FOBNR 2021 Convention (Postponed, but check out the Mini-Meet below)
Vancouver, Washington

Regional Mini-Meet:  In lieu of a convention, we decided to organize a regional activity that would allow us to meet in person while staying safe-three days of pure railfanning in the Galesburg, Illinois area.  If this works well, we may try similar events farther west later in the summer or early fall.  Come and enjoy the fellowship!  Click here for more information.

The Board of Directors is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and will reschedule the convention when it appears that it will be safe to meet in person again.


Information About Other Historical Society Conventions/Meetings

Burlington Route Historical Society
Great Northern Railway Historical Society
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association
Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society

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:

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)