NASG Convention

This page contains everything you might want to know about the annual NASG Conventions. The NASG Convention is held each year, and represents the main event of the organization where modelers, collectors, manufacturers, and dealers get together for several days to share, buy, and trade.

Contact person: Dave Blum

The 2017 NASG Convention

The 2017 NASG Convention was 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.

(we will update this section to the 2018 Convention sometime in September)

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

Below is a complete listing of all the past NASG Conventions that were held, providing as much information about the event as we have collected so far. 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.

2017

Location:
Timonium, MD
Organizers:
Baltimore Area American Flyer Club, Washington and Old Dominion Club
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

MTH B&O (shown) and WM TOFC; separately available McCormick trailer
Best-of-show:

WM Box Car by William Oertly

The Convention Cars and the trailers are still available (click on the "visit web site" link).

2016

Location:
Novi, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

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

2015

Location:
Kansas City, MO
Organizers:
Dave Blum
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

MTH KCS Hopper
Best-of-show:

U&L Milk Car by William Monaghan

The Convention Car is still available via the Store page.

2014

Location:
Oconomowoc, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers, State-Line S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

MTH SOO Reefer
Best-of-show:

D&H Hopper by William Monaghan

The Convention Car is still available via the Store page.

2013

Location:
Scranton, PA
Organizers:
Jamie Bothwell
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

Lionel ThermIce Tank Car
Best-of-show:

KCS Rebuilt USRA Box Car by Pieter Roos

2012

Location:
Chattanooga, TN
Organizers:
Dave Blum
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

American Models NC&StL Box Car
Best-of-show:

SP Lark 3-unit Diner Car by Bob Hogan

2011

Location:
Sacramento, CA
Organizers:
Ed Loizeaux
Event Web Site:
Convention Car:

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

Joint NMRA Convention.

2010

Location:
Duluth, MN
Organizers:
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

Jay Mellon's Report

2009

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
Jim Bresnahan
Registrations:
< 200
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service Falstaff Reefer

S-Helper Service Lemp Reefer
Best-of-show:

Western Pacific 2-8-2 by Bob Hogan

More info and photos in the October 2009 NASG Dispatch.

2008

Location:
Lowell, MA
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service Moxie Reefer

Bill Lane's Photos

2007

Location:
Baltimore, MD
Convention Car:

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

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

Bill Lane's Photos

James Ingram's Videos

2006

Location:
Pontiac, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Registrations:
309
Convention Car:

American Models PM Gondola (photo © Ken Garber)
Best-of-show:

CN Woodside Caboose by Andy Malette

More info and photos in the October 2006 NASG Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

2005

Location:
Altoona, PA
Convention Car:

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

Bill Lane's Photos

Glenn Ritter's Photos

2004

Location:
Arlington Heights, IL
Convention Car:

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

Bill Lane's Photos

2003

Location:
Oconomowoc, WI
Convention Car:

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

Bill Lane's Photos

2002

Location:
Strongsville, OH
Convention Car:

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

Bill Lane's Photos

2001

Location:
Scranton, PA
Convention Car:

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

Bill Lane's Photos

2000

Location:
San Jose, CA
Convention Car:

SHS Chateau Martin Wine Car (photo © Bill Winans)

Joint NMRA Convention.

1999

Location:
St. Paul, MN
Convention Car:

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

Joint NMRA Convention.

Glenn Ritter's Photos

1998

Location:
Worcester, MA
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service B&M TOFC

Glenn Ritter's Photos

1997

Location:
Westminster, CO
Convention Car:

Western Car Shops CNW Box Car (photo © John Gibson)
Best-of-show:

D&RGW 4-6-0 #760 by Rusty Rustermier

1996

Location:
Dearborn, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Convention Car:

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

1995

Location:
Altoona, PA
Organizers:
Altoona Area Train Collectors Club
Registrations:
230+
Convention Car:

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

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

1994

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Convention Car:

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

This Convention was held immediately following the NMRA National Convention.

1993

Location:
Valley Forge, PA
Convention Car:

PRS PRR Box Car (photo © Wally Collins)

Joint NMRA Convention.

Bill Lane's Photos

1992

Location:
Cleveland, OH
Organizers:
Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers
Convention Car:

American Models 52' CUVA Gondola; steel coil load included (photo © Ken Garber)

1991

Location:
Syracuse, NY
Convention Car:

PRS NYC Double-door Box Car

1990

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Organizers:
Jim Whipple & Pittsburgh-area modelers
Registrations:
120
Convention Car:

American Models Mill Gondola (photo © Bob Werre)
Best-of-show:

Reading Covered Hoppers by William Mark III

Joint NMRA Convention. Reports appeared in the August and October 1990 issues of the NASG Dispatch.

1989

Location:
Kansas City, MO
Organizers:
Kansas City S Gaugers
Registrations:
146
Convention Car:

American Models 40' Wabash Box Car

Best-of-show:

Westchester C-C Electric by Dick Karnes (photo: Bob Werre)

Dick Karnes wrote a review of the Convention in the August 1989 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1988

Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Organizers:
Central Jersey S Scalers
Registrations:
296
Convention Car:

American Models CNJ 40' Plug-door Box Car

Best-of-show:

PRR F30a Flat Car by Michael Byers

600 people, in total, attended the Saturday events.

1987

Location:
Oak Brook, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Assn. of S Gaugers/State Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
385
Convention Car:

(none)

Bob Jackson wrote a review of the Convention in the Summer 1987 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1986

Location:
Novi, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Registrations:
160
Convention Car:

American Models Ford Hopper (photo © David Held)
Best-of-show:

Milwaukee Road FM Erie-built by Bill Geracci

1985

Location:
Sacramento, CA
Organizers:
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 (photo: Peter Vanvliet)

1984

Location:
Buffalo, NY
Convention Car:

(none)

Best-of-show:

Residential Block Diorama by Randy Sappo, Sr

1983

Location:
Woburn, MA
Organizers:
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders
Convention Car:

ACF Covered Hopper (brass)

Best-of-show:

John Bortz

1982

Location:
Cleveland, OH
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Convention Car:

(unknown)

Best-of-show:

Water Tank by Phil Hodges

1981

Location:
Syracuse, NY
Convention Car:

Lionel Box Car

First Convention car.

1980

Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Registrations:
131

1979

Location:
Princeton, NJ

Joint NMRA Convention.

1978

Location:
Silver Spring, MD
Registrations:
160

1977

Location:
San Jose, CA
Registrations:
166

1976

Location:
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Registrations:
145

Constitutional Convention.

1975

Location:
Elk Grove Village, IL
Registrations:
266

1974

Location:
Worcester, MA
Registrations:
150

1973

Location:
Willow Grove, PA
Registrations:
218

1972

Location:
Kansas City, MO
Registrations:
187

1971

Location:
Syracuse, NY

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

1970

Location:
Hershey, PA
Registrations:
178

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

1969

Location:
Alexandria, VA
Registrations:
90

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

1968

Location:
Nashua, NH

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

1967

Location:
Tarrytown, NY
Registrations:
70

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

1966

Location:
Toronto, ON, Canada
Registrations:
60

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

1965

Location:
Rochester, PA
Registrations:
68

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

1964

Location:
Willow Grove, PA
Registrations:
50

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

1963

Location:
East Greenbush, NY
Registrations:
43

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

1962

Location:
Woburn, MA
Registrations:
25

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

1961

Location:
Manhattan, NY

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

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