Frisco Mini-Convention in Springfield, March 24, 2018

Discussion in 'Conventions and Meets' started by Ron Williams (RIP), Nov 13, 2017.

  1. pbender

    pbender Member Supporter

    It started in the 1980s era, and moved to the old dispatcher building on Commercial in the 1990s. It didn't go defunct until the early 2000s....
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  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Boy I sure wish I could come there and see you guys, one day I will. Would so much like to meet the folks that have conversed with over the years.
    Keep them going! I promise I will get there one day.
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  3. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

  4. Doors open at 9am. First clinic is at 9:45: Charlie Dischinger, 10am: Keith Robinson, 10:45: Pat Hiatte, 11:45: Charlie Dischinger, Lunch on your own (food is available at the show) 1:00pm; Ken McElreath, 1:45: Relive the Memories roundtable with six Frisco employees hosted by Pat Hiatte. 3-5pm Optional tour of the Railroad Historical Museum in Grant Beach Park including the Frisco 4524, depot and other assorted railcars.
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  5. Are you just planning to register at the door? Pre-registration ends on March 5.
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  6. Are planning to just register at the door? Pre-registration ends March 5.
  7. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Boy I wish I could be there, but we are not planning to be back in Missouri until maybe June or more likely September. Hate to miss it!

  8. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    I'm out. RR business has picked up, and I'm working 10.5 - 12 hr days. Won't be off in time to make the trip on Friday. Darn.

  9. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Oh, thanks for the heads up. Its been hectic around here. I will register as soon as I finish this post, if you can do it online, that is.
  10. They wont let you take the train to Springfield Andre?
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  11. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Monett's as close as we get... and I would need a "qualification" run before I could. :D

    Unfortunately, it's just not practical to attend this year.

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  12. Hi Chris, please call me about your clinic on the River Division. 417-839-3433. Thanks, Ron Williams
  13. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Badges received. Looking forward to meeting Frisco friends and see the presentations.
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  14. Same here. Will you have the Ford there Craig?(y)
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  15. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    No. Its not really that great up close. The guy I hired to do the body prep and paint let me down. So it looks good at 20 ft, not so great up close. There weren't any rust precautions taken, so now it has body cancer in the bed. Next time I'll do it myself or hire a pro.

    It still gets thumbs up on my daily commute and around town jaunts.

    Thanks for asking.
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  16. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Supporter

    Can anyone fill me in on parking? Anything close to the show? Looks like I might actually get to go!
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  17. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Tim, there is parking within 1/2 block of the building in almost all directions.
  18. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Enjoyed the event. Kudos to the OMRA for the overall event.

    Special thanks to the presenters:

    Keith Robinson, thanks for the insights on the tools and supplies of the trade.

    Chris Abernathy and Keith Robinson whipped together an interesting slide show on the River Division to sub for our friend Pat Hiatte.

    Ken McElreath presented an interesting and well polished case for modeling secondary yards for mid-sized HO layout operations.

    The roundtable was entertaining and at times, moving, as the Frisco Family shared their experiences from lives of service. Forgotten flaggers! Alligators! Runaway locomotives!!!

    Unfortunately, I missed the first presentation, but I'm sure it was good too.

    Congratulations to Steve for his model win. There was great competition, all of the models were outstanding.

    Thankful I got to meet Mssrs, Steve Hurt and his father Jerry, Keith Robinson, Ken McElreath, Charlie Dischinger and Ron Williams. Forgive me if I missed anyone.
  19. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Wow! Sorry I had to miss it.

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  20. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Could the presentations be posted or saved on this site?
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