Here is an update on our plans for the "Mini-Convention" to be held during the Ozarks Model Railroad Assn's 40th Annual Spring Train Show 9am to 3pm, Saturday, March 24, Springfield (MO) Expo Center at 635 St. Louis St. (FMIG members attended our first show so to commemorate that we are setting aside space for a "mini-convention" during the show.) Frisco.org members may pre-register by sending a check payable to OMRA along with names of those attending to Ron Williams, 3129 S. Chambery Ave, Springfield, MO 65804. Registration is $7 for adults, children under 12 are free. Include your return address and I will send your name tags to you. Also include your phone and email please. When you arrive at the Expo Center go to the Frisco line with your name tag(s) and you will be admitted without delay. The deadline for Frisco members to advance register is March 5. There will be signage directing you to the "convention" room. There is a limit of 75 people for the "convention" room. Activities will include: Best Frisco Model will be selected by popular vote from Frisco.org attendees only. Let me know if you are bringing a model and space requirements so I will know how many tables to provide. The presentation agenda (in no particular order and starting around 9:30-10am) includes: "Four Seasons of 1522" by Charlie Dischinger. This will be an entertaining presentation featuring photos and music. Charlie's career of 34 years included locomotive fireman, engineer, yardmaster and local chairman of the BLE. He was one of the founding members of the FMIG and a charter member of the OMRA. He is Master Model Railroader #186. Keith Robinson will show how to install decoders. Keith is an electronics hobbyist and Frisco modeler who has been very active in the Kansas City area. He has been installing Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoders in locomotives since 2010, passing the 600th installation mark in 2017. His first article, published in Railroad Model Craftsman's November, 2017 issue was about "Installing Sound in an Atlas S-2". Ken McElreath is a lifelong model railroader. Like Keith, he grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO. He enjoys realistic modeling and operations, along with the research efforts to capture prototype settings. A previous layout set in Birmingham, AL was featured in the November, 2003 Railroad Model Craftsman. His clinic will present a case for a secondary urban yard as a focal point for realistic and interesting modeling on a medium sized HO layout. He will trace the history and function of the "Frisco's Birmingham Ninth Avenue Yard" "The Fabulous Frisco in Springfield" is the title for Pat Hiatte's presention. He will look at how the railroad developed in Springfield and train service in 1914, 1954, 1964, and 1980 on the even of the BN merger. Pat started with the Frisco in St. Louis in 1974 and retired from the BNSF in 2009. He worked in corporate communications his whole career. Over his 35 years with the railroad he also worked in Springfield, MO; Billings, MT; Overland Park, KS and wound up in Ft. Worth, TX. The session will conclude with a Round Table Discussion facilitated by Pat featuring several retired Frisco employees including Tom Buyan, engineer; Joe Felin, equipment operator; Bill Houser, brakeman/conductor/engineer; Tommy Pike, machinist; Jerry Sanders, engineer; Gary Smith, machinist and Steve Taylor, car man. A similar round table was the highlight of the 2011 Convention in Springfield. At 3:00pm the Railroad Historical Museum in Grant Beach Park will be open until 5pm (weather permitting). This is where the Frisco's 4524 steam engine is located along with several cars, a caboose, mini-depot and lots of railroadiana. You can get more details when you talk with John Wollard, president at the museum booth during the show. Ron White has offered to host an operating session for 10 to 12 people who will let me know in advance. Starting time will be in the 4-4:30 time period. Directions to his home will be provided at the conclusion. If you are interested in learning more about operations be sure to sign up. There is a limit to the number of people that can participate. In addition to the clinics the Train Show will feature 150+ tables, hopefully with just the bargain you've been looking for. There are 12 modular model railroads scheduled plus activities for young and old like Train Simulator, Switching Challenge, Chief Whistle Blower, Kiddy Train ride, door prizes and food. This is a family event so save the date and plan to bring the kids. Room reservations are optional. The University Plaza is across the street from the Expo Center, 417-7333, rates range from $109 to $129 for Saturday. The Holiday Inn Express is 3-4 blocks east at 1117 E. St. Louis St. Their rates begin at $99.84. 417-862-0070.