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.

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 Kansas City. We are contemplating online sales, so watch this space for potential information about purchasing your very own 2018 Convention items.
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You will convey an air of cool dignity when you enter your local hobby shop wearing this elegant, yet playful polo shirt.

Featuring real buttons, and subtly tailored sleeve piping, this premium polo shirt will be sure to invoke pride and envy among fellow modelers for years!

Only $40 for all sizes.
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Love the elegance of the polo, but want to convey that you are a fun-loving casual kind of guy (or gal)? These 2018 Convention t-shirts are what you need!

Designed with slimming vertical lettering on the bodice with the official 2018 Convention logo on the sleeve, these premium Tees just ooze class with a sassy touch of fun.

Only $25 for all sizes.
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Is your mullet getting a bit thin on top? Has that receding hairline receded all the way back to your neck? Does your bean get sunburnt during those long days of rail fanning? Then you need an official 2018 Convention hat!

Nothing says "I'm a winner" like our premium convention brim hat. With the convention logo jauntily perched upon the brim, this cotton sport cap will shade your eyes when that one-of-a kind diesel lash-up roars by. Inverted, the cap can also be used to bring water to your horse, just like in the movies.

Only $20
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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):

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
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