National Model Railroad Association Mid Central Region Division 9, the Coal Division, is proud to host the 2010 Mid Central Region Convention, The Coalfield Express. While many MCR cities have hosted conventions in recent years, nobody can quite seem to remember when it was last in Charleston. We do know it has been at least 20 years and likely much longer.
Charleston, the largest city in West Virginia and the State Capital, is an easily navigated city that is close to power plants, coal mines, and the New River Gorge. Tours will allow you to see these sights up close. We’ll visit American Electric Power’s John Amos Plant, Walker Machinery, a supplier of heavy equipment, a surface mine, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine as well as the New River Bridge and Hawk’s Nest State Park.
Back at the convention hotel (the Embassy Suites) you will find the usual sorts of activities including the model contest, raffle, silent auction, company store, clinics, hospitality suite, and banquet. Thursday evening will you will have the opportunity to operate one of three area layouts. Sunday will find a number of layouts in the immediate Charleston area open for visits. Also, look for layouts in outlying areas on your way home from the convention.
We think you fill find the Embassy Suites Hotel to be an outstanding venue for the convention. It is conveniently located right in downtown Charleston. The room rate includes an absolutely sumptuous breakfast buffet as well as a late afternoon Manager’s Reception that includes complimentary beverages and snacks. Meals outside the hotel can be found at the nearby Marriott Hotel, just down the block, or across the street at the Charleston Town Center, one of the largest city center shopping malls in the country.
We will be developing this site in much more detail in the coming days and weeks so check back often for more details. In the meantime, the registration form is now available. Just click here to see it.
Updated August 9, 2009