2016 Railroad Station Historical Society Convention

Tuesday-Saturday, June 7-11, 2016

Omaha, NE-Council Bluffs, IA area

 

The Railroad Station Historical Society Convention will have five days of bus tours in Nebraska and Iowa. The meeting hotel will be the Microtel Inn and Suites in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The first day we will tour 15 railroad stations in southeastern Iowa starting in Glenwood, IA and finishing at Atlantic, IA. The second day will be spent visiting stations and other railroad structures in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The Union Pacific Railroad will provide guided tours of the Harriman Dispatch Center located in their former Omaha freight station and their passenger car shops located in the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Council Bluffs roundhouse. In addition, we will visit the newly refurbished 1898 Classical Revival Chicago, Burlington & Quincy passenger station. The ABC affiliate Channel 7 Omaha purchased and refurbished the vacant station for their television station operations. In addition, the tour will stop at the Omaha Union Station now the Durham museum and the Rock Island Romanesque Revival station in Council Bluffs that was also used by the Milwaukee Road. The third day the tour will visit stations from Florence, NE to Sioux City, SD and stop at stations in Iowa on our return to the motel. The fourth day will be spent seeing stations in southeastern Nebraska including Lincoln's beautiful French Chateau style  Rock Island passenger station and the impressive 1927 CB&Q passenger station. Next the tour heads south to Beatrice's CB&Q brick station. Then we will stop at the Rock Island's two story Fairbury passenger station and division headquarters. The original interior of the station is intact and it is now a railroad museum. We will continue visiting stations from Fairbury to York, NE. The final day will start with the 1886 two story frame CB&Q depot in Wahoo, NE before going to Fremont, NE. where the Union Pacific mainline crosses the BNSF Ashland, NE to Sioux City, SD line. A Union Pacific modern yard office building, a two-story brick C&NW freight station and a brick CB&Q passenger station are located at Fremont.. Next, we will head northward to see additional stations before returning to Council Bluffs.

 

On three days during the lunch period, there will be a 40 to 50 minute drive between stations and in order to utilize our time, box lunches will be ordered from the catering department at HyVee grocery stores for consumption on the bus. The cost of the lunch is included in either the full registration fee or the individual tour day fees. Remember to make your sandwich selections on the registration form. The box lunch will include a sandwich, a bag of chips, a piece of fruit and a brownie or cookie. On the other two tour days the lunch stops will be at fast food restaurants. In Council Bluffs, you will have an opportunity to get a Nebraska food specialty, the Runza. On the bus during the day beverages and snacks will be available.

 

The banquet will be held at Tish’s Restaurant, 1207 S. 35th Street., Council Bluffs, Iowa that is a short distance from our hotel.  The entree selection will include either a 8oz sirloin steak, a 10oz grilled salmon filet or baked chicken breast covered with homemade Bruschetta. The meal includes salad, mixed vegetables, herbed red potatoes, desert and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a presentation and short business meeting after the meal.

One can either pay the full registration fee and purchase the entire five days of tours, the banquet and the meeting book or purchase the tour days individually with the meeting book and banquet as an additional cost.

The convention hotel is the Microtel Inn and Suites, 2141 S. 35th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501. The telephone number for the hotel is 1-712-309-3745 and the national reservation number is 1-800-337-0050. At the hotel if you select extension one, you will go to the national reservation number and if you select three, you will get the front desk. It is important to use the confirm number 60420310 in order to get the Railroad Station Historical Society sleeping room rate of $63.75 plus tax for a single queen and $72.65 plus tax for a double queen.  The RSHS rate is good from Monday evening, June 6th through and including Saturday evening, June 11th. There are two restaurants, Quaker Steak and Lube and Ruby Tuesday's within walking distance of the hotel and Harrah's Casino and the Horseshoe Casino operate a shuttle service from the hotel to their respective casinos. Both casinos have a variety of restaurants. Within driving distance is a wider choice of fast food and sit down restaurants.

 

The Microtel does not operate a shuttle to the Eppley Airfield (Omaha) or the Amtrak station in downtown Omaha. Happy Cab was called on two separate days. Happy Cab, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Safeway Cab appear to be the same company. The estimated taxi cost from one dispatcher was $26.00 and another quoted $33.00 from the airport to the Microtel in Council Bluffs with a cash payment. If you pay with a credit card, there is an additional $3.00 charge for using the credit card. The difference appears to be the mileage used by the individual dispatcher. The quote for the $33 was using 11.3 miles and the $26 quote was using a lower mileage. The quotes were based on the general public rate. A senior citizen (65 or older) has a lower rate per mile, but you must inform the dispatcher and the cab driver. The Happy Cab website, happycab.com lists the Nebraska State rates per mile and the basic rules. In the two estimates from the Amtrak station to the Microtel, the charge was $19 with a cash payment. If you pay with a credit card, there is an additional $3.00 charge for using the credit card. There is no additional charge for having more than one passenger. The telephone number for Happy Cab is 402-333-8294.  City Taxi appears to dispatch independently owned taxis. City Taxi quoted $25 from both Eppley Field and the Amtrak Station. The telephone number for City Taxi is 402-933-8700 and the website is taxiomaha.com If you are comfortable sending me your airline, flight number, arrival time and email address, I would be willing to send information to individuals who will be arriving at the airport at approximately the same time. Individuals could coordinate arrangements for sharing a taxi with each other and reduce the cost of the trip to the hotel. Even though there is only one Amtrak arrival time, I could also exchange information between those individuals taking the California Zephyr who want to share a taxi. I would confirm the the taxi fare before departing for the hotel.

