High Country Conference Center

201 West Butler Avenue

Flagstaff Arizona 86001

928 523-9521

At an elevation of 7,000 feet, the High Country Conference Center (HCCC) sits on the Old Main Plaza of Northern Arizona University’s campus, just a half mile from downtown Flagstaff and the historic Amtrak Depot.

The first floor features the spectacular Peaks Grand Ballroom which is the venue for the Hobo Auction and the Saturday night Banquet.  The adjoining Drury hotel provides five spacious meeting rooms for Clinics, a Contest Room and Office space.  You can also enjoy the adjacent 1899 Bar & Grill and the patio out back for the Opening night Ice Cream Social.

Different from any Convention you have attended

The convention is uniquely different than previous conventions  since it has only two days of clinics. This clinic schedule features one clinic in each session on the convention theme of Steam to the Grand Canyon. This unique clinic will be of interest  to both rail and non-rail attendees.  Please reference the Clinic tab for a complete description of all available clinics.

Thursday is Hobo day at the convention.  The Hobo breakfast has been upgraded to a Hobo lunch, and then the Hobo Auction Thursday evening.

Friday offers an opportunity to tour the Grand Canyon Railroad engine facility and the Mikado 4960 fired up in preparation for the trip on Saturday.

Saturday is the Steam Train to the Grand Canyon.  This would be the highlight of any convention, but you get to experience it here!  The convention concludes with an awards banquet with speaker Dale “The Toy Man” Angell.  Come and enjoy his humorous take on the world of toys—especially trains!

 

Convention Schedule

Stay tuned since this schedule is evolving and improving for your convention enjoyment.

Wednesday --

  • 11:00AM - 2:00PM Layout Tourus available in Phoenix
  • Noon - 5:00 PM - check in, company store, FMRRC Layout Tour
  • 1:00 PM BOD Meeting
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 Kick-Back (Complimentary Evening Buffet w/ 3 free drinks for those staying at the Drury Hotel)
  • 7:00 PM - Welcome reception/mixer* - 1899 Patio --Ice Cream Social

Thursday --

  • 9:00 AM - 5:00PM 3 simultaneous Clinics, Local Tours, Contest Room
  • Layout Tours --
    • Williams - Mike Guinn HO/On30; Marvin Masson - HO
    • Flagstaff - FMRRC, HO;  J Lovely - HO/1:8; Larry Gibbs - HO
  • 11:30 AM - Hobo Lunch
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 Kick-Back (Complimentary Evening Buffet w/ 3 free drinks for those staying at the Drury Hotel)
  • 7:00 PM Hobo Auction

Friday --

  • 9:00 AM - 5:00PM 3 simultaneous Clinics, Local Tours, Contest Room
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon GCR shop tour
  • Layout Tours --
    • Williams - Mike Guinn HO/On30; Marvin Masson - HO
  • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Rail-fanning at the Flagstaff Visitor's center (Amtrak Depot)
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 Kick-Back (Complimentary Evening Buffet w/ 3 free drinks for those staying at the Drury Hotel)
  • 6:00 PM - Contest Judging

Saturday --

  • 8:30 - 4:00 PM - Grand Canyon Special Steam Train - Williams, AZ
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Awards Banquet, cash bar

Sunday --

  • 8:00 AM - Hobo Breakfast.  Location to be determined.
  • Layout Tours available in Prescott and/or Phoenix