Pacific Railroad was not the largest of the Western Class-One
railroads. It wasn't formed until 1906, with completion in
1909. However, operating in the shadow of giants like the
Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and the Union Pacific, the relatively
young WP had to work that much harder to survive. Thanks
to the tenacious spirit and dedication of its employees, the WP
rolled on in the face of occasional adversity with a spirit,
humor, and culture that made them a legendary figure in the
annals of railroading. Come celebrate with us at our
annual WP Historical Conventions. These conventions
feature clinics and presentations on models, prototype
equipment, lines and structures as well as the people that made
the WP famous. A large banquet with guest speaker rounds
out the weekends festivities on Saturday evening.
“Celebrating the WP Family”
2014 WP Historical Convention
August 15 – 17, 2014
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn - located in
2014 Convention Schedule
the 2014 Western Pacific Historical Convention
Historic and Modeling Clinics
Archive and Photo Exhibits
• Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
Special Western Railway Museum Tour
• Layout Tours and Operations
Vendors and Special Guests
• Modeling Display and Competition
Saturday night Banquet and Guest Speaker
• Book premiers and Author signings
Ever Popular Raffle!
• Presentations include: WP’s Final Decade, Potash
Trains, SF Detour Operations and more!
- don’t forget to enter our model exhibition and
contest. Bring your WP / SN / TS / CCT / OT / ABL /
Also, there will be layout tours and operations
on Friday and Sunday! Remember to sign up when
you register by emailing us at
SPECIAL EXTRA FARE EVENT
on Sunday at the Western Railway Museum! Enjoy a
catered breakfast with exclusive ride and tours.
Pre-Registration ending August 1, 2014:
• Combination Fare (convention and banquet): $80 for
FRRS members, $85 for BAERA members, $90 for non
• Convention only: $40 for FRRS members, $45 for
BAERA members, $50 for non-members
• Banquet only (available until August 1): $55
• Convention only after August 1 until August 13:
$45 for FRRS members, $50 for BAERA members, $55 for
• Convention only at the door: $50 for FRRS members,
$55 for BAERA members, $60 for non-members
charge for non-rail spouses to attend the
convention, but they need to be registered and have
paid fare to attend clinics, banquet and some
Bay Area Electric Railway Association and
wishing to join the Feather River Rail Society
can receive a 1 year Active membership for $25 more
over cost of any BAERA /non-member fare.
This is a 50% discount over regular Active
membership. As a special bonus, current members
wishing to renew their Active memberships can also
do so for 50% off ($25 extra) when they register.
Western Railway Museum Tour
Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 9:45 AM at the Western Railway Museum.
Catered breakfast in the WRM picnic area.
1 hour interurban excursion ride using recently restored Holman-built Sacramento Northern 1005 combine (reserved exclusively for convention guests) and trailing SN 1020.
Guided tour of car barns and workshop.
Price includes WRM admission.
Limited to 50 guests. $36.00 Per Person
Banquet – Saturday evening, August 16, 2014
Note: The banquet registrations are now closed.
There is no charge for non-rail spouses to attend the convention, but they will need a paid banquet registration to attend the dinner.
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Thank you to the Bay Area Electric Railway
Association for being a valued partner in preserving
& presenting the history and the legacy of the
Western Pacific Railroad and its family of
Download & Mail in
to: WP Historic Convention
1500 Ellis Street, Apt. 53, Concord, CA 94520
Information on the Hilton Garden Inn - Fairfield,
Hilton Garden Inn
2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield, CA 94533
. Within walking distance of Town Center
shopping, restaurants, and nightlife
. Complimentary fitness center, resort-style
outdoor pool and whirlpool
. Complimentary WiFi and 24-hour business center
. Highly rated restaurant
Discount rooms available for convention-goers.
$40.00 discount if you mention booking code "WPHS".
Book your stay
Call (707) 426-6900 and tell them you are with the
Western Pacific Historic Convention (code: WPHS).
King and Double Bed Rooms are reserve priced at $119
+ tax until August 1.
Friday - August 15
Operations and Layout Tour at
Golden State Model
Railroad Museum - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - FREE
900 Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801 - use
registration form or sign up on-line, sign-up closes
Sunday - August 17
Western Railway Museum Breakfast and Tour - 9:45
AM - 1:15 PM - $36 extra fare
Catered breakfast in picnic area, exclusive ride on
newly restored SN 1005, guided workshop and museum
Limited to 50 participants - use registration form
or sign up on-line, sign-up closes August 12
- Operations and Layout Tour at
Napa Valley Model RR
Historical Society - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - FREE
Napa County Fairgrounds, 575 3rd Street, Napa, CA
94559 - use registration form, sign up on-line or at
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For more information,
co-chairs Eugene Vicknair & Wayne Monger.
Register here, on-line, at http://convention.WPLives.org
or mail payments to: WP Historic Convention 2014,
1500 Ellis Street, Apt. 53, Concord, CA 94520
Guest Speaker, Times, Clinic and Event Line-Up to be
More info will be posted here as it becomes