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50th Anniversary Convention Blog - #LCCA2020

4/20/2020 - LCCA Cancels the Omaha Convention due to the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic and the threat it poses for our members.  This virus has affected so much of our lives in just a few months.  Our 50th Anniversary Convention was just one of many.  We now look forward to meeting again in Scranton, PA in July 2021 where we will build on the work put into the 50th Convention and couple that with so much more in Scranton.  See you there!  To read the cancellation notice, Click Here

- LCCA announces a 2nd hotel in Omaha for attending members!  To accommodate all the members who wish to attend the Omaha Convention, the LCCA has contracted with the neighboring Doubletree Omaha Downtown Hotel.  This hotel is a short way from the Hilton - offering rooms at $127 with free shuttles to the Hilton.  For more information Click Here.  Remember #LCCA2020

- Omaha is a favored destination for our members - with registrations at a record pace.  A few tours have been sold out and the LCCA is working to see if our venues can handle more folks.  Stay tune for tour updates.  The Host Hotel has said our room block is filling up, so if you plan on attending, be sure to book a room.  Remember #LCCA2020    

To all those who have registered for Omaha and to all those members who plan on attending, the leadership of the LCCA looks forward to personally welcoming you to our 50th Annual Convention.  Attendance is expected to exceed recent conventions and if current trends continue Omaha might be among our most well attended convention.  Registration opened on February 12, and after a few missteps with registration and hotel issues, has been going smoothly.  Our members are finding that the $139 daily rate is well below the market price for this hotel in July.  The Hotel is filling up quickly, so if you are coming, be sure to register soon.  The Hilton corporate registration desk can be reached at 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or by calling the hotel registration directly at 402-998-3400.   Remember #LCCA2020

Omaha promises to be one of the LCCA’s best conventions.  With registration open only 13 days, we have had 187 members sign up to attend, and it is not yet noon.  To date, 51 trading hall tables have been sold.  Both numbers are far in excess of prior years.  While a few of the most popular tours have been sold out, there are still many tours and all the events and seminars still available.  If you are planning to attend, register for tours and hotel rooms quickly.  Remember #LCCA2020

- Home layout Tour 6 on Wednesday is now sold out and the tour is closed.  However, Tour 6 will be repeated with Tour 9 on Thursday.  Tour 9 is now open and will tour the same venues.  If this tour is of interest, reserve your seat quickly.  Remember #LCCA2020

- Daytime steamboat Tours 3A and 3B are now sold out and the last option for the steamboat tour, Tour 3C is now open.  This popular tour has a limit dictated by the venue and relatively few seats remain.  It is expected this tour will sell out.  If this tour is of interest, reserve your seat quickly.  Remember #LCCA2020

When registering for banquet dinners, each dinner choice is a separate selection.  If ordering two different dinner selections, be sure to order one and then go back and reenter banquet for second choice.  Remember #LCCA2020

- If you will be arriving prior to the convention or staying after the convention, specific room selection may be limited.  Be sure to inquire on options for pre and post convention stays.  Remember #LCCA2020.

- The phone number for reservations for the Convention Hotel, the Omaha Hilton, is 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) Hotel is located at 1001 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68102.  The room rate of $139.00 applies for rooms for 1-4 person occupancy.  This rate is effective 3 days prior and 3 days post convention depending on hotel availability.  Be sure to ask for the LCCA rate ($139) for rooms in the LCCA block - use Group Code LCC.  All members are entitled to the contracted rate of $139.  The hotel does offer discounted suites on its site, but these are OPTIONAL.  On Line Reservations can be made at Hilton's website -   Remember #LCCA2020

- Registration for the 50th Annual LCCA Convention will open online Tuesday starting at 12:01 AM Tuesday for those planning to attend the Omaha Convention.  Log on as a member and go to the store.  Some tours do have limited seating.  Hotel Registration will be posted at the same time.  Remember #LCCA2020

1/6/2020 - One of the many highlights of our 2020 convention host city is the Durham Museum.  Located in Omaha’s Union Station the museum offers a unique look at the history and culture of the region and its inhabitants.   Remember #LCCA2020

One of the most iconic places in Omaha, Nebraska is Kenefick Park.  Visitors are treated to not one but two great Union Pacific locomotives.  Proudly displayed in the park from the Union Pacific steam era is UP #4023, the unrivaled Big Boy!  And right next door is another beauty, this time from the diesel era, the UP Centennial #6900 a DDA40X.  Don't miss celebrating the LCCA's 50th Anniversary in America's heartland!  Join in the fun July 19 through 25, 2020!  Remember #LCCA2020

10/24/2019 - LCCA reveals its new Omaha Convention Logo for our 50th Anniversary Convention.  50 years!  A big deal really.  Looking back in time to 1950 when Lionel celebrated its 50th anniversary, they did so in style with the new in 1950 FA diesel in UP Yellow.  The LCCA builds on this legacy and for the club's 50th anniversary 2020 Convention logo uses the image of a similar iconic yellow UP engine, this time the infamous UP F3.  Reminiscent of Lionel's 1950 first production run, this engine heralds the gray nose.

The logo proudly states that it represents the LCCA visiting its host city, Omaha Nebraska and highlights this as celebrating our 50th Annual Convention.  The Golden Spike is a universally recognized symbol of railroading and especially relevant as we are coming off of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah.

The Omaha location was selected as our convention site as a tribute to our founder Jim Gates, who lives by in neighboring Perry IA.  This LCCA Logo will be used on all 2020 convention publications and web work and will become the LCCA 50th Anniversary Convention Pin in Omaha.  It is poised to be another in a long line of collectible pins celebrating our annual conventions.

9/23/2019 - The LCCA's Convention Planners recently visited our host hotel in Omaha for a Pre-Convention Site Survey.  This visit confirmed the quality of this hotel, its welcoming staff and pleasant surroundings.  This is a beautiful hotel, yet the lobby is getting a fresh facelift - It will be finished and ready to go when we arrive in July 2020.  It is not too early to start making plans for attending the 50th Anniversary LCCA Convention.  Please 'save the date'!.   We convene in Omaha the week of July 19-25, 2020.  Remember, this is the third week of July.  Beginning in February you will be able to register for the LCCA hotel room block and for convention tours and events.  Registration dates for the hotel, for tours and for LCCA events will be announced on the website and in The Lion Roars.  Remember #LCCA2020.

8/29/2019 - LCCA e-blast introduces Omaha to our members, provides some background about the city.  Click Here for Story 

8/4/2019 - LCCA announces that #LCCA2020 will be the hash tag assigned to find any and all Omaha convention details that are on the web.  Like any other hash tag, just type #LCCA2020 in your web browser and see what comes up.  With such a unique hash tag, most everything that you see will be LCCA related.  However the web is a vast place and a few references will not be for us.  #LCCA2020

7/26/2019 - LCCA announces at Reno Convention that the 50th annual convention will be held in Omaha Nebraska.  The celebration of the 50th anniversary will be a major event in the history of the club.  All members are encouraged to "save the dates" and meet in Omaha in 2020!