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

NMRA Special Interest Group Activities

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As part of the NMRA National Convention, related Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meet to discuss specific areas of interest in model railroading. Two of the largest groups are the Operations Special Interest Group (OPSIG) and Layout Design SIG (LDSIG).
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The NMRA Operations Special Interest Group's principal purpose is to develop and disseminate ways of operating model railroads in a realistic manner that emulates prototype practices. This includes the discussion and communication on the various methods of generating, moving and controlling traffic that serves shippers and consignees and the ways to most practically and realistically adapting them to the model world. For more information or to join, visit the OPSIG website at http://www.opsig.org/.

See the
OPSIG page for convention activities and details.
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Each year the LDSIG group sets up displays demonstrating the leading edge in layout design and engineering. Their members offer assistance to anyone designing their own layout to help maximize your model railroads operating and visual interest, show you how to avoid common railroad track planning mistakes and lead you to a total model railroad design that achieves your goals faster and better.

Join us in the SIG Room Sunday August 5
th from 7 PM to 10 PM, Monday August 6th to Friday August 10th from 8 AM to 10 PM, and Saturday August 11th from 8 AM to 12 PM.  Re-connect with old acquaintances and make new friends.

Are you waiting to build your dream layout? We will be available to assist you with ideas for planning and construction.  Do you have a current layout? We’ll be happy to help with any changes you may be considering.  You can also set up an appointment for a one on one consultation during the convention.

And don’t forget to register for the four-hour Layout Design Boot Camp on Monday, August 6

Layout Tours will be held on sometime during the week for SIG members

Join or Renew your LDSIG membership.

See the
LDSIG website for convention event details.
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This select SIG is open to all modelers that are willing to sing the praises of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, affectionately known at the “Katy”. The AMMS (Awesome MKT Modelers SIG) will meet every night at the Westin Cocktail Lounge, from 11pm to 2am.

To apply for membership, all you have to do is to find an AMMS officer (probably vertical at 11pm, likely horizontal at 2am) and buy him/her a drink. And not one of those sissy BN or UP drinks, either; a real, manly MKT drink. You will then be taught the secret AMMS handshake and learn the official AMMS song, which has been handed down since time immemorial.

Each night of the convention, at precisely midnight, all AMMS members will stand, face toward the direction of Glen Park Yard, and lustily sing the AMMS anthem! Whitman Green attire is not required, but encouraged. Deramus Red is also acceptable, but be prepared to be good-naturedly ridiculed by the Greenies. Crashers wearing UP yellow will be ejected from the area with extreme prejudice. Just sayin’.