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45th Anniversary Convention  

June 18-24, 2023  



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2023 Convention Engine
2023 Convention Loco

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Order in the BTO Store shipping in the spring of 2023

You are cordially invited to attend the...
45th Anniversary celebration!

The BTO Club returns to Lancaster County, PA!

More Info from Convention Chair, Marshall Adams

In the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish
Make yourself at home in one of the 125 air-conditioned rooms featuring microwave, desk, coffee maker and more. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, with cable programming available for your entertainment. Housekeeping is provided daily. Dip into one of the 3 indoor & outdoor pools or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a fitness center. The hotel also features an arcade/game room, coffee shop, free Wi-Fi access, free self-parking and more.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant next door, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack to go at the bakery.
The Bird-in-Hand Family Inn is part of the Bird-in-Hand family of properties. The Smucker family invites you to create great memories while you get to know our village, taste the farm-fresh goodness of its bounty and experience the tradition of hospitality and good food that has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Bird-In-Hand Family Inn - Reserve Now
They are ready to take your reservation. No charges until the Convention but the hotel is already filling up with visitors to Amish Country PA for next year's vacation.
Reservations - 800-537-2535, Request BTOC rates
$139 per night double
$158 per night triple
$177 per night quad
Breakfast buffet included, Free parking

45 Years Havin’ Fun Runnin’ Trains All Aboard Party!
Join the Big Train Operator Club for beer, wine and snacks at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, as we start our 45th anniversary celebration. Renew old friendships and make new ones. Watch the trains run, wander the convention room, check out the vendors, cast your vote in the Al Lentz Contest, get your raffle tickets and more! Enjoy!

Special Goody Bag Item - Take a seat
The first 50 Convention Registrations that attend will receive this custom folding chair dedicated to our 45th year of
Havin’ Fun Runnin’ Trains
Goody Bag ChairClick to enlarge  

  • Joe Hylva Memorial Trivia Contest - Enter the “World Famous” BTOC trivia contest and test your general train knowledge against other club members, with a chance to win great prizes!
  • Drag Races will be here again this year with some exciting changes
  • Al Lentz Award Contest - Show off your modeling/kit bashing skills or enter any G-scale related item, and win a prize! Winner chosen by popular vote of members.

    • Free Goody Bag for the first 50 (1 per Registration)
    • Clinics
    • Nightly Raffles
    • Convention Room
    • Farewell Banquet featuring a Pennsylvania Dutch Buffet
    • Special door prize for all registered members
    ...and much more!

Havin' Fun, Runnin' Trains for 45 years

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