Sn3 Symposium

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.

The NASG is not directly involved with Sn3 Symposiums, but we still wanted to have a page dedicated to this annual event. If you are interested in Sn3, bookmark this page, so that you can always find the latest.

2021

Location:
Albuquerque, NM

Location not 100% confirmed.

2020

Location:
Pasadena, CA

No other information is available yet.

2019

Location:
Bellevue, WA
Event Web Site:
visit web site

April 4th through April 9th. See web site for details.

2018

Location:
Dallas, TX
Event Web Site:
visit web site

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:
visit 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:
visit web site

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2013

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
Registrations:
75

Photos Taken At the Event

2012

2011

Location:
Monrovia, CA

Model Contest Photo Album

Sn3 Layout Video

2010

Location:
Houston, TX

Among the layouts open were the following:

2009

Location:
Clearwater, FL

2008

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Registrations:
200+

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

An article about the event appeared in the April 2008 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).

2007

Location:
Lakewood, CO

2006

Location:
Bellevue, WA

2005

Location:
Clearwater, FL
Event Web Site:
visit web site

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

An article about the event appeared in the April 2005 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).

2004

Location:
Pasadena, CA
Organizers:
Slim Gauge Guild

2003

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
Pete Smith
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
158
Best-of-show:

Cimarron Mine by Tom Troughton
(photo © Jeff Madden)

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

An article about the event appeared in the April 2003 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).

2002

Location:
Scottsdale, AZ
Organizers:
Jan Rons, Pat Turner, Dan and Billie Pyzel
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
~150
Best-of-show:
Bill Busacca's RGS excursion train

Among the layouts open, only Nelson Steinmetz's standard-gauge 22'x22' Santa Fe layout was in "S". An article about the event appeared in the April 2002 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine.

2001

Location:
Bellevue, WA
Organizers:
Jim Noonan
Event Web Site:
visit web site

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2000

Location:
Lakewood, CO
Organizers:
Doug Junda

1999

Location:
Pasadena, CA
Organizers:
Jeff Smith

1998

Location:
Walnut Creek, CA

1997

Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Registrations:
140

A write-up of the event appeared in the April 1997 issue of the NASG's Dispatch

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:

1995

Location:
Phoenix, AZ

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

Location:
San Diego, CA
Organizers:
San Diego Sn3 Fellowship
Registrations:
116

1985

Location:
Chama, NM
Organizers:
P-B-L

1984

Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Organizers:
Jan and Carol Rons
Registrations:
60

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