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2019 RGM&HS Convention
Co-sponsored by The National Model Railroad Association National Convention
Will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah
July 11th- 13th, 2019

Registration Is CLOSED!
You can learn more about the events surrounding the NMRA National Convention and RGM&HS Convention here:

Mark your calendars for July 11 thru 13th and plan to attend. If you are a modeler, the NMRA National Convention is well worth while and will begin on Sunday July 7th and end on Sunday July 13. My favorite events are the Special Interest groups Operating Sessions and the Layout Design all day layout visits by private autos.

For this year's RGM&HS Convention we have a great line-up of presentations (descriptions below) that will include color photography and explanations of Rio Grande Standard and Narrow gauge operations.  The full list of session is below.  Seating is limited to those who registered. The Society will have Rio Grande Calendars current and back issues of The Prospector magazine for sale at our booth during the National Train Show.

Please sign up by visiting theou can get hotel, NMRA registration and up to date event information at: http://www.nmra2019slc.org. if you plan to attend the Salt Lake City Convention. Although there is no charge, this is so that we can prepare an envelope for you with the most up to date schedule and information, layout addresses, Train Show Discount Ticket a. We plan to have an unmanned table in the Special Interest Group Room with the Convention Green Light issue, RGM&HS membership Information earlier in the week.

While the RGM&HS Convention programs will be only one long day, you can easily spend three days with the Train Show, visiting local hobby shops and railfanning Salt Lake City's many rail lines. Watch for Convention updates in the Green Light newsletter, The Prospector and here on convention page.  If you have any questions you can e-mail me.   Friday night we will be having the RGM&HS Board of Trustee meeting. RGM&HS members are welcome attend. We hope you can make plans to join us in Salt Lake City! 

Brian Holtz, Chairman


Little America Hotel

500 Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

Convention Schedule (subject to change)
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Little America Hotel - Snowbasin Room, Floor 2 
Time NMRA Code Clinic Description

8:00 am


Multimedia Programs by Mel Patrick. 
Mel is a former Rio Grande employee and well-known photographer who combines exceptional photography with sound and music background.  His photography program has won rave reviews wherever it has been shown.

  • Night Vision  (10 Minutes)
  • Rio Grande Zephyr Program (30 Minutes)
9:00 am Break - 30 minutes
9:30 am C5025 “Last of A Breed” and Video of his N Scale “Rio Grande Moffat Road” Layout by Mike Danneman 
Mike is a well-known Artist, Author and Model Railroader.  He will tell his personal view of the Rio Grande.  His book of the same name, “The Last of A Breed”, was about the last Rio Grande SD40T-2 in Utah.  Mike will also show a program on his outstanding Rio Grande Denver to the Moffat Tunnel N scale layout.
10:30 am Break - 30 minutes
11:00 am C5035 Utah Steelmaking and the Grande by Guil Rand
Guil (whose father-in-law worked at the facility), has built an extensive model of an integrated steel mill operation, similar to that of Geneva's. Guil brings his knowledge of steel mill modeling and will tell of some of Rio Grande's interaction with the facility
12:00 pm Lunch Break - 60 minutes
1:00 pm C5045 Rio Grande’s Utah Freight Train Operations by Chuck Conway. 
Chuck has written two books on the Rio Grande in Colorado with beautiful color photos and extensive information on the railroad.  He is completing a companion book on the Rio Grande in Utah.  Chuck will share photos and development of train operations and schedules to support the traffic.
2:00 pm Break - 30 minutes
2:30 pm C5015

Reconstruction of the Rio Grande Utah Main Line, 1914-1963 by Mark Hemphill 
Mark is a Transportation Consultant and former Trains magazine Editor, Railroad Dispatcher and helped rebuild railroads in Iraq.  He will explain how the Rio Grande was rebuilt from a broken-down property into a competitive link in the transcontinental rail system.

3:30 pm Break - 30 minutes
4:00 pm  C5065  Main Line Operations in Utah in the Big Steam Era by Mark Hemphill
Mark has graciously offered to host a second session where we will close out the day with a program on Steam in Utah.  Mark always packs excellent research with interesting information.  He has added photos taken by well-known steam photographer Otto Perry.
5:30 pm End of Day 1
6:15 pm - 7:30-pm Informal Society Dinner - Rio Grande Cafe


Friday, July 12, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm National Train Show (Private show for Convention Attendees) Mountain America Exposition Center
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Layout Tours - South
  • Pelle Soeborg’s Union Pacific Layout featured in Model Railroader Magazine at ExactRail
  • Jim Hoeppner’s DRGW featured in the January 2019 NMRA Magazine
  • Doug and Tiffini Jolley’s Sn3 Double Deck, DRGW Third Division with Mountain Scenery
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Annual RGM&HS Board of Trustees Meeting - Perigree Consulting (near the National Train Show location) The meeting is open to the membership to attend.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00pm Layout Tours - North TBD
  • Lee Nicolas Utah Colorado Western recently featured in the NMRA Magazine and RMC
  • Rob Spangler’s Western Pacific featured in the May NMRA Magazine and RMC
  • Jim Gronwald’s Rio Grande Castle County, Coal over Soldier Summit in 1950-60 Era

Layouts: There will be two seperate layout tours, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Carpools by private auto and will encouraged


Thursday evening at 6:15 pm we plan to have an informal RGM&HS society dinner where you can meet others interested in the DRGW, order off the menu and pay for your own at the Rio Grande Cafe restaurant which is set inside the historic 1920 Rio Grande depot in Downtown Salt Lake City. 

Rio Grande Cafe's was the original "air conditioned" coffee shop for the depot, its current interior reflects the era of enjoying a classic bottled coca cola, jukebox favorites playing in the background, while also paying tribute to the train stations storied past. The famous artist installation of the 'taco lady' still hangs in the dining room. The toy train circles the track above the bar as margaritas and local ales are served to the many loyal customers who have enjoyed the laid back cafe serving up Mexican comfort food as one of Salt Lake's iconic restaurants.

Board of Trustees Annual Meeting

The Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society Board of Trustees annual meeting will take place Friday night starting at 7:00pm near the National train Show location. 

  • Perigree Consulting: 9089 S. 1300 W. Suite 160, West Jordan, UT 84088

 The meeting is open to the membership to attend.

Online Registration
Registration is Closed

Cancellation Policy

After July 1st, 2019 we will not be able to honor any cancellations request, due to commitments that must be made on our part with the NMRA. please contact convention@rgmhs.org regarding any cancellations.

Future RGM&HS Conventions

2020 RGM&HS Convention

Convention details are still in the primimarly stages for the 2020 RGM&HS convention.  The intent is to make it a joint convention with the Burlington Historical Society in May in Denver, Colorado.


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