Trevor is a lifelong model railway enthusiast
who enjoys all aspects of the hobby. He has built models,
permanent layouts, exhibition layouts and modules in a
variety of scales and gauges including HOn30, HO, Sn2, S,
On2, On30, O/Proto:48, live steam in 1:19 and 1:13.7, and a
full-size replica of a Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes
water crane, used by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
Trevor regularly writes about the hobby, and his
articles have appeared
in Railroad Model Craftsman
Model Railroad Planning
other publications. In 2010 he launched
The Model Railway Show
a podcast with co-host Jim
Martin and Technical Director Chris Abbott. He's also host
When not working on model railways, Trevor runs his own
professional writing services business. He’s also
teaching his two border collies to herd sheep.
Keep up with his activities on his Port Rowan in
1:64 S scale layout on his blog,
Lance Mindheim is owner
of The Shelf Layouts Company
, a custom model
railroad building and design
firm. He speaks nationally at a
variety of prototype modeling
conferences and is author of
numerous articles for the
model railroad press.
include How To Build a Switching Layout
How to Operate A Modern Era Switching Layout
and How to Design A Small Switching Layout
Lance currently has HO layouts based on
contemporary CSX Miami Downtown Spur and Los
Angeles Junction railroading as well as a new N scale
Brooklyn Terminal switching layout.
An engineering graduate of Purdue University, he is a
strong believer in the value of simplicity when it comes
to model railroad design. Visit his website at
and follow his blog at
. He's also on Facebook
Receiption and Banquet
The banquet, held Saturday evening, is always one of the highlights of the convention. In addition to
an excellent BBQ dinner, we will hear NMRA President Charlie Getz and Trevor talk and announce the
winners. Who knows, there may
even be some additional surprises in store! And don't forget - we'll also get a sneak preview at the
2019 Lone Star Region convention!
The cost of the dinner is included in full adult and minor (6-17) registration fees. If you have child under 6
would like to receive a dinner as well, make sure you purchase additional banquet ticket(s) for them. (Likewise,
the Saturday Day Pass does not include a banquet ticket.)
And don't forget - we'll have a reception before the banquet Always a great
time, opportunities to renew frendships and make new ones.
What’s Next? Some Thoughts on the Hobby’s Future
For many of us, the hobby is more than a way to kill
time. It’s a lifelong journey of friendships and learning.
We love this hobby - and many of us wonder how we
can encourage more people to join us as railway
modeling enthusiasts. In particular, we wonder how
we’re going to reach younger people.
Based on experience in his professional life as a
corporate speech writer, Trevor has garnered some
insights into the demographic known as The Millennials.
He’ll share thoughts on how we connect with a cohort
that has never known a world in which the Internet did
not exist, and who many dismiss - wrongly - as being
"more interested in playing games on their phones than
in building things.” Trevor will also offer some
suggestions about how we make our hobby relevant to
more people - especially these Millennials - at a time
when few people encounter real trains on a daily basis.