O Scale National Convention Returning to Denver

The O Scale National Convention will be held June 8-11, 2023, in Denver, Colorado, with a focus on making quarter inch scale more accessible, affordable, and available to modelers. The event will feature great layout tours, leading-edge clinics, and more than 100 vendor tables loaded with the newest products as well as common and uncommon models made during the past 70 years.

Among the clinicians for the 2023 convention will be Sarah Griessenböck, a European O scale modeler who is creating her own detail parts to create incredibly realistic western U.S. steam-era trains. Santiago Pineda, a south American modeler will present a workshop on putting together an “Impossible Train” – the Exposition Flyer – one car at a time. Other workshops will range from upgrading Weaver diesel drivetrains to designing layouts for moderate spaces.

David Stewart’s Appalachian & Ohio (www.aorailroad.com), a large freelance operation set in 1968 West Virginia will be on the list of layout tours. The A&O is notable for presenting a realistic environment that captures the feel of eastern mountain railroading. The layout’s impressive size and scope include a working hump yard and massive bridge spanning the “river between West Virginia and Ohio. Jeff MacDonald’s High Plains Route will also be open. This mid-size O scale layout shows how city and rural scenery really make a layout come to life and provide a showcase for well-detailed steam and diesel-powered passenger trains. The layout is based on the region of Omaha during the transition era. Several sectional layouts will be set up and running in or near the sales room.

“Denver and the Front Range are packed with world-class museums, great local foods, innovative microbrews, boutique shopping, and much more. The Rocky Mountains are minutes away and offer amazing outdoor activities to experience,” says Convention Chair Bob Kjelland. “Colorado is also home to numerous narrow- and standard-gauge train rides and museums.”

Denver is home to a major airport that quickly connects the east and west coasts to the Mile High City. Amtrak’s California Zephyr connects Chicago and San Francisco to Denver Union Station. And the “train to the plane” light rail connects the airport and the depot, with a stop at the convention location.

A judged model contest will be part of the convention. Two special-run convention cars are available. For details on the cars, contest, and clinics go to oscalenational.com. Registration for the event remains the same at $45, with table space being reserved at $55.  The Hyatt has a special rate during the convention. To obtain this rate, go to  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/DENHY/G-6OSC

Watch for additional updates on the O Scale National Convention Facebook page.