Burlington Route Historical Society Meetings

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November 9 and 10, 2019

This year was a special year for the CB&Q at TrainFest!

In 2015, Trainfest introduced the Celebrate-a-Railroad program. As part of the program, they display a spectacular museum quality, 32-panel, display on the featured railroad.

The CB&Q was the featured railroad this year! This was a unique and awesome opportunity for our Society and a chance to grow our membership. This is a big deal for us, so we were hard at work combing the archives and personal collections for display materials and the history of the Q. Manufacturers and hobby shops sold special commemorative CB&Q merchandise, and the exhibiting model railroads ran Burlington equipment!

The display was sponsored by the BNSF Foundation.

The show was November 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 10th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The show is located at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds at:8200 W. Greenfield Avenue West Allis, WI 53214.

To see who Volunteered and their schedule, click HERE



MILE HIGH SPRING MEET - April 30th - May 2nd, 2020
Joint Meet with the
Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society

Meet Hotel: Denver Marriott West

1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, CO, 80401-3144
(303) 279-9100
Standard Rooms blocked Thursday through
Saturday nights at $133.00 plus tax

Group name: 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.

Activities: The usual Clinics, Banquet & Speaker plus extra fare tour(s) and layout tours to be determined.
A Ladies Event is to be determined.

A “Mile High Convention” shirt will be available for sale on our website and you will be able to order it before the convention and have it personalized with your name and drop shipped to you. Watch for more information on this in here and in the the Zephyr.


2020 Fall Meet
September 10-13, 2020

Radisson Duluth-Harborview
505 W Superior Street,
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Reservations Call 1-800-333-3333
and mention Burlington Route

Online: radisson.com/duluth 
Type in dates, Select Occupancy and from the Special Rates dropdown, choose Promotional Code, then enter: BURLIN
Then click Check on Availablity

Our Group Rate is $99 per night

Cut off date is: 8/10/2020

Harbor View

Activities in addition to our regular meet functions, may include a ride in the Silver Club Vista-dome on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, a visit to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and layout tours.

Fall Meet Contest Rules & Forms

Model Contest Rules (PDF Format*)
Model Contest Entry Form (PDF Format*)
Model Contest Certification (PDF Format*)

Photo Contest Rules (PDF Format*)
Photo Contest Entry Form (PDF Format*)


FOBNR 2020 Convention
Vancouver, Washington
June 10-13, 2020

Each year the FOBNR holds a convention and membership meeting at some location on the BN/BNSF system. The convention includes tours of local BN/BNSF facilities (if there are any in the area), a display of BN historical information and items, HO and N-scale operating layouts, tours of local layouts, railfanning opportunities, a banquet with a speaker (usually a local BNSF official), and a board meeting.

Previous Meetings and Locations

Year Spring Meet Location Attendance Annual Meet Location Attendance
1980     Hillside, IL 23
1981     Galesburg, IL 37
1982     Hillside, IL  
1983 Red Oak, IA 50 Burlington, IA 103
1984     Lincoln, NE 76
1985     Aurora, IL 102
1986     Denver, CO 69
1987     Quincy, IL  
1988 Aurora, IL 40 La Crosse, WI 107
1989 Aurora, IL 108 Omaha, NE 106
1990 Aurora, IL 107 St. Paul, MN 110
1991 Aurora, IL 132 St. Louis, MO 152
1992 Aurora, IL 141 Willowbrook, IL 189
1993 Aurora, IL 115 Galesburg, IL 172
1994 Aurora, IL 100 Kansas City, MO 131
1995 Des Moines, IA 430 Rockford, IL 180
1996 La Grange, IL 152 Denver, CO 148
1997 La Grange, IL 190 Lincoln, NE 155
1998 La Grange, IL 182 Deadwood, SD 124
1999 Burlington, IA   Aurora, IL 230
2000 Rochelle, IL 157 Ft. Worth, TX 227
(Q 107)
2001 Mendota, IL 220 Paducah, KY 80
2002 Streator, IL 225 St. Louis, MO 135
2003 Mendota, IL 180 St. Paul, MN 95
2004 Oregon, IL 181 Galesburg, IL 130
2005 Moline, IL 195 Dubuque, IA 205
(Q 143)
2006 Streator, IL 210 Grand Island, NE 76
2007 Creston, IA 70 Kansas City, KS 85
2008 Oregon, IL 115 Macomb, IL 58
2009 West Chicago,IL 80 Rockford, IL 100
2010 Streator, IL 144 Geneva, IL 58
2011 Batavia, IL 110 Galesburg, IL 90
2012 Batavia, IL 100 St. Paul, MN 65
2013 Batavia, IL 120 Mendota, IL 97
2013 Billings, MT --> Joint Meet with the NP Railway Historical Assn. 17
2014 Batavia, IL 105 Rock Island, IL 95
2015 Batavia, IL 125 North Platte, NE 61
2016 Batavia, IL 135 La Crosse, WI 118
2017 Batavia, IL 128 Rochelle, IL 98
2018 Batavia, IL 132 Quincy, IL


2019 Yorkville, IL 111 Sandwich, IL  
2020 Golden, CO