Hotel & Banquets

Welcome Reception - Banquet - Awards Breakfast Info

Welcome to Syracuse Reception – Thursday, September 19,  5:30–6:30PM $10 per Person

Meet and greet old friends and new while enjoying a presentation on the great places around Central New York to go Rail Fanning and sight seeing!! 

    JUST THIRSTY (Assorted Soda & Bottled Water, Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee, Specialty & Regular Teas)

    VEGETABLE CRUDITE (Assortment of Fresh Vegetables Served with Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

    CHEESE & CRACKER DISPLAY (International & Domestic Cheeses  with Seasonal Fresh Fruit and an Assortment of Crackers)


Saturday Banquet – 7:00 PM -  $40.00 per person 

The Banquet will be served Buffet Style. After dinner please enjoy a presentation by our guest speaker Shane Wilson of We will not be doing any awards at the banquet. The Awards will be handed out at the Awards Breakfast on Sunday.

Pre-Dinner Cocktail Hour – 6:00 PM – CASH BAR   


        Salad:   Garden Salad & Florentine Pasta Salad

        Trimmings (Vegetables)Seasoned haricots vert  (fancy name for green beans)

        Entrees: Chicken & Risotto, Baked Atlantic Salmon &  Braised Beef Jardiniere

        Desserts: Strawberry Shortcake (Pound cake topped with fresh berries & whipped cream)

            New York Style Cheesecake (Topped with your choice of strawberry or chocolate sauce)



Sunday Awards Breakfast – 8:30 AM - $25.00 per person

At the Awards breakfast we will be handing out the Model Contest Awards as well as the Achievement Program Awards for the year.


        Scrambled Eggs

        Home Fried Potatoes

        Assorted Cold Cereals

        Sliced Fresh Fruit

        Assorted Muffins, Butter & Preserves

        Chilled Fruit Juices, Milk, Coffee/Tea/Decaf

        Cinnamon French Toast

        Bacon & Sausage

Hotel Info

Click Here For Hotel Reservations for Empire Junction 2019

The Holiday Inn will be re-branded as a Wyndham Hotel sometime in Fall 2019. This will likely not impact us at all, but any reservation made prior to the change will transition to the Wyndham. The reservation system and the room rate will not change.

The Empire Junction 2019 NER Convention, Sept. 19 - 22, is in Syracuse/Liverpool, 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 and was completely renovated in 2012. Conveniently located at NYS Thruway/Interstate 90 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 (Sept.18) through Sunday night (Sept. 23) should you wish to extend your stay and enjoy more of what Central New York in the Fall has to offer.

The Thursday afternoon Welcome Reception (snacks and cash bar) will include a presentation on Train-Watching in Central New York. During the convention, CNY Division members will be available in our Hospitality Room, with free coffee, baked goods, and advice on getting the most out of your visit. In addition there are 12 restaurants (not including fast food locations) within 1.5 miles of the hotel, and further afield, Syracuse offers a wide variety of dining experiences to please any palate, generally at moderate prices. 

The link below will take you to the hotel reservation site. 

441 Electronics Pkwy

For more info and Questions please contact our Convention Chairman at