Upcoming Events
2017-2018 RRVD Schedule

Unless otherwise stated, RRVD meets are held in the Lakeview Room at the Midway Village Museum Center. Midway Village is located at 6799 Guilford Road, just west of Perryville road in Rockford, IL. The doors open at about 12:30 PM and the meets start at 1:00 PM.

We are providing two versions of the Events pamphlet.  If you simply want a listing of the events, you can print it out using this version:

2018 Events Linear Version

If you wish to print out a “booklet” similar to the hard copies we have provided to our members, you can print it out here using this version.  NOTE:  You have to print it “double-sided,” then you can fold it in half and have a booklet.  You may have to re-order the pages depending on your printer settings.

2018 Events Booklet Version

For contest winners, first prize includes a $25 gift certificate to an area hobby shop, a new prize this year!

September 10, 2017

Presentations: "How to Give a Clinic" - Ron Johnson, "Show and Tell"
Did you chase any trains this summer? Did you see trains or train related things? Did you take any pictures? SHOW AND TELL the rest of us model railroader / railroad buffs what you did this summer. To get on the program, call Ron Johnson (the new RRVD clinician organizer) at 815 633 3945 or send an email to rondjohn@earthlink.net (put “RAIL” in the subject)

Contest: Photo contest of anything to do with a 1:1 railroading that was visited this summer. Entrant must be in the photo. There is a limit of two 5 x 7 pictures per entrant.

October 1, 2017

Presentations: "The Monday morning crew built a layout for Jim Bakers grandkids", "How to Build a Backdrop" - Tom Maladecki, "Open Loads Where's the Point" - Gary Loiselle and Charles Wickhorst.

Contest: Model railroad diorama up to 2 x 4 ft in size.

November 4, 2017 (Saturday)

Event: Train Show at Midway Village and Museum Center

Contest: No contest, but you can provide an exhibit for the Midway Village train show to be held November 4th, see article in the Fall 2017 Flimzie by Tom Maladecki.

November 11, 2017

Event: Trainfest 2017! Join us on our chartered bus to Trainfest in Milwaukee. (Registration Form)

December 3, 2017 *UPDATED*

Event: Annual Garage Sale

January 7, 2018

Presentations: How to move a million pound locomotive presented by Ed Burkova.  And Quicker than walking presented by Henry Vincent.

Contest: Off-line and on-line structures (Two contests due to no November contest). One entry per category.

February 4, 2018

Clinics: There will be 4 clinic about 20 minutes each:
Charlie Wickhorst - OPEN LOADS / STEEL COILS
You will get to see a short video - The Most Dangerous Trains in the World

Contest: Freight cars and open loads. Two per entrant limit.

March 11, 2018 *UPDATED*

Presentation: Rockford attorney Pat Agnew will help you to start thinking about “YOUR LAYOUT WHEN IT'S ALL OVER”. Are you planning to run or operate the layout to the day before “It's all over” leaving your wife and children to tear it all down planning to make a fortune on all your old brass engines and patiently created buildings and water towers?

So if you haven't thought about it, OR even if you have given some consideration to your layout after you die, Mr. Agnew, with estate planning experience, will present some ideas and make suggestions regarding your layout the Day after The Day arrives. Consider questions you might ask the attorney. In fact, this clinic might even be worth bringing your wife and one or two adult children with you so they, too, will know what to do with the monstrosity of wooden bench work decorated with mountains or prairies and track from one end of the basement to the other.

Second clinic - “Tricks I Learned in Model railroading” with Ken Reinert

Contest: Servicing facilities, engines, or RIP track. Could even be a car. Two per entrant limit.


March 24-25, 2018

Event: 27th Annual Show and Sale! [View Flier]

Saturday 3/24/2018: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 3/25/2018: 10am – 4pm

Entry: $5, under 12 free w/adult
Scouts in uniform free

Belvidere North HS
9393 Beloit Rd
Belvidere, IL 61008


With "Thomas" style train tables, Build your own "Thomas" style boxcar (while supplies last), Craft Paste Up, Coloring Activities, -Crossword Puzzles, and Word Finds.

Door Prizes, Operating N, HO, O & G scale layouts, Railroad Memorabilia, 44000 sqft of Displays, Railroad items for sale, Large Scale Model Train Rides, Railroad videos, and Family Fun.

April 8, 2018 *UPDATED*

Location: VFW Hall at 2018 Windsor Road

Clinics: Rich Mahaney will present two clinics: The Second Lives of Cabooses for Model Railroaders and How to Design, Build and Deliver Exciting and Interesting Model Railroad Clinics!

Event: Includes our annual business meeting and elections.

Contest: Funny car or oddball car. Example: a car being used for something not originally designed. Use your imagination. Two per entrant.

May 6, 2018

Event: Joint meet with SCWD in Madison. (SCWD Website)

Contest: Meet to be held in Madison we will update you as to what their contest will be.

May 19-20 and 26-27, 2018

Event: RRVD Pilgrimage Tours - More information to follow.

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