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:

Fall 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.

Fall 2019 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 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: To be announced
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 $5.00

 

February 2, 2020, Midway Village Museum

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: Regular monthly meet.

Program: To be announced
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

 

March 1, 2020 Freeport (watch for exact location)

Non NMRA members welcome
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: To be announced
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
Event: This is it! You have been waiting all year. Come to our 35,000 sq. ft. train show with operating layouts and displays, vendors of new and used model railroad items, kids activities and more. The school cafeteria is serving so you can stay all day and not miss lunch.

Admission: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 and under free.

 

April 5, 2020 Nordlof Center 118 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL (enter south front door and take the elevator to the 2nd floor)

Non NMRA members welcome
Meet: This is our annual business meeting with election of officers. Nonmembers will be asked to leave the room during the meeting, but are welcome to participate in the rest of the program.

Program: To be announced
Contest: There will be two categories, model and photograph.  Derelict structures can be everywhere on a railroad.  Bring in  a model or photo of a railroad derelict structure.  It just can't have wheels or be mobile.

Admission: Members free, nonmembers $5.00

 

May 3, 2020 Madison
Meet: This is our annual joint meet with the SCWD. It will be in Madison, WI this year. Come join us with our friends above the cheddar curtain. Visit https://www.nmra-scwd.org/ for location and program details. We will gather in Rockford to share rides as you see fit and have lunch together in Madison.

 

 

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