2018 Convention

The 2018 Convention will take place from August 7th through the 12th in Cumberland, MD.

Link to on-line registration site.

June 29, 2018 Update:

New, additional event for Sunday, Aiugust 12:

Event 1220 - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad rare mileage train trip and shop tour - $45.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has now offered to the NRHS a short, rare-mileage train trip from the Cumberland stsation to their yard. At the yard, we will be given a guided tour of the yard and shops. You will be able to view from the ground the railroad's extra passenger equipment. We will also see the ongoing restoration work being done to steam locomotive WM 1309. Please see the updated Convention Registration Booklet for more information.

You can add this event to your current registration by logging into the on-line registration site.

For those who have already mailed in an order form, a new Mail-in Registration Order Form with the Event 1220 is available for downloading. Both files are also available for downloading at the bottom of this page.

June 18, 2018 Update:

The Ramada Cumberland Downtown is completely full, and no additional space is available. There is no second host hotel with a discounted room rate. However, the Fairfield Inn and Suites (the only other large hotel in Cumberland) is located three blocks away from the Ramada. We understand there is a brand new Hampton Inn Hotel (not a Doubletree) in Cumberland, but it is some ways away from downtown Cumberland. We are told the AAA discount rate is $96 per night. There are also other hotels in nearby towns, but you will need a vehicle to travel between them and Cumberland.

Space has been added to Event #1201, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Lunch Excursion. If you have already registered for the convention, you may re-log into the registation website and add this event.

At this time, the following events are sold out. No wait lists will be kept.

8010, Wild Heart of WV train trip, coach seating.

1020 A-D, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad Trip, Classic Club Class. Space is still available in coach class.

The Ramada Downtown Cumberland is the host hotel. The special daily room rate is $72.00 + taxes per night for one or two people per room. The rate is available for two days prior to and two days after the convention. The hotel's telephone number is 1-301-724-8800. To receive the NRHS special rate, give the code word 'Locomotive' to the clerk.

A buffet breakfast and free on-site parking is included in the daily rate. The hotel is located at Exit 43C off of I-68.

The Convention begins on Tuesday, August 7th in the early afternoon when registration opens in the Washington Room, located near the Ramada's front lobby.

The Convention events continue on Wednesday, August 8th with an all-day bus/train trip on both the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Cass, WV., and the Cheat Mtn. Salamander Connector diesel-powered excursion train. Lunch is included.

On Thursday, August 9th, all events are held at the hotel. Events include the Advisory Council meeting, seminars, the Board of Directors meeting, the annual Membership meeting, the NRHS Fund Inc. meeting and ends with the At-Large Membership meeting.

On Friday, August 10th there will be an all day excursion on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. The trip will begin in Romney, WV. and includes lunch. The day's events conclude with a Night Photo session at the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad.

On Saturday, August 11th there will be an all day steam-powered excursion on the Everett Railroad at Hollidaysburg, PA. Lunch is included. The day's events conclude with the annual Banquet, including a cash bar.

On Sunday, August 12th, there will be a diesel-powered excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Lunch is included. The convention ends when the motorcoaches arrive back at the hotel.

Information on the planned events has been published in the NRHS News, available to NRHS members.

Updates will be posted here as they become available.

Here are the convention registration materials. Please read the registration booklet before placing your order. The faulty links to the web pages have been fixed.

2018 NRHS Convention Registration Booklet, updated July 8, 2018

2018 NRHS Convention Mail-in Registration Order Form, Updated July 8, 2018

Go to: www.regonline.com/nrhs2018convention to register for the convention and place your event orders.

*Note*: If an event does not show up on RegOnline, the event is sold out.