Liberty Bell Special - NMRA MER Fall Convention
 
October 2019
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Thu, 10/10/2019 - Sun, 10/13/2019
Categories
Conventions, Excursions, Meeting, Model Railroad, Tours, Workshops and Clinics
Location
Crowne Plaza Hotel - King of Prussia
260 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
United States
Times
7 pm - 11 pm Thursday, 8 am - 11 pm Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Saturday, 8 am - 4 pm Sunday
Admission Fees
Registration is open to NMRA Members and their families. Early registration (through 8/31/19) is $50. Basic registration (9/1/19 through 10/3/19 is $55. Registration at the door is $60.

If you are not a NMRA member, you can still register for the convention as a non-member and pay an additional
Description
Come celebrate trains in the cradle of liberty!

The Philadelphia Division, NMRA welcomes you and yours to Liberty Bell Special 2019! The next Convention will be October 10 through October 13, 2019
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA.

Since Monday, October 14th is a federal holiday, the hotel has agreed to extend the room rates for
the convention for an additional 3 days before and into the week following the convention. The hotel is
in walking distance to the second largest shopping mall in the United States with shops and dining to
meet any tastes. Also, within driving distance are the Valley Forge National Park (whose accommodations
during the winters of the American Revolution were not as luxurious as our hotel), Longwood Gardens
(the gardens of the Dupont family), and many more places of interest.

At this time, we have a prototype tour on the Colebrookdale Railroad. The Colebrookdale is part of the former Reading Barto branch in nearby Boyertown, PA that is a short, 50-minute drive from the hotel. In addition to the autumn foliage that occurs in early October, there will be the train ride,
lunch, and a tour of the railroad’s shops.

We have a growing list of layout tours scheduled.
Efforts are under way to continue to add to the list both with individual and club layouts. We are attempting to keep
all tours and open houses to drives of 30 minutes or less.

Liberty Bell Special will begin on Thursday night with clinics which will continue through Sunday morning. We have one tentative, hands-on clinic planned with a noted presenter, as well as many more sessions tentatively planned. Again, check the website for additional or new clinics.
As usual, Saturday will include the Contest Room.
Plan now to bring your latest modeling efforts for sharing with other MER members. More AP credits may be available for your efforts.
Sprinkled among all these activities will be opportunities to operate on some truly spectacular individual and club layouts. We’re keeping those AP Dispatcher hours in mind.

As for non-convention activities, to whet your appetite, we suggest you visit and check out the following website for starters:
https://www.valleyforge.org.
This is the website for the area’s tourism and vacation planning guide. You may also be interested in visiting historic Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall, the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, America’s oldest Zoo, and much more: https://www.discoverphl.com.
If you have school-age children studying the history of the United States, you won’t want to miss the Constitution Center, home of the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, and the new Museum of the American Revolution.

We hope you and yours will take advantage of this opportunity to visit the convention for a truly memorable experience.
Additional Information
Wheelchair Accessible
Contact Information
2019MERConventionChairman@gmail.com
 
 
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