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





January 29, 2023
 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

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 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. 










Track Talks returns to In person meets and alternating zoom meetings

The next Track Talk will be on December 12, 2022.

We will start with introductions and mention one of your current modeling projects.  This Track Talk will focus on the items you have on your list for Santa.   Each person will have an opportunity to talk about something you are requesting or wish you could request.  In the past our most fun Zoom Track Talks have been when each person contributes.    

We will have the Zoom open before 7 pm for open discussion and to confirm people are signed on ok.  


1. Welcome and introductions and not over 20 seconds about a current project.- Dan Banks

2. Your Santa wish list!

3.  Tips and Tricks or other Show and Tell items you would like to share.  Even works better if you have a couple pictures to share. - Anyone.

4.    Backshop topics? Do you need help with something? Ask for help especially if you are stuck. Everyone started out in this hobby knowing nothing. All Questions and problems are welcome.

5.    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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Modeler's Meets RETURN!

Our Modeler's Meet was October 8th.  Great information sharing.  Pictures coming.

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.
March 11, 2023    Hours 9 AM to 5 PM
Indy Santa Fe Mini Meet
7701 Allisonville Rd at Allisonville Christian Church
Contact Tom Cain at:
Click her for Train Show Flyer and more information

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

More information coming on future train shows.  


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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