The 2022 National Convention is planned for Sunday, May 15th through Friday, May 20th in Buena Park in Southern California.

Online registration is now closed.

You may still attend the Convention by registering at the Registration Desk in California. You may also add trips, subject to availability, at that time.

News Flash:

An agreement has been reached with the Knott’s management to allow us to offer on a one-day basis only, behind-the-scenes tours of their narrow-gauge park railroad. The three tours will take place early on Thursday, May 19th. Space is very limited. Please note: tickets will only be sold in the Registration Room. This event is limited to 20 attendees per tour and is restricted to NRHS Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel guests only.

Also, minor changes have been made to the scheduled times for the Thursday and Friday events.

Click here to download the latest (Version 9 – updated April 28th) Convention Booklet.

Click here to download the latest convention Mail Order Form. (Version 4 – updated April 4th).

Please note: The California Department of Public Health has updated Its COVID-19 Travel Guidelines, dated March 2022. This information has been updated in both the Convention Booklet and Mail Order Form.

Go to the California Department of Public Health’s website for the latest information:

Planned events include: Advisory Council, Board of Directors and Annual Membership meetings, visits to Balboa Park in San Diego, the Southern California Railroad Museum in Perris, the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar.

Our host hotel will be the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, 7675 Crescent Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620. The telephone number is: 1-866-752-2444.

All convention events will be leaving from the hotel.

The hotel is located adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park. Parking for hotel guests is included at no extra charge. If you are not staying at the hotel, parking is available for a $20 charge per day. The hotel also includes a full-service restaurant, a fitness center, a pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts and many other amenities. Please note: there is no hotel shuttle to the airport.

We have negotiated a room rate of $119 per night for up to two people in a room, taxes extra. This rate is available starting two days before and running through two days after the end of the convention. Please use the discount code to receive the group rate: NRHS2022. Rooms must be booked by April 14, 2022 to receive the special rate.

Updated: Rooms covered by the NRHS group rate include a Standard Two Queen and a Single King options. There are a very limited number of ADA Accessible rooms available. No smoking is allowed in the hotel.

The hotel has the Amber Waves full-service restaurant. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check-in time starts at 4:00pm; check-out time is at 12:00pm (Noon). The hotel front desk will hold a limited amount of luggage for those guests attending functions on the day of departure, so that they may check out by Noon to avoid late check-out charges. There will be a $10 charge per person for this service; please check with the hotel front desk.


Here’s a quick look at the convention program highlights. The convention registration website is not open yet, but should be soon.

Seating is limited for some events and classes of service.

Sunday, May 15:

Registration room opens at 3pm until 8pm.

Monday, May 16:

  • Morning event. NRHS Advisory Council Meeting.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon event. NRHS Board of Directors Meeting.

Tuesday, May 17:

  • All day event. Travel by motor coach to visit the famous San Diego Model Railroad Museum at Balboa Park. Return trip by motor coach to the San Diego Amtrak station, ride a Pacific Surfliner train to the Fullerton station, then ride motor coaches back to the hotel. Lunch is included.

Wednesday, May 18:

  • All day event. Travel by motor coach to the Southern California Railway Museum (formerly the Orange Empire Railway Museum). Barbecue lunch included. Diesel-powered train ride and streetcar/trolley rides throughout the park.

Thursday, May 19:

  • New! Morning event. Special behind-the-scenes walking tours of the Knott’s Berry Farm live steam narrow gauge railroad. Open to Knott’s Berry Farm hotel guests only. Limited to twenty per tour. Three tours total. Tickets must be purchased in the convention Registration Room.
  • Travel by motor coach to the Nethercutt Museum and Collections at Sylmar. Lunch is included.

Friday, May 20:.

  • Morning event. Travel by motor coach to Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, including visiting Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn. Lunch is included.
  • Afternoon event. Annual Membership meeting.
  • Evening event. Annual NRHS Banquet at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.