Definition: HO -- Horribly Oversized

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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.

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


we will be at the Shoreview Library.

Don Smith will go over part 1 of Auto Reversers, good ones, bad ones, and how to use them.

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
Mar 23-24    Randolph    Randolph High School    Randolph    plan  map
Apr 13    Granite City    Rivers Edge Conv.Center    Saint Cloud    plan  map
May 11    State Fair Show    State Fair    St Paul      map
Jul 06-07    Toy Train Expo    Chippewa Valley Expo    Eau Claire, WI      map
Sep 14    State Fair Show    State Fair    St Paul      map
Oct 12-13    Indianhead Train Show    Sports Arena    Eau Claire, WI      map


date name venue city time
Apr 10    GRVS    Ridgedale Library    Minnetonka    6:30       map
May 08    GRVS    TBD        6:30        

Flea Markets

date name venue city time
Apr 06    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake    9:00 - 2:00       map
Apr 26    Newport Model RR Club    Woodbury HS    Woodbury    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