Upcoming Events
2019-2020 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 2020 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 2020 Events Booklet Version UPDATED

 

September 8, 2019, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Regular monthly meet. Browse next month's door prizes.

Program: What I did last summer
Contest: None

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

October 6, 2019, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: This month we will have a super door prize event. The Division recently acquired a huge stock of donated new HO model railroad items. The first three holders of tickets drawn will be allowed to fill a lunch bag with their choice of small items or take one large item. Some of the items are worth at least $100 and most all are at least $10. As a benefit of membership, all other ticket holders may choose any single item. Remember, only NMRA members get tickets, so join! Your prize could pay for your membership. Prizes will be at the September meet for you to browse.

Clinics: Keep your stuff running - Ken Mosny will discuss good practices for track, wheels, couplers, soldering rail, curves and more.

Presentation: Convention Update - Ron Johnson will tell us  about the 2018 National NMRA convention.

Contest: Bring in a model of your favorite tank car.  It can be oil, gas, chemical, water, vinegar or anything with a bulk tank(s) or vat(s) that rides on the rails.  Revenue, MOW or any kind of service is OK.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

October 19, 2019, Midway Village Museum

Public welcome

Event: Halloween Trick or Treat Event at MWV, noon to 6 PM. Operating trains will be there with family trick or treat fun hosted by Midway Village. Visit http://midwayvillage.com/ for details.

 

October 27, 2019, Home Layout Tour Sign Up

Public welcome

Event: Public sign up for for Home Layout Tours. Stop in at our table at HobbyTown USA, 3782 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61114 from 9am to 5pm to schedule a visit to the home of a local model railroader on November 10 and 17. You may schedule a one hour appointment for yourself, family or small group. If you are a local model railroader and wish to open your layout for visits, contact Ron Johnson, 779-774-5431.

 

November 2, 2019, Midway Village Museum

Public welcome
Event: Train Show at Midway Village with operating layouts and displays. Visit http://midwayvillage.com/ for details.

 

November 3, 2019, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Regular monthly meet.

Program: National Convention Update - Ron Johnson
Round Robin 15 minute Mini Clinics - various presenters

1. Dave Phillips-Modeling Amtrak
2. Tom Maladecki-Scenic Backdrops
3. Ken Mosny-Meet the Superintendent (open discussion of member concerns)
4. Joe Whinnery-Using Ceiling Tiles to Make Mountains
5. Burns Darsie-London Railroads
6. Ron Johnson-2019 National NMRA Convention

Contest: Every model railroad needs a scenery back drop.  Bring in you favorite back drop scene and show it off.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

November 9, 2019 Trainfest Charter Bus

Non NMRA members welcome
Event: Annual Trainfest charter bus to Milwaukee. Join us for a day at Trainfest https://www.trainfest.com/, one of the largest train shows in the world sponsored by the WISE division. This is a bargain. Leave the driving to us. You can't go there yourself for the cost of our charter, and by going with us you won't miss out on the trivia test.

Fill out the form here and send it with payment to Ray Dyreson.

Cost: Members $28.00, Nonmembers $35.00

 

November 10 & 11, 2019, Trains at the Discovery Center
Event: We are again partnering with the Discovery Center, 711 North Main Street in Rockford, on Sunday November 10 and Monday November 11 for an interactive program for the kids including building toy trains. We will be there with the Rockford Route and James DeVoe's 'Thomas' layout.

Cost: Regular Discovery Center Admission

 

November 10 & 17, 2019, 9am - 5 pm, Home Layout Tours

Public welcome
Event: Once again, local model railroaders will open their homes for visits to their personal model railroads. You may schedule a one hour appointment for yourself, family or small group. Sign up will be at HobbyTown USA, 3782 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61114, Saturday October 27 9am to 5pm or at the Midway Village Train show Sunday November 2. If you are a local model railroader and wish to open your layout for visits, contact Ron Johnson, 779-774-5431.

 

November 16, 2019, Rockford Police District One Station community room, 1045 W State St, Rockford, IL

Public welcome
Event: Neighborhood Kid's train show cosponsored with the Rockford Police Department, Features an interactive program. Build toy trains, railroad safety, Legos, weather cars and more.

