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, visit, buy, and trade.

Contact person: Dave Blum

The 2019 NASG Convention

The 2019 NASG Convention "Queen City Express" will be held from July 30 through August 3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will be hosted by the Central Ohio S Gaugers club (click to visit their official web site).

The 2020 NASG Convention

No formal decision has been finalized as to who will host this Convention.

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, Asia, and Australia. 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 "nasgconvention.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

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 NASG Conventions that have been held. 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

2018

Location:
Boxborough, MA
Organizers:
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Convention Car:

S Scale America Moxie Tank Car
Best-of-show:

D&RGW GP9 by Wayne Hills
(photo © Bill Lane)

Much of the September 2018 issue of NASG Dispatch magazine is devoted to reporting about this Convention.
Notes About the Convention Car:
- preliminary sample car shown
- car #1: 1948 "Pure Cane Sugar"
- car #2: 2018 "Gentian Root Extract"
- available in "scale" or "hi-rail"
- 200 cars arrived shortly after the event.
- awaiting 300 more cars from the factory.
- flaws were found in the original delivery, and replacements are being sent out upon notification
- all are now being inspected before shipping
- not all cars are sold out, so feel free to order yours (see web site link above).

2017

Location:
Timonium, MD
Organizers:
Baltimore Area American Flyer Club, Washington and Old Dominion Club
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
300+
Convention Car:

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

WM Box Car by William Oertly
(photo © Kyle Russell)

The Convention Cars and the trailers are still available (click on the "visit web site" link). The October 2017 issue of the S Scale Resource magazine has lots of photos taken at the event. Also the September 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine has a detailed report and many photos.

2016

Location:
Novi, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
~300
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

Each of the two Convention cars were available with either hi-rail or scale wheels, and with two different road numbers. A photo essay of the event can be found in the October 2016 issue of The S Scale Resource magazine. Also, the September 2016 issue of NASG Dispatch magazine contains a report and many photos of the Convention.

2015

Location:
Kansas City, MO
Organizers:
Dave Blum
Event Web Site:
visit 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. Much of the September 2015 issue of NASG Dispatch magazine is devoted to reporting about this Convention.

2014

Location:
Oconomowoc, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers, State-Line S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
~250
Convention Car:

MTH SOO Reefer
Best-of-show:

D&H Hopper by William Monaghan

The Convention Car is still available via the Store page. A photo essay of the event can be found in the October 2014 issue of The S Scale Resource magazine.

2013

Location:
Scranton, PA
Organizers:
Jamie Bothwell
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
~250
Convention Car:

Lionel ThermIce Tank Car
Best-of-show:

KCS Rebuilt USRA Box Car by Pieter Roos

There is a report and photos in the October 2013 NASG Dispatch.

2012

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

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

SP Lark 3-unit Diner Car by Bob Hogan

More info and photos in the October 2012 NASG Dispatch.

2011

Location:
Sacramento, CA
Organizers:
Ed Loizeaux
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Event Car:
SP sugar beets gondola, but, due to manufacturing issues, the project was cancelled.

Joint NMRA Convention. Photos and reports of the event can be found in the October 2011 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. There was no official NASG BOT meeting at this Convention due to a lack of quorum of BOT attendees.

2010

Location:
Duluth, MN
Organizers:
The Pines and Prairies S-Scale Workshop
Registrations:
183
Event Car:
S Scale America C&GW X29 box car (cancelled due to Sanda Kan fiasco)
Best-of-show:

CN 4-6-2 by Andy Malette

More info and photos in the October 2010 NASG Dispatch.

Jay Mellon's Report

2009

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

S-Helper Service Falstaff Brewing Reefer

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

Western Pacific 2-8-2 by Bob Hogan
(photo © Bob Werre)

More info and photos in the October 2009 NASG Dispatch.

