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2021 Spring Meet
*** Canceled ***

After much consideration and concern for everyone's health and safety, and the restrictions put in place by the State of Illinois, we must again CANCEL our Spring Meet scheduled for April 17, 2021 in Yorkville at Lyon Farm.  This was a unanimous decision of the Board based on the gathering restrictions of 50 persons or less, the dining seating and serving of food and beverages.  

Work is progressing with the joint meet this fall in St. Louis with the Missouri Pacific Historical Society, with both Society's meeting monthly via video chat.  Things are not quite firmed up yet to be able to announce our itinerary, but a great meet is in the works.  Kudos go out to the MPHS committee members for all of the leg work that they have completed to bring this meet to fruition.  

Please watch for further updates and announcements, which are coming soon, as they become available.

Tom Whitt
President, BRHS

3nd Annual - A Day for the Archives

To Be Announced

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2021 Annual Meeting
Joint Meet with the
Missouri Pacific Historical Society
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Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2021 BRHS Annual Meet. We are hoping to actually have a meet this year!

The Fall Meet is a joint meet with the Missouri Pacific Historical Society in St. Louis. The dates are October 7-10, 2021. The timing of the meet will coincide with Missouri’s bicentennial. It will focus on the first two railroads that crossed Missouri. The meet is already listed on the State of Missouri 2021 calendar. The host hotel for the meet is at St. Louis Union Station, which is a Hilton affiliate.

The address is:
1820 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

The direct phone number to the hotel is: (314) 231-1234
The following link has been made available to reserve a room with the BRHS/MPHS discounted rate, which are good for 3 days before and 3 days after the meet:

Activities being considered include a visit to the National Museum of Transportation, a TRRA excursion using Union Station’s private car fleet, a tour of Gateway Rail Services, the Iron Spike Model Train Museum and Metro East Industries’ locomotive repair facility. Some of the activities will be limited to a set number of participants. There will be more details will be coming soon.


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 2021 Convention
On Hold Due to Covid-19


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 BRHS 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 Postponed Dulth, MN Postponed
2021 Yorkville, IL   St. Louis, MO