Burlington Route Historical Society Meetings

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2019 Sandwich Fair
September 4 thru September 8, 2019

For the second year, the Burlington Route Historical Society is presenting our Society to the public at the 131st Sandwich Fair (Dekalb County, IL) from September 4 thru September 8, 2019.

We need volunteers for manning the BRHS Tent.
Click Here for details and for the signup.

2019 Fall Meet & Annual Business Meeting
Sandwich, Illinois
September 18-22, 2019

is now OPEN!
Register Online Here
- or -
Print and mail in your Registration here

2019 is the BRHS's 40th Anniversary, as well as the 170th Anniversary of the CB&Q, so some special events are in the works!

Meet Hotel: Timber Creek Inn & Suites
(Montcler Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wydham)
3300 Drew Avenue
One Redberri Plaza
Sandwich, IL 60548
Phone: (630) 273-6000


Group Room Rate: $129.99 per night
Block Expiration date is September 1!

Meet & Greet cookout trackside at the
Plano Depot

Ladies Activity - or -
Tour of Depots at Batavia and West Chicago, then to St. James Farm to see Waycar No. 14351 and on to the Depot at Lisle and Watching the Dinky Parade

Ladies Activity - or-
Dinky Ride from the Aurora Transportation Center to CUS and
Then a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of
Chicago Union Station

Ladies Activity - or -
Annual Business Meeting
Swap Meet for Membership
Clinics, Banquet & Program

Sunday Cookout and Layout Tour

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*)

Trainfest HOME page
November 9 and 10, 2019

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

The CB&Q is the featured railroad and as part of the program Trainfest will have a spectacular museum quality, 32-panel, display on the CB&Q railroad.

And..., as the featured railroad, the exhibiting model railroads will be running the CB&Q equipment. Also, Manufacturers and hobby shops will be selling special commemorative railroad merchandise.

This is a big deal for us, so we have been hard at work combing the archives and personal collections for display materials and the history on the 2019 featured railroad. The display is being sponsored by the BNSF Foundation.

To help make a good showing, and to help the BRHS reach many new railroad and modeling fans, we need a lot of friendly volunteers to man our display that weekend.

Click Here for more details and a link to the sign-up page.


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 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.


2020 Fall Meet
September 10-13, 2020

The 2020 Fall Meet will be in Duluth, Minnesota. The hotel has been chosen and activities 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.


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 Denver, CO