 

The 2016 Nebraska and Iowa convention will give you an opportunity to photograph approximately 65 railroad stations and structures and tour the Union Pacific Railroad's Harriman Dispatch Center and passenger car shops. If you have any questions about the hotel, tours, the registration form or transportation from the airport or the Amtrak Station, you can call me at 301-596-3845 or email me at andyswhite2000@yahoo.com. If I am not home, please leave a message  and I will return the call.        

 

Convention Registration Form

Name (s):                                                                   Badge Name(s):

Address:_____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________________________

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

The registration book, five days of tours, the banquet and box lunches for three out of the five tour days are included in the 5-day registration fee. Tour books and schedules will be available in the hotel lobby area after 7 PM on Monday, June 6.  Our banquet is on Wednesday night, June 8th at Tish’s Restaurant, 1207 S. 35th  Street., Council Bluffs, Iowa a short distance from our hotel.  Please make your banquet entree selection below either from a 8oz sirloin steak, a 10oz grilled salmon or Bruschetta chicken. The meal includes salad, mixed vegetables, herbed red potatoes, desert and non-alcoholic beverages.

At the end of the registration form please make your selection for your box lunch sandwich..

                        Before May 1, 2016                                    After May 1, 2016                          Total

Member registrations ____X $282                         ____X $292 (after 5/1/2016)                                 ____

Non-member registrations ___ X $297    ____ X $307 (after 5/1/2016)                                 ____

Banquet Selection: ___ 8oz sirloin ___ 10oz salmon ___ Bruschetta Chicken     

Partial registration includes 1 or more days of motor coach tours and a box lunch on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.. A tour book is available to all partial participants for $20. If you would like to attend the banquet, select a menu item and include the cost of the meal in the total cost of your registration. Please indicate number of registrations on each line.

                                                                        Member                      Non-Member             Total

Tuesday June 7: Southeast Iowa             ___ $52                      ___$54                       _____

Wednesday June 8: Omaha/Council Bluffs       ___ $43                      ___$45                       _____

Thursday June 9 Florence to Sioux City, SD     ___$43                       ___$45                       _____

Friday June 10: Lincoln to Fairbury to York        ___$52                       ___$54                       _____

Saturday June 11: Wahoo to Wayne                   ___$54                       ___$56                       _____

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Banquet Selection and price for Individuals who sign for single tour days, Guests & Spouses:                                                                                                                          

Bruschetta Chicken  ____ X $28                                                                                      ____

10oz Grilled Salomon ____X $30                                                                                     ____   

8 Oz. Sirloin steak ____X $30                                                                                           ____

Meeting Book: ____X $20                                                                                                            ____ 

Total Cost for the Meeting:                                                                                                          ____

Make your check out to  Railroad Station Historical Society Send your completed form with payment to: Jim Dent, Railroad Station Historical Society, 26 Thachery Road, Oakland, NJ 07436-3312 If you have any questions on the motel reservation, meeting or registration form contact Andy White at 301-596-3845 or andyswhite2000@yahoo.com.

Non-alcoholic drink suggestions for the tours Mark your choices with a one for your first choice and with a two for your second choice:   ­­__Water __ Cola __ Diet Cola __ Lemon-Lime __ Root Beer __ Diet Root Beer __ Diet Green Tea__ Pepsi __ Diet Pepsi__ Other, what kind? ___________________  

I have special/disability needs (please describe) ___________________________________

Box Lunch Selection

The bread choices are White(WH), Sourdough(SD) and Wheat(WT) The Hoagie roll choice is White(HWH),  Use symbol to pick your bread choice under the Bread column.   

Please select the bread and the type of sandwich for the box lunches:

Tour Days:                                         Tuesday         Friday        Saturday      Bread

Sandwich

1. Ham & Swiss:                               ________________________________________                 

2.Turkey & Cheddar:                                   ________________________________________

3. Beef & Co-Jack                            ________________________________________

4. American (Ham, Turkey or Beef);   ________________________________________

5. Vegetarian Delight:                                 ________________________________________

Sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato and condiments. 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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