Conventions & Mini-Meets

The 2019 Convention – Pueblo, Colorado

July 26-28, 2019 

Updated June 24, 2019

The 39th Convention of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society was held July 26 thru 28, 2019 in Pueblo, Colorado.  The theme of the convention was “The Chico”.  The Convention was held at the newly renovated Pueblo Convention Center in the heart of downtown Pueblo.  The Pueblo River Walk with restaurants and shops adjoins the Convention site.

Extra fare activities

Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

The Convention toured the Transportation Technology Center a center for advanced railroad research and testing providing unique facilities for worldwide clientele. The center provides research, testing, and training for technology and safety-related issues for railroads around the world. The center is owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is operated by Transportation Technology Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. After the TTC, the Convention participants visited Vestas Tower facility located eight miles South of Pueblo is the largest wind tower factory in the world. We also stopped by the Steel Mill Museum for an depth review of the steel mill history and operations.

A Welcoming Fiesta Buffet Dinner was held at the Pueblo Union Depot with a mariachi band and a talk by the local Harvey Girls. Next to the depot is the Pueblo Railway Museum was open and gave engine and caboose rides.

Thursday, July 25, 2019.

In the morning, we traveled to Canyon City to ride the Royal Gorge Railroad. On the return, we stopped at the Holcim (Portland) Cement plant.  Layouts were open for tours during the afternoon.

Convention activities, Friday july 26 through sunday july 28, 2019

Friday: Clinics, Vendor Sales, Model/Photo contest.  Spouses tour of the Rosemount Museum with luncheon.  Special guest evening speaker:  Larry Green.

Saturday: Clinics, Vendor Sales, Model/Photo contest and ending with the Society’s Awards dinner.   Allan Affeldt, who restored La Posada and is restoring La Castaneda, will speak.

 Sunday: Breakfast, Business Meeting, Albuquerque Convention presentation

Planning to Participate in the Model or Photo Contest?  Here’s more information:

Model Contest

The model contest is divided into two groups: a popular vote contest and a technical contest. In the popular vote contest, all models participate and compete for first, second and third place ribbons and “Best of Show” based on the number of votes that they receive from attendees. Popular vote categories include steam locomotive; diesel locomotive; multiple unit diesel locomotive; freight car; passenger car; intermodal equipment (cars and support equipment); caboose/way car; maintenance of way; and structure/diorama.  In the technical contest, models are judged by interested members based on prototype fidelity (10 points), modeling effort and proficiency (10 points) and finish and weathering (5 points), with 22 points required for a Certificate of Technical Excellence, 18 points for a Certificate of Technical Merit, and the best overall model scoring 22 points or more receiving the President’s Award for Technical Excellence.  Technical contest categories include: motive power; rolling stock; and structures.

If you would like to learn more about the Model Contest, click on the following links:

Model Photo Contest

The Society also sponsors a “model photo” contest where participants recreate the Santa Fe in model form and then photograph it. You can see the ATSF entry form here and BNSF entry form here.

Upcoming Conventions

The Society is planning Annual Conventions at the following locations:

  • 2020: June 17-21: Albuquerque, NM, contact Dave Traudt
  • 2021: June 20-25:  Kansas City, MO, contact Mike Tomei

Past Convention Reports

Read about prior Annual Conventions and see what members did, learned, and showed!

Reports on other past conventions and Mini-Meets
List of all International conventions

Society Mini-Meets

Our Mini-Meets are regional based gatherings generally one half to one day long on a Saturday. Interested members have organized these meets in areas not regularly visited by our conventions allowing us to reach the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest.  A mini meet may include;

  • Clinics by experts on various aspects of Santa Fe history and modeling.  Some of these clinics are “warm ups'” for a presenter who will be at a future Annual Convention.
  • Models on display for close up viewing and discussions with the builder.
  • Networking with fellow Society members who live close by and a good way to attract new members.

Upcoming Mini-Meets

Please send us your planned mini-meets so other Santa Fe fans can attend!

  • 32nd Annual Kansas City Mini-Meet!  November 23, 2019, 8:00 AM, Hope Lutheran Church, Shawnee, Kansas
    • Main program starts at 9:00 AM.
    • Cost is $5.00 at door.  Tables available.
    • Speakers include:
      • Mike Martin – Santa Fe Business Cars I’ve Known
      • Denny Krausman – Building ATSF Resin Kits
      • Keith Jordan – Warren Scholl Tribute
      • Chuck Hitchcock and Mark Davidson – The Ottawa Junction Railway
      • Dan Munson – BNSF – Yardmaster 101
    • For more information, get flyer
  • 2021 Indianapolis Mini-Meet.  March 21, 2020, 9 AM to 6 PM, Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN  46250
    • Cost is $15 pre-registered, $20 at door.  Includes swap table if wanted (extras $10/each)
    • Speakers include:
      • Keith Jordan
      • James Brown
      • Bruce MeKeown
    • Contact Tom Cain to register.

We are looking for a new Southern California Mini-Meet coordinator.  If interested, contact

Past Mini-Meet Reports:

The Society has had Mini-Meets in the following areas (click on link to see past mini-meet reports!):