Upcoming Events
2018-2019 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:

Spring 2019 Events Linear Version UPDATED

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.

Spring 2019 Events Booklet Version UPDATED


September 9, 2018
SHOW & TELL, 10 minutes or less, contact Ron Johnson with any questions (rondjohn@earthlink.net). FLYER
Contest: Passenger Cars

October 7, 2018
Hazardous Materials for Model Railroaders - Rich Mahaney.
Contest: Make a tree, any scale

October 20, 2018
Halloween Trick or Treat Event at MWV, noon to 6 PM

November 3, 2018
Train Show at Midway Village, Rockford Route will be there.

November 4, 2018
Four Round Robin Clinics:
Keep Your Stuff Running - Ken Mosny
Making Prairie Grass Out of Twine - James Devoe
Painting People - Jim McQueeny
LocoNet Throttles Using iPhones - Marty Hendrix
Contest: A one square foot module containing a caboose used for a different purpose

November 10, 2018
Charter Bus to Trainfest

November 17, 2018
District One Police Station Event, Rockford Route will be there.

Event: HO Scale Model Railroad & Wayne King Room OPEN HOUSE, Hosted by Savanna Museum and Cultural Center. Facebook Event Link

November 17-18, 2018
Fall Open House, Hosted by Northwestern IL Model Railroad Club. Facebook Event Link

December 2, 2018
Event: Annual Model Rail Road Swap Meet. Non-RRVD
members will pay 20% of their sales to the Division, RRVD members will only pay 10%.

December 12, 2018
Event: Capron Lions Train Show 10 am-4 pm, Capron Lions Park, 249 E North St, 61012 Capron, IL (MAP) Free admission

December 15, 2018
Event: Katie's Cup Event

January 6, 2019
Andy Moniuszko will not only tell you all about the reinforced concrete structure and largest bridge of it's kind ever built when it went into service in 1915 on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, he will actually have a scale model of the bridge for you to see and touch and will move a model train across the bridge. The prototype bridge was 2375 feet long and 240 feet above Tunkhannock Creek. Andy's bridge isn't that long, but he will be putting his scale model of the bridge together before our meet begins.  The real bridge is pretty impressive. The model of the bridge is almost as impressive. The bridge was part of the 2018 National Model Railroad Convention in Kansas City this past summer. 

ALSO: Ron Atherton of Savanna, Illinois will talk about our division meeting with the Savanna, IL group towards the end of April 2019.

Special Membership Meeting (1:00PM): Membership meeting will be convened to discuss and vote on nonmember meet attendance policy.
Contest: Best painted figure. Bruce Giersch to supply figure for contest at the November Meet

RRVD Annual Holiday Dinner:   Our annual holiday dinner will be at Lino's Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The cost for a six course dinner is $25.00  The reservations may be made on this form.

January 12, 2019
Model Train Show 10 AM to 4 PM, Messiah Lutheran Church, 1531 Townline Road, Beloit, WI (MAP). Admission: adults $5.00, under 18 free, proceeds to Messiah Lutheran. If you wish to be a vendor, contact Lance Bukove, 608-299-8159, slbukove@gmail.com

February 3, 2019
The Frugal Modeler - Dave Nelson
Trackside Details - Dave Nelson
Contest: A model, car, building, module etc. which makes the best use of lighting

February 16-17, 2019
Event: Come operate Thomas the train with RRVD's own Mr. James at the Discovery Center, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 963-6769.  Kids interactive Thomas the train special exhibit.  Go to http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/exhibits/special-exhibit

March 10, 2019
Using a Cell Phone as a Throttle-Marty Hendrickx, Assistant Superintendent, and Passenger Service in Northern Illinois-David Phillips of the Northwestern Historical Society
Contest: A model or display with some part utilizing automation. Example wind mill, sawmill, carnival ride or anything that moves. Use your imagination

March 17, 2019
Layout Open House: Two O scale model railroads in Rockford will be open Sunday afternoon in conjunction with the Chicago O Scale meet. Area model railroaders are invited to visit even if they are not attending the Chicago O Scale Meet.

