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

Non-Rail Program

Entertainment, education, crafts, service activities, the 2018 Kansas City Convention offers it all!

We invite you to join us and participate in our full schedule of Non-rail and General Interest clinics, tours, and other activities throughout the week.

Non-Rail Activities Facebook Page

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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!
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We need clinics!

We talked to a lot of people at the Orlando Convention and we received many great ideas for clinics. But we want more!

If you would like to be considered to give a non-rail clinic at the convention, please fill out the Clinic Questionnaire


Featured Tours

Milk and Quilts Shatto Farms and Hamilton, Missouri

Learn how Shatto milk gets from our farm to your table. Take a tour of the processing plant. See the bottling process including how we prep bottles for re-use. Meet, and possibly bottle feed, some adorable calves. Milk a cow. And then check it off your bucket list. See where the cows eat, sleep and how they’re milked. Sample. and sample again.

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Kansas Belle Dinner Train Trains and Food! The ideal combination!

The Kansas Belle Dinner Train is a nostalgic trip back into the 1940’s era. You’ll experience beautiful scenery on a 22-mile round-trip departing from the Baldwin City Depot while listening to 1940s music. Meals are catered by 23rd St. Brewery of Lawrence, Kansas.

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Weston and Atchison Historical Tour Historical site-seeing and museums

Lewis & Clark Exhibit, Weston Historical Museum, Trolley, Amelia Earhart, Depot Museum, Miniature train ride next to real trains, shopping

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English Afternoon Tea You bring the hoity, we'll supply the toity!

Afternoon tea is a British food tradition of sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones and cake, and lively conversation. Join us for a delightful English-style afternoon tea, complete with a selection of sandwiches made with delicious fresh-baked bread, mini sausage rolls, and roasted vegetable pin wheels. A selection of mini-desserts are offered, such as lemon bars, millionaire’s shortbread, English cookies, French Macaroons, cream puffs, and English scones, all washed down with a choice of British teas. Teresa Gebbert, a British expat and owner of the Clock Tower Bakery in Overland Park, Kansas, is locally famous for her authentic British pastries and desserts.

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Ladies Luncheon A traditional and fun gathering!

In the tradition of previous NMRA conventions, we are excited to offer the 2018 Ladies Luncheon at the Culinary Center of Kansas City! Situated in a uniquely walkable community, in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century buggy barn, our luncheon will include a four-course meal, complete with a demonstration by a Culinary Center chef. As an added bonus, the CCKC also is the home to The Kitchen Shop, a retail shop offering serious culinary retail therapy for your cooking and entertaining addictions. Luncheon attendees receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the shop. Before the luncheon, attendees will have the option to browse the nearby shop and local Farmer’s Market.

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Non-Rail Tours
  • Trolley City Market shopping tour and Steamboat Arabia Museum
  • Truman Home and Library
  • Hallmark Visitors Center and Sea Life Aquarium
  • Quilt Multi-Store Tour
  • Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Air museum / Harley Davidson tour
  • Antique shops
  • Eisenhower home/museum and train excursion
  • Chocolatiers / cookie maker tour
  • Marble manufacturing tour
  • Dairy farm tour - BEST milk in KC!
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Non-Rail Clinics
  • JamBerry Nails
  • Bead Jewelry
  • Cards that WOW!
  • Spoon Jewelry
  • Cooking Class
  • Organized Woman
  • Pet Rescue and Adoption
  • Chair Yoga
  • Gardening
  • Circle mini-scrapbook
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Non-Rail Activities
  • Welcome/Ice Breaker
  • Project Linus
  • Bingo (local prizes)
  • Ladies Luncheon
  • Tech Time
  • Movie Nights
  • Escape Room - located in Union Station
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Project Linus

The primary project for the KC Non-rail sewing/quilt activity will be Lili's Hug weighted Blankets for Project Linus.

The blanket pattern used by KC Project Linus is located HERE (will open to an external web site).

We will purchase heavy weight hook and loop fastener by the bolt at cost from a Project Linus source, so all attendees need to bring is fabric.  Each blanket takes just two yards of fabric.  Project Linus coordinators like one side to be a kid-friendly, preferably unisex, cotton and the other side can be a heavier fabric such as flannel, corduroy, denim, etc.  No holiday fabrics, as these blankets are used year-round.  We will have extra fabric on hand to share with those who are traveling or don't have a fabric collection at home.

Old sheets to use as weight are also appreciated.  We will not stuff the blankets with the weights, that will be done later by Project Linus volunteers to be sure the needs of the specific recipient are met.  Often there is a waiting list for these blankets, so our participation is greatly appreciated by the families who receive them.  The children who need the blankets have a sensory disorder that makes a weighted, calming blanket, helpful  to keep them calm and focused.

Other quilts are also appreciated.  Please feel free to bring fabrics from your stash to donate, even if it's just the trimmings from a quilt backing.  Many of our talented quilters can turn your scraps into lovely blankets.  

New to quilting or haven't sewn since 7th grade Home Ec?  No problem!  Our experienced quilters are happy to help anyone interested in learning.  If you have a machine and can easily bring it, please do.  We'll have some to share with those who are not able to travel with a machine.

Click HERE for additional information on the Project Linus guidelines to be followed during the KC Convention (will open a PDF)