NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

The NMRA 2018 National Convention

August 5-12, 2018

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You have found the official on-line home of the NMRA 2018 National Convention. This is the place to obtain the latest information on the convention happenings.

The mission of the Kansas City Convention Planning committee is to create a first-class model railroad convention in a town with a rich railroad history.

Please visit this site often, as new content is added all the time.

Hotel Reservation is OPEN for Early Bird Registrations!

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Greetings to all our Early Bird Attendees. Thanks for your early support.

By now you should have received an email with the link for the special Hotel Reservation web page.

If you didn't receive the Early Bird information with the hotel link, please email registration@kc2018.org and we'll send it right out.

We'll open the hotel reservations up to the non-Early Birds soon.

Latest News!

Modeling With the Masters! Popular hands-on make and take clinics

The Modeling with the Masters program has been a favorite among convention-goers for many years. In 2018, we are please to offer a full suite of MWTH hand-on clinics, each designed to improve your modeling skills and increase you enjoyment of the hobby. These popular extra-fare clinics requirement pre-registration, and often fill up quickly. So be sure to sign up when they become available. As always, Early-bird Registrations get first crack at extra fare items, so register now!

Go to the MWTM Info Page
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Company Store is OPEN! Quality Convention Apparel at Affordable Prices

You asked for it, we made it happen! Our Premium Modelers Apparel is now available for online ordering and delivery. Any combination of items can be delivered directly to your door for a flat $8 shipping! Or you can order now to beat the rush and we'll have your order ready for pickup at the Convention.

Go to the Company Store
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Prototype Tour Information! Showcasing Kansas City's Railroad Heritage

Argentine Yard, the Harriman Dispatching Center in Omaha, and Logistics Park Kansas City are just a few of the great tours that await you in Kansas City!

Go to Protype Tour Information Page
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Kansas City Model Railroad Layouts We have basements and we know how to fill them!

What comes to mind with you think of Kansas City? The Royals! Ok, what else? BBQ! Okay...what else. Stockyards! Fine, but about 40 years too late. How about model railroad layouts! YES! KC is the home to many fine layouts of all scales and sizes. Layout tours will run every day all over the metro area. Be sure to check it out!

Go to the KC Model Layout Page
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Non-Rail Activities Presenting the best that Kansas City has to offer!

Kansas City has much more than trains! Museums, wineries, shopping, cultural events - KC has it all. And we have assembled some of the most popular non-rail destinations. In the mood for some BBQ? We have that, too!

Go to the Non-Rail Activities Page
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What goes on at a National Convention?

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Convention Videos
If this is your first convention, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about? What will I get for the price if a registration fee?

With video courtesy of Model Railroad Academy, the NMRA has developed a great set of informative videos presenting an overview of all the main activities that await you during convention week! You can find the entire set of videos here, or you may access each individual video below.
Introduction
Clinics
Layout Tours
Prototype Tours
Contest Room
Modeling with the Masters
Special Interest Groups
Silent Auction
Non-Rail Activities
National Train Show
Banquet
Attending a National Convention is like drinking water from a fire hose! You will come home exhausted, but exhilarated, ready to hit the train room with tons of new ideas!

Clinicians Sought!

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There is still time to get your clinic information in for consideration!

An interesting and varied clinic track is the hallmark of any good NMRA Convention. We want Kansas City to be the place where people can learn about all aspects of our great hobby. But we need your help!

We are looking for new clinicians, as well as those modelers with significant presentation experience. All are welcome!

Now is your opportunity to contribute back to the hobby that has given us so much. Plus, it's a fun experience. If you ever had the urge to share what you know about a topic that is of particular interest to you, now is your time!

If you would like to be considered to give a clinic (or two, or three) at the convention, please fill out the Clinic Questionnaire
CLICK BELOW TO OPEN THE CLINIC QUESTIONNAIRE (will open in a new window)

2018 Convention Social Media Links

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Facebook pages are now active!
Did you know that there are not one, but TWO great Facebook pages for the 2018 Convention? We have a general Facebook page for all activities and a separate Non-rail Activities page.

