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Welcome to Pittsburgh 2017

The National N Scale Convention®

June 21 to June 25, 2017

Come join us for our 25th National N Scale Convention presented by the
N Scale Enthusiast (NSE) membership.
This year's convention will be held at the
Sheraton Pittsburgh hotel at Station Square Pittsburgh, PA.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Attendees will be entitled to the following special convention hotel rate.

Standard room rate will be $129.00 Single or double.
Note: These rates do not include applicable tax.

The Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square,
300 West Station Square Drive, PA 15219

Go to our convention web page for our special reservation link

Direct (412) 261-2000 Call direct and ask for convention rates

Remember we have limited number of rooms blocked at this convention rate.
Rate is available until the block is filled or until May 29, 2017.
Pittsburgh Convention Schedule

Please gather in the main hotel lobby for this extra fare. There will be a sign in the hotel lobby specifying the departure times. Each Bus Captain will have a list of all the folks that have signed up for that day's tour. No tickets are necessary.

EXTRA FARE

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and
NS Juanita shop tour - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

This time we will visit two great railroad sites in Altoona PA. These will be the Railroaders Memorial Museum and the NS Juanita shop.

If you missed the Norfolk Southern Roanoke tour this is your second chance. We have been invited to tour this facility in the heart of Altoona. At the Juniata locomotive shop, Norfolk Southern regularly recycles locomotives into more efficient machines, benefiting both customers and the environment. NS can strip a locomotive down to the bare frame and completely rebuild it, including the engine, alternator, wiring, cab, trucks, combos and running gear.

 

NOTE: LONG PANTS AND NO OPEN TOE SHOES. HARD HAT AND SAFTEY PROTECTION WILL BE PROVIDED.

Today we have the opportunity to visit the Railroaders memorial in Altoona PA. From the first time I tour this museum to the last time I found it the most informative railroad museum I have been too.

 

The Railroaders Memorial Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

By the 1920s, the Altoona railroad works employed 15,000 workers, and by 1945 the Pennsylvania Railroad's facilities at Altoona had become the world's largest rail shop complex.

We will have a box lunch at the Museum.

Arrival Day - Official start of the convention

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Local Pittsburgh Tour – 8:00 & 8:30 am

We will tour three landmarks in the area. The first stop on this tour will be the Duquesne Incline
to the top of Mount Washington for a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh from the Incline's observation
deck. The next stop will be the Ohio Valley Lines Club in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The club displays two
layouts, a large HO layout plus a smaller N Scale layout. Another point of interest in Pittsburgh for any N Scale modeler would be a visit to Esther's Hobby Shop.
Remember Bob's motto "RELAX with a Hobby”.

 

Registration - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

ARRIVAL DAY. Check-in begins in the Grand Ballroom. Pick up your registration packet for the convention. We will continue to have the best N Scale Vehicles contest run by Carter Fritschle, so don't forget to vote. 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. The folks from "Visit Pittsburgh” will have a table and will be offering some goodies. 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 will be on the ground level in the Cottonwood Ballroom.

Model Contest Check-in – 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Check on the convention web site for this year's categories and viewing schedule soon new rules had been added.

Plaques will be given out at the banquet based on popular vote. Best module will be picked by our layout team. Good luck to all.

Welcome Reception - 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Join us at the Micro-Trains Line Reception for Dessert, Coffee and renew old friendships. Since Medford we have been able to 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 22, 2017

The Today we will be visiting two museums and have lunch in a Bavarian beer hall.

The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum (WPMRM) was founded in November of 1938, making it one of the oldest model railroad organizations in the nation. They have 6,500+ feet of track (we're not even sure of the exact amount). This includes the four main lines, sidings, yards and hidden track. Most of the track is code 83, but some is code 100.

 

 

 

Lunch will be at the Hofbräuhaus of Pittsburgh. This is the first authentic Hofbräuhaus in America, modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany! Guests are now able to enjoy many of the traditions from Germany that have made Hofbräuhaus famous. From the traditionally decorated rooms in the building to the beer that is brewed on-site, and of course the excellent German fare, Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh is a memorable experience for all.

 

 

 

Another stop on our local tour will be the Carnegie Science Center. This interactive museum has many four floors of interesting actives.

 

· science adventure
· SpacePlace Atrium
· Highmark Sports Works
· Miniature Railroad & Village
· Roboworld
· Exploration Station
· USS Requin Submarine

 

 

LIVE Auction – 6:30 pm

Auction Viewing 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Viewing of auction items will be between 4:30 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 Check-in – 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

This is your last chance to enter your model in this year's contest. Be sure to stop by to see what been entered. Good luck to all.

Friday, June 23, 2017

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 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 goodies before we open the tables to the public at noon.

Hotel Club layouts – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

This year we have the support of NTrak that have been pulling together many groups from all of the country. We have a great opportunity with this hotel this year the pre-function areas which will allow us more rooms for layouts.

If you would like to run one of your own on these fine layouts please email Skip Hayes for information.

Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise –5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 This year's Friday night outing will be a little different than the usually dinner train. We will all board the Three Rivers Queen for dinner and a three hour cruise exploring the three rivers that make up Pittsburgh. This is the newest addition to the Clipper fleet. Having two enclosed decks with large beautiful windows will sure to make memories.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

Today we continue our clinic schedule which 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.

Convention Banquet – 6:30 pm Doors open, program begins at 7:00 pm

Join us in the Grand Ballroom for perhaps 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 attend the banquet.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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. Digitrax again will be your hosts for the breakfast and as in past years expect something special from them. Be there for all the new product announcements. Thank you, Digitrax, for all your support.

 

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