2008

Location:
Lowell, MA
Organizers:
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders
Registrations:
448
Convention Car:

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

Harrisburg PRR Station by Keith B. Thompson
(photo © Bob Werre)

The show was covered in great detail with lots of photos in the October 2008 issue of the NASG's Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

2007

Location:
Baltimore, MD
Organizers:
Baltimore Area American Flyer Club
Registrations:
200+
Convention Car:

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

S-Helper Service MMID Hopper
(photo © Bill Winans)
Best-of-show:

CNR 4-6-0 by Simon Parent
(photo © Bob Werre)

More info and photos in the October 2007 NASG Dispatch.

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
(photo © Bob Werre)

More info and photos in the October 2006 NASG Dispatch. The gondola car was based on the 1944 car built by the Greenville Steel Car Company, with Westinghouse air brakes, Miner draft gear, and Dreadnaught drop ends. Included the load, and was available with three different road numbers.

Bill Lane's Photos

2005

Location:
Altoona, PA
Organizers:
Alto Model Train Museum Assoc., Inc.
Registrations:
215
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service Curve Beer Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
Best-of-show:

CNR 2-6-0 by Simon Parent
(photo © Bob Werre)

Full coverage of the event can be found in the October 2005 issue of the Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

Glenn Ritter's Photos

2004

Location:
Arlington Heights, IL
Organizers:
Des Plaines Valley S Scalers
Registrations:
~250
Convention Car:

S Scale America CNW Insulated Box Car
(photo © Ken Garber)
Best-of-show:

WP Caboose by Bob Hogan
(photo © Bob Werre)

Full coverage of the event can be found in the October 2004 issue of the Dispatch. The A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society's convention was held at the same hotel.

Bill Lane's Photos

2003

Location:
Oconomowoc, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
230
Convention Car:

S Scale America Sinclair Tank Car
(photo © Bill Winans)
Best-of-show:

CN K-3 4-6-2 by Andy Malette

Jay Mellon had his report published in the August 2003 issue of the Dispatch. Full coverage of the event can be found in the October 2003 issue of the Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

2002

Location:
Strongsville, OH
Organizers:
Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers
Registrations:
360+
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service NKP Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
Best-of-show:

The Glade Creek Grist Mill by Gerry Evans

Photos and a report were covered in the October 2002 issue of the Dispatch.

Bill Lane's Photos

2001

Location:
Scranton, PA
Organizers:
Connecticut S Gaugers
Registrations:
611
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service LRX Reefer
(photo © Dick Kramer)
Best-of-show:

Amtrak AEM-7 by Jerry Poniatowski
(photo © Bob Werre)

Photos and a report were covered in the October 2001 issue of the Dispatch. The event included free access to Steamtown, and a tour of an area mine and a tour to Strasburg.

Bill Lane's Photos

2000

Location:
San Jose, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Registrations:
67
Convention Car:

SHS Chateau Martin Wine Car
(photo © Bill Winans)
Best-of-show:

1928 NYC Boxcab by Dick Karnes
(photo © Bob Werre)

Joint NMRA Convention. Photos and a report were covered in the October 2000 issue of the Dispatch.

1999

Location:
St. Paul, MN
Organizers:
Pines and Prairies Workshop
Registrations:
239
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service M&StL Hoppers (2- and 3-bay PS-2)
Best-of-show:

D&RGW 4-6-2 by Rusty Rustermier
(photo © Jeff Madden)

Joint NMRA Convention (held in two separate locations, but at the same time). Photos and a report were covered in the October 1999 issue of the Dispatch.

Glenn Ritter's Photos

1998

Location:
Worcester, MA
Organizers:
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders
Registrations:
462
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service B&M TOFC
Best-of-show:

Mich-Del Logging Repair Facility by Jay Rogers
(photo © Bob Werre)

Photos and a report were covered in the October 1998 issue of the Dispatch.

Glenn Ritter's Photos

1997

Location:
Westminster, CO
Organizers:
Mountain Empire S Scale Association
Registrations:
250
Event Car:
PRS D&RGW 50' double-door box car
Best-of-show:

D&RGW 4-6-0 #760 by Rusty Rustermier
(photo © Bob Werre)

Photos and a report were covered in the October 1997 issue of the Dispatch.

