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?
A current lineup of the scheduled clinics has been included in the “Clinics” page of the website. You will see a wide diversity of modeling and prototype subjects…many new clinics from both local and national clinicians result in a fresh and interesting clinic program. Some of the finest modelers in the narrow gauge modeling community are represented here, including a number of nationally known and published authors, as well as several of the highly touted “Sundance Central” group. If you are also interested in presenting a clinic at the convention, please contact Marty Vaughn at email@example.com.
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.