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Convention Load-In Instructions

posted Jul 31, 2014, 6:37 AM by Bill Rutherford

Capitol Limited N Scale East 2014

Load-In Instructions



The Dulles Expo Center is located at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly VA., just off Willard Road and VA Route 28 (Sully Road).


The Capitol Limited N Scale East 2014 layout will be comprised of four NTRAK layouts, one T-TRAK layout, one Nn3, layout, as well as one or two free standing N scale exhibits.  See for a diagram of the convention layout.


The load-in of N scale modules will begin Thursday, August 7th.  Conventioneers will be able to walk-in their modules beginning in the morning.  The loading dock will open around 1300 hours (1:00 p.m.). Round the clock security of the Center begins at that time.  Load-in on Thursday will continue until 2000 hours (8:00 p.m.) at which time the Center will be closed to us.  Set up continues Friday morning, August 8th, beginning at 0830 (8:30 a.m.).  We anticipate that all modules will be in place prior to the arrival of vendors beginning around 1200 hours (noon) Friday.  As loops come on-line, conventioneers will be able to run trains until 2000 hours (8:00 p.m.).


Access to the Dulles Expo Center will be through two entrances, a drive in door located on the north side of the Center and a walk in door next to the public entrance on the west side of the Center.  As we will be setting up prior to the arrival of vendors beginning Friday, we should have no difficulty driving into the Center to unload modules and equipment. 


Please note: trailers will not be permitted to be parked inside the Center as every square foot will be in use for the convention. Parking for trailers will be available in a lot across from the Center. There will be no fee for parking trailers there.


NTRAK modules from the Jersey Central/Southern New Jersey NTRAK loop will be located in the Piedmont Division.  They will share space with the convention’s T-TRAK layout.  Modules representing the Eastern N Lines Partnership will reside in the New River Division and NTRAK modules from the Central Carolina N Scalers will reside in the Allegheny Division. These loop areas will be marked on the floor with blue tape.


Three loops of NTRAK modules will comprise the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah and Allegheny Divisions.  This group will include all NTRAK modules that are not part of Jersey Central/Southern New Jersey, Eastern N Lines, or Central Carolina layouts.  Conventioneers should be able to locate where their modules will be located using the diagram posted at  Printed diagrams will be available at the convention.


Members of Northern Virginia NTRAK will be on hand to direct conventioneers and their modules to the proper locations for their modules.  Just look for someone wearing a yellow polo shirt bearing the convention logo.

Posted OBO JB Weilepp