2019 RGM&HS Convention
- Salt Lake City, Utah
Our 2019 RGM&HS Convention
will be held in conjunction with the NMRA National Convention in
Salt Lake City, Utah on July 7-13, 2019.
This year we are planning our convention to be three days of
RGM&HS convention presentations are scheduled for
in the same room during the NMRA convention at the Little America
Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
Our presenters will be giving a 45-50-minute program with questions
to wrap up in an hour. The scheduled programs thus far are:
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.
“Last of A Breed” and Video of his N Scale “Rio Grande Moffat
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
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.
Night Vision (Multimedia Program)
Mel is a former Rio Grande employee and well-known photographer
who combines exceptional photography with sound and music
background. His night photography program has won rave reviews
wherever it has been shown.
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.
In addition to the programs, we are arranging for layout tours by
private autos on Friday and Saturday. Our RGM&HS Board of Trustees
meeting is planned for
morning. We also plan an informal “order of the menu” meal where
you can meet others with a “Grande” interest. RGM&HS will have a
booth at the National Train Show in the Mountain America Exposition
Center (formerly known as Southtown Expo Center) in Sandy, UT, which
will be open Friday through Sunday.
In 2019 we will be providing convention updates with more details
including convention pricing in the Prospector, Green Light and on
the RGM&HS website. Members who attend the NMRA Convention July
7-14 can attend RGM&HS activities at no additional cost.
The NMRA Convention web site at:
Check the RGM&HS web site periodically for updates at:
If anyone interested in making a presentation in
Salt Lake City or wants to assist the team in the planning
they should contact:
Brian Holtz, Chairman
or (501) 622-9228