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



Current Issue
Volume 16, Number 4, 2017


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, 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 16 (2017), click the button to the left.

Image result for railroad call boardThe Prospector


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
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 June, 2017

Stanley M. Beug Brian Lenge David Wiezer
Milt Braselton Herbert Miller  
Skip Christensen Donald Nelson  
David Corso Brian O'Donnell  
Charles Guthridge Anthony Popish  
Mickey Inmon Jimmy Ragland

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 being unveiled in the spring of 2017 as we near our convention in August.

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.

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

Current Website Updates
2017 Board of Trustee Elections - 9/10/2017
  • With the society's new website we now offer  Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society member an electronic alternative to casting a paper ballot for the Society's elections.   Members recieved an indivdual invitation via e-mail this week giving the option to cast votes in the 2017 Board of Directors Election here on the website instead of mailing the paper ballot.  Paper ballots were included in The Prospector - Volume 16, Number 3 mailing in late August 2017.  This election poll on the website is open for voting until November 1st, 2017. 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this please e-mail  membership@rgmhs.org

Company Store - 8/10/2017
  • 2018 Rio Grande Color Calendar by McMillan Publications The society is offers the 2018 calendar as a new item thru the company store while supplies last.  So don't miss out on getting your 2018 calendar before the new year.

  • Post WWII: Standard Gauge Freight Car Data Disk

  • We continue to revamp the Company Store. Some RGM&HS products and their availability will be temporarily unavailable for sale periodically as we make changes to the company store. Once the new company store is full operational members shopping the store will find an improved membership renewals process, expanded selection along with a better checkout experience.

 Members Only Pages - 8/23/2017
  • Both the On-line Data & Features pages are currently offline being revamped.  Data migration to the new website included for over 4000 links and pictures that the Society references on the website is complete. The availability of both pages will be temporarily unavailable as we make changes.  Once the new On-line Data and Features portions of the site is full operational they both will be available to current registered members of the Society.  Registered members will find an improved expanded sections of DRGW content curated by the Society for our members just in time for the 2017 Convention in Denver.

  • Features pages that highlight DRGW photos collections will be only later this summer in the new members-only page. These pages included:

    •  Otto C. Perry's DRGW photographs from the Denver Public Library System

    •  Mark Hall's Denver & Rio Grande Western in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's photo collections

    •  Dave Abeles's Remnants of the Rio Grande

(DRGW) Reference Pages - 7/26/2017
  • Reference page is currently offline being revamped.  .Its availability will remain unavailable as some of its reference content is being combined with On-line Data in the new Members-Only area. Some portions of the new Reference pages will be remain available for all visitors to quickly reference DRGW facts like Locomotive Rosters, Equipment Details, Paint Scheme history curated by the Society.  The plan is to have this back online in the new format later this summer.


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

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