Welcome to the Rio Grande Modeling &  Historical Society, An independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who's mission is preserving, disseminating and sharing the history of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad its predecessors, for the encouragement of accurate scale modeling of those railroads.


Current Issue
Volume 16, Number 1, 2017
The RGM&HS publishes The Prospector, is our professionally produced and beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine featuring the finest work of historians and other experts on all aspects of Rio Grande Railroad. There are available.  Dealer inquires on carrying our magazine are welcome.  You can contact membership@rgmhs.org for more details. 

The Green Light is the society's electronic newsletter delivered 8 times a year via e-mail is intended to provide society information not included in the four regular issues of The Prospector magazine. Members will find news about the Rio Grande, general interest, products of interest like books, videos, calendars featuring the railroad. 

The Green Light also highlights Society initiatives to provide individuals interested in learning about the D&RGW with historical information like the Rio Grande Source Data project which contains original Rio Grande publications, timetables, equipment information and other materials sold by the society in our Company Store.

If you have a Rio Grande story idea or photos you want to share in the The Prospector, can contact the editior editor@rgmhs.org we'd love to heard about it.  Submission guidlines can be found byclicking here

We make available back issues of the The Prospector for purchase from Volume 1 (2002) through Volume 13 (2014).  We are expanding the available back issues to included years 2015-2017 (Volumes 14-16) later this summer.
Back Issues

Membership: We invite you to join the RGM&HS and join over 600 other Rio Grande enthusiasts from all over the world by submitting your membership application.

Membership in the Society include a one year (4 issues) subscription to The Prospector, the official magazine of the Society, as well as a subscription to the Society's newsletter, the Green Light

If you prefer to pay by check, you can print out this Membership Application from the Company Store Make sure to include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number on the form. and mail payment to:

RGM&HS Member Services
P.O. Box 16474
St Louis, MO 63125 - 9998

To start a new or renew your membership on-line with a credit card or using PayPal click on one of the following buttons:

New Membership     Membership Renewal

If you have questions, you can e-mail the RGM&HS Business Office at membership@rgmhs.org.

2017 RGM&HS Convention

Our 2017 convention is just around the corner and will take place in Denver on August 27th-30th, 2017 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in the Denver Tech Center.

This will be the first convention held since 2009 and will feature photo presentations, visits to home model railroads and an opportunity to attend operating sessions on several home layouts. The RGM&HS convention will be held prior to the National Narrow Gauge Convention also in Denver starting on August 30th through September 2nd, 2017.

Click here to see details and download the Denver registration form, we hope to see you in Denver!


Convention Update - 7/25/2017
  • We've added Jim Ferenc's Layout to the Op Session on Monday the 28th.
  • The block of convention rate rooms at the hotel are not sold out.  Rooms are still available at the hotel
Convention 2017

Website Information

You'll have to excuse the all the construction work on the website. The Society has had to embarked on a complete redesign of our website with a new look and a new location RGMHS.ORG being unveiled in the spring of 2017 as we near our convention in August.

There are many changes planned for the website and on how the society will be providing the best experience to the wealth of D&RGW information online.  There will be also be new features like a revamped company store as well as integration with the society's media in Facebook and our Yahoo group

In the next couple of months you notice some features on the website will be unavailable temporarily while we work on the new look and reorganize some of the pages.  So please continue to pay the site a visit as the new look starts to takes shape. 

We'll post updates to the progress of the website below as well as peroidically on the Society's Yahoo Group and Facebook page.

If you have feedback, questions or a suggestion for the website as its develops, you can e-mail the  rgmhswebmaster@rgmhs.org

Current Website Updates
Company Store - 7/26/2017
  • The Prospector back Issues page is back online within the Company Store.  Completed retrofit of the old page to the new website format.  Also fixed all the PayPal add to cart and view cart buttons.  Presently Volume 1 through Volume 13 are available for sale.

  • We continue to revamp the Company Store. Some RGM&HS products and their availability will be temporarily unavailable for sale periodically as we make changes to the company store. Once the new company store is full operational members shopping the store will find an improved membership renewals process, expanded selection along with a better checkout experience.

 Members Only Pages - 7/26/2017
  • Both the On-line Data & Features pages are currently offline being revamped.  Data migration to the new website includied for over 4000 links and pictures that the Society references on the website is complete. The availability of both pages will be temporarily unavailable as we make changes.  Once the new On-line Data and Features portions of the site is full operational they both will be availabale to current registered members of the Society.  Registered members will find an improved expanded sections of DRGW content curated by the Society for our members just in time for the 2017 Convention in Denver.

  • Features pages that highlight DRGW photos collections will be only later this summer inthe new members-only page. These pages included:

    •  Otto C. Perry's DRGW photographs from the Denver Public Library System

    •  Mark Hall's Denver & Rio Grande Western in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's photo collections

    •  Dave Abeles's Remnants of the Rio Grande

(DRGW) Reference Pages - 7/26/2017
  • Reference page is currently offline being revamped.  .Its availability will remain unavailable as some of its reference content is being combined with On-line Data in the new Members-Only area. Some portions of the new Reference pages will be remain available for all visitiors to quickly reference DRGW facts like Locomotive Rosters, Equipment Details, Paint Scheme history curated by the Society.  The plan is to have this back online in the new format later this summer.


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