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.

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

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


Northern Division Workshop

August 15, 2020

Time: 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm

Location:  900 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL. 32073


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

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we are extending the $65.00 Registration Fee until May 30th, and we may extend it further if warranted.

All who register before June 1, 2020, 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.


Upcoming Virtual Events for NMRAx


May 31, 2020, thru July 18, 2020

June 13, 2020, NMRAx Virtual Model Railroad Convention 6 am-6 pm EDT

June 20, 2020, NMRAx Ask the MMR 7 pm-9 pm EDT

June 27, 2020, NMRAx 6 am-6 pm EDT


St. Louis Gateway Convention was Cancelled. To Replace it as GatewayX Virtual Meeting Over 100 hours with Clinics, Layout Tours, and Ask the Experts.


July 12, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 13, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 14, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 15, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 16, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 17, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

July 18, 2020, NMRAx GatewayX Convention 6 am to 11 pm EDT (online event)

Join the

OpSig (Operations Special Interest Group)


Virtual Meeting

Every Sunday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


The 28th National “N” Scale Convention

June 24 thru 28, 2020



29th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show & Sale


Jun 27, 2020



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! 

AchievEment Program

Goto this tab NMRA AP Certificates Status


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Januray 1, 2019 Count Started at 4370

Januray 1, 2020 Count Started at 7687

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