The National Train Show was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading. The National Train Show is a NMRA national organization function and is totally managed and staffed by NMRA unpaid volunteers.
The show is in three elements. The first brings the best model railroads of all scales and display them for the public to see the finished product. Approximately 45,000 square feet of display space is allocated for operating model train displays at the show.
The second element is having the industry manufacturers, publishers, and railroad-related organizations at the show to display their products and converse with their customers. Over 160 industry trade and organization booths are set up to display and demonstrate products.
The third element is to be able to buy the products, join organizations, and get started or advance in the hobby. In total, over 400 booths are set up at the show site in a professional trade show atmosphere to promote the hobby of model railroading.
Exhibitor booth space is available in three categories:
(1) Industry products only.
(2) Retail product sales.
(3) Railroad and Hobby related organizations