Welcome to Nashville Tn. for the 2020
The National N Scale Convention®
June 23 to June 28, 2020
Come join the 28th National N Scale Convention
presented by the N Scale Enthusiast (NSE).
This year's convention will be held at the
Sheraton Music City
777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
Attendees will be entitled to the following special convention hotel rate.
Standard room rate will be $149.00 Single or double.
Note: These rates do not include applicable tax.
Parking will be FREE
Go to our convention hotel web page for our special reservation rates
Direct (615) 885-2200 Call direct and ask for NSE convention rates
Remember we have limited number of rooms blocked at this convention rate.
Rate is available until the block is filled or until June 1, 2020.
NASHVILLE CONVENTION SCHEDULE
Tuesday June 23, 2020
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Attention All NSE Train Folks! IT HAPPENED! At the request of many members, we’ve been working diligently to find a train to ride for this convention and with the help of our friends at ScaleTrains, we have received something extra special!
We had actually given up hope on finding a train ride in the Nashville area, but boy oh boy did we convention sponsor and manufacturer came up with a doozy! (by the way, did you know that saying came from ads for the Duesenberg?)Shane and Co. have arranged a visit to the Civil War era strategic railroad hub city of Chattanooga, TN. This “local” excursion is on unique rails that traverse a 160 year old tunnel, historic backshops and an active turntable. If the stars stap in alignment, and the 125 year old bolts hold together we will travel behind a unique locomotive. For our trip, the Southern 630, an ALCO 2-8-0 Consolidation steam engine from 1904 will be on point. Naturally, availability of any vintage power is not guaranteed, bit they have a great backup in their vintage 1950’’s GP7/9. Either way, we have a heck of a ride behind some vintage iron.
Visit the Civil War era strategic railroad hub city of Chattanooga, TN. This “local” excursion is on unique rails that traverse a 160 year old tunnel, historic backshops and active turntable and, if our plans hold together, a unique locomotive, Southern 630, a ALCO 2-8-0 Consolidated type steam engine from 1904 will be on point. Naturally, availability of any vintage power is not guaranteed, and vintage 1950’’s GP7/9 may be used.
Sometimes when we plan things, providence intervenes, and things don’t go as we plan. Our Jack Daniels tour did not meet the minimum number of attendees, so this tour is a godsend to our Tuesday schedule, and we are happy offer all those who signed up for that tour the new one at the same price. If you are tired of train rides, a refund is also available.
The tour will include bus transport to Chattanooga, a box lunch at the museum and backshop, the Fabulous excursion train, and Special Pricing on Scale Trains products at the station for tour attendees only. Of course on the bus back to the convention site, there may or may not be a singalong.
Arrival Day - Official start of the convention
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Wednesday Home Layout Tours #1
8:00 am to Noon & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
This is the first of our Nashville area layout tours. This week we will have a total of 6 layouts to view. Each day we will have 3 new layouts that will have a morning session and then the same tour will be repeated in the afternoon. To see all layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on Wednesday and Friday.
The afternoon tour will get you back by 4 o'clock so you can pick up your registration packets and check-in your auction items. The Bus Captains will have lists of those registered for the layout tours and the railfan tour.
Registration - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
ARRIVAL DAY. Check-in begins in the Hermitage Ballroom. Pick up your registration packet for the convention. We will continue to have the best N Scale Vehicles contest run by Carter Fritschle with onsite voting. The Reinhart team will be handing out all the pre-ordered convention shirts. You will need to order early to ensure getting the shirt and size you want. In addition, you will be able to view this year raffle prizes. Check with Alex early to get your tickets. Need extra Nashville convention pins or get past convention pins you missed, see Carl and Monica. Fred and his team will have new convention special runs available. These are all limited runs, so be sure to check them out during registration.
AUCTION Check-in - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Auction check-in runs concurrently with registration activities today, for the annual Live Auction that will be held Thursday evening. Each Primary Registrant at the convention may enter two items in the auction Wednesday during Convention registration. Check in will be on the ground level in the O’Hare Ballroom.
SILENT AUCTION Check-in - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Silent auction check-in runs concurrently with Live Auction activities today. Bidding will be held Thursday evening during the Live Auction. Check out will be on Friday.
Model Contest Check-in – 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Check on the convention web site for this year's categories and viewing. You will be able to down load the rules and contest entry forms.
