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

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the registration information become available?
Online registration is OPEN! Click here to go to the registration page.
What will the temperature be in Kansas City during the convention?
The average high temperature in August in Kansas City is 87 degrees.
How do I offer to present a clinic at the convention?
We would love to hear about your clinic! Please fill out the clinic questionnaire form and we will get in touch with you.
I can’t attend the convention. How do I get a refund?
In order to cancel your convention registration you will need to email your request to registration@kc2018.org and they will process your refund in accordance with our published Refund Policy.
Can I register for one day, two days. or three days. during the convention?
We will have a Day Fare registration available in Kansas City. The Day Fare registration rate will only be available on-site however.
What is the difference between Primary Registration and Companion Registration?
The Primary registrant is our way of designating the original registrant. There must be a Primary Registrant for every family.

A Companion Registrant and/or a Family Registrant is a family member, living at the same address, who is registering with the Primary Registrant and is therefore eligible for a reduced registration rate. All registrants are equally eligible to participate in any clinics, tours or other activities, except that entries into the Model & Photo Contests must come from NMRA members.
Is photography permitted on tours?
Permissions to photograph subjects on tours vary significantly.
Here are answers for both layout and other tours.

Layout tours
If you wish to take photos or videos of the layout, ask the host for permission. It is rarely refused, but if the host is reluctant, put the camera away. Do not allow your filming to monopolize the best viewing areas or interfere with others’ views and movement. Tripods, large format cameras and bags of any kind are not permitted at layouts on tour.

Prototype and General tours
In our experience photography policy will be advised by the corporate person meeting our bus at the beginning of the tour. Many facilities have commercially sensitive processes. Several require that their worksites not be photographed. Some may require all cameras and cell phones be left on the bus. As a rule of thumb, historical enterprises (e.g. museums) welcome photography, commercial industries usually do not.

Many of you are visiting from outside the local area. Photography from the tour coach, during your travels, is always possible!
Do you need to be a member of the NMRA to register for the convention?
Why would you want to attend an NMRA convention if you weren't an NMRA member?

No, you do not need to be a member of the NMRA to register for and attend the convention. Memberships will be available at the NMRA desk. We encourage all convention attendees to become members.

All registrants may participate in any of the convention tours and activities except only NMRA members may enter the Model and Photo Contests.


Is there and extra fee the the clinics?
Generally, no. But there are some special clinics (like Modeling with the Masters) that have an extra fee attached to them. See the clinic descriptions for any extra fee and pre-registration requirements



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Will there be self-guided layout tours?
No. Self-guided tours are not offered this year. Layout owners will be busy with the extra fare tours and operating sessions.