MENDOTA - The Burlington Route Historical Society (BRHS) will hold their national annual fall meeting in Mendota on Saturday, Nov. 2. The purpose of the BRHS is to preserve the history of the Burlington Route and its predecessors including the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad, otherwise know as the CB&Q. This is significant for Mendota since Mendota did not exist until the CB&Q and the Illinois Central Railroad met at this location in 1853.
The meeting will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mendota Civic Center on Saturday. There will be a “swap meet” featuring many vendors from across the country offering varied items for sale including railroad photographs, documents, operating models of various gauges, and railroad artifacts such as china, badges and locks. Public admission to the swap meet is free.
Also on Saturday for more serious rail fans, a $50 registration fee (as space allows) will give admittance to “clinics” between noon and 4 p.m. in which rail experts or former employees will share their knowledge of railroad subjects.
Registrations can be made at the door, space permitting.
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