The NMRA Northeastern Region’s (NER) Cannonball Express Convention took place in Uniondale, Long Island, from Thursday October 5th through Sunday October 8th. Long Island is the home of the NER’s Sunrise Division. Three NMRA members from our Hudson Valley Division attended the numerous clinics, visited layouts, took a tour of Grand Central Terminal via the Long Island Railroad and participated in layout operating sessions.
Our Division had on display several dioramas, Scott Meyer’s portable layout and a PowerPoint slideshow put together by Henry Kramer. Quite a few Convention attendees stopped by and complimented our displays. Scott and Henry conducted two clinics detailing the construction of Scott’s ultra-light portable layout.
Gordy Robinson, current NMRA President, John Doering, past NER President and Christina Zambri, NMRA Marketing Consultant, presented in-depth thought, strategies, plans and available materials that the regions and divisions could adopt to further their own organizational goals and objectives. Basically, the old NMRA operating model is being replaced with a new 21st Century one.
The day-to-day schedule of clinics is included below.