Train Show Cancelled :(

In light of precautions ordered by state government in Illinois in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois Terminal Division met today and formally cancelled this year’s edition of the Lincoln Square Village Train Show, scheduled for March 28 & 29 prior to the virus taking it out. We regret the need to do this, given the hard work put into the Show by division members, community members, and vendors working with us, as well as our gracious host, Lincoln Square Village Mall.

While we did consider postponing the show until later in the year, circumstances remain too uncertain at this point to reschedule the full show, which requires a lengthy lead time for publicity, vendor scheduling and other reasons. We are exploring options to display and operate some local layouts at Lincoln Square Village or at another location, perhaps in the fall. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing everyone again on a 2021 weekend in late March or the first weekend of April. Dates and time for any of these will be announced here in this space if and when they are confirmed.

Registrations remained strong up until the last week or so, so it’s clear the show would have been a good one with the aid of the training and advice from our mentors, the previous show host group, Midwest Central Railroad Club. Those who sent funds to reserve table space at the Show should expect a refund of those funds in the mail soon.s

Remember that the NMRA is here to serve model railroaders year round, show or no show. For information on NMRA membership and benefits, see:

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We look forward to seeing and serving you next year, if not sooner.