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MILE HIGH SPRING MEET - April 30th - May 2nd, 2020
Joint Meet with the
Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society



Meet Hotel: Denver Marriott West

1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, CO, 80401-3144
(303) 279-9100
Standard Rooms blocked Thursday through
Saturday nights at $133.00 plus tax

Group name: Mile High Meet

Group Rate is available three (3) days pre- and post- contracted dates based on space and rate availability
Block expires 4/9/2020

Make reservations at:
(800) 228-9290 or (303) 279-9100.


Note: Events and Clinics are subject to change.

April 30 – Thursday
                7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Early Registration at Marriott Hotel

                7:00 PM-?? PM Informal get together to get acquanted and discuss new models, suggestions for
                                               new models and available 3D items plus suggestions for models and details.
May 1 - Friday  AM
                7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration at Marriott Hotel

                Extra Fare Events
       Friday Morning
                                Georgetown Railroad – Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM
                                 (organized trip that includes a box lunch at Georgetown – via arranged Car Pools)
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                                Coors Brewery – Open Tours Friday
                       Open All Weekend
                                Colorado Railroad Museum – Ticket given for admission the whole weekend
                                Forney Museum of Transportation  - Ticket given for admission the whole weekend
                Other Event
                                Caboose Hobby Shop
4:00 PM - CHUCK CONWAY – Rio Grande Slides from his personal collection 
                                5:00 PM - MEL PATRICK – Multi-Media Program: Chicago Before Amtrak
                                5:30 PM – 7:00 PM DINNER BREAK
                                7:00 PM - JIM FERENC – C&S Ry: Capturing 1958 in HO Scale
                                8:00 PM - DAVE LOTZ – Burlington Narrow Gauge Lines
May 2 -Saturday AM
                6:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration at Marriott Hotel
                SWAP MEET
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM – VENDOR SET-UP
                                8:00 AM - 12:00 PM SWAP MEET AND COMPANY STORES
                                12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch on your own
                1:00 PM - MARK HEMPHILL - Uinta Basin Railway Progress
                                2:00 PM - CHUCK CONWAY – Burlington and C&S Colorado Slides
                                3:00 PM - R. C. FAREWELL – Ski Trains
                                4:00 PM - JIM SANDRIN – Building models of the Prototype
                                5:00 PM – SOCIAL HOUR – Cash Bar         
                 BANQUET - 6:00 PM - Speaker: Steve Patterson – Joint Line slide presentation
May 3 - Sunday
                SOCIETY BOARD MEETINGS (Members Invited)
9:00 AM -  RGM&HS BRHS Board Meeting
                                9:30 AM – BRHS Board Meeting
               LAYOUT VISITS 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (BY PRIVATE CARPOOLS)                               
                Lockheed Model RR Club - HO/HOn3 Mountain Railroad (Denver)
                                                Jim Ferenc - HO C&S Denver-Longmont Operations in 1958 (Boulder)
                                                Doug and Barb Geiger – HO/HOn3 with CTC and Steel Mill (Longmont)
                                                Jeff MacDonald – O Scale Burlington
                                                Greeley Model Railroad - Largest Model RR in CO open to public (Greeley)

Clinics, Program and Layouts


Chuck Conway's Clinic: Rio Grande Slides from his personal collection

Mel Patrick's Clinic: "Chicago Before Amtrak"

Jim Ferenc's Clinic: "C&S Ry: Capturing 1958 in HO Scale"

David Lotz’ Clinic: “Burlington Narrow Gauge Lines”
Bio: Dave is retired from the IT industry, but operates a small business, Q Connection, which does special-run kits and markets CB&Q-related model railroad products as well as being the Editor for both the BRHS and RGM&HS. He is originally from Burlington, Iowa, but presently lives in Pooler, Georgia. His HO scale layout models the Burlington as the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad in his hometown.

Clinic: Dave’s clinic explores the history of the Q’s narrow gauge lines – not only in the Rockies, but will also cover the Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Burlington & Western, the Burlington & Northwestern, the Fort Madison & Northwestern, the Des Moines and Osceola and Southern, the Des Moines & Kansas City, the Deadwood Central and the Black Hills and Fort Pierre.

Mark Hemphill’s Clinic: "Uinta Basin Railway Progress"
Bio: Mark is a Project Manager for the Uinta Basin Railway and Senior Vice President of short-line holding company Rio Grande Pacific.

Clinic: Mark will update us on the progress of this 85-mile long new common-carrier railway in Utah. This will be the first all-new common-carrier railway in the U.S. since the 1970s and is scheduled to be in operation by 2023. It will connect to the former Rio Grande main line at Kyune, Utah, and run northeast into the Uinta Basin to serve its energy, mining, and agriculture industries. Mark will describe the route of the railway, its operating plan, and the challenges that must be solved before construction can commence. Also, he'll provide a short program on some other aspect of the Rio Grande's history -- "probably related to the reconstruction of the Rio Grande in the 1920s."