Plaques will be given out at the banquet based on popular vote.
Good luck to all.
Welcome Reception - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Join us at the Micro-Trains Line Reception for Dessert, Coffee and renewal of old friendships. Since the 2012 Convention, we use this gathering to hold a NSE member's meeting. This is your chance to meet your hosts for the week and ask questions. Thank you, Micro Train for providing this reception!
Thursday, JUNE 25, 2020
Country Music Hall of Fame & Lane Motor Museum – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
On Thursday we heading down town to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world's most extensive musical collections. This is a self-guided tour so we plan on staying for 1 ½ hours then head off to the Lane Motor museum. Lane Motor Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars. It is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Some cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. Efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications. There are many one of a kind car to be viewed.
Lunch will be at Monell’s At the Manor. All-you-can-eat Southern fare, including fried chicken, served family-style in a historic mansion.
LIVE Auction & Silent Auction – 6:30 pm
Auction Viewing 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Viewing of auction items will be between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Then the fun starts at 6:30 with the live auction. Bring your auction paddle, a good sense of humor and bid on some of the coolest items around.
Model Contest Viewing – 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
This is your last chance to enter your model in this year's contest. Be sure to stop by to see what has been entered. Good luck to all.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Setup 7:00 – 9:00 am
SWAP-A-RAMA 9:00 am – Noon
Public Show Noon – 4:00 pm
This is your chance to view and buy the best in N Scale. There will be over 125 tables loaded with items for purchase from our members and dealers this year. This is also where our manufacturers bring out their latest products for you to see. It's a great time to ask the questions you have been waiting to ask. This is the time to check out all the N Scale products before we open the tables to the public at noon. For the last few years, the NSE convention hotel has provided for sale, some "grab and go lunches”. This is a cash sale only. This has worked out great for the hotel and it makes sure you don't miss out on lunch.
Silent Auction – 9:00 pm - noon
Time to come by and pick up your winnings. Cash out & Item pick up
Friday Home Layout Tours #2
8:00 am to Noon & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
This is the Second of our Nashville layout tours. This week we will have a total of 6 layouts to view. Each day we will have 3 new layouts that will have a morning session and then the same tour will be repeated in the afternoon. To see all 6 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on Wednesday.
Hotel Club layouts – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
This year we have the NTrak organization coordinating many groups from all of the country to provide the best in operating layouts. This hotel provides a great opportunity this year with additional areas outside the main ballroom which will allow more layouts. Information on the registration procedures for the layouts is available on the convention website.
If you would like to run one of your own trains on these fine layouts please email Bruce Alcock for information. Bruce Alcock email@example.com
General Jackson Showboat
We will be running a shuttle service from 5:00 pm to 6:00
Boat Departure at 6:30 pm
There will be a uniquely Nashville themed event for our Friday night activity, a cruise on the Cumberland River abroad the General Jackson showboat. This 275’ long purpose built (1985) riverboat is a leap backwards to the days when paddle wheeler’s ruled the rivers in the US heartland. Again, this will be a limited seat event with only 110 tickets available.
While “rollin’ down the river,” you’ll enjoy stunning views, a delicious meal freshly prepared and toe-tapping entertainment in the two-story Victorian Theater in the center of the boat.
Clinics - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Our clinic schedule will feature some of the most talented N-Scalers sharing their experience and skills across a wide range of interests. Whenever possible, these clinics will include hands-
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Public Show -9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The public show will continue with a second day of opportunities. For the last few years, the hosting hotel has provided for sale some "grab and go lunches”. This is a cash sale only. This has worked out great for the hotel and it makes sure you don't miss out on lunch.
Clinics - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Our clinic schedule will feature some of the most talented N-Scalers sharing their experience and skills across a wide range of interests. Whenever possible, these clinics will include hands-on activities. Contact Mike Vivion firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Banquet – 6:30 pm Doors open, program begins at 7:00 pm
Join us in the Hermitage Ballroom for the highlight of all the convention events – the banquet. Wonderful food, great fun, Awards to our members, model contest awards and the ever-popular raffle. A Special Micro-Trains Line gift car is offered to those who are paid attendees for the banquet.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Manufacturer's Breakfast – 8:00 am – 11:00 am
It's up early for the breakfast buffet and news from the leaders in N Scale manufacturing. Be there for all the new product announcements.