Welcome to Chicago for our 2019
The National N Scale Convention®
June 24 to June 30, 2019
Come join the 27th National N Scale Convention (NNSC)
presented by the N Scale Enthusiast (NSE).
This year's convention will be held at the
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center
5440 North River Road, Rosemont, Ill. 60018
Attendees will be entitled to the following special convention hotel rate.
Standard room rate will be $130.00 Single or double.
Note: These rates do not include applicable tax or car parking.
Go to our convention hotel web page for our special reservation rates
Direct (877) 337-5793 Call direct and ask for NSCC/NSE convention rates
Remember we have limited number of rooms blocked at this convention rate.
Rate is available until the block is filled or until June 1, 2019.
CHICAGO CONVENTION SCHEDULE
Tuesday June 25, 2019
Odyssey – Chicago Riverfront Lunch Cruise - 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Join us for a 2 hour cruse on the Chicago River while enjoying a 3 course plated lunch. The Odyssey is a brand new boat built just to cruse down the Chicago River. The Odyssey joined the fleet this year and is a single level, glass-enclosed boat offering stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding architecture. Departing from the revitalized Chicago River Esplanade, the European-inspired ship is fully glass-enclosed and ready to show you the city from a whole new perspective.
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.
Arrival Day - Official start of the convention
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesday Home Layout Tours #1
8:00 am to Noon & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
This is the first of our Chicago area layout tours. This week we will have a total of 8 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 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on Wednesday and Friday.
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. The Bus Captains will have lists of those registered for the layout tours and the railfan tour.
Wednesday Rail Fanning Tour
8:00am to 1:00 pm
Our local area member and N Scale master custom painter Charlie Hopkins will conduct a tour of some of the Chicago area best rail fanning sites. This will be only one bus tour so get your request in early.
Registration - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
ARRIVAL DAY. Check-in begins in the O’Hare Ballroom. Pick up your registration packet for the convention. We will continue to have the best N Scale Vehicles contest run by Carter Fritschle with onsite voting. 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 O’Hare Ballroom.
SILENT AUCTION Check-in - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Silent auction check-in runs concurrently with Live Auction activities today. Bidding will be held Thursday evening during the Live Auction and Friday during the SWAP. Check out will be on Saturday.
Model Contest Check-in – 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Check on the convention web site for this year's categories and viewing. You will be able to down load the rules and contest entry forms.
Plaques will be given out at the banquet based on popular vote.
Good luck to all.
Welcome Reception - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Join us at the Micro-Trains Line Reception for Dessert, Coffee and renew old friendships. Since the 2012 Convention, we 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 27, 2019
Illinois Railway Museum - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
On Thursday we head out to the Illinois Railway Museum for fun day roaming the many acres of historic railroad equipment. There are 9 barns housing over 3 ½ miles of preserved passenger cars, locomotives and rolling stock. During our stay you can also visit the Marengo depot that dates from 1851 and has been restored. There will be time to board the trolley for a great ride. Our lunch will be provided by the modern diner building location at the museum entry. Each person will be given a meal ticket that will allow you to eat lunch when you want to during the day.
LIVE Auction & Silent 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 5:30 pm
This is your last chance to enter your model in this year's contest. Be sure to stop by to see what has been entered. Good luck to all.
Friday, June 28, 2019
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 for purchase 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 products before we open the tables to the public at noon. For the last few years, the NSE convention 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.
Silent Auction – 9:00 pm - Noon
Last chance to bid on these items.. Bidding closing at noon..
Silent Auction – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Cash out & Item pick up
Friday Home Layout Tours #2
8:00 am to Noon & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
This is the Second of our Chicago layout tours. This week we will have a total of 8 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 8 layouts you will have to book a home layout tour on Wednesday.
Hotel Club layouts – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
This year we have the NTrak organization coordinating many groups from all of the country to provide the best in operating layouts. This hotel provides a great opportunity this year with additional areas outside the main ballroom which will allow more layouts. Information on the registration procedures for the layouts are available on the convention website.
If you would like to run one of your own trains on these fine layouts please email Bruce Alcock for information. Bruce Alcock firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Dog Game
Game starts at 7:00 pm
The Chicago Dogs in their second season are the newest team of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The visiting team will be the Winnipeg Goldeyes, two time league champions and one of the leading teams in the league. The seats will be in the infield box area of the 2 year old Impact Field, which has the huge advantage of being a short walk (0.7 miles) from the convention hotel.
Clinics - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Our clinic schedule 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. See Bruce Alcock email@example.com
Friday Night Clinics - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
This year with all the attractions in the area you are on you own At the time of convention , the availability of some attractions such as the Minor league baseball team near the hotel as well as the Chicago White Sox of MLB will be more readily available. The Chicago Cubs are out of town.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
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
Our clinic schedule 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. Contact Mike Vivion firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Banquet – 6:30 pm Doors open, program begins at 7:00 pm
Join us in the O’Hare Ballroom for 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 are paid attendees for the banquet.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
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.