The 2009 GNRHS Convention was held in Duluth, Minnesota from Saturday, July 18 to Wednesday, July 22. For additional day-by-day photos and accompanying text, click the buttons to the left or start by CLICKING HERE. The agenda was as follows:
Saturday, July 18
Optional Pre-Convention Day Tour:
0730 This was a day tour of the North Shore with stops at the Lake County Museum in Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and Taconite Harbor. Lunch is included. Return to Duluth by 1700.
1800 Dinner (on your own) Blackwoods Grill Duluth. Transportation on your own or carpool from hotel lobby.
Sunday, July 19
0800 - 1200 - Board Meeting
1100 - 1300 - Setup Railfair, Model and Photo Contest
1300 - Welcome Meeting in lobby
1300 - 1600 - Registration
1315 - 1800 - Railfair, Model and Photo Contest
1800 2100 Lake Superior Railroad Museum hors doeuvres provided. Cash bar.
Monday, July 20
0630 0800 - Breakfast Buffet
0730 1230 Optional tour Duluth Historic Homes and Glensheen Mansion lunch provided.
0915 Opening Session
0930 Dan Jordan, Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation Agency
1030 Adolph Ojard Director, Duluth Port Authority
Lunch on your own
Frank Christopherson Retired GN & BN Engineer
Ken Buehler North Star High Speed Rail
Gary Nelson GN BN BNSF Conductor
R.W. Downing Red Ore Operations at Kelly Lake
Earl Currie Contemporary Operations in Duluth-Superior
1715 Boarding at LSRM Great Northern Special Train to Two Harbors. Dinner provided with photo run-by.
2100 Informal chat session, open mic.
Tuesday, July 21
0630 - Breakfast Buffet
0730 - 1730 Tour of the Iron Range. Miners lunch provided. Featured speaker: Joe Uhan for each group.
All tours were headquartered at Iron World in Chisholm. Sites visited included Hill-Annex mine, Soudan mine, Thunderbird open pit mine, Hull-Rust mine, Greyhound museum and Kelly Lake.
Dinner on your own
1900 Annual Meeting & Report
2000 GN Head End cars with modeling tips by John Westley.
2115 Rail Photos Mike Power & Bill Sornsin
Wednesday, July 22
0630 - Breakfast Buffet
0800 Tour of Duluth/Superior harbor on Vista Queen boat.
1030 Tour of 28th St. BNSF Yard in Superior, also ground visits of Midwest Energy, CHS Grain, Allouez Taconite facility. Lunch included.
1500 Return to Hotel
1730 - Happy Hour
1830 - 2200 - Banquet
2000 - 2100 - Dinner Speaker Pat Dorin Iron Ore Operations on the Minnesota Ranges and Duluth/Superior.
2115 - 2200 - Door Prizes and Raffle Drawing