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Sunset Limited Contests

Houston, Texas     February 13-15, 2020

Show off your modeling, photography or arts and crafts skills by entering one or more of the LSR 2020 contests. It's easier than you think!

Click on the links below for contest entry forms, rules and other useful information. These documents are also available at: http://www.lonestarregion.com/node/6

Scroll down for information about the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club's Bob Dannenbrink "Open Loads" Contest, a fun and easy way to participate in the contest activities!

Contest entries will be accepted Thursday evening (Feb. 13) and Friday morning (Feb. 14). Check the Timetable (link above) for additional information.

LSR Contest Entry Form

Contest Entry Form

 LSR Contest Rules
Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts Rules

Model Contest Rules

Photo Contest Rules

LSR Judges' Score Sheet
Arts & Crafts

Judging Arts  & Crafts

Judges Modeling

Judges Photography

Additional Information
Tips For Completing Your Entry Forms!

Contest Entry Tips
NMRA Achievement Program Judging Guidelines

NMRA Judging Guide

The Bob Dannenbrink "Open Loads" Contest

Many LSR members remember Bob Dannenbrink's excellent clinics on open loads

Originally titled "Loads In - Empties Out", Bob gave the clinic at San Jac meetings, LSR conventions and at the Greater Houston Train Show several times. He grew embarrassed to present it so many times, but is was literally "back by popular demand". Modelers loved it!

Bob's wife Joyce donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Bob's equipment to the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club. What more fitting way to use the funds than to hold a contest in his honor featuring a type of modeling that he championed for so many years?

So go to your layout (or storage closet) and get to work! The rules are simple:
  • The Open Loads Contest is sponsored by the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club in honor of Bob Dannenbrink and is not available for NMRA Achievement Program judging.
  • The Open Load needs to be built by you or at least installed on a railroad car (as in a model of a tank, truck, earthmover, etc.) you bought to place on a flat or other appropriate car.
  • Any car that carries an Open Load is qualified for entry: flat, gondola, hopper, bulkhead flat, TOFC flat, COFC well car, etc.
  • Limit of three cars entered per contestant.
  • If you have a unique Open Load that you acquired built by others, bring it for display only. This contest is an exchange of ideas and techniques.
  • The Open Load is judged by popular vote only.
  • Original loads made from readily available materials seem to garner a lot of interest in this popular judged contest!
  • Finally, just have fun!
Prizes will be awarded: First Place, $100; Second Place $50; and Third Place $25.00.

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