Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad
2017 Convention and Membership Meeting
June 7-10
LaQuinta Inn Central Denver
Denver, Colorado


BNSF's Denver Facility Tour (Denver)
Denver is the division point and headquarters for the Powder River Division. Several Subdivisions and branch lines originate in Denver, a busy hub for the railroad. We will have a driving tour of the yard along with tours of the roundhouse and intermodal hub.

Pawnee Generating Station Tour (Brush)
Pawnee Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Xcel Energy near Brush, Colorado. We will have a walking tour of the facility, and then railfan the Brush Subdivision back to Denver.

Intermountain Railway Tour (Longmont)
Intermountain Railway is a premier model railroad manufacturer that produces rolling stock, engines and other fine products in HO and N scales. FOBNR will experience an exclusive tour of their processes and facility in Longmont.

Model Railroad Operating Sessions
Two of the top HO-scale BN/BNSF themed model railroads are located in Longmont and will offer operating sessions as optional pre-convention activities. All level of operating experience (or none) are welcome and everyone is sure to have a great time.

Denver Union Terminal and/or RTD Light Rail Shops Tour
The recently remodeled Union Station and RTD light rail system are the highlight of public transportation in Denver. We will have a walking tour of these facilities that you won't want to miss.

Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado's railroad heritage is on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum. We will have a guided tour of the museum, a train ride, and have a catered lunch on their picnic grounds.

Model Railroad Layout Tours
Members will enjoy seeing two of the top HO-scale BN and BNSF themed layouts in the country as you tour Doug Geiger's Granite Mountain Railway and John Parker's BNSF Fall River Division model railroads.

Caboose Hobbies Shopping
Denver's new Caboose hobbies is now open for business. We will make a brief stop while close to the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Member Slide/Digital Photo/Video shows
Bring digital photos and/or video you'd like to share for member shows. We'll provide a computer, projection equipment and a screen. Bring your photos on a CD/DVD or USB drive.

The Saturday night banquet is the culmination of our convention. This year we will be experience the White Fence Farms banquet facility, which is home of the Platt Valley Modelers and Model Railroad. For added enjoyment, join us as we hold our annual auction. Our banquet speaker will be a representative of the BNSF Railway.

Hotel Rooms
The convention is being held at the LaQuinta Inn Central Denver: 3500 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80216. For reservations at our group rate, call 1-866-527-1498. Rooms are $116.10 per night based on double occupancy. Mention you are with The Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad convention when making your reservation.

Convention Shirts
The FOBNR 2017 Convention Committee is proud to announce that convention shirts are now available for purchase. The shirts are available on-line at From this website, click on the Friends of the BN 2017 Convention link on the left. Shirts come in many sizes, can be ordered with or without pocket and may also be personalized. Shirts will be shipped directly to the mailing address provided in the order. These shirts will only be available for the 2017 convention!

More Information
Events, dates, and times are subject to change. Please check the FOBNR website: for up-to-date information, or contact John Parker at