Updated Feb. 28th
Welcome to the 17th Annual Sn3 Symposium
Scottsdale, Arizona was the location of the Symposium on Feb. 15 & 16, 2002.
Check out what happened at the 2002 Sn3 Symposium
Also, be sure to check out next years 2003 Sn3 Symposium in St. Louis
The Symposium hotel we stayed at was the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort 7601 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. The Symposium room rate was $125.00. Please call them toll free at (800) 364-9145 for info and to make resverations.
The registration price was $40.00 in advance or $45.00 at the door. We encourage you to register as soon as possible so that we can have an idea of the numbers to plan for. If you need tables in the exhibitors room, please let us know how many, and if you need power at your table. Every effort will be made to accommodate individual needs, but the sooner we know the better we can provide for you. See contact info near bottom of page.
Make checks or money orders out to "Sn3 Symposium".
Mail payment for registration and include the following information:
Name _________________ First ____________ Spouse ______________
City ________________________ State _____________ Zip __________
Phone(___)___-____ Fax(___)___-____ Email ______________________
Tables Required _________________________Power Needed _________
4305 Wellesley Drive NE.
Albuquerque, NM 87107-4824
For other or more info see the contact information below.
This Symposium was a little different from last years. But, just for general info you can check out what happened at last years Symposium in Seattle, WA. 2001 Sn3 Symposium. There are not too many layouts in the area so this year it will focus more on clinics and modeling in a small space. "Less is More" will be the general theme of the weekend. Please, if you have a module or small layout you can bring let us know about it. Feel free to bring your current project for Show and Tell, finished or unfinished! The Model Contest will as usual be restricted to S-scale narrow gauge models and dioramas, and there will also be a photo contest. Don't be shy, bring those models and pictures! If you are planning to bring modules please notify us right away so that we can plan adequate space for them.
Security will be provided in the contest room during open hours, and the exhibitors room as well as the contest room will be locked when we are not there. Although we will make every effort to protect your property, the Symposium staff cannot assume any liability for loss or damage to any models, displays or modules during the show. Sorry for the legal stuff, but you know how it goes.
The Symposium will follow the customary format used in the past. The Exhibitors' room will be open for set up on Friday, 7:00 A.M. Feb. 15, and the Symposium will begin at 8:00 A.M. The exhibitors' room will be open until 12 noon, then close for the afternoon. We will reopen at 6:00 P..M and remain open until 10:00 P.M. Saturday, Feb 16, the schedule will be from 8:00 A.M. to Noon, then 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The awards and business business meeting will be from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday. Teardown and departure will be Sunday the 17th until Noon. The Clinic and contest rooms will be open the same hours.
The model contest is the only part of the Symposium restricted to Sn3. Trophies will be awarded in the usual categories, plus an award for the best model in progress. So bring your current project along. The contest winners will be determined by popular vote, and there will be a photo contest as well.
Layout tours included Don Stewert's G scale layout, and Nelson Steinmetz"s S standard gauge Santa Fe Layout. There are club layouts at the Thunderbird Model Railroad Club, and the Scottsdale Railroad Park, two blocks from the hotel. The main attraction at the park is the Paradise & Pacific, a 15 inch live steam railroad which we can ride. An informal tour of the P & P shops is a possibility. In the same location is the Arizona Live Steamers 1-1/2" scale trackage.
Hobby shops include Gerry's Trains & Tools at the Park, Coronado Scale Models, and Roys Train World in Mesa.
We had a good variety of clinics to offer, the following is a list of some of them:
Prototype scenes for small layouts by Dick Dorman, owner of RD Publications
Moduler layout design Ideas by Jim Vail
Soldering white metal kits by Peter Mc Parlin of Backwoods Miniatures
Super detailing flex track & turnouts by Jim Booth of PBL
Ten pounds of mud in a five pound sack by Joe Brooke
Effective layout lighting by John Romberger
Aspen trees revisited and/or Detailing diecast automobiles by Jan Rons of Rons Art Graphics
Modeling Southwest scenery cactus, plants, & rocks by Robert Kramar of Master Designs
D&RGW Passenger cars 1930-1970 by John Hugh Coker of Coker Rairoad Art
Passenger car construction by David Fritche
Small Layout design, construction & operation by Jerry Boudreaux
A schedule of clinics will be available at the registration desk. Since there is a scarcity of layouts and hobby shops in the area, some of these clinics might be offered Friday afternoon.
Other things to do:
Special attractions will included a tour of the shops and rides on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad. This is a 15-inch gauge live steam railroad at McCormick/Stillman Railroad Park which is one block from the hotel. Additionally, some of the Scottsdale Live Steamers were hopefully present and gave rides on their 7-1/2 inch gauge equipment at the same location?
The Maricopa Livesteamers run and haul the public, at Adobe Mountain Desert Park (Phoenix), on each Sunday of the month from 12:00 am till 5:00 pm.
The Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum & Desert Railroad Park at 23280 N. 43rd Ave. (43rd Ave. and Pinnacle Peak Road) in Phoenix, Arizona has a 160-acre park and is home to a few other groups also. Such as: Sahuaro Central Railroad heritage Preservation Society and the Arizona Model Railroading Society.
Rawhide Park, Scottsdale, Gulf Refining #5, a 2-6-2, is on display for general viewing.
Champlin Fighter Museum, which is a fine collection of WW1 and WW2 fighter aircraft & Confederate Airforce, restored WW2 aircraft both located at Falcon Field in Mesa.
Hall of Flame firefighters museum, which is a fine collection of fire equipment and memorobilia from every era located near Papago Park in Phoenix.
In no way connected with the Symposium, but this just happened to be the same weekend and close by. So I have added the info for those that don't think there is enough to do already.<G>
Train & RR Swap Meet: This is sponsored by Sahuaro Central at the Family Life Center from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday, February 16. The location is at the corner of Central Ave. and Bethany Home Rd. Fairly easy access going east off I-17 about 2.5 mi. Cost is $4. Tons of free parking.
For more info email: Jan Rons
You can also call Dan
Pyzel at 505-883-0291
or Jan Rons at 602-840-6243
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