HIGH SPRING MEET
Joint Meet with
the Burlington Route Historical Society
Will be held in Denver, Colorado
April 30th - May 2nd, 2020
MEET HAS BEEN CANCELLED
- updated on 03/17/2020
We are announcing today (3/17/2020) that the joint BRHS / RGM&HS 2020 Spring
Meeting planned for April 30-May 2, 2020 has been
As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to
evolve, we recognize
that many of you have reached out and expressed concerns or
hesitations about attending the Spring 2020 Meet in Denver,
We have been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), federal
and local government guidance along with the World Health Organization’s
statements regarding COVID-19 cases and following guidelines from these
agencies. The changes to the spread of coronavirus are growing daily;
crowd spreading & closed spaces are big factors for the spread of the virus.
We recognize that the age of many of our members fall squarely into the
high-risk exposure group according to the CDC.
Representatives from both society’s boards held conference call the
evening of 03/16/2020 and based on the latest information from the
here it was agreed unanimously that, given the current
circumstances, we are no longer confident that holding the
meet is without risk to our attendees. Accordingly, we
felt it is better to be pro-active than reactive during these
challenging times and proceed with cancelling the event.
Online registrations have been
removed from both websites and starting on April 1st, 2020 we
will begin refunding the money collected from those who have
registered for the meet.
If you registered online and paid through PayPal you will be
getting a refund from the RGM&HS via PayPal. You will receive
an e-mail notice that a refund (credit) has been applied to your
PayPal, debit or credit account.
If you mailed in your registration, including a payment, we will
be returning your check to you by mail.
If mail-in reservations are received after April 1st, they will
be returned within three business days after their receipt by
If you already booked a hotel room
from our room block with the Marriott you may can contact Marriott
directly and proceed with cancelling your reservation.
If you have any questions regarding
this announcement please contact
BRHS & RGM&HS Convention Team
Meet Hotel: Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, CO, 80401-3144
Standard Rooms blocked Thursday through
Saturday nights at $133.00 plus tax
Mile High Meet
Group Rate is available three (3) days
pre- and post- contracted dates based on space and rate availability
Block expires 4/9/2020
Make reservations at:
(800) 228-9290 or (303) 279-9100.
- (Events and Clinics are subject to change.)
April 30 – Thursday
PM - 10:00 PM Early Registration at Marriott Hotel
7:00 PM-?? PM Informal get together to get acquanted and discuss new
models, suggestions for new models and available 3D items plus
suggestions for models and details.
May 1 - Friday AM
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration at Marriott Hotel
Extra Fare Events
Georgetown Loop Railroad – Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM
(organized trip that includes a box lunch at Georgetown – via
arranged Car Pools)
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Coors Brewery – Open Tours Friday
Colorado Railroad Museum – Ticket given for admission the whole
Forney Museum of Transportation - Ticket given for admission
the whole weekend
Caboose Hobby Shop
4:00 PM - CHUCK CONWAY – Rio Grande Slides from his
5:00 PM - MEL PATRICK –
Multi-Media Program: Chicago Before Amtrak
5:30 PM – 7:00
PM DINNER BREAK
7:00 PM - JIM FERENC – C&S Ry: Capturing
1958 in HO Scale
8:00 PM - DAVE LOTZ – Burlington Narrow
May 2 -Saturday AM
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration at Marriott Hotel
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM – VENDOR SET-UP
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM SWAP MEET
AND COMPANY STORES
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch on your own
1:00 PM - MARK HEMPHILL - Uinta Basin Railway Progress
2:00 PM - CHUCK CONWAY – Burlington and C&S Colorado Slides
PM - R. C. FAREWELL – Ski Trains
4:00 PM - JIM SANDRIN – Building
models of the Prototype
5:00 PM – SOCIAL HOUR – Cash Bar
