CID Activities & Events


The Central Indiana Division (CID) of the Midwest Region is a busy group.  We have five "Train Shows" each year open to all Central Indiana model railroaders (Noblesville, Avon, Johnson County, Carmel, Danville).  And don't forget we also hosted the national NMRA convention in 2016.  Our train shows in Noblesville, Johnson County, and Danville have operating layouts, clinics and dealers selling trains and more.  Out train shows in Avon and Carmel include operating portable layouts to educate the general public about the excitement we hold for our model trains.  You can see pictures of the train shows below.  

We often host layout tours, with times throughout the year.  The April 2018 tour was in the Indianapolis / Carmel / Fishers area . . . the Spring 2019 event was held on April 6, 2019 in the Avon area.  Watch the calendar on the front page for future tours, and a link to details.

Finally, we have several Modelers Meets each year and plan to host more in the near future when we are all able to begin getting together in public places again.  Please keep checking here for future events, times, and dates.

November 21, 2020
Danville Train Show


This has become our most popular and busiest Train Show with a great facility, loads of dealers, layout displays, clinics and more.  The schedule is 10 AM to 3 PM (like all our shows).  This event is held in the Hendricks County Fairgrounds facility located on old Highway #36 at 200 E.  

Click here for the Train Show Flier

Plan to join us in Danville this fall!

January 2021
Noblesville Train Show


Noblesville is a very popular Train Show right in the heart of the winter model railroad season.  We will have lots of dealers, portable layout displays, clinics and more.  The Sheridan Christian Church provides Dining Car Services. We have door prizes through the day. The schedule is 10 AM to 3 PM and the show is located at 2003 Pleasant Street in Noblesville.  

May 15, 2021
Franklin Train Show
Johnson County Fairgrounds

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

This space will highlight future Layout Tours, Modelers Meets and other public events when they resume.

Try Track Talk

described below



Track Talks not derailed but taking a different track!

Because of the National NMRA-X Virtual Convention the next Track Talk will be on

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 7 PM.

We are continuing online Zoom video meetings discussing model railroad topics, helping others and learning about new ideas.  We think you will enjoy seeing other modelers and learning their activities.  Just try this, we are all learning in a relaxed environment.

The Zoom link to join the meeting and passwords are sent out via email to those signed up with CID.

Track Talk - Virtual Edition

WEDNESDAY July 29,2020 7 pm EDT  

We will have another online Zoom video meeting discussing model railroad topics, helping others and learning about new ideas.  I think you will enjoy seeing other modelers and learning their activities.  Just try this, we are all learning in a relaxed environment.

Important Note: Prior to the event, start your Zoom software and make sure that it has been updated to the latest version. Zoom has been regularly putting out security and application fixes and you need to update your copy regularly. To update your software, start the Zoom application, click on your initials in the upper right hand corner, and choose Check for Updates from the menu.


1.     Welcome and introductions - Dan Hinel

2.     Dave Mashino – Layout Update    

3.     Mark Faust- New Decal Printer

4.     John Coy -  Time Saver Layout Tour

5.     Tips and Tricks or other Show and Tell items you would like to share.  

6.     Back Shop requests for help or questions needing some prototype or model information.

7.     Future Track Talk Schedules       

                   -What Days and Dates do we want to have Zoom Track Talk in August?

                        -We are also accumulating ideas for future Track Talk in person gathering locations and features.          


NMRA CID is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Mark Faust is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Virtual Track Talk

Time: Jul 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 1617 2490

Passcode: 515157

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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.  

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.

The Terre Haute Children's Museum has unfortunately decided it must cancel its "Train Day at the Museum."


This was originally scheduled for August 1, 2020 but will be rescheduled for some time in early 2011

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

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

Naptown & and White River Model Railroad Club Open House and Train Show

June 20, 2020

For more information click here


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.