Contests & Displays in the Multnomah Ballroom

While the Model Contest is typically considered the prime event, excellent Photo and Arts & Crafts Contests and a Rail Pass Contest are also included.

For descriptive information and required forms, go to

Eligibility and Entry

All NMRA members are eligible to enter any of the events in accordance with the applicable rules of the contest with the exception of the arts & crafts contest, which is open to all convention registrants, NMRA members or not. Entries must be brought to this location and presented to the contest staff along with the required forms. Once the entry is accepted, it will not be available for pick-up until the scheduled time. The schedule for these events is shown below:

Contest Schedule

Entry/Viewing - Monday & Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Judge's Clinic - Monday - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Weidler Room
Bob Hamm, MMR, gives a clinic on judging contest models for 2015 contest judges and anyone else interested in contest judging. The clinic is mandatory for new judges at this year's model contest.

Viewing Only - Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Voting for People's Choice Awards - Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday to noon.

Afternoon of "Meet the Modeler, Photographer & Crafter" - Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Judging - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contest room is open for viewing during judging; however, please no talking.

Score Review Period - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Model, Photo & Crafts Contest Awards Ceremony - Thursday 2:00 p.m. (check room posting)

Award Photos - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (CLOSED SESSION)

Entry Pickup - Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Module Contest

The Module Contest will be held at the National Train Show. Space for module entries must be secured ahead of the train show by contacting the Train Show staff. If space is not available, entrants may contact the Contest Staff to see if an alternate space is available.

Links for the Train Show are at:

Entry forms may be dropped off at the Celebration (Contest) Room [Multnomah Ballroom] or attached to the front of the modules when setting up at the Train Show. The schedule of events is shown below:

1. Module Entry at Contest Room (FORMS SUBMITTAL ONLY) - Monday 8:00 a.m. - Wednesday 12:00 noon.
2. Module Set-up and Entry at Train Show - Thursday, Forms must be attached to front of module by Thursday 3:00 p.m.
3. Module Viewing - Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the National Train Show
4. Judging - Friday, 9:00a.m. - 12:00 noon
5. Module Contest Awards - Friday, 3:00 p.m. (typically). Exact time & location will be announced Friday afternoon.
6. Module Breakdown - Sunday at conclusion of National Train Show.