WELCOME!! To the 2014 National Narrow Gauge Convention home page. The 34th NNGC is in Kansas City at the Overland Park Convention Center from September 3rd - 6th, 2014.
With 60+ home layout tours, huge Vendor exhibit area, clinicians showcasing the latest modeling trends and the world's best Bar-Q-Que very close to the Convention Center, how can you afford to not be here?
The Contest Room will feature all of the categories that you are used to seeing at a NNGC, with the addition of the animation category that was introduced in Pasadena. We are also adding another additional model category … the “square footer.” For this category, an entry may be anything, yes….that’s anything…as long as it fits on a 12” x 12” (or less) base. Those of us in the Kansas City area have had fun with this concept for a number of years. It tends to bring out the true imagination and creativity that narrow gauge modelers especially seem to display. Have fun with this!
We will award Best of Show pluse 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards for the following Categories!
• Rod Locomotive
• Geared Locomotive
• Motive Power
• Freight Car
• Passenger Car
• Favorite Train
• Special Equipment
• Youth Award
• Sqaure Footer - NEW THIS YEAR!!!
Go to the Contest tab and download your Entry Forms today!!!!
The Kansas City Metro Area offers a wide range of interesting and fun options for modelers, as well as for the entire family. Many of these will be highlighted here as the 34th NNGC draws closer.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum, located in the River Market area of Kansas City, MO, is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and pioneer settlements. As the years passed, the river changed course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Finally, in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her magnificent cargo. They were amazed to find fine dishware, tools, clothing, and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River. Today, the artifacts recovered from the site are housed in the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The extensive collection of recovered items represents a unique window into pre-Civil War American culture. This can be a special opportunity for all modelers and especially all of you TOC enthusiasts. So, if you're looking for an adventure your whole family will enjoy, discover the treasures of the steamboat Arabia. Visit the museum’s website at http://www.1856.com to see what it has to offer.
Welcome to the 2014 NNGC blog site! We will be posting update information at intervals up to the dates of our convention here in Kansas City (September 3-6, 2014). Keep checking back to get all of the new information about the convention.
The Kansas City metro area boasts a large number of great home layouts and most of these will be available for you to visit while here at the convention. Layouts span all scales, a range of eras and locations, and both narrow gauge and standard (broad) gauge. Layouts will be available for viewing during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the convention, as you are used to. In addition to the local layouts, we will have great layouts available for visits by those who are driving in. If you are coming in from the East, there will be layout visit opportunities in the St. Louis area on Tuesday and Central Missouri (Columbia and Jefferson City) on Wednesday and Sunday. If you are coming in from the South or Southwest, several great layouts in the Tulsa area will also be open on Tuesday. There will be more on these opportunities later.
One of the great narrow gauge layouts to be on tour is Shelly Levy’s On3 San Juan & Tellurton RR. Shelly has taken some pieces of a previous layout and pulled them together, while incorporating considerable new portions of the layout. Southwest Colorado, with both the D&RGW and the RGS are represented. The layout is mostly sceniced, with great rolling stock, structures and vistas. A little of what you will see is shown here: