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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

Link:

web site

Notes:

The 2021 Sn3 Symposium will be held from May 25 through 27, 2021 August 17 through August 19, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2020

Location:

Albuquerque, NM

Notes:

Cancelled due to corona virus lockdown.

2019

Location:

Bellevue, WA

Link:

Photos

2018

Location:

Dallas, TX

Notes:

Among those layouts that were open were the following Sn3 layouts:

  • Bob Lydecker's Westside like Lumber Co.
  • Marc LaChey's Cripple Creek & Tincup Railroad
  • Jay Miller's Freelance Layout

2017

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Registrations:

161

Notes:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

  • Pete Smith's "Loon Lake & Navigation Company"
  • Randy Meyer's "Canyon & Rocky Mountain Railroad"
  • John Kalin's "Rio Grande Southern"
  • North Texas Narrow Gauge Gang's modular "Elk Canyon & Western"

2016

Location:

Clearwater, FL

Notes:

Due to the lack of suitable security in the hotel being remodeled, no modeling contests were held. 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

An article about the event appeared in the July 2016 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).

2015

Location:

Bellevue, WA

Link:

Review and photos of the event

Notes:

Among the local layouts open was the last chance to view Paul Scoles' "Pelican Bay Ry & Navigation Co." layout (photos of the layout), as he had passed away just a few months before the Symposium. Other Sn3 layouts open were: Dave Woodrell, Dale Kreutzer, Steve Depolo, Bob Christopherson, Russ Segner, Bruce Hanley, Bill Bujacca, Max Maginness, and the S standard-gauge layout of Roger Nulton.

2014

Location:

Irving, TX

Web Site:

visit

Registrations:

140

Link:

Layouts open at the event

Notes:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2013

Location:

Minneapolis, MN

Web Site:

visit

Registrations:

75

Link:

Photos Taken At the Event

2012

Location:

Albuquerque, NM

2011

Location:

Monrovia, CA

Link:

Model Contest Photo Album

Link:

Sn3 Layout Video

2010

Location:

Houston, TX

Registrations:

125+

Notes:

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)

An article about the event appeared in the April 2010 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).


Best-of-show

2009

Location:

Clearwater, FL

Registrations:

~100

Notes:

An article about the event appeared in the April 2009 issue of the NASG's Dispatch magazine (includes several photos).

2008

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Registrations:

200+

Notes:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

  • Lyle Anderson's "Rio Grande Southern"
  • Jeff Boock's "D&RGW"
  • Roger Duffield's "Uncompagre Subdivision - D&RGW"
  • John Kalin's "Rio Grande Southern"
  • Randy Meyer's "Canyon & Rocky Mountain Railroad"
  • Pete Smith's "Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Company"
  • Tom Troughton's "Cimarron and Tall Timbers RR"
  • John Waite's "East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad"

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

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

  • Jon Addison's "Silverton Central"
  • Joe Brook, Jr's "Denver, South Park and Southern"
  • Roger Russell's 23'x32' layout
  • Larry Cox' 10'x28' layout
  • Ted van Pelt's 22'x22' RGS/D&RGW Colorado layout

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

2004

Location:

Pasadena, CA

Organized By:

Slim Gauge Guild

2003

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

Pete Smith

Web Site:

visit

Registrations:

158

Notes:

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).


Best-of-show

2002

Location:

Scottsdale, AZ

Organized By:

Jan Rons, Pat Turner, Dan and Billie Pyzel

Web Site:

visit

Registrations:

~150

Notes:

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

Organized By:

Jim Noonan

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

Among the layouts open were the following Sn3 layouts:

2000

Location:

Lakewood, CO

Organized By:

Doug Junda

1999

Location:

Pasadena, CA

Organized By:

Jeff Smith

1998

Location:

Walnut Creek, CA

1997

Location:

Phoenix, AZ

Organized By:

Don & Sally Stewart

Registrations:

141

Notes:

A write-up of the event appeared in the April 1997 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. Another report was included in the April 1997 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide magazine.

1996

Location:

San Diego, CA

Organized By:

San Diego Sn3 Fellowship

Notes:

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

1995

Location:

Phoenix, AZ

Organized By:

Don & Sally Stewart

Registrations:

100+

Notes:

A report can be found in the February 1995 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide magazine (includes several photos).

1994

Location:

Costa Mesa, CA

Organized By:

Mike Blazek, Walt Stampfli

Registrations:

160

Notes:

A report can be found in the July 1994 issue of the S/Sn3 Buyers' Guide magazine (includes several photos, including one of the Best-of-show winner).

1993

Location:

Tucson, AZ

1992

Location:

San Diego, CA

Registrations:

165

Notes:

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+

Notes:

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

1990

Location:

Costa Mesa, CA

1989

Location:

Tucson, AZ

Registrations:

~150

1988

1987

1986

Location:

San Diego, CA

Organized By:

San Diego Sn3 Fellowship

Registrations:

116

1985

Location:

Chama, NM

Organized By:

P-B-L

1984

Location:

Phoenix, AZ

Organized By:

Jan and Carol Rons

Registrations:

60

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