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.

Calling all Kansas City Layout Owners!

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We know you are out there! That great Kansas City layout just waiting to be discovered. We want YOU for the layout tours!

If you have a layout in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, we'd love to have you fill out a prospectus form to be considered for one of our fabulous layout tours.

The Online Company Store is LIVE!

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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.

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.


(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!


(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.

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

Clinicians Solicited! Enlighten, Entertain and Inform! This is your chance!

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We need clinics!

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

Back from Orlando! A great convention! Thanks to all the Orlando Volunteers!

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We had a great time talking to all our model railroad friends, new and old, at the Orlando NMRA Convention. We manned the booth for six solid days, and answered many questions about the KC Convention.

The Orlando Convention volunteers worked very hard to provide a great convention experience. All the clinics were well-attended, and the tours and extra fare activities seemed to be entertaining and enjoyable.

Special thanks to those who purchased early-bird registrations and the premium hats and shirts for the 2018 Convention at Kansas City! We are excited to be hosting the next convention and look forward to seeing many familiar faces next year.

2018 Convention Premium Modelers Apparel

You asked for them, and now we have them! These sweet custom-designed works of art have been lovingly crafted by master shirtmakers right here in Kansas City.

You will be the envy of all your friends when you show up at the next Division Meeting or Op Session sporting a genuine KC 2018 Convention t-shirt or luxury polo!

We also have custom-embroidered brim hats, complete with the Convention logo. Perfect for those sunny days of rail fanning, or long layout tours in Kansas City!

All these items (and more) will be available in the Company Store at Kansas City. In addition, we are offering early online purchasing at our Company Store page.

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):

November 2017 - Added several layouts to the Layout Page
October 2017 - Added layout tour prospectus form
October 2017 - Updated volunteer and clinic forms
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.
Get your Caboose to Kansas City!
Casey Jones, MMR