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Great River Valley System


GRVS is the Twin Cities, Minnesota premier N-scale club utilizing both the N-Trak and T-Trak standards. We exhibit in about 15 shows a year all over the Midwest. In addition, GRVS itself puts on two shows each year:

Westminster Train Show
Great Minnesota Train Expo

Join us at one of our meetings, meet the gang. The only requirement is a desire for railroading, small and large.

This Month's Meeting

March 14

The next meeting will be held at the Maplewood Library.

Mark will show us how to use the free Photoshop-like program GIMP to mess around with pictures.

Website Changes

Feb 15- The images from Mark's clinic on creating background flats has been added in the Clinics page. (members only)
Dec 19- On LINKS page, added section on where to get major components such as wire and connectors.
Dec 18- On NTRAK page, an image of the powerpole connectors has been added to aid in creating the bus line.
Sep 21- In MEMBERS the GRVS filter now flags the committee members
Apr 26- New images in PICTURES
Feb 13- Log in to add captions to PICTURES
Feb 8- Model railroad calculations are now available as links in CLINICS
Includes online calculations, computer program, and Android app




date namevenuecity
Feb 17-18    Mad City    Alliant Energy Center    Madison, WI      map
Mar 17-18    La Crosse Train Show    Omni Center    Onalaska, WI      map
Mar 24-25    Randolph    Randolph High School    Randolph, MN      map
Apr 07    Granite City    Rivers Edge Conv.Center    Saint Cloud, MN      map
Apr 28-29    Titletown    Shopko Hall    Green Bay, WI      map
May 12    State Fair    State Fair    St Paul, MN      map
Sep 15    State Fair    State Fair    St Paul, MN      map
Feb 09-10    Worlds Greatest Hobby    Mid America Center    Council Bluffs, IA      map


date name venue city time
Feb 15    GRVS    Southdale Library    Edina, MN    6:30       map
Mar 14    GRVS    Maplewood Library    Maplewood     6:30       map
Apr 11    GRVS    Southdale Library    Edina, MN    6:30       map
May 09    GRVS    TBD        6:30        

Flea Markets

date name venue city time
Mar 03    North Metro    VFW    Coon Rapids, MN    9:00 - 3:00       map
Apr 14    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map


date name venue city
Jun 20-24    National N Scale Convention    Sheraton Salt Lake Hotel    Salt Lake City, UT       map
Aug 05-12    NMRA National     Kansas City Convention Center    Kansas City, MO       map
Aug 10-12    National Train Show    Kansas City Convention Center    Kansas City, MO       map
Sep 05-08    National Narrow Gauge    Doubletree Hotel    Bloomington, MN       map