1996

Location:
Dearborn, MI
Organizers:
Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Registrations:
277
Convention Car:

S-Helper Service DT&I Hopper
(photo © Ken Garber)
Best-of-show:

Gondola by Paul Raham
(photo © Bob Werre)

The October 1996 issue of the NASG Dispatch has photos and a summary of the event.

1995

Location:
Altoona, PA
Organizers:
Altoona Area Train Collectors Club
Registrations:
235
Convention Car:

Chesapeake Models/Des Plaines Hobbies PRR H39 Hopper
(photo © Bob Werre)
Best-of-show:

SP 4-6-0 by Jack Troxell
(photo © Larry Field)

See the August 1995 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide for text and photos. The October 1995 NASG Dispatch contains photos and texts about the Convention.

1994

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Organizers:
Oregon S Scalers
Registrations:
158
Convention Car:

PRS SP&S Box Car
(photo © Roger Nulton)
Best-of-show:

SP Cabforward by Jess Bennett

This Convention was held immediately following the NMRA National Convention, a first, as the Convention ran from Sunday through Wednesday. The NMRA convention was held across the Columbia River (Portland, OR) from where the NASG's Convention was held (Vancouver, WA).

1993

Location:
Valley Forge, PA
Organizers:
South Jersey S Scalers
Registrations:
~200
Convention Car:

PRS PRR X41b Box Car
(photo © Bill Lane)
Best-of-show:

PRR Stock Car by John Porter

Joint NMRA, N-Trak, NASG Convention. More photos and a description of John Porter's scratchbuilt stock car can be found in the April 1994 NASG Dispatch issue (pg 22).

Bill Lane's Photos

1992

Location:
Cleveland, OH
Organizers:
Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers
Registrations:
300+
Convention Car:

American Models 52' CUVA Gondola; steel coil load included
(photo © Ken Garber)
Best-of-show:

"J" Tower by Randy Sappo
(photo © Bob Werre)

1991

Location:
Syracuse, NY
Organizers:
Central New York S Gauge Assn
Registrations:
215
Convention Car:

PRS NYC 50' Double-door Box Car
Best-of-show:

Moon Run Station by Randy Sappo

1990

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Organizers:
Jim Whipple & Pittsburgh-area modelers
Registrations:
~150
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
Event 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
Event 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
Event 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
Event 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
Organizers:
Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers
Event Car:
(none)
Best-of-show:

Residential Block Diorama by Randy Sappo, Sr

G&W Models made available a repaint of the 1981 NASG A.F. Commemorative Car as part of this Convention, since Lionel made them buy so many of those cars.

1983

Location:
Woburn, MA
Organizers:
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders
Event Car:
ACF Covered Hopper (brass)
Best-of-show:

John Bortz

G&W Models made available a repaint of the 1981 NASG A.F. Commemorative Car as part of this Convention, since Lionel made them buy so many of those cars.

1982

Location:
Cleveland, OH
Organizers:
Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers
Event Car:
Box Car with NASG & CVSGA logos
Best-of-show:

Water Tank by Phil Hodges

1981

Location:
Syracuse, NY
Event 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

This Convention was almost cancelled due to the Oil Embargo going on in the world at that time.

1973

Location:
Willow Grove, PA
Registrations:
218

1972

Location:
Kansas City, MO
Registrations:
187
Best-of-show:

City Block Diorama by Randy Sappo

1971

Location:
Syracuse, NY
Organizers:
Walt Danylak, Tom Canne, Geoff Graeber, Bob Jackson

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
Organizers:
Leon Walker
Registrations:
~40

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner. Organized by Leon Walker who got permission from his employer to hold the Convention in the backroom of the linoleum store. The "banquet" was held at a restaurant across the street, and Al Hall, S-scale hobby shop owner, was the sole vendor selling all sorts of S-scale wares.

1961

Location:
West Nyack, NY
Organizers:
Frank Titman

Held by the Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA), the NASG forerunner. It was held at Harry Dillon's home in West Nyack, NY. Organizers were Frank Titman (S Gauge Herald owner), Dave Bulkin (S Gauge Herald editor), Wally Collins (S Gauge Herald publisher), Dick Karnes, John and Harold Bortz, Leon Walker, and Bob Shafto.

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