A Classic Narrow Gauge Convention . . . in a Very Special Place!

Augusta, Maine, September 7-10, 2016

September 12 update:

The 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention ended Saturday evening with 1357 persons registered. Thank you so much to all who took part in this event ! We certainly hope you enjoyed your visit to Maine as much as we enjoyed hosting you.

Watch this website for the contest results, which will be posted later this week.
See you next year in Denver ! For details, check out http://www.37nngc.com.


Plan your vacation around the fascinating state of Maine and the traditional fun of a narrow gauge convention! The fabled Two-Foot Country will host the 2016 convention in Augusta, Maine’s capital city. Co-sponsored by the Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association, the convention features operating slim-gauge prototypes and all the beauty of down-east New England.

The narrow gauge convention in Maine will include the smell of coal smoke! Here’s two-foot action you can expect to see at some of the nearby Maine railroad attractions.

  • One of the oldest engines anywhere still in steam,  boomer engine #9, ex-SR/KC/WW&F, at Alna.
  • Monson #3 pulling original Sandy River freight cars in Phillips.
  • Cute little German 0-4-0s at Boothbay – plus a guided tour of their amazing shop that builds full-size steam locomotive boilers.
  • Internal combustion critters more your favorite? Don’t miss the operating Model T railcar on the Wiscasset line. And at Boothbay, you can see both the ex-SR&RL inspection car and the ex-SR&RL railbus #4.

Over 50 clinics on narrow gauge prototypes from coast to coast, plus the latest modeling techniques, will be offered by a blue-ribbon lineup of speakers. Noted two-foot authors and modelers on the program include Dave Frary, Bob Hayden, Peter Barney, Wes Ewell, and more. Don’t miss the clinic on the rebuilding of Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington #9 – an 1891 Portland Co. Forney.

Choose from tours of all the historic narrow gauge routes and operating narrow gauge museums.  We’ll also offer some fascinating home layout tours, including Art Fahie’s Sn2 layout from Great Model Railroads and Eric Schade’s live steam F scale pike, as well as many others layouts, both during and before and after the convention.

Seventeen modular layouts in Nn3, HOn30, Sn2, On30, On3, Gn15, 7/8n2 and more are already committed to attend. And there will be large-scale live steam running on the lawn outside the convention center!

And, of course, every narrow gauge convention features a full range of contests and the world’s largest slim-gauge hobby shop in the manufacturers’ room.

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