Chuck Conway's Clinic: Burlington and C&S Colorado Slides

Richard Farewell’s Clinic: “Ski Trains”
This Ski Train program now runs in 30 minutes and contains almost 100 slides and has sound.  It is an especially good fit with a joint CB&Q/D&RGW convention as it covers not only the Rio Grande Ski Trains, but because in 1992-1994, the BN dispatched their own "Ski Trains" to the Moffat part of the world. During those three excursions the trains were powered by their own executive

Jim Sandrin's Clinic: "Building models of the Prototype"

Saturday Evening Program
Steve Patterson, Saturday Banquet Speaker:
Bio: Steve Patterson hails from East Tennessee and had a 42-year career on the AT&SF/BNSF, 19 of those years as a locomotive engineer on the Joint Line.   After moving and living at several locations along the AT&SF, he and wife settled next to the former D&RGW’s mainline in Arvada, Colo., 40 years ago where they have seen many changes.    Seeing it go by, Steve authored the history of Rio Grande’s Ski Train, published by the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1984 (and still available!).

Layout Tours

Lockheed Model RR Club - HO/HOn3 Mountain Railroad (Denver)

Jim Ferenc’s Colorado & Southern Northern Division
The HO scale Colorado & Southern Ry. Northern Division captures the look and operation of the standard gauge prototype as it was in 1958, all in a 28- foot by 13-foot room. The 3.5 scale mile Main Line runs from Denver to Longmont, with staging yards representing points beyond and connections via the Q to Chicago. Operation is augmented with added passenger traffic, live-load coal locals, and interchange with the narrow gauge Denver, Boulder & Western Railroad.  Lighting, sound, and motion effects on the C&S Northern Division enhance realism and play value. Lenz DCC and SoundTraxx decoders are the foundation.
Lighting is fully automated, controlled by a personal computer. The PC drives "Colorado sunshine", including dawn and dusk transitions and a "full moon" synchronized to the fast clock, along with building lighting sequences. The coal mines feature live-load operating tipples that can load a 50-ton hopper or GS gondola with real black diamonds in about 10 seconds, depending on the skill of the operator. Working track scales near the mines and in Rice Yard, add work for crews. In the engine terminal, coaling tower chutes extend and retract on weighted cables at the flick of a switch, sound and motion animate water, oil, and sand, and moving switch targets sport illuminated lanterns at night

Doug and Barb Geiger’s Granite Mountain Railway
The HO-scale Granite Mountain Railway (GMRy) is a modern, 1988 -era bridge-route railroad that connects mid-America to the west coast. Four prototype railroads (BN, ATSF, DRGW, and the MILW) have trackage on the layout and interchange with each other and the GMRy. The layout uses simplex Digitrax command control wireless exclusively. Fourteen operators are required to complete a four-hour session.  The layout occupies a basement space of 23x43 feet, with additional trackage in the garage. All track is hand laid. The 550-foot mainline is completely signaled using position and searchlight signals and an authentic ATSF-style CTC machine in an isolated dispatcher's office. Four staging yards simulate off-layout destinations.  Additionally, four helixes connect the double-deck (and sometimes triple-deck)

Jeff MacDonald’s High Plains Route
Description: The "High Plains Route" is a 40-year effort of 2-rail O scale railroading. Featuring yards, city and a locomotive service area.  It is a rail fans' railroad of the Burlington, Union Pacific, Rock Island, Missouri Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific. 

Greeley Model Railroad - Largest Model RR in Colorado
Description: The Colorado Model Railroad Museum is one of the finest, one of a kind miniature accomplishments in the world. This 5,500 sq. feet masterpiece required over five years and 280,000 volunteer hours to complete. Located at 680 10th Street in Greeley, Colorado, this one of a kind museum has hundreds of railroad sceneries, more than 500 scale locomotives, 80 scale miles of train track, thousands of other handmade artifacts including around 28,000 handmade trees. The museum houses thousands of artifacts including a 1919 Colorado and Southern Caboose that you can tour.

Unlike typical model railroads, the museum utilizes an open air design with broad aisles and theatrical lighting, allowing visitors to clearly view the detailed scenery from just inches away. The Colorado Model Railroad Museum utilizes a dispatcher for train operations for the public. These quality characteristics have attracted visitors from all over the world, reaching as far as Australia and New Zealand.

Typically, the museum encounters around 20,000 visitors from 40 – 50 different countries each year! The Colorado Model Railroad Museum was founded by Dave Trussell, whose dream was to build the ultimate model railroad layout. Many people contributed to build and maintain this intricate museum, all with the passion for model railroading and the vision of building something spectacular. Take the opportunity to walk through a real caboose and peek into a multitude of miniature scenes that envelop your eyes with detailed, beautiful imagery. Visitors never leave the Colorado Model Railroad Museum disappointed.

For our convention attendees, they will:
1). Remain open only for convention attendees from 4-6 PM.
2). Give us free admittance with our convention badges.  Members of our group may give a donation, but are not required to do so.
3).  They will ask their members to bring Burlington/C&S and Rio Grande equipment to run the entire weekend.
4).  They will permit our group on the floor (where the public is not permitted) and give us a tour, including the dispatch center.  Members of our group may run a train under the supervision of one of their engineers.



2020 Fall Meet
September 10-13, 2020

Radisson Duluth-Harborview
505 W Superior Street,
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Reservations Call 1-800-333-3333
and mention Burlington Route

Online: radisson.com/duluth 
Type in dates, Select Occupancy and from the Special Rates dropdown, choose Promotional Code, then enter: BURLIN
Then click Check on Availablity

Our Group Rate is $99 per night

Cut off date is: 8/10/2020

Harbor View

Activities in addition to our regular meet functions, may include a ride in the Silver Club Vista-dome on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, a visit to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and layout tours.

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  
2020 Golden, CO