Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station. --Ada Louise Huxtable


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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

Our next meeting will be at the Maplewood Library on November 13th

Walt will talk about 3D Printing and show how to use Sketchup to design models for printing. A 3D printer will print models during the meeting.

Load Sketchup Make 2017 on your laptop and bring it to the meeting to follow along with the demo. You can get the program here. Be sure to download Sketchup Make 2017, the third entry. Feel free to call him before the meeting with any questions.

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
Dec 10    Union Depot    Union Depot    St Paul, MN    plan  map
Dec 21-22    Museum Show    TC Model RR Museum    St Paul, MN    plan  map
Feb 15-16    Mad City    Alliant Energy Center    Madison, WI      map
Feb 29-Mar 01    Worlds Greatest Hobby    River Center    St Paul, MN    plan  map
Mar 28-29    Randolph    Randolph High School    Randolph      map
Jul 11-12    Toy Train Expo    Chippewa Valley Expo    Eau Claire, WI      map
Oct 10-11    West Wisconsin Railroad Club    Sports Arena    Eau Claire, WI      map
Nov 14-15    Trainfest    Wisconsin Expo Center    Milwaukee, WI      map
Nov 21-22    Trains At Christmas    Lyon Fairgrounds    Sioux Falls, SD      map


date name venue city time
Dec 11    GRVS Dinner    Berry Sweet Kitchen    Minneapolis    6:30       map
Jan 08    GRVS    Maplewood Library    Maplewood     6:30       map
Feb 12    GRVS    TBD        6:30        
Mar 13    GRVS    TBD        6:30        
Apr 08    GRVS    TBD        6:30        
May 13    GRVS    TBD        6:30        

Flea Markets

date name venue city time
Dec 07    North Metro    VFW    Coon Rapids    9:00 - 2:00       map
Jan 18    Newport Model RR Club    Woodbury HS    Woodbury, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map
Feb 01    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map
Mar 07    North Metro    VFW    Coon Rapids    9:00 - 2:00       map
Apr 04    Great Upper MidWest Sale    Century College    White Bear Lake, MN    9:00 - 2:00       map
Dec 05    North Metro    VFW    Coon Rapids    9:00 - 2:00       map