Rail
2:30 pm Clinic - Strobe Clinic Workshop - $10 Extra Fare (Leslie Eaton)
  Clinic - Digitrax Sound Decoders (A.J. Ireland)
  Clinic - "Backwards Engineering" as a Layout Design Tool (Tony Koester)
4:00 pm Train Show closes
  Clinic - What's New on the Virginian & Ohio (Allen McClelland, MMR)
  Clinic - How DCC works -- Decoders (Loy Spurlock)
  Clinic - Scenery in Tight Places (Mike Tylick)
5:00 pm Contest Room closes
6:00 pm President's Reception (Cartersville Depot)
7:00 pm
10:00 pm Auction, Non-Rail - Auction
Sunday May 20, 2007
8:00 am Breakfast (Cartersville Depot)
9:30 am SER Annual Meeting (Cartersville Depot)
1:00 pm Layout Tours

Door Prizes

Thanks to the many generous donations from vendors and manufacturers, we will have a variety of attractive door prizes for convention attendees. So as to not needlessly extend the Saturday banquet, door prizes can be retrieved at the Komatsu Center any time the Registration desk is open. Numbers will be chosen at random from the list of registered attendees and posted near the registration desk. If your number is on the list, youíve won a door prize!

Company Store

Do you have items you no longer need or want? Donít want to waste time or money renting a table at the Trainshow? The Convention will feature a company store as a convenient way to assist you in transferring your treasures. It will be open all hours the Trainshow is open. All items are sold on a consignment basis and those not sold can be entered in the live auction. Forms will be available at the Registration desk and at the Company Store tables at the Trainshow. Please note that all unsold items must be picked up by the end of the Trainshow Saturday afternoon or they will be brought to the live auction for sale.

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