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2021 Annual Meeting
Joint Meet with the
Missouri Pacific Historical Society

See the Meet Schedule with Clinics Listed

See the Ladies Program

New information on the Rare Mileage train trip!

A Late Registration Fee of $10 will be automatically
added after September 7th!


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Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2021 BRHS Annual Meet. The meet is a go!

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.

Please Note: The Convention will adhere to all current Federal, State, and local COVID rules pertaining to mask wearing and social distancing.  We do not know what the restrictions at the time of the convention will be.  Currently seating and occupancy restrictions are in place which limits attendance, so make your reservations early.  As capacity limits are lifted, more spaces may become available for the convention.  Masks may need to be worn in public spaces, on busses, or on the train ride.

The host hotel for the meet is at St. Louis Union Station, which is a Hilton affiliate. Our Group Rate Code is “MPH.
The Group Room rate is $165.00 per night plus tax.

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: http://group.curiocollection.com/mphsbrhsmtg

Trainshed Map
Click here or on the map to see a larger image of this map.

Men or Women - $110.00
Includes: Saturday’s Swap Meet, Contest, all Clinics, Dinner Banquet, two Drink Tickets and Program
Special Ladies Program - $110.00

Includes:Ladies Event (LIMITED TO 28 Seats!), Saturday’s Swap Meet, Contest, all Clinics, Dinner Banquet,
two Drink Tickets and Program


Meet Basic Fare - $50.00
Includes: All Clinics, Membership Meetings, Swap Meet and Contests
Saturday Banquet Only Fare
Evening Dinner and Program Only.
Ladies Event Only Fare - $25.00
LIMITED TO 28 Seats!

THURSDAY BUS TOUR LIMITED TO 24 – (12 Mail-in - 12 Online)
w/Full Fare - $30.00 w/Pick 'n' Choose - $40.00
w/Full Fare - $35.00 w/Pick 'n' Choose - $45.00
w/Full Fare - $65.00 w/Pick 'n' Choose - $75.00
Society Members - $20.00 Non-Society Members - $25.00
NOTE: You must register with a either a Full Fare or a Meet Basic Fare in order to rent tables!

(Must be ordered before 9/7 to have at the convention)
T-Shirts All Sizes - $25.00
Polo Shirts - Sizes S to 2XL $32.00 3,4,5-XL @ $35.00

ACTIVITIES - Link to Event Schedule

Thursday, October 7
Attendance limited to 24 people
  All Day Bus Tour

Metro East Industries, Inc. – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Metro East Industries is an industry leader company that provides railcar and locomotive repair and maintenance, both in the shop and on the rail, for many class 1 railroads and regional carriers. They have been in existence over three decades. Their state-of-the-art facilities span more than 100 acres of land. We will tour the shops under actual working conditions. A safety meeting will be scheduled before tour starts, usually 5-10 minutes.

Required: Safety goggles – if you have them, bring them. Wear good pair of walking shoes. The facility is NOT ADA accessible in the shop areas. Breaking into smaller groups, tours will visit many interesting areas of the site.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases. Photography allowed outside the shops BUT NO videotaping. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a shops’ environment where dust, dirt and noise will be encountered. Dress appropriately.

The bus will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. 
Lunch is not included in the cost of the trip.


Gateway Rail Services, Inc. – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Gateway Rail Services Inc. (GRS) facility encompasses over twenty acres and has more than 29 years experience providing high quality workmanship throughout the North American rail industry. GRS is a full service facility specialized in heavy overhaul and rehabilitation of passenger rail cars, private rail cars, excursion railroads equipment and specialty rail test cars for the FRA and class one railroads. We will tour the rebuild, fabrication and wheel shops under actual working conditions. The company has about 140 retired passenger and baggage cars, with a few from the 1920’s, on its 10 tracks. Most railcars stored are cores for rebuilding. After our shops’ tour, we will be allowed to walk around the cars and take pictures. Attendance limited to 25 people. A safety meeting will be scheduled before tour starts, usually 5-10 minutes. 

Required: A Waiver of Liability form will need to be signed. An adult must accompany any minor child. Safety goggles – if you have them, bring them. Use good pair of walking shoes. The facility has limited ADA accessibility with some assistance. It is NOT wheel chair friendly due to gravel and rough ground. Fair amount of walking involved.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases. Photography and videotaping allowed but may be limited in propriety situations. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a shops’ environment where dust, dirt and noise will be encountered. Dress appropriately.

Friday October 8    

The National Museum of Transportation – 9:00-12:00 AM
The Smithsonian Institution recognizes the National Museum of Transportation as having one of the “largest and best collection of transportation vehicles in the world.” With more than 70 locomotives, automobiles, trucks, a C47-A Transport, operating streetcars. The Museum sits on the former Missouri Pacific right of way, and on the grounds is the historic Barrett tunnel, the first tunnel west of the Mississippi built by the Pacific Railroad in 1851.
The bus tour will include special access to areas not open to the general public, including the Missouri Pacific Eagle Observation car 750, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy "Aleutian", Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #482 "Dubuque" Sleeping Car, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #192 - "Silver Spoon" Dining Car, the Missouri Pacific Barrett Station depot building. A streetcar and the miniature train will be operating.

