Sn3 Symposiums

The annual Sn3 Symposium is kind of an odd creature. It is a fantastic annual event focused around Sn3 modeling, but there is no overseeing organization that puts it on every year. It is organized quite organically by a group of local modelers that propose to hold a particular year's Symposium in their town.

An Sn3 Symposium is quite similar to the NMRA or NASG Conventions. It is held for several days, offers how-to clinics, contests, vendors, local layout tours, etc., and provides a place for modelers from all over North America (and even abroad) to gather and share ideas. The "Sn3" part in the title should be taken lightly, because you will find other scales' narrow-gauge layouts and modelers at an Sn3 Symposium. So, it really turns into more of a pure modeling-focused mini-National Narrow Gauge Convention.

Even though the NASG is not directly involved with Sn3 Symposiums, we still wanted to have a page dedicated to this annual meeting, sharing what information we have collected from past Symposiums, what is coming up this year, and which ones are already planned for future years. If you are interested in Sn3, bookmark this page, so that you can always find the latest.

2018 Sn3 Symposium

The next Symposium will be held in Dallas, Texas from April 5th through April 7th.

Future Sn3 Symposiums

The 2019 Symposium is planned for Bellevue, Washington.

The 2020 Symposium is planned for Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Past Sn3 Symposiums

If the public web site for the event is still available, you can click the city name to go to the site. If you have any leads to missing data and/or photos, feel free to contact the webmaster.

2017

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Registrations:
161
Best-of-show:

Iowa-Tiger Mine by John Chlebowski

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2016

Location:
Clearwater, FL
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2015

Location:
Bellevue, WA

Among the local layouts open was the last chance to view Paul Scoles' "Pelican Bay Ry & Navigation Co." layout, as he had passed away just a few months before the Symposium.

2014

Location:
Dallas, TX
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2013

Location:
Minneapolis, MN

Photos Taken At the Event

2012

2011

Model Contest Photo Album

2010

Location:
Houston, TX

Among the layouts open were the following:

2009

Location:
Clearwater, FL

2008

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2007

Location:
Lakewood, CO

2006

Location:
Bellevue, WA

2005

Location:
Clearwater, FL
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2004

Location:
Pasadena, CA

2003

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2002

Location:
Scottsdale, AZ
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open, only Nelson Steinmetz's standard-gauge Santa Fe layout was in "S".

2001

Location:
Bellevue, WA
Event Web Site:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2000

Location:
Lakewood, CO

1998

Location:
Walnut Creek, CA

1997

Location:
Phoenix, AZ

1996

Location:
San Diego, CA
Organizers:
San Diego Sn3 Fellowship
Best-of-show:

Rico Coal Tipple by Bud Smith

A review of this event was covered in the April 1996 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide magazine (includes several photos). Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

1993

Location:
Tucson, AZ

1992

Location:
San Diego, CA
Registrations:
165
Best-of-show:

Enginehouse Diorama by Jerry Martin

Dick Karnes writes about this event in the June 1992 issue of 3/16 "S"cale Railroading magazine (Jerry Martin's diorama is shown full-page on pg 61). Layouts open were Gabe Bradford's Rio Grande Southern, Paul Claffey's Western slopes of the Sierras layout, Mel Medhurst's Southwestern Division of the D&RGW, and Roger Nulton's standard-gauge Monon Railroad. P-B-L had their Chama layout operating, and the San Diego/Durango Sn3 Fellowship had a large modular layout set up.

1991

Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Registrations:
140+

Visits included the Lowell Jantzen's Sn3 Rio Grande Southern layout being built by him and his friends.

1990

Location:
Costa Mesa, CA

1989

1988

1987

1986

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