Conventions & Mini-Meets

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upcoming 2022 convention:  The kansas city chief!

The 2022 Convention Committee is pleased to release the following information about the upcoming 2022 Convention:

Date:  June 14-19, 2022

Convention Hotel:  DoubleTree by Hilton, Kansas City-Overland Park.  Located at 10100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210.

Rate:  $119/night plus taxes for Society members.  This includes: 2 free breakfasts per room for June 14-18 (19th is Annual Business Meeting), free guest parking and free internet.  Block rate is in effect from June 11 to June 22 but the additional days do NOT include free breakfast.  The cut-off date for the $119 fee is May 24, 2022.  To make your reservations:

  • Click this link
  • Call 913-451-6100, dial “0” for the deck between 9 am and 4 pm U.S. Central Time.  Reservation must include some time between June 14-19.  Discount code is SF6 SFRH&MS.

WARNING:  There is an “early departure fee” of US$75.00 if you need to cut short your stay after you make reservations.  If it becomes necessary to leave early, please contact Bob Becker at 219-662-1878 at least 48 hours prior to your departure.

Preliminary Clinic List:

  • John Barry, Modeling Duryea underframe boxcars
  • Sammy Carlile, Building the Hereford Sub
  • Stuart Forsyth, Cajon at War: Helpers
  • Lance Garrels, Bill  and Art Gibson’s Santa Fe
  • Eric Goodman, Building MKM “Bandits”
  • Chuck Hitchcock, The Ottawa Junction Railway
  • Keith Jordan, Modeling the Redlands Branch in P:48
  • Denny Krausman, Modeling The ATSF Built Cars Of The 50’s And 60’s
  • Kevin Looff, Giving Your Structures a Stucco Exterior
  • Mike Martin, Santa Fe Business Cars I Have Known
  • Keel Middleton, Dealing with the Weather on the BNSF Transcon
  • Dan Munson, Argentine Yard Operations
  • Ramon Rhodes, Modeling the Modern BNSF
  • Karl Schoettlin, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Bob Walz, Argentine Yard History

The Convention Committee is busy developing the Extra Fare activities, so be sure to check back!

Contact Mike Tomei for additional information

Future conventions

The Society is planning Annual Conventions at the following locations:

  • 2022: June:  Kansas City, MO, June 15-19, 2022
  • 2023: Houston/Galveston, TX, dates TBD
  • 2024: Flagstaff, AZ, dates TBD

Past Convention Reports

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

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

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.

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

The Society is pleased to announce that MINI-MEETS are restarting!  Here are the planned mini-meets so far:

  • October 9, 2021, Denver Area Mini-Meet.  9 am to 1 pm.  Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO  80124.  Cost: FREE.  Program includes:
    • Marshall Hancock, Canyon Diablo Bridge – The Model
    • Joe McMillan, Highlights from his Latest Book (and other stories)
    • Denny Krausman, Researching and Modeling Boxcars 1955 to 1970
    • Contact:  Denny Krausman at for additional information.
  • March 12, 2022, Indianapolis Santa Fe Mini-Meet.  Time 9 am to 5 pm.  Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250.  Cost is $15 prepaid and $20 at the door.
    • Clinics include:
      • James Brown, “ATSF History of Chillicothe, IL with Edelstein Hill and Memories of Paul Nash”
      • Ramon Rhodes, “The Santa Fe Railway in Chicago During the 1990s”
      • John DePamemelaere, “From Switchman to Road Foreman, and all the time in between (San Diego and the Fourth District)
      • Keith Jordan, “The Redlands Loop, Modeling a Santa Fe Southern California Branchline and Memories of Warren Scholl”
      • Bruce McKeown, “One Can Still Make Models for our Model Railroads, Part Two”
    • Download Flyer
    • Contact:  Thomas Cain at for additional information.

Please send us your planned mini-meets so other Santa Fe fans can attend!  We are looking for a new Southern California Mini-Meet coordinator.  If interested, contact

SFRH&MS Mini-meets

other meets