Railroad Station Historical Society

2018 MADISON WISCONSIN CONVENTION

Sunday-Thursday, June 17-21, 2018

Join us for a five-day tour of some of the most historic railroad structures and rail lines that southern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois have to offer.  Two of the 1850's pioneer lines we will visit are the Milwaukee and Mississippi, a Milwaukee Road predecessor and the Illinois Central charter line, the first land grant railroad in thge country.  Much of the tour will focus on the rugged hill country of this area, where lead mining, as well as dairy and tobacco farming, were the mainstays of the regional economy.  Almost every town had a railroad and depot, with a sizable number of structures remaining.  Most of the remaining branch lines in the area are currently operated by the Wisconsin and Southern RR.

Highlights:

Maybe have a Leinenkugel at the UW Student Union veranda overlooking the lake.

Accommodations:
The convention hotel is the Best Western East Towne, 4801 Annamark Dr., Madison, WI 53704.  It is located in the East Towne Mall near the intersection of US 151 (E. Washington Ave.) and I-90/94 in the northeast part of the city. The hotel has a breakfast buffet, pool, free wi-fi, and a complimentary shuttle to the Madison airport (reservations required). A block of 25 rooms is being held for our group between the dates of June 16th and June 21st, with checkout on June 22nd.  The rate is $78 plus tax per double or single bed room.  Rooms may be reserved by phone (608-244-2020) or internet (www.bestwestern.com/groups).
Our group ID number is 6Z4UP4H7.  The group block will be held until May 26th.  Please note the following cancellation policy:

Cancellations/modifications made less than 7 days before arrival will be charged 100% of the cancelled nights.  Included in cancellations/modifications are no-showed reservations. If a multi night reservation is made, and a guest does not arrive on the scheduled arrival date, the entire reservation will be charged and cancelled.  Should a guest arrive on a later date, credit will not be provided and a room may not be available.  If a guest requests additional nights to be added which are outside the blocked dates, and if those nights are added at the hotel's discretion, the additional nights will fall under tghe cancellation policy represented herein.

Hotel management told me that if for some reason you can't arrive on the first day of your reservation, be sure to call them before or no later than the day you are supposed to arrive.  You will likely be charged for the missed night, but at least the balance of your reservation won't be cancelled.

Getting to Madison

By Air: Madison's airport is Dane County Regional Airport (MSN).  Airlines serving Madison include American, Delta, United, and Frontier. Best Western has a free shuttle to tyhe hotel with 24 hr. advance reservation (608-244-2020).
It is also possible to fly to Milwaukee Mitchell Field and take a 2-hour bus ride to Madison by Badger Bus Lines (badgerbus.com).  Chicago Ohare and Midway are also possibilities with a 3 1/2 hour bus ride on Van Galder Bus Lines (coachusa.com van galder).

By Amtrak:  The most practical Amtrak service is to Milwaukee, either downtown or Mitchell Field and a 2-hour bus trip to Madison via Badger Bus Lines.
The cost is reasonable and there are a number of scheduled trips daily.  Columbus, WI is the nearest Amtrak service to Madison, but there is only the Empire Builder once a day and no conveniently scheduled shuttle. Prearranged Uber would likely be the best bet for Columbus.

In Madison:  Most of the intercity buses have their main terminals near downtown or the university.  Since the hotel is 20 minutes or so away, I would suggest Metro Bus Rt. 6 (cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules), Uber, or taxi.  Call Fred High at 253-630-7303 or 253-929-9542 if you have questions.


 

  Convention Registration Form

Name (s):                                                                   Badge Name(s):

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________________________

Telephone number:_(_____)______________E-mail address:___________________________

Included in the full registration are five days of motor coach tours, the banquet, two box lunches, a sit-down lunch, tour book, beverages and snacks. The tour books will be available on Saturday evening, June 16th in the breakfast area near the hotel lobby between 7 and 9PM.  The banquet will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 7:30PM at the Olive Garden, located about 5 blocks west of the hotel at 4320 East Towne Blvd.

                        Before May 15, 2018                                    After May 15, 2018                                Total

Member registrations ____X $299                                                ____X $311                                  ____

Non-member registrations ___ X $315                                          ____X $325                                 ____

    

Partial Registration/Separate Days and Spouses

Partial registration includes 1 or more days of motor coach tours, beverages and snacks.  Also included  are lunches  on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th days of the tour. A tour book is available to all partial participants for $20. The banquet is also available for $20. Spouses of members may register as "members" for travel (full or single days).  

