NASG Convention

The 2017 NASG Convention

The 2017 NASG Convention will be held from August 8 through 12, 2017 at the North Baltimore Radisson Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland. The Convention is co-hosted by the Baltimore Area American Flyer Club and the Washington and Old Dominion Club.

Visit Official 2017 Convention Web Site

Basic Information

NASG Conventions are held each year, typically in the late-July, early-August time frame. A Convention is sponsored and organized by one or more individuals, or one or more clubs. A Convention's activities are usually spread out over three or more days. The event typically draws people from all over North America, Europe, and Asia. It is open to all current NASG members. Some parts of the Convention may be open to the general public, but that is entirely up to the organizers.


2015 First Place Scratchbuilt Structures by Jay Mellon
photo © Roy Inman; used by permission

There is usually a layout set up at the Convention hotel, and modelers living in the area may have organized, or be open for self-guided, tours for you to visit their layouts. At the Convention hotel there will be many clinics held every day. There will also be a contest room, holding contest models of all levels and types. Contests are formal, but some Conventions may also have informal, popular-vote, special contests. The NASG has tiered contests, meaning that if you have never entered a model, you don't have to worry about being judged against an experienced veteran modeler. So, if at all possible, always bring a model to an NASG Convention (see section below for more information about entering contests at NASG Conventions).


photo © Bill Winans; used by permission

There are usually optional extra-fare events associated with a Convention, such as local tours of railroading or industrial facilities. Some Conventions include activities for spouses and children. And, of course, there is always the possibility of touring the area on your own before, during, or after the Convention. Turn the Convention into a mini-vacation.

One of the big draws of a Convention is that it is a gathering place for all current vendors who sell S-scale products. If S-scale products are hard to get in your area, a Convention is a great place to make your purchases (see photo on the right).

How Do I Stay Up-to-date?

The NASG also owns the "nasgconventions.com" domain. You can always go to that to see the most recent or upcoming NASG Convention. This is because sometimes the Convention's web site is hosted on the NASG server, and sometimes it is hosted by the group that organizes the Convention.

NASG Convention Contests

To help demystify the model contests held at NASG Conventions, Monte Heppe, former NASG Contest Chairman, wrote a three-part article for the NASG's The Dispatch. The fundamental text has now been copied to this web site, for your enjoyment. If you are interested in entering one or more of your models or photos in the contest, please take a few minutes to read this article.

Future NASG Convention Planning

The 2018 NASG Convention is organized by the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders, but no specifics are available yet.

The 2019 NASG Convention is scheduled to be held from July 31 to August 4, 2019 and is organized by the Central Ohio S Gaugers, but the location is not known yet.

If you or your club are considering hosting a future NASG Convention, use the resources below to help you with your planning.

Contact person: Dave Blum


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Contact the NASG webmaster, Peter Vanvliet, if you need any assistance with NASG Convention web site information, or would like to have him manage the whole web site project for you (examples are the 2012 through 2015 Conventions below).

Past NASG Conventions

If the public web site for the Convention is still available, you can click the city name to go to the site. Click on the photos to view a larger version. If you have any leads to missing data and/or photos, feel free to contact the webmaster.

2016

Novi, MI
Organizer(s):
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers

Convention Cars:


American Models D&M Box Car

American Models GATX tank car

Best-of-show:


TPL Crane Car by Bob Hogan

Thomas the Tank by Jerry Poniatowski

Notes:

2015

Kansas City, MO
Organizer(s):
Dave Blum

Convention Car:


MTH KCS Hopper

Best-of-show:


U&L Milk Car by William Monaghan

Notes:

2014

Oconomowoc, WI
Organizer(s):
Badgerland S Gaugers, State-Line S Gaugers

Convention Car:


MTH SOO Reefer

Best-of-show:


D&H Hopper by William Monaghan

Notes:

2013

Scranton, PA
Organizer(s):
Jamie Bothwell

Convention Car:


Lionel ThermIce Tank Car

Best-of-show:


KCS Rebuilt USRA Box Car by Pieter Roos

Notes:

2012

Chattanooga, TN
Organizer(s):
Dave Blum

Convention Car:


American Models NC&StL Box Car

Best-of-show:


SP Lark 3-unit Diner Car by Bob Hogan

Notes:

2011

Sacramento, CA
Organizer(s):
Ed Loizeaux

Convention Car:

SP sugar beets gondola, but, due to manufacturing issues, the project was cancelled.

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

2010

Duluth, MN
Organizer(s):
The Pines and Prairies S-Scale Workshop

Convention Car:

C&GW-lettered PRR X29 box car, but, due to manufacturing issues, the project was cancelled.

Best-of-show:


CN 4-6-2 by Andy Malette
2009

St. Louis, MO
Organizer(s):
Jim Bresnahan

Convention Cars:


S-Helper Service Falstaff Reefer

S-Helper Service Lemp Reefer

Best-of-show:


Western Pacific 2-8-2 by Bob Hogan

Notes:

Attendance: under 200

More info and photos in the October 2009 NASG Dispatch.