Rockford O Scalers
3886 Lookout Drive
12:00 to 6:00 PM

Burlington Southern O Scale
4214 Yale Drive
1:30 to 5:00 PM

March 30-31, 2019
Event: 28th Annual Rock River Valley Division Train Show & Sale - Belvidere, IL.
Location: Belvidere North High School, 9393 Beloit Road
Time: Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm
Operating N, HO, O & G scale layouts, Railroad Memorabilia Displays; New and Used Railroad Items for Sale; Railroad videos; Family Fun, 44,000 sq ft of displays.  Admission is still only $5, under 12 free w/adult.  Vendors contact Don Brindle 815/329-6112

April 6 , 2019
Event: Come operate Thomas the train with RRVD's own Mr. James at the Discovery Center, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 963-6769.  Kids interactive Thomas the train special exhibit.  Go to http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/exhibits/special-exhibit

April 7, 2019
All about 3D printing-Aaron Carlin from the Rockford Public Library, and Film "Operating Session", on local layouts of Dave Hopper, Harold Heeren, Bill Kirchmeyer, and Gene Wheeler-Produced by Ron Johnson, Clinic Chairman
RRVD Business: Annual membership meeting with election of officers and vote to amend constitution
Contest: A one square foot module which will be displayed at the regional convention in La Crosse Wisconsin on May 15th thru 19th. The module must contain a piece of track which touches two sides of the module. Bruce Giersch will supply foam blocks in a few months preceding this contest to give ample time to complete the project.

April 28, 2019
Meet:  Special Meet at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main St, Savanna, IL 61074, https://savannamuseum.org/
Program: Historical Railroads of Savanna-Milwaukee Road and Burlington Route
Lunch: Pizza lunch at the Museum, Cost $5.00
Contests: Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, or predecessor road freight car, Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, or predecessor road prototype photo
Layout Tours: Savanna Museum layout and home layout in Savanna area.
Meet Near the Tesla Charging Station in the southwest corner parking lot of Cherryvale Mall at 9:45am.  Leave at 10:00 sharing rides as you see fit.  $5:00 will be collected when we leave as a head count for the pizza lunch.

May 5, 2019
Meet: Joint SCWD Meet Hosted in Rockford
Program: Making scenic details like animals, flowers, structures and many other items entirely from paper-Walter Gannon, a local Belvidere artist
Contest: A short video of your railroad or a friend’s. Remember that this meet will include members from the Madison Division. This is a new type of contest which we never held before. There are members of our group who have some video experience. Contact Ray Dyreson, raydyr@aol.com, 815-494-0205, for information on how to submit your video.

May 16-19, 2019
Midwest Region Convention: This is a joint convention between the Thousand Lakes Region and the Midwest Region of the NMRA.  Come join us for an exciting 3 days of operation, clinics, tours, layouts and fellowship at the historic Grand Crossing in LaCrosse, WI.  You must be a member of the NMRA to attend.  Details and registration at https://www.thousandlakesregion.org/events.
Location: Days Inn, 101 Sky Harbour Dr., LaCrosse, WI

June 23 , 2019
June Junket: Join us for a trip to the Lionel Railroad Club in New Berlin, WI (Milwaukee area). Since 1947, the Lionel Railroad Club is one of the oldest continuous model railroad clubs in Wisconsin and probably the world with thousands of square feet of Lionel trains. Also that morning will be a swap meet for you to browse. We will then jump into to the future from the past to catch a ride on The HOP, a modern 2.5 mile streetcar system in downtown Milwaukee, https://thehopmke.com. Lunch will be somewhere in between. You can see the Lionel Railroad Club at http://www.milw-lrrc.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/milw.lrrc

Times and locations: Meet at 8:00 am in the southeast corner of the Menards parking lot on IL 173 in Machesney Park. We will leave at 8:15 am sharing rides as you see fit. We plan to arrive at the Lionel Railroad Club, 2721 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin, WI 53151, at about 9:30. We will leave the club around noon for the ride on The HOP and lunch at a place yet to be determined. The is no cost except for your lunch.

Lunch will be at the Elegant Farmer Deli, https://www.elegantfarmer.com, along the East Troy Electric Railroad at about 1:00. We have arranged for a very reasonably priced box lunch for $6.00 plus beverage. The lunch includes a sandwich, potato salad, slice of sweet bread, and dessert. If you wish to partake in this lunch, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, June 19, to Ken Mosny, kenmosny@comcast.net, with your sandwich choice of roast beef, ham, turkey or vegan. We will collect the $6.00 when we leave. You can, if you wish, instead order lunch from the Deli menu, but the box lunches will be available when we arrive.

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