Welcome to the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society, An independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who's mission is preserving, disseminating and sharing the history of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad its predecessors, for the encouragement of accurate scale modeling of those railroads.

The mission of the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society is to preserve and disseminate historical information about the collective Rio Grande railroads for the benefit of our members and to others by creating and promoting fellowship and education among persons interested in the D&RGW.  Locating, gathering, preserving, interpreting and distributing information, documents, publications and other tangible items relating to the D&RGW



Shifting Prospector & Green Light Publication Schedules in 2018 
By RGMHS Webmaster
Sunday - February 25, 2018
We heard from several members they had delays in receiving The Prospector Volume 16, Issue 4 in the mail when they expected it.  Some reported getting it 3 or 4 weeks after we annouced it was mailed out. 

We discovered significant postal delivery delays with the USPS, mailing of 16-4 Prospector for both foreign and domestic members during the high postal volumes of the holiday window between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US. The decision was made to shift our publication schedule in 2018, a month to avoid a future Prospector distribution from landing in that time frame.  

The new quarterly publication schedule for The Prospector is now: January, April, July and October
The Green Light will be published: February, March, May, June, August, September November, December

If you questions or haven't received your V16-N4 of
The Prospector please contact membership@rgmhs.org


 We Welcome Our Newest RGM&HS Members!  - New Members since Prospector Volume 17, Issue 1

William Schlotthauser
Kim DeSpain
Joesph Lloyd

Society Publications:

Current Prospector
Volume 17, Number 1, 2018


The Prospector

The RGM&HS publishes The Prospector, is our professionally produced and beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine featuring the finest work of historians and other experts on all aspects of Rio Grande Railroad. There are available.  Dealer inquires on carrying our magazine are welcome.  You can contact membership@rgmhs.org for more details. 

The Green Light is the society's electronic newsletter delivered 8 times a year via e-mail is intended to provide society information not included in the four regular issues of The Prospector magazine.

Members will find news about the Rio Grande, general interest, products of interest like books, videos, calendars featuring the railroad.  The
Green Light also highlights Society initiatives to provide individuals interested in learning about the D&RGW with historical information like the Rio Grande Source Data project which contains original Rio Grande publications, timetables, equipment information and other materials sold by the society in our Company Store.

If you have a Rio Grande story idea or photos you want to share in The Prospector or Green Light can contact the editor editor@rgmhs.org we'd love to heard about it.  Submission guidelines can be found by clicking here

We make available for purchase the current and back issues of The Prospector from Volume 1 (2002) through the current issue in Volume 17 (2018), click the button to the left.

Current Green Light
Issue 02-18, February, 2018



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Help Our Authors!Help Our Authors!
Our authors do not necessarily have all the information, photographs, drawings, or other materials that you may have.  If you have material on one of the topics below, please contact the Editor and he will get you in contact with the appropriate author.
Future Prospector Articles & Authors
  • Short Fast Freights - Brian Holtz
  • Alamosa Operations - David Hunt
  • Leadville - Mark Hemphill
  • US Steel-Geneva Steel - Mark Hemphill
  • Rio Grande Interchanges Story - Brian Holtz
  • Cookie Cars - Chuck Conway
  • Wasatch & Jordan Valley Railroad - Josh Bernhard
Authors Wanted!
Your society depends upon volunteers who write the articles you enjoy.  Interested writers should contact:

Dave Lotz
RGM&HS Editor 
113 Magnolia Drive
Pooler, GA  31322

Membership: We invite you to join the RGM&HS and join over 600 other Rio Grande enthusiasts from all over the world by submitting your membership application.

Membership in the Society include a one year (4 issues) subscription to The Prospector, the official magazine of the Society, as well as a subscription to the Society's newsletter, the Green Light

If you prefer to pay by check, you can print out this Membership Application from the Company Store Make sure to include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number on the form. and mail payment to:

RGM&HS Member Services
P.O. Box 16474
St Louis, MO 63125 - 9998

To start a new or renew your membership on-line with a credit card or using PayPal click on one of the following buttons:

New Membership     Membership Renewal

If you have questions, you can e-mail the RGM&HS Business Office at membership@rgmhs.org.

RGM&HS Member News:

 We Welcome Our Newest RGMHS Members!  - New Members since Prospector Volume 16, Issue 4

William Schlotthauser
Kim DeSpain
Joesph Lloyd

Website Information

You'll have to excuse the all the construction work on the website. The Society has had to embarked on a complete redesign of our website with a new look and a new location RGMHS.ORG.

There are many changes planned for the website and on how the society will be providing the best experience to the wealth of D&RGW information online.  There will be also be new features like a revamped company store as well as integration with the society's media in Facebook and our Yahoo group

In the next couple of months you notice some features on the website will be unavailable temporarily while we work on the new look and reorganize some of the pages.  So please continue to pay the site a visit as the new look starts to takes shape. 

We'll post updates to the progress of the website below as well as periodically on the Society's Yahoo Group and Facebook page.

Current Website Updates
 On-Line Data Pages - 2/25/2018
  • The On-line Data pages are almost ready to online with several pages still being revamped as we finishing getting permission from the source authors and photographer to post information. 

If you have feedback, questions or a suggestion for the website as its develops, you can e-mail the  rgmhswebmaster@rgmhs.org


Denver & Rio Grande Western Logos used with the permission of Union Pacific Railroad

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