2018 RGM&HS Convention
by The National Model Railroad Association National Convention
Will be held in
Kansas City, Missouri
The Rio Grande, in its last decade, came to
Kansas City on UP(MP) trackage rights and so will The Rio Grande
Modeling & Historical Society on trackage rights of the National
Model Railroad Association's Annual Convention in Kansas City. Mark
your calendars for August 9 and 10 and plan to attend. If you are a
modeler, the NMRA National Convention is well worth while and will
begin on Sunday August 5 and end on Sunday August 12. My favorite
events are the Special Interest groups Operating Sessions and the
Layout Design all day layout visits by private autos. You can get
hotel, NMRA registration and up to date event information at:
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 on the Registration link below, if you plan to attend the Kansas 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 and John
Vandenberg's list of favorite selections at the best Bar-B-Q places
in Kansas City. We plan to have an unmanned table in the Special
Interest Group Room with the Convention Green Light issue, RGM&HS
membership Information and Bar-B-Q restaurant information earlier in
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 Kansas 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
Saturday 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 Kansas
Brian Holtz, Chairman
- Resurrection of the Rio Grande
-- From Failed Narrow Gauge to Modern Transcontinental
by Mark W. Hemphill.
Director of Railway
Consulting at a major engineering firm, will provide an expert's
perspective of how the Rio Grande was lifted out of the mud and
transformed into a viable transcontinental. Illustrated with
high-resolution period photographs, this program will show
before-and-after views of the railroad's reconstruction. For the
modeler who wants to capture the feel, look, and convincing
nuance of the prototype, this presentation will give a deep
focus into the embankment, track, bridges and signaling of main
line railroading in the 1920-1970 era.
- Researching and Designing a
Model Railroad that Captures the Essence of Pueblo's Railroads
by John McBee.
John will take you through the
process of researching, designing and building a model railroad
that included the important industries, local switching,
multiple freight yards, stations, passenger and freight trains
of the railroads serving Pueblo. This model railroad was built
and operated featuring the Rio Grande, Santa Fe, Colorado &
Southern and Missouri Pacific. Many photos of the finished
layout will translate the plan to its execution as an operating
model layout capturing the operations of railroads in Pueblo
during the 1950's.
- Growing Up Along the Rio Grande
by Jeff Pierce.
This presenter had the good
fortune to grow up along the Rio Grande in Utah. Jeff will show
slides of those wonderful Grande Gold yesteryears, before the
trains became yellowed. Jeff Pierce is a member of the RGM&HS
Board of Trustees and often represents the Society with a table
at train shows.
- Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel
Mill in Pueblo by Paul Evans.
Colorado CF&I rolled the Rio
Grande's early rails and was its biggest Colorado customer for
most of the railroad's life. Inbound coal, coke and outbound
products were highly visible, often as open loads and carried on
many of DRGW's trains. CF&I was an important customer for both
the narrow and standard gauge. Follow the development of
CF&I's steel plant from 1925 to the present time. A good
introduction to steel making and the complexity of a small
multi-product iron and steel plant. Notice it is a steel plant
not a mill because it contains many mills: from the blooming
mill to the wire mills not to mention the iconic blast furnaces
and various steel converters used over the years.
Evening layout tours will be by private auto
and will include:
Dave Acheson's HO Joint Line
covers operations between Denver-Pueblo with a branch to Coors Brewery.The
HO scale layout is set in the 1970's. Areas modeled is between
Pueblo, Co to Denver's 38th St Yard. Branch line to Golden, CO, home
of Coor's Beer. You'll see trains from the ATSF, BN, DRGW, and
RI trains on the layout with unit coal trains and unit grain trains.
Coors special Insulated Box cars.
More informattion this
layout can be found
Biddison's HO 1967 era Rio Grande from Denver to the Moffat
The Moffat Line of the Denver and Rio
Grande Western represents the Rio Grande’s main yard in North Denver
and runs West over the Moffat Line. The Moffat Line is set in the
1960s with first generation diesels providing most of the motive
power. The Rio Grande also serves as a bridge rout for other major
railroads. Lots of yard action with trains terminating and
originating at North Yard.
Denver Union Station is also
bustling with activity. The California Zephyr, The Denver Zephyr,
The Prospector, The Yampa Valley and The La Junta Chief, are a few
name trains that visit Denver daily. There is plenty of activity at
the Railway Express Agency, Commissary, and the Railway Post Office.
More informattion this layout can be found
John Vandenberg's HOn3 with lines of DRGW/RGS/SN
set in the era between 1948-1953 John's
railroad radiating from Durango the HOn3 version of the Durango
Division./ The layout being built as a double deck railroad
with the Durango yard splitting the two decks. So far about three
quarter of the track is completed. All the track on the upper deck,
Durango yard, Rio Grande Southern, and Silverton Northern is
complete and basic scenery is in on most of the upper deck. A
temporary staging yard is in place on the lower deck to represent
Chama. The line to Farmington is now complete so long pipe trains
are now part of the operations.
More informattion this layout can be
evening we plan to have an informal Bar-B-Q dinner where you can
meet others interested in the DRGW, order off the menu and pay for
your own at
Jack Stack Bar-B-Q restaurant which is set in the burgeoning
Crossroads Art District, the historic converted Freight House across
from Union Station will wow you with its 25-foot ceilings, fireplace
lounge with full-service bar, and indoor and outdoor private dining.
Located near The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint
Center and an array of local art galleries and boutiques, we’re
serving remarkable Kansas City barbecue in the heart of KC.
Registration for Convention
Although there is no charge for attending
the 2018 RGM&HS convention after August 1st, 2018 we will not be able
to honor any cancellations request, due to commitments that must be made
on our part with the NMRA.
firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any cancellations.
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