2008

Lowell, MA

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service Moxie Reefer
2007

Baltimore, MD

Convention Cars:


S-Helper Service FGE Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)

S-Helper Service MMID Hopper
(photo © Bill Winans)
2006

Pontiac, MI
Organizer(s):
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers

Convention Car:


American Models PM Gondola
(photo © Ken Garber)

Best-of-show:


CN Woodside Caboose by Andy Malette

Notes:

Attendance: 309

More info and photos in the October 2006 NASG Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

2005

Altoona, PA

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service Curve Beer Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
2004

Arlington Heights, IL

Convention Car:


S Scale America Insulated Box Car
(photo © Ken Garber)
2003

Oconomowoc, WI

Convention Car:


S Scale America Sinclair Tank Car
(photo © Bill Winans)
2002

Strongsville, OH

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service NKP Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
2001

Scranton, PA

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service LRX Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
2000

San Jose, CA

Convention Car:


SHS Chateau Martin Wine Car
(photo © Bill Winans)

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

1999

St. Paul, MN

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service M&StL Hoppers (2- and 3-bay PS-2)

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

Glenn Ritter's Photos

1998

Worcester, MA

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service B&M TOFC
1997

Westminster, CO

Convention Car:


Western Car Shops CNW Box Car
(photo © John Gibson)

Notes:

1996

Dearborn, MI
Organizer(s):
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers

Convention Car:


S-Helper Service DT&I Hopper
(photo © Ken Garber)

Notes:

1995

Altoona, PA
Organizer(s):
Altoona Area Train Collectors Club

Convention Car:


Chesapeake Models/Des Plaines Hobbies PRR H39 Hopper
(photo © Bob Werre)

Notes:

Attendance: 230+

See the August 1995 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide for text and photos.

1994

Vancouver, WA

Convention Car:


PRS SP&S Box Car
(photo © Roger Nulton)

Notes:

This Convention was held immediately following the NMRA National Convention.

1993

Valley Forge, PA

Convention Car:


PRS PRR Box Car
(photo © Wally Collins)

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

Bill Lane's Photos

1992

Cleveland, OH
Organizer(s):
Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Assn.

Convention Car:


American Models 52' CUVA Gondola
(photo © Ken Garber)

Notes:

Convention car included steel coil load (two road numbers offered).

1991

Syracuse, NY

Convention Car:

PRS NYC Double-door Box Car

Notes:

1990

Pittsburgh, PA

Convention Car:

Overland Models Ribbed Box Car

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

1989

Kansas City, MO

Convention Car:

American Models 40' Wabash Box Car

Notes:

1988

New Brunswick, NJ

Convention Car:

American Models CNJ 40' Plug-door Box Car

Notes:

1987

Oak Brook, IL

Convention Car:

(none)

Notes:

Attendance: 385

1986

Novi, MI
Organizer(s):
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers

Convention Car:


American Models Ford Hopper
(photo © David Held)

Notes:

Attendance: 160

1985

Sacramento, CA
Organizer(s):
Bay Area S Scalers

Convention Car:

Overland 8,000-gal 1-dome Tank Car

Best-of-show:


Cheyenne Mountain Derrick Car & Idler by Rusty Paulus

Notes:

1984

Buffalo, NY

Convention Car:

(none)

Best-of-show:


Residential Block Diorama by Randy Sappo, Sr

Notes:

1983

Woburn, MA
Organizer(s):
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders

Convention Car:

ACF Covered Hopper (brass)

Best-of-show:


John Bortz

Notes:

1982

Cleveland, OH
Organizer(s):
Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Assn.

Convention Car:

?

Best-of-show:


Water Tank by Phil Hodges

Notes:

1981

Syracuse, NY

Convention Car:

Lionel Box Car

Notes:

First Convention car.

1980

Milwaukee, WI

Notes:

Attendance: 131

1979

Princeton, NJ

Notes:

Joint NMRA Convention.

1978

Silver Spring, MD

Notes:

Attendance: 160

1977

San Jose, CA

Notes:

Attendance: 166

1976

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Notes:

Attendance: 145

Constitutional Convention

1975

Elk Grove Village, IL

Notes:

Attendance: 266

1974

Worcester, MA

Notes:

Attendance: 150

1973

Willow Grove, PA

Notes:

Attendance: 218

1972

Kansas City, MO

Notes:

Attendance: 187

1971

Syracuse, NY

Notes:

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1970

Hershey, PA

Notes:

Attendance: 178

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1969

Alexandria, VA

Notes:

Attendance: 90

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1968

Nashua, NH

Notes:

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1967

Tarrytown, NY

Notes:

Attendance: 70

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1966

Toronto, ON, Canada

Notes:

Attendance: 60

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1965

Rochester, PA

Notes:

Attendance: 68

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1964

Willow Grove, PA

Notes:

Attendance: 50

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1963

East Greenbush, NY

Notes:

Attendance: 43

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1962

Woburn, MA

Notes:

Attendance: 25

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner.

1961

Manhattan, NYC, NY

Notes:

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner, at David Bulkin's home.

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