To "The Best Region Under The Sun"


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.


Scroll down this page to see the latest news and our region members who have achieved NMRA recognition. View your local information under the Divisions tab. Download a copy of our region newsletter, The Journal Box. Be sure to check out the Events page for shows and meetings from all over our state. Visit the Hobby Shops and Clubs pages to see what is available near you. Lastly, enjoy the Gallery page to see photos of our member's layouts, Division events, and Region conventions - all updated monthly.


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NMRA National Convention
July 12-18, 2020
GATEWAY ST. Louis Missouri
To "The Best Region Under The Sun"

2020 Model Railroad Workshop

The Northern Division

Date: January 25, 2020, Saturday

Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

​ Location: Island View Baptist Church in Orange Park

900 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073, USA

Donation:         $ 5.00


We continue our layout animation quest with an examination of mechanical approaches to create light, sound and action and to coordinate them for added effect.  Using easily accessible pieces and parts (scavengers delight!) and learning from classic toys, opportunity awaits.  Earl Beegle will present his approach to designing the scene and tricks he uses to add action and interest to his layout, including user interactions.

Alan Scott will walk us through the process of installing a DCC decoder in an Atlas locomotive.  This clinic with examine the key steps in making connections and developing awareness to what is around the change to deal with electrical isolation and unhindered mechanical motion.

We will spend some time flushing out the details to this year’s member challenge of creating a simple animation project for a layout.

Hope to see you on the 25th.  Remember, we ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of renting the church for the event.


The Challenge

Construct an object for a layout (any scale) or diorama that incorporates an animation component.

The action must be triggered by a change in the environment related to the object or by a manual trigger other than the general activation of the layout.

The animation may be motion, sound, or light or any combination of the three.

If the object is a purchased product (for example, a Woodland Scenic object with lights for its lighting system) it must have some customization of the product related to the animation, for example, an activation mechanism.

Because the items are layout oriented, presentation via a video clip is acceptable.  The presentation should include the reason for the specific animation feature, how it was accomplished, and its impact.  Telling the challenges in completing the task will enhance the presentation.

Date for presentation:  June 13, 2020 Northern Division Meeting.

Note:  This NOT a contest; it is a learning experience from which we share the good, bad, and the ugly that comes from pushing our modeling skills.
The challenge “rules” will be posted on the Sunshine Region website under Northern Division.  Check that site for updates and clarifications.  Samples of the projects will be posted there after the meeting.

Rail Fair 2020
February 8, 2020
Time: 9:00 am thru 5:00 pm
​Location: The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA
2020 Model Railroad Workshop
The Western Division
Hosted by Citrus Model Railroad Club
Date: February 22, 2020, Saturday
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
​ Location: 3600 S Florida Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450 (Citrus County Fairgrounds)
Admission:         $ 15.00
Admission Includes
Meet & Greet with Coffee & Donuts
OP Session on the Clubs HO Layout
Excellent workshops:
     Carl Marchand – Using the ESU Lok Programmer-a closer look
     Gene Jameson – To Be Announced
     Don Wetmore – Researching a Prototype: St. Joseph Terminal
     Steve Decker -     Advanced Tree Modeling and Ground Cover
Bring a favorite building, Diorama, Train Car, or Locomotive for display and to share your modeling talents with others.
If you have a model you want to be judged for AP Certification let us know so that we can have judges on hand at the workshop.
For additional information contact us via phone or email;
Phone:          352-746-4039         Jim Robertson
Non-members welcome
If you wish to preregister fill out the registration form below and mail it (along with your check made payable to Citrus Model Railroad Club) to:
James Robertson
CMRC President
1199 N Lombardo Ave
Lecanto, Fl 34461

NMRA Winter Board of Directors Meeting

March 7 & 8, 2020

The Winter Board of Directors meeting will once again be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 7 & 8 at the Drury Inn & Suites. The Budget and Operations meeting will begin at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 6, and the Board will be in a caucus that evening. Both of those meetings are only open to invited guests.


The regular, open session of the BOD meeting begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 7. Because the agenda is not yet finalized, there's no way to tell if the meeting will continue on Sunday morning. All members are invited to attend the open sessions. 


If you have any questions or comments about items that should be included on the agenda, please contact your District Director.  Contact information can be found in NMRA Magazine or at .

Mark this date: April 18, 2020
The Eastern Division
will be holding a Workshop
​Location: 15060 Old Cheney Highway,
Orlando, FL. 32828
Admission:         $ 15.00
  • Meet & Greet with Coffee & Donuts and Pastry
  • Selecting Industries for your Railroad
  • Junctions, Interchanges, and Diamonds for Your Model Railroad
  • Prototypical Accessories to Buildings and Communities for Model Railroads
  • Peninsulas
All four clinics will be presented by a guest speaker, RICH MAHANEY, from Gobles, MI.
Fabulous Lunch
For further information please contact:          
                  Beverly Farnham – ED Superintendent
Bring a favorite building, diorama, train car, or locomotive for display and to share your model railroading talents with others.
If you have a model you want to be judged for AP Certification, let us know so that we can have judges on hand at the workshop.
If you wish to preregister send me your full Name, NMRA Number, Email Address, Phone Number, and Your Complete Home Address with your check made payable to NMRA Sunshine Region Eastern Division (checks only):
Send To:
Beverly Farnham, Eastern Division Superintendent
462 Chamberlin Avenue NW
Palm Bay, FL 32907-1839
Register before March 18, 2020, and receive
5 Raffle Tickets

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.


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 (
July 11 thru 14, 2020
The banquet dinners and the train layout are held in the hotel’s ballrooms. Tours depart from the hotel on Friday and Saturday morning.
Event: 3130 Hartley Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA
Hotel: 3130 Hartley Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA
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:
Florida East Coast Railway Society (
Trains, Trains,
and more Trains
July 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 am thru 3:00 pm
Location: 308 Forrest Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922, USA FL 32922
(Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library)
NMRA Sunshine Region 2020 Convention
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 and SSR Polo Shirts are available currently. Hands-on Clinics, Prototype Tour and OP Sessions 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.

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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