The Bernard G. Corbin Award

The Bernard G. Corbin Award is the highest honor given by the BRHS Board of Directors in recognition of a member's outstanding efforts to preserve the history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. It is named in memory and honor of Bernard G. Corbin (April 28, 1907 - January 30, 1988), who was arguably the pre-eminent fan/historian/modeler of the Burlington. Corbin pronounced his name "Ber nerd," not "Ber nard," but he was commonly known to friends as Bernie (and any model railroader or fan of the Q or its affiliates was a friend).


October 8, 1988 - Jim Miller
October 10, 1992 - Rod (Bat) Masterson
October 10, 1992 - F. Hol Wagner
September 17, 1999 - David Lotz
September 20, 2003 - Jim Singer
October 14, 2006 - George Spier
September 10, 2011 - Lee Hastman
September 15, 2012 - Mike Spoor
September 13, 2014 - Gene Tacey
September 21, 2019 - Chuck Zeiler


Life Memberships

BRHS Life Memebership

Life Memberships to the BRHS are bestowed upon those that have made innumerable contributions to the preservation of CB&Q history over a period of many years. Only six Life Memberships have been awarded in the history of the BRHS.


1983 - Bernard Corbin
2004 - F. Hol Wagner, Jr.
2007 - Jim Singer

2013 - Mike Spoor
2018 - Tom Whitt
2019 - David Lotz

The Fuka/Mieksizak Award


The Fuka-Mieksizak Award has been given yearly since 2000 in recognition of an individual's or group's work to preserve the history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, its predecessors, and affiliates by the BRHS. The recipient is not required to be a BRHS member.


2000 - Rodney (Bat) Masterson
2001 - Jim Singer & Chuck Zeiler
2002 - Gerald Edgar
2003 - The Mendota Union Depot            Railroad Museum
2004 - Al Holck
2005 - Dave Beck
2006 - Ray Buhrmaster
           & Joe Douda
2007 - Oregon Depot
2008 - David Miner - Ft. Madison,            Farmingtion & Western RR
2009 - The West Chicago City            Museum
2010 - Edward M. DeRouin

2011 - Donald D. Benson
2012 - The Newberry Library
2013 - Rupert Gamlen
2014 - Sara Phalen
2015 - Spring Meeting            Passenger Panel -
           Art Anderson,
           Dick Corrin,
           Forester DuSell,
           Mike Farris,
           Dave Hoffman
2016 - Jim Ehernberger
2017 - Leo Phillipp
2018 - J.W. (Bill) Schultz
2019 - William Barber,
           Louis Zadnichek       

The Gandy Dancer Award


A "Gandy Dancer," according to Webster, is a laborer in a railroad section gang. Most likely they were given this name because of the tools they worked with daily, tools that were manufactured at the Gandy Manufacturing Company of Chicago. The gandy dancer has the most physically challenging, and one of the most important jobs on the railroad. Their position is not as glamorous, or as recognized as an engineer or conductor, however if it weren't for the rails they lay, the trains would not run.

This is also true with certain volunteers in the BRHS. Their efforts are essential to the smooth operation of the society, yet they do not seek, or often receive the recognition they deserve. The BRHS award is a slice of rail with a spike welded to it, mounted on an oak base which is symbolic of the important rail a gandy dancer lays.


1995 - David Beck
           George Speir
2017 - Jack Schroeder
2017 - Nancy & Scott Stearns

2018 - Jon Habegger,
           Bill Hirt,
           Bill Jelinek
2019 - Jim Davidson,
           Danny Hornback