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The Fall MWR BOD meeting will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:30 am in Trainfest Clinic room 4, West Allis, WI.

The next Midwest Region Annual Membership meeting will be held during the Spring MWR Convention to be held during the third week of May, 2020 in Peoria, IL
Details will be provided as they become available.

May 17 - 19, 2019

The 2019 Midwest Region convention, will be hosted by the Thousand Lakes Region and held in partnership with the Midwest Region.

The convention facility will be the Days Inn, LaCrosse, WI.

A tentative schedule is: Thursday: Registration, Contest Room, Clinic & Layout tours.
Friday: Morning clinics, tours of Pearl Street Brewery, Dahl Auto Museum & Copeland Park Railroad display.
Saturday: Clinics, Non-rail tours, 5 pm Happy Hour & 6 pm Banquet with a Chinese Auction.

Please see the MWR Conventions web page for more information:

Questions? Email Reid Kahrs, MWR Convention Chairman at:

Walt Herrick, Midwest Region Photographer and member of the FVD, authored an article about Mike Ritchdorff's N&W Pocahontas Division RR in the January FVD Semaphore. That article was picked up by the Division Business Car column of the April 2018 NMRA Magazine.

NMRA members CLICK HERE to link to the NMRA Members section to read the article.

April 13-15, 2018

Another excellent convention that was very well attended. Thanks to all involved.

Photos of all the model & photography contest entries are posted on this site. Click HERE to see them.

The 2018 Midwest Region convention, was hosted by the South Central Wisconsin Division.

Questions? Email

Here is a list of his awards won at the National Convention.
Photos can be viewed at: Jim Allen Award Pictures
Congratulations to Jim!

Craft: First Place: Jim Allen for his locomotive carrying case
Diesel: First Place: Jim Allen for his ATSF TR-4 cow and calf engine set
Freight Car: First Place: Jim Allen for his Hot Metal car
Non-Revenue Car: First Place: Jim Allen for his On3 Water Car
Display Category: First Place: Jim Allen for his Forest Scene with Holt ‘Caterpillar’ tractor and log buggy
Locomotive, Scratch-built: 2nd Place: Jim Allen for his Single-Truck, 2-Cylinder Shay
Locomotive, Scratch-built: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his On3 Rio Grande Southern Beyer-Garrett 2-8-0 + 0-8-2 steam engine
Structure, Scratch-built: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his Flying “A” gas station (with the DC-3 on pedestals)
Thumbz model: 2nd Place: Jim Allen for his Grandpa Percy with walker
Thumbz model: 3rd Place: Jim Allen for his Big Breakfast egg-carrying flatcar

Additionally, Jim also won the:
• Iwata Air Brush Motive Power Award for his On3 Single-Truck, 2-Cylinder Shay
• NMRA Magazine Award for Most Photogenic Model for his Flying “A” Gas Station
• The NMRA Contest Chairman’s Award for his RGS On3 Beyer-Garrett locomotive