Roundtable Discussions

Women in Model Railroading

Led By: Christina Zambri

Join some outstanding women of the NMRA as they talk about their journeys in the hobby and then open up discussion on ways to get more women involved in model railroading. Questions, ideas and personal experiences from the audience are welcome.

The panelists will be led by Christina Ganzer-Zambri, Marketing Consultant for the NMRA. Christina will be joined by Michelle Kempema, Executive Director of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Sue Osberg, Superintendent of the Little Rhody Division, and Northeastern Region members, Debbie Ames and Brenna Whitney.

You can send questions for the panel prior to the NERx event by emailing

Larger Than HO Scale

Led By: Stan Ames

Our panelists represent a range of scales including S, O, Fn3 and larger. They will discuss their experiences in the NMRA, from the opinions of fellow modelers, participation in the AP Program, and challenges with standards and conformance. Come and listen to how they have dealt with these challenges and add value to the NMRA.

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N Scale Operations – Could Little Trains Be the Next Big Thing?

Led By: John Doehring

N scale model railroading has been around now for more than fifty years, but many give it little thought. Today’s N is a small but now significant part of the hobby, and it has evolved well beyond its rough and toy-like beginnings. In fact, modern N scale enjoys a level of quality in motive power, rolling stock, and electronics much like its bigger and more popular siblings. This photo of John Newick's N scale Central Maine & Aroostook, one of the layout tours for this NERx event, proves that point.

Early N scale modular layouts brought model railroading out of the basement and into the light, and today N scalers are involved in everything: modular layouts in three different standards, home layouts both shelf and empire, and operations (yes, operations!) that rival those of the other scales.

John Doehring will lead the discussion and will be joined by Ernie Poole, Rand Hoven, and John Newick for a lively and entertaining roundtable discussion that explores how three accomplished N scale owners built layouts incorporating realistic operations into their hobby fun. Who knows, maybe you too could have a future in N - the ‘normal’ scale!

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Meet the Model Railroad Press

Led By: Chris Carfaro

From NMRA regional to NMRA national to National commercial publications we’ve got NERx covered for a unique panel discussion.

Join our editors Chris Carfaro and Max Brisben of the NER Coupler as they host Cinthia Priest, Senior Editor of the NMRA Magazine and Otto Vondrak, Editor of Railroad Model Craftsman in an online “chat-in” panel, focused on the impact of photography in the railroad press, plus topics based upon questions asked by our viewers.

You can also send questions for the panel prior to the NERx event by emailing