April 2018 from
Jerry Pyfer

NRHS 2018 Convention

The 2018 Convention will take place from August 7th through the 12th in Cumberland, MD.

The Ramada Downtown Cumberland is the host hotel. The special daily room rate is $72.00 + taxes per night for one or two people per room. The rate is available for two days prior to and two days after the convention. The hotel's telephone number is 1-301-724-8800. To receive the NRHS special rate, give the code word 'Locomotive' to the clerk.

A buffet breakfast and free on-site parking is included in the daily rate. The hotel is located at Exit 43C off of I-68.
The Convention begins on Tuesday, August 7th in the early afternoon when registration opens in the Washington Room, located near the Ramada's front lobby.

The Convention events continue on Wednesday, August 8th with an all-day bus/train trip on both the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Cass, WV, and the Cheat Mtn. Salamander Connector diesel-powered excursion train. Lunch is included.

On Thursday, August 9th, all events are held at the hotel. Events include the Advisory Council meeting, seminars, the Board of Directors meeting, the annual Membership meeting, the NRHS Fund Inc. meeting and ends with the At-Large Membership meeting.

On Friday, August 10th there will be an all day excursion on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. The trip will begin in Romney, WV and includes lunch. The day's events conclude with a Night Photo session at the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad.

On Saturday, August 11th there will be an all day steam-powered excursion on the Everett Railroad at Hollidaysburg, PA. Lunch is included. The day's events conclude with the annual Banquet, including a cash bar.
On Sunday, August 12th, there will be a diesel-powered excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Lunch is included. The convention ends when the motor coaches arrive back at the hotel.

Information on the planned events has been published in the NRHS News, available to NRHS members. More details will available after April 1st in the convention registration booklet.

Annual Train Show

Rockford area’s annual model train show, hosted by the National Model Railroad Association, Rock River Valley Division, was held at Belvidere North High School. The show was fairly well attended.

Saturday I joined John Fredrickson and Robert Hill for a day of greeting, chatting and visiting the many layouts and vendors.

Sunday John got an assist from Andy Townsend and Norm Hoisington.

Thanks to these fellows for the helping hand and thanks to the RRVD for inviting us once again.

On the RIP Track

This year, I have been getting numerous reports of damaged NWLs arriving in mailboxes. If you receive a damaged NWL that you want replaced, please let me know so we can send a fresh copy to you.

For more information about the Chapter, see Meetings and Join.

Chapter address

North Western Illinois Chapter - NRHS
P.O. Box 5632
Rockford, IL 61125-0632