Both pages will be great resources to gat the latest info on tours, clinics, and other events planned for the Kansas City Convention.

Check them out and join to get updates!
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The Main Facebook page for the Convention will present updates to the tours, clinics, and other activities planned during convention week. Visit the page often for information on new tours, convention apparel, convention cars, and clinics.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK CONVENTION PAGE

(note: If this link doesn't work for you, open a separate browser window, log into Facebook, and search for 'NMRA KC 2018 convention')
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The Non-Rail Activities Facebook will present up-to-the-minute information on the great non-rail tours, clinics, and hand-on activities that will be schedule all week.

The Non-Rail Committee have been working hard to ensure that this year's attendees will enjoy a variety of 'other than railroad' entertainment!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK NON-RAIL PAGE

(note: If this link doesn't work for you, open a separate browser window, log into Facebook, and search for 'NMRA KC 2018 non-rail')

Join TEAM KC2018! Volunteer your time! It's good for the soul!

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You can make a difference.

Have you ever attended a convention and noticed all those happy people working the registration desk, or bag check, or herding a tour group? Well, now's your chance to experience the joy of volunteering!

We are looking for all types of volunteers - from the driven self-starter to the person who loves talking with others. We would love to have your join our convention team to help put on the best convention in recent memory.

Don't think your are qualified? We will train you! Can't volunteer all week? We'll take one hour, one day, one tour! Shy around people? We can put you in your own room stuffing goodie bags! The point is that there are all kinds of volunteer needs and we can find a good match for you!

If you would like to be part of TEAM KC2018, or want to learn more about volunteering opportunities, please fill out the volunteer form.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING OUR FUN CONVENTION EXPERIENCES WITH YOU!
CLICK BELOW TO OPEN THE VOLUNTEER FORM (will open in a new window)

Upcoming Conventions

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Planning for the Salt Lake City convention is well underway. It is going to be an EPIC convention being held the same year as the 150 year anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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The Convention Committee is looking for a few good men and women to participate in planning and participating in the convention.

CLICK BELOW TO OPEN THE VOLUNTEER FORM (will open in a new window)

Countdown to the Convention:

  • It’s Convention time!!!

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News and Web Site Updates (scoll for older news):

January 2017 - Added link to informative videos about convention activities and also information about the Prototype Tours
January 2017 - Added a couple more layouts to the layout tours page
January 2017 - Added details regarding Modeling with the Masters Clinic
January 2017 - Added several layouts to the Layout Page
December 2017 - Added several layouts to the Layout Page
November 2017 - Added several layouts to the Layout Page
October 2017 - Updated volunteer and clinic forms
October 2017 - Added layout tour prospectus form
October 2017 - COMPANY STORE IS LIVE! Buy your Premium Modelers Apparel now!
September 2017 - Updated Online Registration to increase user friendliness
August 2017 - Added a few more layouts to the tour list. Much more to come!
August 2017 - Added link to volunteer form
August 2017 - Back from a great convention in Orlando! Added Clinic Questionnaire form.
July 2017 - Added information about Convention Premium Railroad Apparel - on sale at the Orlando Convention.
July 2017 - Updated Non-rail section and added content to the Kansas City Section. Added Munson photos to Railfanning page.
July 2017 - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS ACTIVE! Click here to to go registration page.
Connect with us online
The Main Facebook page for the Convention will present updates to the tours, clinics, and other activities planned during convention week. Visit the page often for information on new tours, convention apparel, convention cars, and clinics.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK CONVENTION PAGE

(note: If this link doesn't work for you, open a separate browser window, log into Facebook, and search for 'NMRA KC 2018 convention')
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The Non-Rail Activities Facebook will present up-to-the-minute information on the great non-rail tours, clinics, and hand-on activities that will be schedule all week.

The Non-Rail Committee have been working hard to ensure that this year's attendees will enjoy a variety of 'other than railroad' entertainment!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FACEBOOK NON-RAIL PAGE

(note: If this link doesn't work for you, open a separate browser window, log into Facebook, and search for 'NMRA KC 2018 non-rail')
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