Cincinnati Express

Mid Central Region Convention
May 17-20, 2018

Update Bulletins

TCS Cincinnati Express Link
April 7 Update (New "Steel Tour" + Misc)
February 18 Update (Hotel + Misc)
Final Rail Clinics Abstracts
Final Rail Clinics Schedule
Further Updated Master Schedule
Updated Registration Package


Flyer - updated Apr 7
Informational Slides - updated Apr 7
Welcome Letter - updated Apr 7
Convention Master Schedule
- updated Apr 11

Expanded Registration Package

Full Registration Package (15 pages) - revised Apr 11
3 Registration Forms Only
- revised Apr 1

Download, read all the great stuff, fill out the 3 registration forms and mail in those forms with your check or credit card info. Importantly, your registration date sets your priority for the banquet, guest operating sessions, bus tours and all other extra fare actitivies. Email Registrar Roy Hord with questions.

Hotel Reservations
Hurry! Rooms block released May 3

Book your rooms directly with Marriott
via 1-877-739-9460 or via
this convenient electronic link.

Use code "National Model Railroad Association" for special pre-tax rates - $109 King Bed, $119 Two Double Beds, and $119 King Bed + Sofa. These rates apply for 3 days before and 3 days after the convention. Hurry, there is a local college graduation the same weekend, and we can only hold our block of rooms until May 3.

Cincinnati Marriott North
6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester OH 45069
Use code: "National Model Railroad Association"
Or, book electronically via this convenient electronic link

Click here to see the hotel space plan.

Abundant Layouts

Cincinnati Div 7 is blessed with a large number of quality layouts. 67 plan to be open for this convention, spread across all 4 days, including 12 on special Great Model Railroad mini bus tours, 4 at the hotel, 5 at nearby EnterTrainment Junction and 5 at a "permanent" local school arrangement.

21 of these layouts will be open for guest operating sessions, across all 4 days. 35 of the 67 layouts have been published, several more than once. Two prominent layouts are featured on our Thursday afternoon early bird special open house. See links below.

List of All Layouts
List of Guest Operating Layouts
Layout Events Master Schedule
Overall Map of the Layout Locations
EnterTrainment Junction Expo Room Map

Layouts & Clubs tab for photos of most layouts

Premier Rail Clinicians

We’ve lined up a diverse group of clinicians from the Mid Central Region and across the country, including several special guests. A complete list of presenters and topics will be available on the convention website and program as the schedule is finalized.

Rail Clinics Schedule - updated Apr 27
Rail Clinics Abstracts - new Apr 27
List of Rail Clinicians
- updated Mar 4

Train Control Systems (TCS) Booth

Train Control Systems (TCS) will have a special booth to install pre-purchased TCS sound decoder kits. The kits include discount priced TCS Decoder, Speaker and Keep Alive sets, and the installation. To do this you need to sign up for a specific time slot before the convention plus pre-purchase your discounted set(s), both via TCS Cincinnati Express Link. You select from a variety of loco specific install sets, then bring your loco and enjoy seeing the installation while interacting with the TCS experts.


Please click on this updated 2018 MCR Convention Contest link for a one page pdf of the contest information, including updated links to the MCR entry form and rules.

White Elephant Sale

This year’s convention will again offer attendees the opportunity to dispose of surplus model railroading items and to acquire some treasures from other attendees. See attached simple instructions as well as either electronic or pdf inventory form.

Shirts and Car Kits

Short Sleeve Polo and Long Sleeve shirts feature our embroidered convention logo - ladies and mens styles - NOW TOO LATE TO ORDER FOR PICKUP AT CONVENTION. Our HO scale convention car kit is 4 versions of the new Accurail 36' Box Car painted in MVRR and V&O schemes designed and authorized by W. Allen McClelland. See also pictures of both the shirts and car kits here. EXTRA CAR KITS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CONVENTION.

Convention Refund Policy

See the Cincinnati Express official refund policy here, covering registration fees, extra-fare events (bus tours, meals, clinics) and merchandise (company store, white elephant, and pre-purchased).

Email Contacts

Chair Rick Crumrine
Vice Chair, Tours & Layouts John Burchnall
Registrar Roy Hord
Rail Clinics Mike Brestel
Non-Rail Chair Linda Kerka
Volunteers & Publicity Randy Kerka
Company Store Paul Musselman
White Elephant Sale Frank Koch
Contest Brad Jonas




Signal Bridge

Link to About Division 7 page
link to next meeting page link to Events and Shows page link to Monthly Contest page
link to Modeling Aids page
link to membership
link to Board of Director's page
link to Community Service page
links to Projects page
link to Newsletter page

Link to Hobby Shops page

Company Store link
Division 7 Logo and link to home page
Mid-Central Region logo and link to their web page
link to Layouts and Clubs page