The National Narrow Gauge Convention (NNGC) is a festive annual gathering of model railroaders and railfans that share their love of narrow gauge railroads and fine modeling. Each fall, up to 2,000 devotees and their spouses, plus vendors of the hobby, gather to celebrate their hobby and share their knowledge and skills. It is among the largest gatherings of model railroaders in the hobby and draws attendees not only from North America but from other continents as well.
What We Are
The Narrow Gauge Convention is unique—there is no national organization or headquarters group. Each event is sponsored by a new and different organizing committee. Following the final event of each convention, at the awards presentation for the model and photograph contests, attendees have an opportunity to hear proposals from volunteer host groups for future convention locations and then vote.
The first convention was in St. Louis in 1981. The event has been held in Colorado 12 times, historic home to many well-known narrow gauge railroads. Six conventions have been in Denver, 3 in Durango and 3 in Colorado Springs. It has also been held in the heart of the two-foot gauge railroads: Portland ME in 2007 and Augusta ME in 2016. There have been 37 conventions to date, in a wide variety of cities across the U.S. There have been eight individuals who have been to them all, including Bob Brown, the long-standing publisher and editor of the “Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette”- the go-to publication for narrow gauge hobbyists. Other locations including our 2018 Minnesota venue share the passion and look forward to sharing and welcoming the many who have made previous conventions in other locations friendly, educational, and great fun.
Who We Are
The host committee for the 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention has been working on the 2018 event for several years. The core crew:
Mike Engler – General Chairman, Clinic Coordinator
Jeff Otto – Vice Chairman, Information Technology
Dave Hamilton – Treasurer, Registration
Art VanDeWater – Secretary, Layout Coordinator
Gary Hanson – Publications
Pete Nelson – Contests
Neil Maldeis – Vendor Show
Scott McLeod – Volunteers
Craig Symington – Steam Fan Trip, Technical Advisor
Jaime Zepeda – Photographer