About the NMRA

The National Model Railroad Association, Inc. advances the global scale model railroading community through education, advocacy, standards, and social interaction.

The National Model Railroad Association, a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational organization, was founded at the first National Convention over Labor Day Weekend, 1935. The initial goal was to develop standards for scale model railroad equipment to facilitate interchangeability and operation of equipment between modelers, clubs and others.

Today, the NMRA is a world wide organization, with over 18,000 active members, associates, families and clubs dedicated to the hobby of scale model railroading in all it's facets, supporting a hobby of many diverse interests that all relate to the greater world of trains and railroads.

Dave Thornton, then a Director and currently Vice President of Administration, wrote a history of the NMRA for the 75th Anniversary celebration at the 2010 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. To read his article, click on the link below:
     The NMRA at 75 Years - A Look Back, A Look Ahead (PDF)