FOBNR 2023 Mini-Convention

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

June 1-3, 2023

The FOBNR board of directors has decided to hold a mostly railfanning convention in 2023 and return to a full-blown convention in 2024. It will be free to attend, but there will be no presentations, no tours, and no firm agenda except for a membership meeting on Thursday evening. Just meet up each day at a predetermined location, decide where to go, and head out. Watch for more information here and in the January issue of The BN Expediter.



Each year the FOBNR holds a convention and membership meeting at some location on the BN/BNSF system. The convention includes tours of local BN/BNSF facilities and other railroad-related facilities, a display of BN historical information and items, tours of local layouts (and sometimes operating sessions), railfanning opportunities, a banquet with a speaker (usually a local BNSF official), and a board meeting.

Descriptions and photos from previous conventions:

2022 Vancouver (WA) Convention Report

2021 Vancouver (WA) – no convention (COVID-19), replaced by a mini-meet (railfanning only) in Galesburg (IL) – Report

2020 Vancouver (WA) – no convention (COVID-19)

2019 Kansas City (KS) Convention Report

2018 Aurora (IL) Convention Report

2017 Denver Convention Report

2016 Glendive Convention Report

2015 Minneapolis Convention Report

2014 Tulsa Convention Report

2013 Missoula Convention Report

2012 Amarillo Convention Report

2011 Gillette Convention Report

2010 Galesburg Convention Report

2009 Seattle Convention Report

2008 Lincoln Convention Report

2007 Bismarck/Mandan Convention Report

2006 Denver Convention (no report)

2005 Superior Convention (no report)

2004 Spokane Convention (no report)

2003 Alliance Convention (no report)

2002 Fort Worth Convention (no report)

2001 Fargo Convention (no report)

2000 Minneapolis Convention (no report)

1999 Kansas City Convention (no report)

1998 Essex Convention (no report)

1997 Galesburg Convention (no report)

1996 Seattle Convention (no report)

1995 Chicago Convention (no report)

1994 St. Paul Convention (cancelled)

1993 Galesburg Convention (no report)