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The 2018 Mass Transit & Trolley Modelers' Meet

Presented By -
The New York City Model Transit Association &
The Shore Line Trolley Museum

November 3, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Setup Times -
Friday November 2 - Noon - 10 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 am

The Parsippany PAL Center
33 Baldwin Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Take advantage of LOWER PRICING!

Admission: $15 - If Pre-registered by Oct 20, 2018
After Oct 20 - $20
R-9 Color Taken at the door.
Spouse & Children (under 16 with paid adult) - Free

Vendors Tables (2.5' x 8') - $40 per table If Pre-registered by Oct 20, 2018
- $45 after October 20 & at door.

Vendor pays only for the tables required, no admission fee.
However, any helpers that assist vendors must pay admission fee.
Vendor spouse and children (under 16 with paid adult) free.

Vendors please note - Items to be sold should include TRANSIT RELATED items. This includes: Streetcars, Interurbans, Subway & Elevated Rapid Transit, Commuter Rail, Buses, and Trolley Coaches. Any GENERAL Railroad items, including models and toys, by themselves, are discouraged. There are other venues for these items. Any questions about this policy can be directed to us at


All proceeds, after expenses, will go to the
Shore Line Trolley Museum.

reg form - Click here for a printable flyer and registration form.


  • Operating Layouts - Featuring Model Trolley, Rapid Transit, Commuter Rail, and Bus Equipment

  • Vendors - Models, Equipment, Books, Videos, Memorabilia, and much more!
    ** Click here for a listing of vendors that have signed up to attend

  • Vintage Buses - Restored NJ buses from NJ Transportation Heritage

  • Model Contests * - For rules and information see table below.

  • Lectures & Clinics - From Prominent Transit Historians & Modelers

    Directions and Area Information -

    The Parsippany PAL Center is located just off Route 46 and Balwin Road in Parsippany, New Jersey and is near Route 80 and several major highways.

    It is within steps of the Lakeland Bus Lines service from NYC's Port Authority Bus Terminal.

    - Ample, free, on-site parking is available with step free access inside the venue.

    Please keep checking this site for updates.  Dealers and people wanting to set up displays, please contact us at
    for convention information.

    Area Hotel Information

    Ramada Limited Parsippany
    949 US-46, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    (973) 263-5702

    Holiday Inn & Suites
    707 Route 46 East, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    (973) 263-2000

    Red Roof Inn
    855 US-46, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054
    (973) 334-3737

    Travelodge Parsippany
    625 US-46, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054
    (973) 882-8600

    Hyatt House
    299 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    (973) 428-8875

    Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
    199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    (973) 515-2000

    Days Inn
    3159 U.S. 46, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    (973) 335-0200

    NYCMTA _ Contest Rules

    New York City Model Transit Association


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    Any mass transit vehicle*, in any scale may be entered into the Model Contest provided that it is the ORIGINAL work of the contestant.

    • The contestant must be present to complete the entry form. Please limit your entry to ONE MODEL or set.
    • Scratch builders are encouraged to provide one or more prototype photos in the scratch built or kit bashed category. This documentation helps judges verify any unique features of the original that are duplicated on the model. There is a five (5) point bonus for submitting a photo. To earn points, the photo(s) must be of the prototype, not the model entered. All models are graded by a point system used by the judges.
    • The contest opens at 10:00AM for registration. Contestant agrees to leave model on the competition table until after the judges have made their decision and prizes have been Awarded, i.e., until 3:00PM. The contest table will be supervised at all times.
    • There must be a minimum of three models entered in competition for either the model or structure category to justify a contest. If there are fewer than the minimum number of entries In either category, an entry MUST score at least 240 points to qualify for the top prize In the judged contest. The Judges decisions are final.


    • Prizes consist of an award for the Best Model for a transit vehicle and Best Model for a Transit related structure; in the opinion of the judges, Honorable Mention may be given to other commendable models in each category. In addition to the judged model contest, there is a Popular award given for the best model as voted by attendees of the show. Ballots for this purpose are distributed at the registration desk. One vote per person


    • Models not intended for the contest may be placed on the designated area of the table for display. We encourage modelers to showcase their works in progress or other models they particularly wish to display for others to see and admire. Any model vehicle or structure may be put on the table if there is room for it. Limit one display model per person.


    • SCRATCH BUILT MODEL - Made/built by the contestant from plans, photos, etc., from any materials to produce a prototype or freelance representation. The only commercial parts to be items to finish model.
    • KIT MODEL - Built by the contestant from a commercial kit as designed by manufacturer, Including all parts to complete it. In the case of vehicle models, items from other sources may be used to finish.
    • MODIFIED KIT - This category includes commercial models modified by contestant from the original kit to a specific prototype or made from parts of commercial kit(s) to represent a specific prototype. Unpainted commercial models including brass, epoxy or urethane shells super detailed , powered, and painted by the contestant fall into this category.

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    * Defined as trolley, interurban, rapid transit car, trackless trolley, bus, and commuter rail car.

    For additional information contact us -
    New York City Model Transit Association.

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    Rules Updated - 07-04-2013
    Page Updated - 01-21-2018

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