2019 NKPHTS Convention
Fort Wayne, IN

October 10-12, 2019

Hosted by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Chuck Klein, Convention Chair


Convention Information

October 10-12, 2019
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Fort Wayne Hotel & Conference Center
305 East Washington Center Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4406
Phone: (260) 205-8568
Hotel Website

In August you can start reserving your rooms at the Ramada Inn. Queen and king beds will be $88 per night. Just mention the “Nickel Plate Society Convention” to get the special room rate. The cut-off date to ensure availability and rate is September 23.

This Convention will pay tribute to those who put #765 back onto the rails, bringing us up close to Berkshire #765. We will visit the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, home of #765. We will take a look at some of the other rolling stock they have, including the status of the NKP SD9 that they have been restoring.

We are putting together some interesting programs, including this year's model display. Our members seem to have an interesting offering of Nickel Plate models. We will have the NKPHTS Company Store as well as a variety of vendors. Please bring your items for the Silent Auction.

The tour to the FWRHS will be on Friday the 11th. We will board buses at 9:30 AM and return to the hotel at 1:00 PM. Saturday will bring the annual membership meeting. This is open to all members whether they are attending the Convention or not. The Convention Committee is lining up some home layout visits.

The Saturday evening banquet will be at the Ramada Inn. The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will present a program. The 2020 Convention Committee will give a short program on what is in store for the 2020 Convention in the Cincinnati, OH area.

We'll see the usual crowd, but some of you who have not been to a Convention for a while (or have never been) should consider coming. The more attendees, the more fun! Sign-up forms and schedule to follow.

Convention Registration and Schedule

2019 Convention Model and Photo Displays

To increase member participation in having models and photos at the conventions, the Board has agreed to suspend the model and photo contests and instead have display categories. 

This change is to encourage those who do not like contests to bring models they have finished or are works-in-progress to show others what can be done with ready-to-run, kits, or scratchbuilt models. All scales are welcome. Similarly, please bring your photos of NKP subjects, even if they're just snapshots showing something of interest to other NKP enthusiasts. 

All modeling categories are included: structures, locomotives, rolling stock, track, maintenance-of-way, and dioramas. There are many modelers in the NKPHTS who could share with us what they are working on and could influence other members to build models, dioramas, or layouts. Any NKP-related (including railroads in which the NKP had an interest) models or photos from the earliest days to "what could have" for modern modelers are welcome. Will you participate? 

If you wish to display your model or photo, please download the entry form(s) below and bring the completed form with you to the convention. 

Convention Schedule by Years
No.YearDatesCity/StateHost OrganizationChairperson(s)
552020TBACincinnati, OHTBAMatt Fruchey
54201910/10 - 10/12Fort Wayne, INFort Wayne Railroad Historical SocietyChuck Klein