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CID Activities & Events

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The Central Indiana Division (CID) of the Midwest Region is a busy group.  We have train shows, layout tours, Modelers Meets, Track Talk sessions and more.  Check here for the most up to date happenings.

November 18, 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. 

Click here for the Danville Train Show Flier

Click here for the Danville Vendor form

Click here for Danville O and S vendor form

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

August  2024
Franklin Train Show
Johnson County Fairgrounds

This new permanent location has become our most popular Train Show now in August with a new facility, the Johnson County Fairgrounds, which provides 

30,000 square feet in 5 buildings.  This much space allows us to provide more operating portable layouts with twelve currently scheduled.  We will also have a static live steam display.  

The Franklin Train Show location is the Johnson County Fairgrounds facility located at 250 Fairgrounds St. in Franklin, IN near highway US 31.  

Click here for the Train Show Flyer

Click here for the Dealer sign up form


Track Talk









Track Talks returns to In person meets and alternating zoom meetings

The next Track Talk will be on Sunday August 13 at the home of Eric Peterson from 3 to 6 PM.  


This is also special invitation to new and renewing NMRA members. Eric has contacted recent NMRA members and hopes many will attend as a chance to meet other members and get acquainted. Missed renewing recently? Come anyway.


Eric's layout is O Scale 2 Rail modeling CSX and predecessors back to steam. This layout has been built in sections for relocation. This has been successful as the layout is now in the 5th basement after moving from the 2nd garage. It is now 19' by 41' after moving in 2017 and expanding from 19’ x 25’ by adding some sections. The layout sections are easy to set up and you can see how this has worked during this open house. 


The layout is single track twice around with passing sidings and an 8-track yard. It is a work in progress with some scenery in place and other projects are under construction. Eric hopes to have the new passenger terminal in operation for this event.


The layout has been rewired for DCC and the addition of a CMRI signal system. Terminal boards are on hinges at the edge of the layout for wiring and electronics. Six locomotives have been converted to DCC so far. Others will be on display.  3D printing is also a resource for signal switch machines and houses now being added to the layout. 

Questions, Suggestions, Ideas?  Call Eric Peterson 317-947-4829 

Additional Information:         

  1. Introductions.

  2. Layout Tour and information on the progress on Eric's home layout.
                                                                       **  For future Zoom Meetings **

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


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.                               

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Modelers Meet
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Next Modelers Meet set for September 23rd in Ellettsville, Indiana at the First United Methodist Church.

803 W. Temperance St.

Ellettsville, Indiana

This will be from 10 AM to 3 PM

There will be a formal presentation

"Covering a Lot of Ground"

on basic scenery, tools, techniques and materials by Trevor Jones


Bring any projects that you are working on to share.  Maybe a Heavy Vehicle, "Non Rail" that you are doing for the CID Contests!

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.

Miami County Model Fall Train Show and Swap Meet

Saturday, September 30, 2023

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Miami County Fairgrounds, 4-H Project and Community Buildings

1029 W. 200 N., Peru, Indiana, 46970

Click here for the Train Show Flier

SIR Annual Train Show and Swap Meet
Hosted by the Southern Indiana Railroad
Saturday October 7, 2023
10 AM to 3 PM
Admission:  1 CAN good for Food Bank


1st Presbyterian Church

222 Walnut Street @ Chestnut Street

Jeffersonsville, IN  47130


Convention Hotel is the Indianapolis Airport

Crowne Plaza

NYCSHS Convention in Indianapolis Indiana
April 26 28, 2024

Tours, Clinics, Modular Layouts, Train Show, Banquet and more

For more information check the NYCSHS website at:


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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