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.

Looking for National Train Show Information?

  • Are you a Model Train Dealer looking for information on how to sell at the weekend National Train Show?
  • Are you a vendor looking for load-in, load-out information for the National Train Show?
  • Are you a modular layout owner looking to sign up for the big layout at the National Train Show?


The NMRA Convention and the National Train Show are actually two separate events, run by two separate entities, that are held in conjunction with each other.

If you have questions regarding any and every aspect of the NATIONAL TRAIN SHOW, we encourage you to visit our NATIONAL TRAIN SHOW page. There is contact information and some informative download that should point you in the right direction.

New T-shirts are available! KC Round Three Fashion Tees!

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Did you know that the NMRA was established in since 1935? Did you also know that the National Convention has been held in Kansas City twice already (in 1984 and 1998)?

So 2018 makes Round 3 in KC!

Be a part of history and make a bold statement with your very own KC Round Three 1935-2018 Convention T Shirt!

Featuring a new Kansas City identifier on both the front and the back, with the convention logo on the sleeve, this quality shirt will be sure to turn heads wherever and whenever you wear it.

All sizes are available for immediate shipping or pick-up at the convention!


Banquet Speaker Announced!

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We are pleased and honored to announce that TONY KOESTER will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Convention Banquet.

Tony Koester is the editor of Model Railroad Planning and contributing editor to Model Railroader, and writes the popular Trains of Thought column and numerous feature articles.

He edited Railroad Model Craftsman from 1969 into 1981, when he joined Bell Laboratories. Tony retired from a 20-year career in telecommunications in 2001. He has written eight books for Kalmbach on various topics from realistic operation and multi-deck layout design to scenery, prototype modeling, and his former Allegheny Midland Railroad.

Tony's Banquet Presentation is titled: "Model Railroading is Fun ... ny!"

NMRA Honorary Life Member, National Nominating Committee chair, Tony will share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about several of the hobby's better-known personalities.

We are very excited to hear what Tony has to say about our fine hobby. Look for more banquet details and sign-up information in the coming weeks.

General Interest Tour Descriptions are now POSTED!

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We are fortunate to have a multitude of interesting activities for locals and visitors alike.

At the NMRA National Convention in Kansas City, you will have the opportunity to experience the best that the Midwest has to offer, in terms of

Go to the GENERAL INTEREST TOURS PAGE for more interest on some of the tours offered during convention week.

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 MWTM hands-on clinics, each designed to improve your modeling skills and increase you enjoyment of the hobby. These popular extra-fare clinics require pre-registration, and often fill up quickly. So be sure to sign up when they become available.

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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General Interest Tours 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 General Interest Tours Page
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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!


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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):

March 2018 - Refreshed home page and updated tours
February 2018 - Hotel reservations are open! Go to the Hotel Page for more information
January 2018 - Added link to informative videos about convention activities and also information about the Prototype Tours
January 2018 - Added a couple more layouts to the layout tours page
January 2018 - Added details regarding Modeling with the Masters Clinic
January 2018 - 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.