Be sure to register soon as the registration cost goes up on September 1st! Here are highlights of the latest Convention information.
The website has been updated several times since the last email I sent about this fun event. The 2022 MER convention website is http://www.carolinasouthern.org/MER2022.htmlwhere all the information you need can be found.
The Banquet will be a great meal with an exciting guest speaker, Shane Wilson, President of Scale Trains. Be sure to sign up.
There are Layout Operating Sessions and information on these can be found at: http://www.carolinasouthern.org/MER2022tours.html
A full clinic schedule, with a broad range of exciting topics, with 4 Make-and-Take clinics of which three of these clinics are conducted in 2 sessions and information can be found at: http://www.carolinasouthern.org/MER2022clinics.html
We have three special tours before and during the convention.
Tour #201 is a pre-convention backstage tour being held at the North Carolina Transportation Museum at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer NC. Don’t worry about checking into the convention hotel until after the museum tour. The private tour takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2022 starting at 12:30 pm. Try to be in place at noon. Information can be found at: http://www.carolinasouthern.org/2022%20Convention/NCTM%20Tour%20Notice-V3.pdf
And a map of the Museum grounds can be found at: http://www.carolinasouthern.org/2022%20Convention/NCTM%20Tour%20Map-r.jpg
After the tour you can visit The Little Choo Choo Shop, the largest model railroad hobby shop in NC across the street from the museum.
Tour #202: The second special tour is the UNIFOUR SPECIAL which includes the Southeast Narrow Gauge and Shortline Museum in Newton, NC and six very nice layouts in the Hickory, NC Metro Area. This is a Friday all-day mini-bus tour and will leave the convention hotel on Friday morning and return about dinnertime. Information on this tour can be found at: http://www.carolinasouthern.org/MER2022unifour.html
Tour #203: The third special tour is of Lionel Corporation Headquarters. This will be a self-drive tour on Friday, October 21, 2022 starting at 9:30 am at 6301 Performance Drive, Concord, NC. The Lionel Headquarters is approximately 5 miles from the convention hotel.
A Carolina Special Look South in 2022 convention shirt is now available to purchase during early registration.
One Day Registration is now an option.
We will have hand sanitizer in the clinic rooms and masks are welcome if someone feels safer wearing one.
For our friends in the Southeastern Region, a home layout in Greenville SC will be open on Sunday Oct 23 for our SER visitors returning home!