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2020 Fall Meet


14 June 2020

Please read the following notice regarding the status of the 2020 Annual Meet:

We regret to announce that the 2020 BRHS Fall Meet in Duluth will be postponed. The health and safety of our members and guests is our primary concern and there is no way we can guarantee that at this time. Additionally, based on the guidelines and restrictions in place by the State of Minnesota in their Covid-19 reopening plan, we cannot guarantee that a gathering of our size will even be allowed by early September. Waiting longer to see if conditions improve would put the Society at risk financially as we are rapidly approaching the point where deposits become non-refundable and that is a risk we cannot take. As such, we will be rescheduling our Duluth Meet for 2022 as we are already scheduled to gather in St. Louis in 2021. We had some great surprises planned for Duluth, but the extra time will be to everyone's benefit in regards to some of the planned events. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!

I wish to acknowledge the efforts over the past year of Co-Chairs, Directors Bryan Howell and

Bill Jelinek, for making the arrangements for this year's Annual Meeting and thank them for their continued dedication to the BRHS in all that they do everyday! The BRHS is in current negotiations to bring a spring meet to the Chicago area next year.

Thomas J Whitt
President, BRHS

To cancel your reservations Call
the Radisson Duluth-Harborview

2nd Annual - A Day for the Archives

Canceled due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Unfortunately, due to the CDC recommendations regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2nd Annual - A Day for the Archives has been cancelled.  Please note that registration checks have not yet been cashed.  The event sponsors will converse at the end of the week or over the weekend to review what steps will be taken regarding return of checks and/or possible rescheduling.

Joint Meet with the
Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society

Canceled due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

We are announcing today that the joint BRHS & RGM&HS 2020 Spring Meeting planned for April 30- May 2, 2020 has been CANCELED.

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we recognize that many of you have reached out and expressed concerns or hesitations about attending the Spring 2020 Meet in Denver, Colorado. 

We have been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), federal and local government guidance along with the World Health Organization’s statements regarding COVID-19 cases and following guidelines from these agencies.  The changes to the spread of coronavirus are growing daily; crowd spreading & closed spaces are big factors for the spread of the virus.  We recognize that the age of many of us falls squarely into the high-risk exposure group according to the CDC.

Representatives from both society’s boards held conference call on 03/16/2020 and based on the latest information from the CDC here it was agreed unanimously that we are no longer confident, given the current circumstances, that holding the meet is without risk to our attendees.  Accordingly, we felt it is better to be pro-active than reactive during these challenging times and proceed with cancelling the event.

Online registrations have been removed and starting on April 1st, 2020 we will begin refunding the money collected from those who have registered for the meet. 

  • If you registered online and paid through PayPal you will be getting a refund from the RGM&HS via PayPal.  You will receive an e-mail notice that a refund (credit) has been applied to your PayPal account.   
  • If you mailed in your registration including a payment we will be returning your check (if not cashed) or refunding you by mail.
  • If mail-in reservations are received after April 1st, they will be returned within three days after their receipt by the registrar.

If you already booked a hotel room from our room block with the Marriott you may can contact Marriott directly and proceed with cancelling your reservation.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement please contact rgmhswebmaster@rgmhs.org or webmaster@burlingtonroute.org.  

BRHS & RGM&HS Convention Team

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*)


FOBNR 2020 Convention
Vancouver, Washington
June 10-13, 2020

Each year the FOBNR holds a convention and membership meeting at some location on the BN/BNSF system. The convention includes tours of local BN/BNSF facilities (if there are any in the area), a display of BN historical information and items, HO and N-scale operating layouts, tours of local layouts, railfanning opportunities, a banquet with a speaker (usually a local BNSF official), and a board meeting.

Previous Meetings and Locations

Year Spring Meet Location Attendance Annual Meet Location Attendance
1980     Hillside, IL 23
1981     Galesburg, IL 37
1982     Hillside, IL  
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 128 Rochelle, IL 98
2018 Batavia, IL 132 Quincy, IL


2019 Yorkville, IL 111 Sandwich, IL 95
2020 Golden, CO Canceled Dulth, MN Canceled