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Welcome to the Empire Junction 2019 Website. The 2019 Northeastern Region NMRA Convention will be held in Liverpool, NY (suburb of Syracuse, NY) at the Holiday Inn.

September 19-22, 2019

Check back here often for updates about all the exciting events planned for Empire Junction 2019!

The Empire Junction 2019 NER Convention is in Syracuse, NY hosted by the Central New York Division. The Convention will be at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, site of prior conventions in 2008 and 2012. Conveniently located at NYS Thruway exit 37, this is a modern, full-service hotel with on-site restaurant and lounge, and indoor pool. Room rate for single or double occupancy is only $115.00 per night. Note that this rate is in effect Wednesday night through Sunday night should you wish to extend your stay and enjoy more of what Central New York in the Fall has to offer.

Empire Junction takes its name from the fact that Syracuse is the crossroads of New York State. In the 1830’s the Oswego Canal met the Erie Canal in downtown Syracuse, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie with the Hudson River. Later, the New York Central, the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western, the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg, the West Shore, and the O & W all passed through Central New York. New York Central and DL&W had extensive yard and engine service facilities. Until 1938 the Central ran down Washington Street through the center of the city. Today CSX, the Susquehanna, and Fingerlakes Railway intersect here, as do Interstate 90 and 81. Train- watching sites abound here, with plenty of mixed freight, intermodal and Amtrak trains.