General Rules: Good walking shoes are recommended. The museum grounds are ADA compliant but the streetcar is NOT. Self-guided tour will visit many interesting areas of the museum. Photography is allowed on the museum grounds, but please do not climb on or pose on the displayed equipment. No weapons. Do not enter closed or barricaded areas.  This trip will include a box lunch on the Museum grounds.

TRRA Excursion – 2:00-4:00 PM
This rare mileage excursion will depart St. Louis Union Station and travel over a circle route on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) system using Union Station’s heritage passenger cars.  The train will cross the Mississippi River on the MacArthur Bridge, then travel north over TRRA trackage on the Illinois side of the river.  The requested route is via the Wiggins Line along the river front.  After passing Madison Yard it will cross the Merchants Bridge back to the Missouri side.  Enroute it will pass the sites of several former railroad yards, freight houses, produce row, and other interesting railroad sites, as well as many St. Louis landmarks including the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and the Eads Bridge.

Click Here to see a map of the requested route:
Note: Actual route on the Illinois side of the river may vary due to TRRA traffic levels.  Vintage equipment may not be ADA accessible. 

Note2: The equipment being used are historic railcars. There is no ADA boarding available (i.e., a ramp, chair lift).

Note3: If this trip is unable to run due to operational conditions on the TRRA, or problems with equipment availability at Union Station refunds will be made for the excursion only.

Coaches for the trip
PRR 8247-8287
SPRG #140 (PRR 8287) & SLRG 146 (PRR 8247)
PRR 1953
RPCX 1593 (PRR 1593)

PRR 8287
Tyrone Inn
21 Roomette

Built 1949 Budd, Lot #9667-024

PRR 8287
Renamed 1956
James Hay Reed

Rebuilt 1963 to
76 Seat Coach
(12 lounge)
PRR 1524

To PC 1516
in 1968

To SEMTA 110
Pleasant Ridge
76 Seat Coach
in 1976

To MARC 140
Tyrone Inn
Rebuilt in 1994 to
80 Seat Coach

To SLRG 140
Tyrone Inn
in 2011
assigned to Saratoga & North Creek

PRR 1593
60 Seat Coach
(14 Smoker)
Built 1951 Budd, Lot # 9621-110 to PC in 1968 as PC 1593 Sold to Amtrak 1976 as AMTK 1593 and rebuilt as a 76 Seat Coach High-capacity for ‘Clocker’ service Rebuilt 1981
with HEP as AMTK 7612

Acquired by the KCS/Panama
Canal Rwy in 2000 for Panarail Tourism
# unkown

Acquired 2011 by Silver Rail Coach and refurbished as RPCX 1593  

PRR 8247
Bucyrus Inn
21 Roomette

Built 1949 Budd, Lot #9667-024

PRR 8247
Renamed 1956
Henry S. Spang

Rebuilt 1963 to
76 Seat Coach
(12 lounge)
PRR 1516

To PC 1524
in 1968

To SEMTA 106
76 Seat Coach
in 1976

MARC 146
Bucyrus Inn

To SLRG 146
Bucyrus Inn
in 2011
assigned to Saratoga & North Creek

Saturday October 9    

Morning and Afternoon
MPHS Business Meeting - Officer Elections
BRHS Business Meeting - Board of Director Elections
Swap Meet
BRHS & MPHS Company Stores will be open
Ladies Event


Happy Hour - Cash Bar
Banquet Dinner MPHS & BRHS Members and Spouses
Keynote Speaker - Nick Fry, Curator of the J.W. Barriger Library
Parting Comments - MPHS & BRHS President

Salad - Bibb Lettuce, Blistered Tomato, Missouri Goat Cheese, Roasted Pistachio, White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Entrée - Grilled Beef Sirloin with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Whiskey Glazed Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed French Beans, Wild Mushrooms
Dessert - New York Style Cheese Cake

Other Weekend Options    
Union Station Restaurants
- Station Grille (former Harvey House) Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
- The Grand Hall – drinks & appetizers
- Starbucks – adjacent to Grand Hall
- Soda Fountain – sandwiches/burgers/ice cream
- The Train Shed – lunch, dinner, drinks
- 1894 Café – lunch counter
- Landry’s Seafood House
- Maggie O’Briens – across street – Irish bar/restaurant
- Lombardo’s Trattoria – across street inside Drury
  Union Station Attractions
Grand Hall Light Show - free
Fire & Light Show – under train shed - free
·         Super Six Pass: $50 per adult / $40 per child (best deal – access to all attractions!)
·         Aquarium & Wheel: $35 per adult / $25 per child
·         Aquarium: $25 per adult / $18 per child
·         Wheel: $15 per adult / $10 per child
·         Ropes Course: $15 per adult / $5 per child (under 48 inches)
·         Miniature Golf: $10 per adult / $10 per child
·         Mirror Maze: $8 per adult / $8 per child
·         Carousel: $5 per adult / $5 per child

Joint Meet Contest Rules & Forms

Model Contest Rules (PDF Format*)
Photo Contest Rules (PDF Format*)

Combined Model/Photo Entry Form (PDF Format*)

3nd Annual - A Day for the Archives

To Be Announced

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

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