A railroad is like a lie, you have to keep building it to make it stand. --Mark Twain

 about us 

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.

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

The Committee:
    Jay Blomquist
    Mark Smith
    Ron Brown
    Walt Pattinson

To contact us by email:
    For basic club information, contact
    For info about shows, contact

This Month's Meeting

January 9th

is the next meeting, and will be held at Ron's place. We should be able to play on his home layout.

February 13th

we will be at the Southdale Library.

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
Jan 19-20    Museum Show    TC Model RR Museum    St Paul, MN    plan  map
Feb 09-10    Worlds Greatest Hobby    Mid America Center    Council Bluffs, IA      map
Feb 16-17    Mad City    Alliant Energy Center    Madison, WI      map
Mar 23-24    Randolph    Randolph High School    Randolph, MN       map
Apr 13    Granite City    Rivers Edge Conv.Center    Saint Cloud, MN      map
May 11    State Fair Show    State Fair    St Paul, MN      map
Sep 14    State Fair Show    State Fair    St Paul, MN      map
Oct 12-13    Indianhead Train Show    Sports Arena    Eau Claire, WI      map


date name venue city time
Jan 09    GRVS    Rons Place        6:30        
Feb 13    GRVS    Southdale Library    Edina    6:30       map
Mar 13    GRVS    TBD        6:30        
Apr 10    GRVS    TBD        6:30        
May 08    GRVS    TBD        6:30        

Flea Markets

date name venue city time
Jan 19    Newport Model RR Club    Woodbury HS    Woodbury, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map
Feb 02    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map
Apr 06    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map


date name venue city
May 17-19    Thousand Lakes Regional    TBD    La Crosse, WI        
Jun 26-30    National N Scale Convention    Crown Plaza    Rosemont, IL       map
Jul 07-12    NMRA National     Little America Hotel    Salt Lake City, UT       map
Jul 12-14    NMRA National Train Show    Mountain America Expo Cntr    Sandy, UT      map