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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 activities.   All RGM&HS convention presentations are scheduled for Thursday 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 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.

  • 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) by Mel Patrick.  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 Saturday 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:  http://www.nmra2019slc.org

Check the RGM&HS web site periodically for updates at: https://www.rgmhs.org

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


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 that summer with the Burlington Historical Society in Denver.

Updated on 12/13/18

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