Every year since 1980, modellers of American narrow gauge railroads have organised an annual convention in the USA. In 2016, the convention will take place September 7-10 in Augusta, Maine.
The program has a distinct Maine Two Foot flavour, and the location will allow visits to the various museums and preserved lines, as well as the original prototype locations.
Click here to visit the official convention website for further information.
Update 22-09-2016: The convention attracted some 1357 registrations, and while this editor recovers from his own (conflicting) saunter around the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland, we would refer viewer’s to George Dutka’s two sites for personal reports from attendee’s.
Chris Mears has posted about his first visit to a Narrow Gauge Convention and one can sense his amazement and enthusiasm on his exposure to the Maine Two Footers on his postings to his own blog. Click here to view on another browser page.
Lee Rainey, Chairman of the 2016 Convention reports;- Pre-registration for the 2016 National Narrow Gauge Convention topped 700 this week ! We are shooting for 1000. Will you be one of them? Other current stats: 85 vendors, fifty clinics, seventeen modular layouts, two dozen home layouts, and four museums running prototype two-foot steam!
A view of the former SR&RL Railbus #4 (also B&HR #3) in the distance from the front seat of former SR&RL Rail Car #2 on the Boothbay Railway.
Lee Rainey, Chairman of the 2016 Convention reports;- We’ve just learned that the Boothbay Railway Village will also be running the ex-SR&RL Railbus #4 (on loan from Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum), as well as the former SR&RL Model T inspection car (on loan from the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum). Don’t miss this rare chance to see both vehicles in operation.
A number of interesting tours have been organised around the Convention, here’s a selection of those that caught my eye;-
Take the Throttle of Two-Foot Steam
Guided Bus Tour of WW&F Route
Monson Guided Tour
Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Guided Driving Tour: Sandy River and P&R
Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Guided Driving Tour: Sandy River and F&M
Click here to visit the official convention website Tours page for further information and a full listing.