Please indicate choices below:

                                                                                     Member                      Non-Member                     Total                                                                           

Day 1 Sunday 6/17                                                    _____$56                      _____$59                     ______

Day 2 Monday 6/18                                                   _____ $56                      _____$59                    ______

Day 3 Tuesday 6/19 w/restrnt lunch                            ______ $68                      _____ $71                   ______

Day 4 Wednesday 6/20 w box lunch                          ______ $63                      _____ $66                   ______

Day 5 Thursday 6/21 w bag lunch                               ______ $63                      _____ $66                   ______

Banquet:     ___ X $20                                                                                                                       ______

Tour Book: ___ X $20                                                                                                                              ______

Total Cost for Convention:                                                                                                                  ______      

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Make your check out to  Railroad Station Historical Society.  Send your completed form with payment to: Jim Dent, Railroad Station Historical Society, 26 Thackeray Road, Oakland, NJ 07436-3312  If you have any questions about the registration form or RSHS membership contact Jim Dent  at 973-868-2283 or jdent1@optonline.net

If you have questions concerning the hotel reservation, travel connections, or tour details, contact  Fred High  at 253-630-7301 (H) or 253-929-9542 (C).

Non-alcoholic drink suggestions for the tours.  Please mark your first choice with a "1" and your second  choice with a "2". ___Water, 

 ___Coke,  __Diet Coke,   __ Lemon-Lime,  __Root Beer,  __ Diet Root Beer,  __ Diet Green Tea,  __ Pepsi,  __ Diet Pepsi, , __ Other _______________________ 

Please note lunch and banquet meal options will be provided to you at the convention. At least one vegetarian option will be included for all included meals.

 

 

Please describe any special or disability needs  ________________________________________________________________

How do you plan on getting to Madison?  ____ Auto, ____ Air to Madison, ____ Amtrak to Milwaukee + bus,  ____Other

 

 

 

Railroad Station Historical Society Conventions

Year

Location

Host(s)

Dates

Notes

# Attendees

1971

St. Louis

Shacklette

July 24-25

 

7

1972

Pittsburgh

Koval/ Weber

June 24-25

 

6

1973

Toronto

Ehrke

Sept. 8

 

10

1974

Chicago

Koval

Aug. 17

1st slide show

7

1975

Philadelphia

Harwood

June 14

1st to use a bus(schoolbus)

35

1976

none

 

 

 

 

1977

Cincinnati

Shacklette/ Flinchpaugh

June 10-11

 

12

1978

Chicago

Koval

June 10-11

 

8

1979

none

 

 

 

 

1980

none

 

 

 

 

1981

Windsor, ON

Knudson/

Seestedt/Weible

June 6-7

1st Banquet

10

1982

Kansas City

Koval/Hannah/

Shacklette

June 5

 

21

1983

Baltimore

Harwood

June 11

 

approx. 10

1984

Minneapolis

Hannah

June 16-17

 

approx. 12-14

1985

Buffalo

Rothenmeyer

June 15-16

 

30

1986

Galesburg

Hannah

June 14-15

 

15

1987

Boston

Parmenter/

Goodwin/

Hodge/Kierstad

June 13-14

 

32

1988

Toledo

Camp

June 18-19

 

30

1989

Richmond, VA

Traser/Mantey

June 3-4

 

21

1990

Springfield, IL

Hannah

May 19-20

 

28

1991

Grand Rapids

Rothwell

May 18-19

 

28

1992

Toronto

Savage

June 5-7

 

31

1993

New Stanton, PA

Ballash/Kevern/

Waugh

June 5-6

 

37

1994

Wilkes-Barre

Baker/Baker

June 4-5

 

42

1995

Cedar Rapids

Koval

June 3-4

 

25

1996

Ft. Worth-

Dallas

Hannah

May 10-12

 

23

1997

Dayton

Kolb Family

June 7-9

 

32

1998

Newark, NJ

Garon/Garon

June 6-8

 

36

1999

Elkhart

Koval/Davis

June 4-6

 

38

2000

Rochester, NY

Rapp

June 3-4

 

29

2001

Raleigh

Peterson

June 1-3

 

44

2002

San Antonio

Langhart/Harris

Oct. 11-14

 

24

2003

Portland, ME

Bachelder

June 6-9

First four days of bus trips

26

2004

Saginaw

Seward

June 4-6

 

32

2005

Altoona

Ballash

June 3-6

Three days of bus trips

34

2006

Helena, Montana

Peterson

June 9-11

Three days of bus trips, first extension tour

33

2007

Cleveland

Camp

June 1-4

Three days of bus trips

41

2008

Charleston, SC

Xakellis

May 16-19

Three days of bus trips

25

2009

Topeka, Kansas

The Stahl's

June 3-6

Three days of bus trips, first Wed-Sat. meeting

31

2010

Central and Western Carolinas

Peterson/Shulby

June16-19

Three days of bus trips, pre-convention extension tour, June 14-15

29

2011

Oklahoma City

Nevins/Xakellis

June 8-11

Four days of bus trips

31

2012

Baltimore, MD

Kelling

June 6-9

Four days of bus trips

34

2013

Providence, RI

Wickersham/Xakellis

June 5-8

Four days of bus trips

31

2014

Spokane/Seattle

High

July 13-19

 Linear bus tour

32

2015

Harrisburg, PA

Kelling

 June 3-6

 Four days of bus tours

37

2016

Omaha-Council Bluffs

 White/Hannah/Vana

 June 7-11

 Five days of bus tours

 

2017Middletown, NYDentJune 25-29Five days of bus tours
2018Madison, WIHighJune 17-21Five days of bus tours

 

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