Convention Date: September 11-14, 2014
Convention Location: Palmer, MA
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The "Booklets" are password-protected pdf files. Registered attendees will be provided the password via email.
Also, layout tour booklets will not be provided at the convention, so please print ahead of time if you need a hardcopy.
The NER Visits the Town of Seven Railroads
Three days of home and club layout tours, a day devoted to prototype railroading, nearly 30 clinics, a dinner banquet and awards breakfast, both in a historic railroad station, and the hospitality area centered in a restored 1909 parlor car .... all this and more await you at the New England Diamonds Convention on September 11-14 in Palmer, MA. Co-sponsored by the HUB and Nutmeg Divisions, the convention name comes from its host location in the community known as "The Town of Seven Railroads."
Palmer's Converse Middle School, at 24 Converse Street in downtown Palmer, will host many of the convention activities. On Saturday, the gymnasium will house three modular layouts and the cafeteria will house a group of hobby vendors, while clinics and the model and photo contests will be held in classrooms throughout the school on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Finally, the local school will be having an Operation Lifesaver poster contest, with students' posters displayed throughout the school.
NOTE: Thursday evening clinics will be held at the Palmer High School, located at 4105 Main Street, Palmer.
The Steaming Tender Restaurant, located at 28 Depot Street adjacent to the CSX-G&W diamond, serves as an important part of the convention. It is located in the former Palmer Railroad Station, a Romanesque-style building designed by famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson (who also designed Boston's Trinity Church and the New York State Capital in Albany). The station opened to the public on June 1, 1884 and, at the time, served both the Boston and Albany and New London Northern Railroads.
"Convention Central" will be located in the restored 1909 New Haven Railroad Parlor Car adjacent to the restaurant. The parlor car will serve as the convention's registration and hospitality area for the entire weekend. There will be a shuttle operating between the Middle School and the restaurant.
Read about Palmer's interesting railroad history and the reason for the nickname Town of Seven Railroads.