Burlington Route Historical Society

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2017 Fall Meet &
Annual Business Meeting

October 5th to 8th, 2017

Print Mail-In PDF Registration Form Here


Meet Overview

We meet on Thursday for a cook-out at the famous Rochelle Diamonds, Chef Tom (aka the BRHS President)
will be preparing brats and burgers.  Early Registration will also be taking place.  Thursday evening concludes with two layout tours, Mike McBride's CNW-Iron Cross in Dixon and Mike Schafer's Illinois & St. Louis in Lee.  The  CNW-Iron Cross will be an operating session limited to the first 18 registrants, the Illinois & St. Louis is an open tour.

Friday will start with a bus tour to Freeport, IL to visit  the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad, where you will enjoy a ride behind a Heisler Steam engine and in a Hannibal & St. Joe waycar with an accompanying on-site lunch. Later, visit the Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen to view the Fever River Model Railroad.  The last stop of the day will be at the recently restored Oregon Depot and more train watching on the C&I.  Friday evening concludes with a open layout tour at Mike McBride's CNW-Iron Cross in Dixon.

Saturday will begin with swap meet set-up, followed by the Annual Business Meeting.  (Swap room will be closed during the Business Meeting)  Following the Business Meeting, members will enjoy the swap meet and Model / Photo Contest, and completing the afternoon with four Clinics of varying topics.  Saturday evening will conclude with the Annual Banquet and a never before seen evening presentation.

Sunday will conclude the Meet with a breakfast buffet and an enlightening presentation on the Q's railroad personalities at  Rochelle.



Rochelle Comfort Inn
Rochelle Comfort Inn

Hickory Grove Convention Center / Comfort Inn & Suites
1127 - 1133 North 7th Street, Rochelle, IL  61068
Phone 815-562-5668 / 815-562-5551
              Room Rates:
Single King Bed                  $ 94.99
2 Double Bed                      $ 99.99
Single King Suite                 $119.99
Single King Hot Tub             $124.99
Two King Bed Hot Tub         $139.99
Roll-away Bed – per night   $15.00

Block group:  “Burlington Route Historical Society”

Ladies Events

This year the ladies will have three options to choose from. They provide choices to either participate with the regular meet activities or enjoy one or two activities just for them. 

Friday, the first activity will be at the Convention Center, where they will enjoy a personalized board painting and luncheon, or join the men on the local tour. 

Saturday, Sharon Hendricks has prepared a day trip to Rockford aboard a coach bus to enjoy dining and local attractions.  I believe wine, food and chocolate will be enjoyed! Or, choose to participate in the swap and afternoon clinics.

Sunday, all join to close the Meet with a breakfast buffet and program.

Fall Meet Contest Rules & Forms

Model Contest Rules (PDF Format*)
Model Contest Entry Form (PDF Format*)
Model Contest Certification (PDF Format*)
Photo Contest Rules (PDF Format*)
Photo Contest Entry Form (PDF Format*)


2018 Spring Meet
April 7, 2018

Reservations not yet accepted.

Meet Location: Riverview Banquets
1117 North Washington Avenue
Batavia, IL 
Website: http://riverviewbanquets.com

Meet Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites
1555 E. Fabyan Parkway
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-208-8811
Website: http://www.genevacomfortinn.com 

Rooms blocked for Wednesday through
Sunday nights at $92.99 plus tax
Block Expires 3/28/2018

Activities: Swap Meet for Membership 
Clinics, Banquet & Speaker

Previous Meetings and Locations

Year Spring Meet Location Attendance Annual Meet Location Attendance
1980     Hillside, IL 23
1981     Galesburg, IL 37
1982     Hillside, IL 43
1983 Red Oak, IA 50 Burlington, IA 103
1984     Lincoln, NE 76
1985     Aurora, IL 102
1986     Denver, CO 69
1987     Quincy, IL  
1988 Aurora, IL 40 La Crosse, WI 107
1989 Aurora, IL 108 Omaha, NE 106
1990 Aurora, IL 107 St. Paul, MN 110
1991 Aurora, IL 132 St. Louis, MO 152
1992 Aurora, IL 141 Willowbrook, IL 189
1993 Aurora, IL 115 Galesburg, IL 172
1994 Aurora, IL 100 Kansas City, MO 131
1995 Des Moines, IA 430 Rockford, IL 180
1996 La Grange, IL 152 Denver, CO 148
1997 La Grange, IL 190 Lincoln, NE 155
1998 La Grange, IL 182 Deadwood, SD 124
1999 Burlington, IA   Aurora, IL 230
2000 Rochelle, IL 157 Ft. Worth, TX 227
(Q 107)
2001 Mendota, IL 220 Paducah, KY 80
2002 Streator, IL 225 St. Louis, MO 135
2003 Mendota, IL 180 St. Paul, MN 95
2004 Oregon, IL 181 Galesburg, IL 130
2005 Moline, IL 195 Dubuque, IA 205
(Q 143)
2006 Streator, IL 210 Grand Island, NE 76
2007 Creston, IA 70 Kansas City, KS 85
2008 Oregon, IL 115 Macomb, IL 58
2009 West Chicago,IL 80 Rockford, IL 100
2010 Streator, IL 144 Geneva, IL 58
2011 Batavia, IL 110 Galesburg, IL 90
2012 Batavia, IL 100 St. Paul, MN 65
2013 Batavia, IL 120 Mendota, IL 97
2013 Billings, MT --> Joint Meet with the NP Railway Historical Assn. 17
2014 Batavia, IL 105 Rock Island, IL 95
2015 Batavia, IL 125 North Platte, NE 61
2016 Batavia, IL 135 La Crosse, WI 118
2017 Batavia, IL 160 Rochelle, IL