Welcome to the NFR 2016 Algonquin Turn

Thank You!

The Organizing committee would like to extend our thanks to all those who attended, volunteered, presented a clinic (or two), opened your layout to guests, and certainly not the least to all those individuals and companies who provided raffle prizes or otherwise supported this convention.

There where small glitches along the way but by and far there we have received positive feedback, and this is in no small part to all those who have contributed along the way, before and during the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all again in a year when we will be hosted by the Western Ontario Division in Cambridge Ontario.



New Menu added

Last Minute Info!

Travel information for all attending including parking and in campus directions.

This convention is the annual gathering of the general membership of the NMRA in central Canada, specifically the members of the Niagara Frontier Region, a geographic entity generally encompassing Ontario, east of the great lakes and some of our great neighbors to the immediate south.  But the invitation to attend extends to anyone who cares to join us for several days of clinics, layout tours, inspiring interaction with fellow modellers and a general good time focused on Model Railroading in its many forms.


Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8, 2016


The convention will be held on the Woodroffe Campus of Algonquin College and you can find maps, driving instructions and more at http://www.algonquincollege.com/maps/.


There will be three cycles of four clinics on Friday evening and four cycles of four clinics on Saturday morning. Please view the Clinic page for more information.

Model Contest

The convention will feature the NMRA Achievement program judging, NFR model contest, popular vote and as a special feature a ‘Peanut Butter Lid’ Challenge. Models and Modelling are at the heart of what we are and this is your opportunity to bring your models to share, to invite constructive criticism if desired, and enjoy in the company of your colleagues. More information is available on the Model page under the Features menu.

Layout Tours

There are 24 layouts on the tour list with a wide variety of themes, scales, prototype and era represents. Much more information is available on the Layout Tour page.

Operations Sessions

Three area layouts have opened their doors for an operating session for convention participants, Sign-ups will be on a first come, first served basis with priority going to out of town attendees. Layouts available for an Op session are noted in the descriptions on the layout tours page, and there is an area on the registration form to indicate preference.


The banquet will be held Saturday evening with live music before the meal and our guest speaker this year will be Trevor Marshall, a well-known model railroader who has been seen recently hosting clinic segments on Train Masters TV. The banquet will be catered at the College which has a well deserved local reputation for producing excellent meals as part of the training program for culinary and food services.


Accommodations in the Algonquin College residences which are in easy walking distance to the meeting rooms and will be at considerably lower cost than a typical hotel room. The convention has a block of 50 suites at a cost of $80 per night per suite. These are two room suites which will help keep the cost down significantly for those travelling from out of town. Please see the accommodations page under the Attending? menu item for a full description of the facilities and booking information.

Convention Costs
  • Normal Full Registration cost at $80
  • One day Saturday only registration at $50
  • Under 18 and Students rate of $30.
  • Banquet (not included in above) $35

As this is not a public event, Non NMRA participants will have to purchase a six-month Railpass membership at $10.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars, which means our US friends get a discount due to the current exchange rate.

All of which means that the overall costs of attending the Algonquin Turn are within reach of many of our members.