Welcome to the Registration Page for the “Grand River Express” convention of the NMRA, Niagara Frontier Region (NFR), this year hosted by the Western Ontario Division (WOD).

There are different options for you to choose for the convention. Also there are optional excursions for you select if you in the area early. In addition, you can choose to participate in an operating session, regardless of your expertise in this area. In fact, it would be a great opportunity to try ‘operations’ if you have never done this before. You will have others there to guide you.

The registration process will allow you to select what is appropriate for you and then be able to pay using credit card or bank transfer using PAYPAL.

1)   Convention Choices:

There are two options for both the NMRA member as well as for the spouse.

The program for the NMRA member will include clinics, contests and layout tours.

The program for the spouse will include events specially designed for them while the clinics are going on. They are also welcome to participate in the layout tours. If not, there will be an option for an excursion to St. Jacobs. See the ‘Excursions’ page for an explanation.

Option one is titled ‘Full Convention’. What this entails is all of the planned events at the college on Friday and Saturday as well as the layout tours on Saturday and Sunday plus the banquet and general meeting. Note, the banquet and General Meeting will be on Sunday.

The other option is titled ‘Friday & Saturday Only’. As this infers, it entails all of the planned events at the college on Friday and Saturday as well as the layout tours on Saturday. It does not include the Banquet and General Meeting as they are on Sunday.

Note: If you are not an NMRA member but would like to attend the clinics, you will need to purchase the ‘Railpass’. This is a temporary membership to see the benefits of being an NMRA member. (A spouse attending the convention with the intent of participating in the specifically for them does NOT require a Railpass.) Special Offer: For this convention, NMRA Canada has waved the Railpass fee. So, if you are not already a member (or you are bringing a guest that you want to experience some of the benefits of the NMRA) then select this option for the admission to the actual convention. Now non-NMRA members get a free six month membership to take part in the convention.

2)   Optional Excursions:

(descriptions are on the ‘Excursions’ page)

Steam Train, St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle RR

This has been scheduled for Friday afternoon. For those that live in the area or are coming to the Kitchener-Waterloo / Cambridge region early, you will have the opportunity to ride behind a steam locomotive on the Waterloo Central Railway on a historic railway branch between the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, the Village of St. Jacobs, and the town of Elmira. While in the village of St. Jacobs, you will be able to see the St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway. You will also be able to visit the steam train maintenance facility where they are restoring another steam engine. The price includes the train ride plus the admission to the model railway display.

St. Jacob’s Bus Tour

This excursion is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. It is available for those that have decided that they do not want to participate in the layout tours, for whatever reason.
The community of St. Jacobs is located in southwest Ontario, just north of Waterloo in Woolwich Township, Waterloo Region. It is a popular location for tourism, due to its Mennonite heritage and retail focus. The Conestogo River, which powered the village’s original gristmill, runs through the village. St. Jacobs features dozens of artisans in historic buildings, such as the Country Mill, Village Silos, Mill Shed, and the Old Factory. Visitors may watch artisans make pottery, quilts, designer clothes, jewellery, glass vases, woven wall hangings tiffany lamps, stained glass doors, miniature doll houses and more.

3)   Operating Session

If you would like to try being a member of a crew to operate a (model) train, as it was done by the actual railroads, to see process behind building a train for transporting of the goods, as well as the set-out and pick-up of cars at various customers, then you need to select this option. When you get to the actual registration step, you can enter your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for operating. See the ‘Ops Session’ page for a description of each layout. Note, this will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If your choice is full, you will be contacted by the coordinator of this event.


Now that you have had a chance to review the convention, it is time to register.

Click here to join us for a weekend of fun and learning.


If you have any questions regarding the registration process, you can contact:
Steve Wright, Register-Grand River Express

For other inquiries, including Vendor opportunities, please contact:
Steve Juranics, Chairman