About Palmetto Division

Palmetto Division County Map

The National Model Railroad Association, NMRA, is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading.  The NMRA was founded in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making this our 73rd year in service to the hobby of model railroading!

The Southeast Region, SER, covers the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and a portion of the panhandle of Florida and the Asheville area of North Carolina.

The Palmetto Division encompasses the following counties in South Carolina:
Abbeville, Anderson, Bamberg, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York.

Anyone living in this area who is an NMRA member is automatically a member of the Palmetto Division.  There are no additional fees for the local benefits.

You can sign up for NMRA membership (including the Palmetto Division) at the NMRA web site.

2019 11 09

Fall 2019 Division Meet

Our Fall 2019 meeting will be

Saturday, November 9th
9am until 12:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

at a new location for us:

Northgate Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
633 Summit Drive
Greenville, SC 29609

Note: Fellowship Hall parking and entrance are behind the church

check your email for details on clinics and layout tours

2019 04 13

Columbia 2019 Division Meet

Our Columbia 2019 Division Meet was held April 13 at Arsenal Hill Park in Columbia, SC. This historic building is home to the AMROC (Associated Model Railroads of Columbia) club.

This is the first time we've met in Columbia in a LONG time, so we adjusted the format a bit to provide more of an informational "show and tell". We had 22 in attendance, and shared a great deal of info. Steve Todd gave his "High Tech, Low Cost DCC" presentation and demo'ed some of his gadgetry. Rich Lehman and Clark Gregory shared the history and vision of AMROC, then we adjourned downstairs to check out this intriguing set of layouts in various scales. After lunch, we toured Rich Lehman's excellent basement layout. Everyone indicated the meeting was time well spent.

2019 03 30

Spring 2019 Division Meet

Our Spring 2019 Division Meet was held March 30 at SWU (Southern Wesleyan University) in Central, SC.

We had a great meet at this nice facility, with great entries in the Tips & Techniques contest. Sandy Eustis had a great clinic on "Consider the Wye". We missed out on Howard Garner's "Awesome Awnings" clinic as he had an injury. Attendance was down, but it seemed that all had a great time. After lunch, we were able to visit three excellent layouts: Bob Folsom's Norfolk & Western Pocahontas Division, Howard Garner's Cascade Western, and the Central Railroad Museum. The Central Museum also hosted an excellent scenario-based operations session for us.

2018 03 10

Spring 2018 Division Meet

We held our Spring NMRA Palmetto Division Meeting on Saturday March 10th, at the Woodmen of the World (WOW) Lodge in Greer.

The meeting was well-attended (51 plus guests) and everyone had a great time. The contests are getting more popular every meeting, with lots of fantastic models and tips and techniques (see photos for winners). Jon Judd honored our friend Mike Jensen, and helped us all to remember what a fantastic man he was. We had two excellent clinics: