Monthly Contest Information

ribbonWe have three categories each month. You can enter Scratchbuilt, Kit Bashed, or Kit built. This should allow anyone to enter anything they are proud of and at any skill level. There is also a photo category.

Judging is by popular vote but if you wish to have your model judged by NMRA rules for the Achievement Program we will make arrangements for you. We would like to offer more judged contests so that members could gain points and experience needed to earn Achievement Program recognition.

Rules Update:

At the June 2017 BOG meeting, the Board approved revised rules. Here are the results:

June 2017 revised Contest Rules. Word Doc or .PDF


Rules and procedures for the virtual contest may be found here. PDF DOC. A revision to the number entries has been made. Its sets a limit of 3 models and 3 photos. No photo category for weathering.

The virtual contest for November is weathering. The category is weathering applied to model. Entries may be submitted until the deadline.
Deadline for entries is 12 pm, noon, Sunday, November 14, 2021.
Entries should be sent to or

Voting is to commence once the entries have been posted.
Deadline for voting is 12 midnight, Friday, November 19, 2021.
If you can not use the link provided then send a e-mail to
This is for voting only. Review the contest documents for specific instructions on voting.

Entries for the November Contest will be posted no later than 11/15/2021
Virtual Contest for November
Category Entry Number Description Picture Voting
101 ACY boxcar rusted
  102 ATSF 82076 ATSF 82076
  103 G&C 378 G&C 378
  104 NP 91235 NP 91235
BLW 1200 BLW 1200
BN 9908 BN 9908
BNSF 699 BNSF 699
BNSF 3111 BNSF 3111
COLO grain elevator COLO grain elevator


Here is the schedule and results:


2021 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.


2020 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.


2016 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

2015 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.


2014 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

2013 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

2012 Contests

*Single class, judged on weathering alone.

2011 Contests

2010 - 2011 Year-End Winners

2009 Contests

2009 - 2010 Year-End Winners

Previous Year's Contests »

Note: Anyone having suggestions for the contest program is urged to contact a member of the BOG. Let your opinion count!