Membership & Benefits

Why Join Piedmont Division and the NMRA?

To learn more about model railroading, to help others learn more about model railroading, to make friends, to have fun!

Nine-month RAIL PASS trial membership is available for just $19.95 – go to nmra.org/trial-membership.

For more information about the National Model Railroad Association – go to nmra.org.

NMRA membership provides the fellowship and assistance of more than 18,000 members across the globe, including these benefits:

 

  • Beginners' Guide

    Our Beginners' Guide offers those new to the hobby help in learning the basics about track, wiring, scenery and more.

  • Partnership Program

    Piedmont Division offers discounts from model railroading manufacturers, publishers and suppliers.

  • Model Railroad Directory

    Member layouts available to visit worldwide.

  • Achievement Program

    The Achievement Program encourages modelers to get more out of the hobby by providing an incentive to learn and master skills, culminating in the certification as a MASTER MODEL RAILROADER® (MMR)

  • Modeling with the Masters

    An intense, multi-day seminars conducted by MASTER MODEL RAILROADERS. Seminars cover many topics and provide hands-on instruction of modeling techniques for beginners as well as advanced hobbyists.

  • NMRA Magazine

    NMRA's monthly publication featuring news, modeling articles, product reviews and other information.

  • NMRA eBulletin and NMRA Turntable

    Online newsletters that provide breaking news and collect the most interesting railroad related websites, videos, blog and articles on the web

  • National and Regional Conventions

    National conventions run a full week that usually feature about 100 clinics and 50 layout tours and dozens of prototype tours. Regional conventions vary in duration from two to five days and may feature prototype and layout tours, plus clinics and other activities.

  • Online Video Library

    Helpful “how-to” videos and clinics presented at NMRA Conventions and Events.

  • NMRA Online Archives

    With more than 10,000 photographs, slides, plans, drawings and more.

  • Standards, Recommended Practices, Technical notes and Information

    Enabling reliable performance and interoperability from all manufacturers.

  • NMRA Standards Guages, Books Data Sheets and Track Templates

    Significant discounts over retail prices are available to members

  • Collection Insurance

    Group rate insurance for collections, layouts, live steam, tools, slides, photographs and other memorabilia