2021 TLR Convention Update

      The 2021 TLR Convention will be hosted in Bismarck, North Dakota next year, May 20 to 23, at the Ramada Inn, just off Interstate 94 in Bismarck, ND. The room rates are $89 per night for a double Queen room and $99 per night for a single King room.


       Bismarck is the state capital and is located in central ND, 2 ½ hours west of Fargo. It is situated on the Missouri River and was the launching point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as well as the westward push of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum is a great place to visit and is located near the state Capital building, which is one of a very few Art Deco style capital buildings. There is also the Dakota Zoo, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Fort Mandan, and Chief Looking’s Village Historic Site. Fort Hancock Historic Site is downtown and located along the BNSF/NP mainline. This is the location of the Fort charged with protecting the NP work crews as they advanced across North Dakota. It contains NP Q-3, 4-6-2 Steam Locomotive #2164.


       Current convention plans will have registration starting Thursday, May 20th with an open house at the State Railroad Museum. Unfortunately, our Open-pit Coal Mine tour and Drag-line tour have been canceled. The bus operator will no longer go there due to road conditions. We are looking into alternatives! There will be clinics Friday and Saturday, scheduled around any tours, with the banquet and Chinese Auction Saturday evening. Sunday will have the General Meeting followed by layout tours. There will be two operating sessions, one Friday evening and one Sunday morning. Space will be limited to 10 people per session. There are currently 4 layouts to tour. There are a lot of things to do in the area so plan some extra time to see all the sites, as well as the convention!