BANQUET - 6:00 PM - Speaker: Steve Patterson – Joint
Line slide presentation
May 3 - Sunday AM
SOCIETY BOARD MEETINGS (Members Invited)
9:00 AM - RGM&HS BRHS Board Meeting
AM – BRHS Board Meeting
LAYOUT VISITS 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (BY PRIVATE CARPOOLS)
Lockheed Model RR Club - HO/HOn3 Mountain Railroad (Denver)
Ferenc - HO C&S Denver-Longmont Operations in 1958 (Boulder)
and Barb Geiger – HO/HOn3 with CTC and Steel Mill (Longmont)
MacDonald – O Scale Burlington (Boulder)
Greeley Model Railroad -
Largest Model RR in CO open to public (Greeley)
Clinics, Program and Layouts
Chuck Conway's Clinic: Rio Grande Slides from his personal
Mel Patrick's Clinic: "Chicago Before Amtrak"
Jim Ferenc's Clinic: "C&S Ry: Capturing 1958 in HO Scale"
David Lotz’ Clinic: “Burlington Narrow Gauge Lines”
Bio: Dave is retired from the IT industry, but operates a small
business, Q Connection, which does special-run kits and markets
CB&Q-related model railroad products as well as being the Editor for
both the BRHS and RGM&HS. He is originally from Burlington, Iowa,
but presently lives in Pooler, Georgia. His HO scale layout models
the Burlington as the
Burlington & Missouri River Railroad
in his hometown.
Clinic: Dave’s clinic explores the history of the Q’s narrow gauge
lines – not only in the Rockies, but will also cover the Fulton
County Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Burlington & Western, the
Burlington & Northwestern, the Fort Madison & Northwestern, the Des
Moines and Osceola and Southern, the Des Moines & Kansas City, the
Deadwood Central and the Black Hills and Fort Pierre.
Mark Hemphill’s Clinic: "Uinta Basin Railway Progress"
Bio: Mark is a Project Manager for the Uinta Basin Railway and
Senior Vice President of short-line holding company Rio Grande
Clinic: Mark will update us on the progress of this 85-mile long new
common-carrier railway in Utah. This will be the first all-new
common-carrier railway in the U.S. since the 1970s and is scheduled
to be in operation by 2023. It will connect to the former Rio Grande
main line at Kyune, Utah, and run northeast into the Uinta Basin to
serve its energy, mining, and agriculture industries. Mark
will describe the route of the railway, its operating plan, and the
challenges that must be solved before construction can commence.
Also, he'll provide a short program on some other aspect of the Rio
Grande's history -- "probably related to the reconstruction of the
Rio Grande in the 1920s."
Chuck Conway's Clinic: Burlington and C&S Colorado Slides
Richard Farewell’s Clinic: “Ski Trains”
This Ski Train program now runs in 30 minutes and contains almost
100 slides and has sound. It is an especially good fit with a joint
CB&Q/D&RGW convention as it covers not only the Rio Grande Ski
Trains, but because in 1992-1994, the BN dispatched their own "Ski
Trains" to the Moffat part of the
world. During those three excursions the trains were powered by
their own executive
Jim Sandrin's Clinic: "Building models of the Prototype"
Saturday Evening Program
Steve Patterson, Saturday Banquet
Bio: Steve Patterson hails from East Tennessee and
had a 42-year career on the AT&SF/BNSF, 19 of those years as a
locomotive engineer on the Joint Line. After moving and
living at several locations along the AT&SF, he and wife settled
next to the former D&RGW’s mainline in Arvada, Colo., 40 years ago
where they have seen many changes. Seeing it go by,
Steve authored the history of Rio Grande’s Ski Train, published by
the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1984 (and still available!).
Lockheed Model RR Club
- HO/HOn3 Mountain Railroad (Denver)
Jim Ferenc’s Colorado & Southern Northern
The HO scale Colorado & Southern Ry. Northern
Division captures the look and operation of the standard gauge
prototype as it was in 1958, all in a 28- foot by 13-foot room. The
3.5 scale mile Main Line runs from Denver to Longmont, with staging
yards representing points beyond and connections via the Q to
Chicago. Operation is augmented with added passenger trafﬁc,
live-load coal locals, and interchange with the narrow gauge Denver,
Boulder & Western Railroad. Lighting, sound, and motion
effects on the C&S Northern Division enhance realism and play value.
