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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.


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.

We hope you enjoy this new SSR website and find it easy to use. Site content will be updated regularly so check back often.

Please read a welcome message from our current Sunshine Region President.

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Reminder, ballots delivered by mail must be Post Marked no later than September 15, 2020.



Mailed Ballots shall be sent to:

Daniel Frolich

Ballot Chair

2526 Carambola Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Trivia Question
for the Month of August 2020

How do you get freight cars across the New York Harbor?

One way is run them across a New York railroad bridge upstate 

to cross the Hudson River, then down to NYC, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

Or, put them on a special barge and move it with a tugboat.  This method is

called car floating.

Years ago, this was a big-time routine for eleven railroads.  They had a marine division with 130 tugboats, 250 car floats, and 1150 other vessels.  They were

referred to as the Box Car Navy.


Question:  In 1937, within one hundred, how many freight cars were transported

across the NY Harbor per day?

What to learn more?  Check out the website  and

Search New York Harbor Car Float Operation.

The Answer, from the book New York Harbor Railroads, Volume 1 by Thomas Flagg, on p. 3, is 5300.  By the early 1960s, 1600 cars were floated each day.


Contribute by Mike Collins, MMR 157.

A feature story of his NY Harbor RR was published in the

NMRA Magazine in

November 2018

NMRA Sunshine Region 2020 Convention




Reminder please don't forget to Cancel your reservations for Hotel Room.

Northern Division Workshop

October 24, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm

 Virtual Meeting or at a location.

Program detail not yet finalized.


AchievEment Program

Goto this tab NMRA AP Certificates Status


open this link

Join the

OpSig (Operations Special Interest Group)


Virtual Meeting

Every  other Sunday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm



Milwaukee, Wi.

November 14 and 15, 2020

CONTACT INFORMATION: Trainfest® Dennis Janssen RELEASE DATE: May 1st, 2020 


America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show is on track for this Fall

MILWAUKEE, WI, MAY 2020 — Trainfest®, America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show, is prepared for its best year yet with plans for the 49th Annual show at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in the city of festivals, Milwaukee. The event is open from 9AM - 5PM on Saturday, November 14th and 9AM - 4PM on Sunday, November 15th of 2020.

Trainfest®, produced by the WISE Division of the National Model Railroad Association, is a favorite of hobbyists, renowned exhibitors, and families alike. The event, which started in 1972, offers “how-to” clinics and demos, 70 amazingly detailed operating railroads, and four football fields of hobbyist displays and fun. Trainfest® also has a rideable train, kid-friendly activities, and the opportunity for children to become a ‘Junior Engineer.’ The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit throughout the show floor.

Show details, tickets, and lodging details can be found at Join Trainfest® this fall to get a taste of why model railroading is such a popular hobby! 

Januray 1, 2019 Count Started at 4370

Januray 1, 2020 Count Started at 7687

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