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The Sunshine Region of the NMRA encompasses all of the State of Florida except for a small western portion of the Panhandle. We currently support members within four distinct geographical areas: the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Divisions.


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NMRA National Convention

July 12-18, 2020

GATEWAY ST. Louis Missouri

To "The Best Region Under The Sun"


Contact events directly to make sure they are happening due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


Mark this date: April 18, 2020​


The Eastern Division

will be holding a Workshop


Northern Division Workshop


April 25, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm

Location:  Location and program details not yet finalized.


Northern Division Workshop

June 13, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm

Location:  Location and program details not yet finalized.


NMRA Sunshine Region 2020 Convention



The Sunshine Region Convention is still scheduled for October 1st through the 3rd. With the approval of the Board, I want to wait until July to make a determination regarding the Postponement or Continuation of the Convention

Guest Speaker

Peter Youngblood, MMR


October 1 thru 3, 2020

Time: 8:00 am thru 10:00 pm

Location: The John Trinkle Center, Plant City Campus of HCC 1206 North Park Road, Plant City, FL 33566

Location: Hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2102 Park Road, Plant City, FL 33566


Registration is OPEN

Registration for the sunshine Region 2020 Convention is now open (At least written registrations.) The online registration program is not up and running yet. Registrations, Friday Night BBQ, Banquet, Hands-on Clinics, OP Sessions and SSR Polo Shirts are available currently. Prototype Tour will be added as soon as final details can be worked out.


All who register before May 1st will be entered into a raffle for a NEO for Iwata Gravity-Feed, Dual-Action Airbrush. We must have (for the raffle to work) at least 30 registrations. 


Something New This Year. We will hold a Railroad / Holiday Trivia Contest. This will be a fun way to see just how much you know about the real railroads, model railroading, and the three upcoming holidays. There will be three sessions for this contest. Thursday night, Friday morning and Friday night. If you attend one session you can- not attend the other two. We are holding the Contest in three sections so that everyone attending the Convention will have an opportunity to participate in the Trivia Contest and attend the Clinics and OP Sessions of their choice. The winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) will be announced at the Banquet on Saturday Night. Oh’ by the way, the questions will be different for all three sessions, so comparing notes won’t help to win, but will make for a lively conversation between Clinics. 


Anyone ordering SSR Polo shirts can pick them up at the Registration Desk at the Convention on October 1st. Or, if you want them earlier, we can ship them to you. Just add $16.00 (each shirt) for shipping & handling to your Registration Fee. 


See you in October


NMRA Sunshine Region


Board Meeting

October 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 12:00 pm (Noon)

Location: Hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2102 Park Road, Plant City, FL 33566


Northern Division Workshop

October 24, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm

Location: Location and program details not yet finalized.


The 28th National “N” Scale Convention

June 24 thru 28, 2020

Time: 7:00 am thru 11:00 pm

Location: 777 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37214, USA (Sheraton Music City Hotel)

(Updates go to


29th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show & Sale


Jun 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 4:00 pm

Location: 3421-3483 Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301, USA (North Florida Fair Ground Entrance)

(Updates go to


Florida East Coast Railway

2020 Convention

Society (

Bad News

No convention this year

NMRA National Convention

Gateway 2020 Saint Louis


July 12 thru 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 10:00 pm

Location: 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101

(Updates go to

Hotel Location: 1 Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA

Hotel Website:


AchievEment Program


Bowman, Douglas                                    AP AUTHOR

Crellin, John                AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Farnham, Kenneth                                   AP AUTHOR

Farnham, Kenneth         AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Giamassi, John                  AP MASTER BUILDER CARS


Harding, William                      GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Hoot, Kenneth                         GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Jameson, Benita           AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Jameson, William                    AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Lewalski, Mark              AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Lewalski, Mark                  AP ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL


Megregian, Martin A.               AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Menger, Ericson                      AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Robertson, Jim                 AP ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL

Robertson, Jim             AP MODEL RAILROAD AUTHOR

Romaine, Lawrence                 GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Salmon, Tom                           AP CHIEF DISPATCHER


Webster, Richard                     AP CHIEF DISPATCHER


Bamford, Robert                      GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Bowman, Douglas          AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Giammasi, John                                     AP SCENERY

Jameson, William (Gene)    AP ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL

Lewis, Donovan                       AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Moran, John                            AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Paquette, Dennis                     AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Robertson, Jim                        GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Robertson, Jim                        AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Smeigh, Carl                           GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD


Baldwin, Lloyd                        GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Farnham, Beverly                    AP CHIEF DISPATCHER

Fassnacht, Jerry                      GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Giammasi, John                       GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Giammasi, John            AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Peterson, Eric                                   AP ELECTRICAL

Peterson, Eric                                       AP SCENERY

Robertson, Jim             AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Schneider, Paul R.                   GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD

Sohl, Al Jr (MMR)                                         AP CIVIL

Wilson, James              AP ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER

Januray 1, 2019 Count Started at 4370

Januray 1, 2020 Count Started at 7687

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