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The 2020 LSR NMRA Convention
Lone Star Region NMRA
San Jacinto Model Rails
Texas Gulf Division LSR NMRA
National Model Railroad Association

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!

Entries and Popular Voting: Contest entries will be accepted Thursday evening (Feb. 13) from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday morning (Feb. 14) from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Convention attendees can cast their votes for Complete Train, Most Popular Model, Most Popular Arts & Crafts and the Dannenbrink Open Loads Contest (scroll down) during these same Thursday and Friday hours.

Final Viewing: The contest room will be open for final viewing Saturday (Feb. 15) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Entry Pick Up: Modelers can pick up their entries Saturday (Feb. 15) from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Entries left in the room after 3 p.m. may be moved and/or left unattended. While every effort will be made to keep the contest entries safe, the contest organizers and sponsors will not be liable for loss, damage, destruction or theft.

Check the Timetable link above for additional information and updates about convention activities.

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:
  • Open Loads contestants must be registered for the convention OR members of the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club. 
  • The Open Loads Contest is sponsored by the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club in honor of Bob Dannenbrink. The contest is not part of the convention's NMRA contest, but is held in conjunction with it.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 built or bought to place in or on a flatcar, gondola, hopper, COFC well car or other appropriate car designed to carry an open load.
  • Limit of two cars entered per contestant. You may bring additional open load cars for display only, if space is available.
  • The Open Loads Contest is judged by popular vote. Contest ballots will be included in the LSR convention registration packets.
  • Prizes will be awarded by San Jacinto Model Railroad Club: First Place, $100; Second Place $50; and Third Place $25.00. Winners will be announced when the LSR/NMRA contest winners are announced.
  • Contest entries will be accepted Thursday evening (Feb. 13) from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday morning (Feb. 14) from 8:15 a.m. to noon.
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