Welcome to Salt Lake City 2018
The National N Scale Convention®
June 20 to June 24, 2018
Come join us for our 26th National N Scale Convention presented by the N Scale Enthusiast (NSE) membership.
This year's convention will be held at the
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
attendees will be entitled to the following special convention hotel rate.
Direct (801) 401-2000 Call direct and ask for convention ratesRemember we have limited number of rooms blocked at this convention rate.
Rate is available until the block is filled or until May 29, 2018.
Salt Lake City 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.
SALT LAKE CITY CONVENTION SCHEDULE
Tuesday June 19, 2018
Golden Spike National Site and the
Ogden union Station Museum - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
This time we will visit two great Utah site on our day’s travels. The first site will be the Golden Spike National Historic Site. On our tour of this site we will visit Golden Spike Engine House to see two fully-functional replicas of the original locomotives that met on May 10, 1869, for the "Wedding of the rails” ceremony. We will see the Jupiter and No. 119 reenactment. Next on our day trip will be to the Ogden Utah, to have a box lunch at the union Grill just down the street from our next stop the union Station Museum for the afternoon. Here we tour 4 museums in one. Utah Railroad museum, Browning Firearms museum, Browning-Kimball Classic car museum and Utah State Cowboy & Western Heritage museum.
Arrival Day - Official start of the convention
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Wednesday Home Layout Tours #1
8:00 am to Noon & Noon to 4:30 pm
This is the first of our Salt Lake City home layout tours. This week we will have a total of 12 layouts to view. Each day we will have 4 new layouts that will have a morning session and then the same tour will be repeated in the afternoon. To see all 12 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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.
Registration - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
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. 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 Capitol Reef 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 21, 2018
Heber Valley Railroad
On Thursday we head out to the Heber Valley Railroad where we will depart from the Heber Depot. This will be on a private train along the Provo Canyon Limited for a scenic 3 hour ride. This tour winds around the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir, and then travels along the banks of the beautiful Provo River to Vivian Park. At the park we will enjoy our lunch before heading back to Heber.
LIVE 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 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 22, 2018
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.
Friday Home Layout Tours #2
8:00 am to Noon & Noon to 4:30pm
This is the Second of our Salt Lake City home layout tours. This week we will have a total of 12 layouts to view. Each day we will have 4 new layouts that will have a morning session and then the same tour will be repeated in the afternoon. To see all 12 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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.
Fat Cats Bowling and Pizza Party –5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This year’s Friday night outing will be the second time we will gather to test our bowling skills. In Roanoke we had our first and it turned out to be great. Everyone should join in the fun even if you have not bowl in years it’s a good time together with all the folks at our convention.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Saturday Home Layout Tours #3
8:00 am to Noon & Noon to 4:30pm
This is the Third of our Salt Lake City home layout tours. This week we will have a total of 12 layouts to view. Each day we will have 4 new layouts that will have a morning session and then the same tour will be repeated in the afternoon. To see all 12 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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 Capitol Reef 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 24, 2018
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.