Upcoming Events
2023-2024 RRVD Schedule

New meet location! Starting this season, RRVD meets (when held on site, check below) will be at Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle, 6950 Belvidere Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011 [MAP].


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 2024 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.

Spring 2024 Events Booklet Version


August 16, 2023 - Potluck Picnic
Time: 5-7 PM
Meet Location: Tullocks Woods Pow Wow Club, 4525 Stagecoach Trail, Rockford, IL. [MAP]
Event: This is a potluck picnic for NMRA members only and a guest. Bring two dishes to pass and tableware. The RRVD will provide beverage and meat. RSVP Ken Mosny with number attending to registrar@rrvd-nmra.com so we can plan food.

September 10, 2023
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: TBD
Presentation: Featuring longtime NMRA [1950] [Life] member Clarence H. Welte. Clarence is a Rockford Native who was "Born on the 'HORN', the local East side C&NW industrial spur through Churchill Park alongside Keith Creek and Eastward along Charles St. thence South between 22nd. & 23rd. Streets to Broadway. Clarence was at the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) in Union Illinois during the 80's and 90's when major expansion of the trackwork mainline and yards were constructed. His presentation will relate the challenges and accomplishments achieved during those years.
Contest: Gondola Models Loaded or not, here they come. Bring a model of your favorite gondola. This is a contest about the car, not the load.
Layout Tour: Ron Johnson will have his 1950's-1960's Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad open for business. Come see the northwest 'scenery.

October 1, 2023
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: Tom Maladecki - Scenery Collages (Both sessions)
Contest: On Line Structures Railroads have huge numbers of structures on their property and privately owned along the tracks needed for business. Bring one you have built.
Layout Tour: Barry Betts models a proto-freelanced version of Rockford, Illinois depicting the Illinois Central and Chicago and North Western as they meander through the city. He has added lots of new details and some new track since last visited in 2020.

October 19-22, 2023 - Fort Wayne Rails 2023 Convention
Holiday Inn Purdue-Fort Wayne
For more information please visit here: [LINK]

November 5, 2023
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: Jerry Pyfer - (Both sessions)
Contest: Model Railroad Photos Take a good photo of a model Railroad and bring it. If you haven't documented your layout with a set of photos, now is the time to do it.
Layout Tour: Gary Loiselle's Overland Short Haul & Industrial Transfer

Illinois Railway Museum will have its annual Santa Train on Friday 11/24, Saturday, 11/25, Sunday 11/26,  and every weekend in December through the 11/17. Go to IRM.org for ticket information.

December 3, 2023
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: Tom Ose - Arduinos and Electronics for ? Railroads (both sessions)
Contest: Holiday Displays Once again it is time to bring that favorite model train holiday display.
Layout Tour: Roger Ruschmeyer's O & ON3  Duluth & North Eastern

January 7, 2024
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: Brian Sheron - Forty Two Year of Tips and Tricks/Adding Details to Your Layout
Contest: Boxcars The railroads loved boxcars because they could be filled with just about anything from merchandise, grain and coal, to hides and automobiles. Bring one of your boxcar models.

January 7, 2024
Annual Holiday Dinner: Lino's at 5:00 PM social and 5:30 dinner. RRVD members fare paid by the division. Significant others and guest will be $35.00. Cash bar.  Click here for reservation flier.

February 4, 2024
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinic: Ken Honacki of the SCWD will present The Transition Era--The last steam railroads in China. 2-8-2s and 2-10-2s along with narrow gauge 0-8-0s running out their last days with diesels encroaching. Double headed steam, welded rail, concrete ties, lower quadrant semaphores and manual block operation.
Clinic:  Ken Honacki of the SCWD will present Chasing the Big Boy to the Golden Spike--a TRAINS Magazine photo chase as Big Boy 4014 leaves Cheyenne for Ogden in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory. Includes the festivities at Promontory on May 10, 2019.
Contest: Offline Structures Not all structures on our layouts are directly related to the railroad's business. An offline structure could be a residence, retail business, hotel, manufacturer without a siding or even a highway bridge.
Layout Tour: Duncan Geddes's N scale Stone Lake Line

February 17-18, 2024
Mad City Model Railroad Show & Sale - See Facebook post here for more detail.

March 3, 2024
Monthly Meet
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Clinics: TBD
Contest: Locomotives Railroads had a huge variety of motive power to suit every task. There will be three model categories: steam, diesel and other.
Layout Tour: Ken Peterson's N scale The Plainfield Line

March 16-17, 2024 - Rock River Valley Train Show
Time: 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday
Harlem High School, 9229 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL
Find more info on our facebook page [LINK] or see the flyer [HERE]

April 7, 2024
Annual Meeting: The RRVD Annual meeting will be held at 1pm at the Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle, 6950 Belvidere Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011 for RRVD business and election of officers for the coming year. NMRA non-members will be excluded from the room during the meeting, but are welcome to attend the rest of the meet activities when the meeting is over. The Annual Meeting should be over by 1:30pm to continue with the monthly meet.
Clinics: Rich Mahaney - Potatoes and Railroad Car Traffic.  This new presentation looks at the potato from growing to the final product in an "audience participation" clinic format.  The students will participate in selecting railroad car needs and traffic, transporting chemicals, growing products, railroad car traffic, the making of consumer products from potatoes, potato industries, and more.  Lots of fun, answer questions, fill out flip charts on the wall and discuss the answers with the group for comparison answers and different answers.
Contest: Flatcars This is a contest about the car, so leave the load off.
Layout Tour: TBD

May 2-4, 2024
2024 Midwest Regional Convention - Around the Bend visit the website here or see the flier here.

May 5, 2024
Monthly Meet
Joint meet with SCWD

Time: 1pm-3pm
Verona Senior Center 
108 Paoli Street Verona, WI 53593

Event:  Yep, once again we will venture north of the Cheddar Curtain for a joint meet with the South Central Wisconsin Division.  For details, go to the SCWD website at https://www.nmra-scwd.org.  For those wishing to eat lunch in the Verona area as a group before the meet, we will meet to share rides as you see fit at the northeast corner of the Rockton Road Walmart parking lot (next to the water tower) [MAP].  We will leave at 10:00am sharp so don’t be late.

June 2, 2024
June Junket
Time: 9am-4pm

Elgin, Il area

Event:  The annual RRVD June Junket has a lineup of exciting stops this year.  We will leave at 9am from Hangar Road in front of the East Riverside Rockford Farm and Fleet [MAP] sharing rides as you see fit.  Cost of the Fox Valley Trolley Museum admission and lunch will be free to RRVD members.  Guests of members will pay actual cost TBD.  Approximate Schedule:

10am-11am Visit the Valley Model Railroad Club
11am-noon Visit the Fox Valley Trolley Museum
Noon-1pm pizza lunch at a local restaurant

1pm-3pm Visit Ted Schnepf’s fantastic O-scale layout.  Those wishing to operate his layout are invited to do so.

August 21, 2024
RRVD Annual Potluck Picnic

Time: 5-7 PM

Meet Location:  Tullocks Woods Pow Wow Club, 4525 Stagecoach Trail, Rockford, IL.  [MAP]

Event:  This is a Potluck Picnic for NMRA members and a guest.  Bring two dishes to pass and tableware.  The RRVD will provide beverage, burgers and brats.  RSVP Ken Mosny with number attending to registrar@rrvd-nmra.com so we can plan burgers and brats.

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