Updated 3-27-2017

 CEI 656

This is our 37th annual convention.

 It will be held in Mt. Vernon, IL on October 5-8, 2017.

Mount Vernon served as a southern Illinois center for manufacturing and agriculture. It was a connection point between four railroads, the C&EI’s Salem Subdivision, the MoPac’s Pinckneyville Subdivision, the Southern’s Louisville to St. Louis main line, and the L&N’s St. Louis to Evansville main line.


This event will be joint with the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Historical Society.

The MPHS invites the C&EIHS members to attend and celebrate our shared history and heritage. We hope to strengthen existing ties between our two societies and establish new friendships going forward.


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Venue: Drury Inn & Suites, 145 N 44th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864  

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Keynote Speaker on Saturday evening: Woody Sutton - Read biography 

Current Schedule (subject to change): Coming soon

Swap Meet Info: Click Here

Commemorative T-Shirt Info: Coming Soon

Current Overview: 

Presentations are always the core of our meetings. This year we have lined up some excellent presentations: 

• Tom Austin (MPHS): Joppa Subdivision (C&EI Operations Post-MoPac)
• Brian Banna (MPHS): MP/C&EI GP35s
• George Bogatiuk (SoundTraxx): Customizing Tsu2 Decoders for MoPac Diesel Operations
• Ed Bridges (CO&E Railroad): The Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad
• David Forbes (C&EIHS): C&EI Equipment — Hopper Cars
• Blaine Hadfield (ExactRail): ExactRail MoPac/C&EI Equipment offerings
• Jerry Michels (MPHS): The Coal Belt Electric
• Craig Ross (Bluford Shops): “I’d buy five!” — How Model Manufacturers Decide What to Make
• Rick Schroder (C&EIHS): The MoPac Arrives in Danville on the C&EI
• Norbert Shacklette (MPHS): Working in Mt. Vernon Area, a Railroader’s Perspective

There will be a time for displaying your MoPac and C&EI-related models. This will be similar to RPM meets wherein modelers display their models, whether finished or not, and share with others the knowledge and skills learned while working on these models. Please bring your models and show others what you have been doing. 

Over the next couple of months we will post the details of the individual meeting days on the www.mopac.org website and in The Eagle magazine. All members coming to this event are encouraged to attend Thursday through Sunday morning as we have presentations scheduled Thursday through Saturday. In addition on Saturday evening we will have a banquet with Woody Sutton, former Superintendent of the Illinois Division at Chester, as our keynote speaker.

There will be a separate charge for the banquet meal, price is yet to be determined. A tour of the recently rebuilt UP yard in nearby Salem, Illinois, is being scheduled for Sunday morning. If available, the UP 1982 conjunction with the yard tour. Additional information regarding the banquet and yard tour will be announced at a later date.

For those members bringing their spouses, we are working on several local attractions, such as Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, which they can attend during the convention. Please indicate when you make your reservation that you are bringing your spouse and include their name so that we have a good head count for tours, etc. There is no extra convention charge if you bring our spouse — your registration fee covers both of you.

At this years the annual membership meeting there will be elections for the following Board of Director positions; President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors 1 and 2. These positions are available to anyone who is a current MPHS member. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the MPHS or want more information on any of these roles, please contact president@mopac.org.