"As everyone is aware, the coronavirus has had a devastating impact around the world. It has caused the death of tens of thousands of people and that is not something to be trivialized.
The NMRA national convention, Gateway 2020, is scheduled to start on July 12, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. That being said, the local host group has determined that they can no longer continue with the preparations and operation of the convention. Among the reasons for this decision is the fact that one key member is ill with COVID-19. The host group requests your prayers for him.
Additionally, some members of the local model railroad community have withdrawn their model railroads from the tours based on their understandable and valid concerns about allowing persons in their homes who may have the COVID-19 virus. Even if the virus is well under control, that does not mean that everyone who attends the convention would be virus free.
Robert Amsler, Manager of the Meetings and Trade Show Department has advised the officers and the board of directors of this decision and the officers and directors fully support canceling the convention. Neither the Gateway 2020 crew nor the NMRA made this decision in haste or without careful consideration of all involved. The cancelation is in the best interest of the NMRA members, their family members, and the NMRA..."
Despite the cancellation of the Gateway 2020 version of The National T-TRAK Layout in St. Louis, due to the overall cancellation of the NMRA Convention and Show, We, The National T-TRAK Layout Organization is STILL commemorating the 20 year anniversary of T-TRAK with a VIRTUAL Layout, viewable on this website! Replete with a Module Contest, with prizes, hosted by Kato USA, and Participation Plaques sponsored by Jacksonville Terminal Company,LLC.