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

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Attendance: 161

Best-of-show: Iowa-Tiger Mine by John Chlebowski

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2016

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

  • Jon Addison's "Silverton Central"
  • Ted van Pelt's 22'x22' RGS/D&RGW Colorado layout
  • Larry Cox' 10'x28' layout

2015

Bellevue, WA

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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

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2013

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2012

(none)

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2011

(none)

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

Model Contest Photo Album

2010

Houston, TX

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Among the layouts open were the following:

  • Craig Raymond's "Rio Grande Southern" Sn3 layout
  • Bob Werre's "Great Plains Northern Terminal Railroad" standard-gauge S-scale layout
  • McKenzie brothers' "Red Mountain Narrow Gauge" portable layout (video not taken at the Symposium)

2009

Clearwater, FL

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2008

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2007

Lakewood, CO

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2006

Bellevue, WA

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2005

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2004

Pasadena, CA

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

2003

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2002

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

2001

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Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2000

Lakewood, CO

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1998

Walnut Creek, CA

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1997

Phoenix, AZ

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(more info coming soon - this page is still a work-in-progress)

1996

San Diego, CA
Organizer(s): San Diego Sn3 Fellowship

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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:

  • Paul Claffey
  • Joel Shank
  • Gabe Bradford
  • Mel Medhurst

1993

Tucson, AZ

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1992

San Diego, CA

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Attendance: 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

Phoenix, AZ

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1990

Costa Mesa, CA

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1989

(none)

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1988

(none)

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1987

(none)

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1986

(none)

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