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2 Oklahoma City Dec. 2-7, 2009 By Patrick G. Lana Photos by Patrick Lana, MMR unless otherwise noted.

3 At The Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City Dec. 4-6, 2009 Sponsored by: Oklahoma Railway Museum Oklahoma Railway Museum Oklahoma N Rail Oklahoma N Rail COMRAIL South Canadian Model Railroad Club COMRAIL South Canadian Model Railroad Club Oklahoma City Dec. 2-7, 2009 The Reasons to Go! At The Clarion Hotel and the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Oklahoma City Dec. 3-6, 2009 Sponsored by: Oklahoma N Rail Oklahoma N Rail 15th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show

4 Oklahoma City Dec. 2-7, 2009 Historical Notes… The annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention and the annual OKC Train Show is a popular event in Oklahoma. I had heard it was the fourth largest train show in the country but was never able to confirm that. A group from Denver has attended for many years. The N scale convention is the Thursday before the Train Show and normally consists of tours and clinics with a swap meet and get- together that evening. Friday morning is open so we go to museums or railfan Oklahoma City. At noon the setup of the NTRAK layout starts. The train show is on Saturday and Sunday and usually has over 125 vendors. I had not attended since 2005 so was anxious to go. However, the distance, weather and economy kept the Denver contingent low. Only four of us attended. Kent Charles, Dean Dickerhoof, Bob Hochstetter and I (Patrick Lana) truck-pooled in Kent’s truck along with Kent’s two modules and Dean’s module.

5 Dec. 2 To Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Dec. 2, 2009 The Route to OKC! Denver: 6:30am meet at Dean’s house. Leave in Kent’s truck with NTRAK modules. 7:30am pick up Bob at Crowne Plaza Hotel at Chambers Road, follow I-70 east Lunch at Colby, Kansas, I-70 east to Salina. South on I-135 to I-35. Arrive Oklahoma City 7:30pm local time. Supper at Cimmeron Steak House.

6 Thursday bus trip to El Reno. Stop in Yukon. Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Yukon OK RR Museum in a boxcar. Dec 2009 Photo by Dean Dickerhoof

7 Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Thursday bus trip to El Reno. Stop in Yukon.

8 Thursday- El Reno, OK. Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention

9 El Reno OK ex-RI depot looking West. Dec 2009 Photo By Dean Dickerhoof Thursday- El Reno, OK.

10 Thursday Heritage Trolley Ride Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention

11 Thursday Canadian County Museum Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention

12 Thursday Canadian County Museum Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Handout from Telegraph Demonstration

13 Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Thursday Canadian County Museum

14 Thursday Lunch at Johnnie’s Onion-fried burgers are Johnnie's claim to fame. Ribbons of onion are mashed deep into the top of a patty of ground beef as it cooks on the grill, resulting in a hamburger that is a delicious intertwined mix of meat and caramelized onion. Also notable: slaw-topped Coney Island hot dogs. Source: Roadfood.com Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention

15 Thursday Library to View RR Photo Collection Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention The El Reno Carnegie Library was the fourth Carnegie Library in the Oklahoma Territory and is the oldest Carnegie library building in the state still used as a library. Photo from

16 Thursday Return to Clarion Hotel Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention

17 Thursday Clinics at the Hotel Vehicles by Patrick Lana Lighting by Jim “Mr. Binky” Hinds Weathering by Pete Duchene Oklahoma City Dec. 3, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Thursday Evening get together included swap, show and tell, silent auction hosted by Oklahoma N-Rail.

18 Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show See for information on ORM equipment.

19 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See rg/ rg/ for information on ORM equipment.

20 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See for information on ORM equipment.

21 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See for information on ORM equipment.

22 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See for information on ORM equipment.

23 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See for information on ORM equipment.

24 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday Oklahoma Railroad Museum See for information on ORM equipment.

25 Friday 45 th Infantry Division Museum Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show For more information on the musuem see

26 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday 45 th Infantry Division Museum For more information on the musuem see

27 Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Friday 45 th Infantry Division Museum For more information on the musuem see

28 Friday Setup of Ntrak layouts Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 4, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show NEONS (North East Oklahoma N Scalers) unloading their modules Photo by Bob Hochstetter

29 Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Saturday OKC Train Show opens to the public.

30 Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Saturday OKC Train Show opens to the public. Scratch-built Building’s on Russell Straw’s NTRAK module. Photos by Bob Hochstetter The NTRAK setup measured 60’ wide and 110’ long with modules from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Tulsa and OKC.

31 Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Saturday N-Scale Convention banquet at the Clarion Hotel 1.A very good meal of roast beef. 2.A great presentation on Rock Island in El Reno. 3.Door prizes: One blue ticket at each table setting for an Intermountain first release Y-12 steam locomotive. We did not win. One blue ticket at each table setting for an Intermountain first release Y-12 steam locomotive. We did not win. Each person received one ticket for a door prize. There were enough prizes so each person received one. Kent won first, a year’s subscription to RMC. Dean won a CMW two-pack of Specter semi- trucks. Then I won with an Athearn CB&Q automobile box car. Finally Bob won a $10 off coupon to Blair Lines laser cut signs. But Bob came out the best of us when he won the raffle door prize drawing for an Athearn CSX SD70M. Some guys have all the luck!

32 Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention Oklahoma City Dec. 5, th Annual Southern Plains N-Scale Convention 33rd Annual OKC Train Show Sunday was the Pancake breakfast for vendors, 11:00 AM Show opened to the public and at 5:00 PM Show closed.

33 Oklahoma City Dec. 7, 2009 The Return to Denver! Oklahoma City: Meet for breakfast at 6am. Leave by 7am in Kent’s truck with NTRAK modules via I-40 West. Lunch at Amarillo, TX, US287 North to Limon CO, West On I-70 to Denver. Drop off Bob at Crowne Plaze Hotel at Chambers Road, follow I-70 West. Arrive Dean’s at 6:30pm local time Arrive home at 7:30pm.

34 The Clarion Hotel rate was $64.00 per double per night and is located near I-40 and Meridian Ave in OKC. Oklahoma City Dec. 7, 2009 Final Notes: The Train Show announced it had its best attendance ever with over 19,500 through the gates. We decided to return via the SW route instead of returning on the NE route due to snow on I-70. Total Mileage on the trip was 1,542 miles. Bob Hochstetter, Dean Dickerhoof, Kent Charles and I all enjoyed the trip but I caught a cold on Sunday and passed it on to Dean and Kent on our return home. My doctor said my case was bronchitis and I was down for over a week following the trip. 15th Annual Southern Plains N- Scale Convention Our thanks to all the sponsors of the 15th Annual Southern Plains N- Scale Convention and the 33rd Annual OKC Train Show for a WONDERFUL Time!


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