Lenz DCC and SoundTraxx decoders are the foundation.
fully automated, controlled by a personal computer. The PC drives
"Colorado sunshine", including dawn and dusk transitions and a "full
moon" synchronized to the fast clock, along with building lighting
sequences. The coal mines feature live-load operating tipples that
can load a 50-ton hopper or GS gondola with real black diamonds in
about 10 seconds, depending on the skill of the operator. Working
track scales near the mines and in Rice Yard, add work for crews. In
the engine terminal, coaling tower chutes extend and retract on
weighted cables at the ﬂick of a switch, sound and motion animate
water, oil, and sand, and moving switch targets sport illuminated
lanterns at night
Doug and Barb Geiger’s Granite Mountain
are required to complete a four-hour session. The layout
occupies a basement space of 23x43 feet, with additional trackage in
the garage. All track is hand laid. The 550-foot mainline is
completely signaled using position and searchlight signals and an
authentic ATSF-style CTC machine in an isolated dispatcher's office.
Four staging yards simulate off-layout destinations.
Additionally, four helixes connect the double-deck (and sometimes
The HO-scale Granite Mountain Railway (GMRy) is a modern, 1988 -era
bridge-route railroad that connects mid-America to the west coast.
Four prototype railroads (BN, ATSF, DRGW, and the MILW) have
trackage on the layout and interchange with each other and the GMRy.
The layout uses simplex Digitrax command control wireless
exclusively. Fourteen operators
Jeff MacDonald’s High Plains Route
Description: The "High Plains Route" is a 40-year effort of 2-rail O
scale railroading. Featuring yards, city and a locomotive service
area. It is a rail fans' railroad of the Burlington, Union
Pacific, Rock Island, Missouri Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern
Greeley Model Railroad - Largest
Model RR in Colorado
Description: The Colorado Model Railroad
Museum is one of the finest, one of a kind miniature accomplishments in the
world. This 5,500 sq. feet masterpiece required over five years and 280,000
volunteer hours to complete. Located at 680 10th Street in Greeley, Colorado,
this one of a kind museum has hundreds of railroad sceneries, more than 500
scale locomotives, 80 scale miles of train track, thousands of other handmade
artifacts including around 28,000 handmade trees. The museum houses thousands of
artifacts including a 1919 Colorado and Southern Caboose that you can tour.
Unlike typical model railroads, the museum utilizes an open air design with
broad aisles and theatrical lighting, allowing visitors to clearly view the
detailed scenery from just inches away. The Colorado Model Railroad Museum
utilizes a dispatcher for train operations for the public. These quality
characteristics have attracted visitors from all over the world, reaching as far
as Australia and New Zealand.
Typically, the museum encounters around 20,000 visitors from 40 – 50
different countries each year! The Colorado Model Railroad Museum was founded by
Dave Trussell, whose dream was to build the ultimate model railroad layout. Many
people contributed to build and maintain this intricate museum, all with the
passion for model railroading and the vision of building something spectacular.
Take the opportunity to walk through a real caboose and peek into a multitude of
miniature scenes that envelop your eyes with detailed, beautiful imagery.
Visitors never leave the Colorado Model Railroad Museum disappointed.
For our convention attendees, they will:
1). Remain open only for convention
attendees from 4-6 PM.
2). Give us free admittance with our convention
badges. Members of our group may give a donation, but are not required to
3). They will ask their members to bring Burlington/C&S and Rio
Grande equipment to run the entire weekend.
4). They will permit our
group on the floor (where the public is not permitted) and give us a tour,
including the dispatch center. Members of our group may run a train under
the supervision of one of their engineers.