Admission: Free

 

November 22 & 23, 2019, Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida Street, Winnebago, IL

Public welcome
Event: Train show with operating layouts.

Admission: Free

 

December 1, 2019 Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Annual RRVD garage sale. Come sell stuff you no longer need or buy stuff you do need. You never can have too much stuff.

Contest: No Contest

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

December 14, 2019, Katie's Cup 502 7th Street, Rockford, IL

Public welcome
Event: Neighborhood Kid's train show with operating trains cosponsored with Katie's Cup. Adults can come relax with a cup of coffee. Visit https://www.katiescup.com/.

Admission: Free

 

December 14, 2019, Capron Lions Park, 249 E North St, Capron, IL

Capron Lions Train Show

Public welcome

Event: Community train show with operating trains and holiday displays.

 

December 26, 2019 through January 12, 2020 Nicholas Conservatory

Public welcome
Event: In cooperation with the operating Christmas trains running throughout the conservatory, we will have displays in the lobby. Visit https://nicholasconservatory.com/.

 

January 5, 2020, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Regular monthly meet.

Program: Randy Garnhart - "Modeling Short Lines in Northern Illinois"
Contest: There will be two categories, car and structure.  Show off your graffiti skills on a model railroad car or structure and bring it in.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5

 

January 5, 2020, Lino's Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Event: RRVD Annual Holiday Dinner

The Rock River Valley Division will be hosting a Holiday Dinner again this year. All interested model railroaders are invited.Reservations are due by Monday, December 30, 2019. [REGISTRATION FORM]

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $25

 

February 2, 2020, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Regular monthly meet.

Program: Rich Mahaney is a traveling clinician well known for his top notch presentations. We welcome him back again.

Rich Mahaney - "OMG" - Prototypical Accessories To Buildings and Communities For Model Railroads! and "Selecting Industries For Your Model Railroad".


Contest: This month's contest is a short (one minute or so) video or a photograph on any railroad topic, model or prototype.  Bring the video as mp4 or wmv and photos as jpg on a memory stick.  Ask about other formats.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

February 16, 2020, YOUTH MODEL RAILROAD FEST

Public welcome

Location: Discovery Center Museum Center, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL

Event: Kick off meeting to form a model railroading group for kids ages eight to teens. This will be a parent child activity to introduce kids to the life long hobby of model railroading. Model Railroading isn't just playing with trains but builds a broad range of skills from art, peer socialization, operations and engineering to electronics and computers. For more information click here.

 

March 1, 2020 Freeport

Non NMRA members welcome

Location: Cimino's Little Italy, 421 N Challenge St., Freeport, IL [MAP]

Dining call will be at 12:00pm in the Atrium Room of the restaurant if you wish to have lunch before the meet. Buffet brunch is served for $10.99 or you may order off the menu. The meet will begin about 1:00pm after lunch in the private Atrium Room. Visit https://mamaciminospizza.com for a menu. This is a great opportunity to meet with the members of this historic 50 year old model railroad club and see the Fever River Railroad.

Meet: This meet will be co-hosted with the Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen, the Fever River Railroad. As part of our reaching out beyond the Rockford area, this meet will feature a visit to the outstanding Fever River Railroad model railroad club. Visit https://www.feverriver.org/ for a preview.

Program: History of the Fever River Railroad

Contest: There will be two categories, model and photograph.  Bring a model relating to any of the historic or current Freeport railroads or enter a prototype photo of a Freeport railroad scene.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

RRVD Annual Show and Sale

March 28, 2020 10-5

March 29, 2020, 10-4

Belvidere North High School
This event has been CANCELLED.

 

April 5, 2020

The April meet has been cancelled and the annual meeting/elections has been postponed until the September meet.  The time and place for the September meet will be announced as soon as it is known.

 

May 3, 2020 Madison
The May meet has been cancelled by the SCWD.  Check here for updated information or go to https://www.nmra-scwd.org.

 

Thursday May 14 to Sunday May 17, 2020

Midwest Region NMRA Convention
Peoria Rocket 2020

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
101 Holiday Drive, East Peoria, IL

The Midwest Region NMRA Peoria Rocket convention has been Cancelled. https://www.peoriarocket2020.org/.

 

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