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CID Activities & Events


The Central Indiana Division (CID) of the Midwest Region is a busy group.  We just partnered with our NMRA Midwest Region and the North Central and Mid Central Region to host a major model train convention.  We also partnered with Railroad Prototypical Modelers (RPM) to create a super regional convention.  We continue to run train shows, offer educational clinics, host virtual Track Talk sessions, sponsor layout tours, and facilitate related activities.


Layout Tours





August 5-6 2023
Franklin Train Show
Johnson County Fairgrounds

This new permanent location has become our most popular Train Show in the Spring with a new facility, loads of dealers, layout displays, clinics and more.  

The Franklin Train Show location is the Johnson County Fairgrounds facility located on US 31 in Franklin, IN.  

Our Spring Train Show is also our NMRA Central Indiana Division Annual Meeting.

Click here for the Train Show Flyer

Click here for the Dealer sign up form


November  2023
  Over 1,000 attended in 2022!
Danville Train Show


This has become a very popular and busy Train Show with a great facility, loads of dealers, layout displays, modeling demos and more.  It's held in two large expo halls that total 26,000 sq. ft. located in one building. New in 2022, another 2,000 sq. ft room dedicated to O Scale 2-rail and S Scale vendors and layout displays. 


This event is held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds 4-H Conference Center, located at 1900 E. Main Street in Danville, IN. 

January 2024
 Lebanon Train Show

The very popular Winter Noblesville Train Show became the Lebanon Train Show and was held in the Boone County Fairgrounds.  This move worked out well and over 700 people enjoyed this train show along with all the same dealers, portable layout displays, clinics and more that you are accustomed to seeing in our Winter Train Show.   The address is:  

1300 E 100 S Lebanon, IN. 46052

Click here for the Train Show flyer!

Click here for the Vendor sign up form

Track Talk









Track Talks returns to In person meets and alternating zoom meetings

The next Track Talk will be in person on Saturday, March 25th

We will meet at the Perkins Restaurant at 5033 Scatterfield Rd. in Anderson, IN  46013 at 11 AM, then after that we will go visit the Appalachian Shadow Ridge layout of Matt Hewitt. Matt's layout was the cover and featured model railroad of the October 2010 Model Railroader Magazine.





Future events: The CID plans to continue with monthly Zoom events and an in person event once a month in 2022.

Danville Train Show 11/19/2022

Zoom Track Talk information 
Questions, Suggestions, Ideas?  Call Eric Peterson 317-947-4829 

Zoom LINK information is not being posted on the website for security purposes.  All CID members who have email addresses on file with the CID will be sent an email one week and again shortly before the Zoom Meeting.  If you are not sure that we have your email address you can email us with the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any page on this website.                               

Additional Information:         

  1. CID members are welcome to invite a non-member to attend Track Talk to learn more about CID activities and meet additional members.  If you invite a non-member to Track Talk, please arrange to be on Track Talk and introduce your guest.

  2. Our Zoom Track Talk gatherings are not recorded or shared.  Respecting the privacy of members please do not make other arrangements to record Track Talk.  If we do have a special segment of value for repeating we will let everyone know when recording.

  3. If another family member is using your computer, you can always join by phone but you will not see the screens.  Most of us use the computer microphone and speaker.  A headset and separate microphone are better for presentations. Computers work better than cell phones. 

Please do the following before/during the meeting:

  1.  Please keep your introduction short:  Name, Location, Scale.  We have more people and we want to get to the program.  Your comments are always welcome during show and tell.

  2. Please update your on screen name to include your first and last name and location, e.g. Eric Peterson Carmel, IN, O scale 2 rail        

  3. Please mute your computer when not talking.  Your space bar will also open your microphone when held down.  Zoom will mute you when you join the meeting.  As the host, I will mute your connection if there is background sound interrupting the Zoom Conference.

  4. Be sure to open your chat window, as links and other important information will be shared through that window. You can also type in questions here to be answered by the presenters. 

If you have questions or content suggestions, contact Eric Peterson at or by phone 317-947-4829.  

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See more images of Matt Hewitt's layout by clicking here!

Modelers Meet
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CID Spring Modelers Meet

Saturday, March 11, 2023 / 10 AM - 3 PM

Plainfield, IN

Our next in-person event is scheduled for ethe second Saturday of March, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church located on 1001 Concord Road in Plainfield, IN. The featured presentation that day will cover the AP program.

Extra Fare
Extra Fare !
The events sponsored by the CID are popular in central Indiana (train shows, clinics, modelers meets, etc.) But there are others events too, and here is more of what is going on in our area.

Future Extra Fare will be shown here as information is submitted


Naptown & and White River Model Railroad Club GREAT NEWS!  The Club House is open again!   Click here for a link to the club.

Nickel Plate Express
Train rides and special themed events.  Click on the photo for more information.

Train rides will begin again in spring 2022


Indiana Live Steamers

Train rides on one/eight scale trains. Johnson County in the summer.  Special events and Birthday parties are available too.  Click on the photo for more information


Area Train Shows Click on photo to view
This will open a .pdf file which will show  upcoming train shows for the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio area. It is maintained and supplied to the CID superintendent by Ken Skopp of the Grand River Valley Railroad Club in Wyoming, Michigan and is updated on a monthly basis.
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