FRRS members and non-member fans of the WP, please join us for the joint
SP&S and WPRRHS 2011 Convention
Bend, Oregon
- May 19th through 21st, 2011

The SP&S Railway Historical Society and Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society (WPRRHS)/Feather River Rail Society (FRRS) invite you to attend first-ever joint WPRRHS historical and modeling convention in Bend, Oregon, Thursday May 19th through Saturday, May 21st, 2011.


Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center
3075 N Business 97
Bend, OR 97701

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Additional Information

Event Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday May 19, 2011
10:00AM Keddie, California Tom Lawler
11:00AM Construction of the WP - Oroville to Keddie Wayne Monger
12:00 noon - 1:30PM Lunch  
1:30PM High Line Freight Cars Thom Anderson
2:30PM Oregon Trunk Train Wrecks Bruce Barney & George Hardy
3:30PM Construction of the WP - Keddie to the Nevada State Line Wayne Monger
4:30 - 7:00PM Dinner  
7:00PM Central Oregon Timber Industry Todd Schwenk
8:00PM City of Prineville Railway Bruce Barney
9:00PM Where the heck are we? SP&S and WP location quiz Duane Cramer

Friday May 20, 2011
8:30AM Meet Busses for CoP Excursion  
7:00PM Analysis of freight car traffic on the OT Allen Rueter
8:00PM WP Modeler's Story Tommy Holt
9:00PM The Oregon Trunk in the Late 60's to Early 70's Bruce Barney

Saturday May 21, 2011
9:30AM Two film shorts from 1954 and 1955 Norman Holmes
11:00AM The Past, Present and Future of Brass Models Ed Austin & Bill Seifert
12:00 noon - 1:30PM Lunch  
1:30PM Just some good WP pics and stories Kirk Baer
2:30PM Railroad Passes Tom Lawler
3:00PM Building of the Oregon Trunk Railway - from the Walt Grande Collection Duane Cramer
6:00 - 8:00PM Banquet  
8:00PM Logging Railroads in the Bend Area (banquet presentation) Martin Hansen

Note that you do NOT need to be a SP&SHS or FRRS member to attend the convention and/or banquet. Anyone with an interest in the SP&S and/or the Western Pacific is welcomed!


Deluxe Fare Ticket (includes banquet): $80.00 per person* (Pre-registration is now closed)
Convention only: $40.00* (Pre-registration is now closed)
Banquet only: $46.00* (Pre-registration is now closed)
Convention only (on-site registration) $40.00 (available at the door, banquet not available day-of)

There is no charge for non-rail spouses to attend except for the banquet.

Friday excursion on the City of Prineville Railway behind Mount Emily Shay No.1!

On Friday, May 20, 2011, the City of Prineville Railway is hosting a private excursion for convention guests on their 18-mile line that connects with the BNSF main near Redmond, OR and makes a scenic run, much of it along the beautiful Crooked River, to the City of Prineville, OR. The train will be pulled by Mt. Emily Shay No. 1. The cost of the trip includes bus transportation from the hotel to Prineville Junction, the train ride, a tour of the City of Prineville Railway shops, a pizza lunch, and bus transportation back to Bend. A stop at the restored Bend depot is also being planned. The cost of this trip will be $55.00 per person.

Saturday Banquet and Presentation

The Mount Jefferson Dinner Buffet at the Riverhouse Hotel is well known among Bend locals and visitors alike for its exceptional taste and quality. The buffet meal at the banquet will feature the following;

- Tossed Mixed Field Greens Salad Bar
- Dinner Rolls and Butter
- Caesar Red Potato Salad with Bacon and Green Onions
- Marinated Mushroom Salad

Entree Choices:
1. Marinated and Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast with a Wild Forest Mushroom Sauce
2. Grilled Salmon
3. Slow Roasted New York Sirloin Strip

Choice of Starch (subject to change):
1. Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Herb and Garlic Red New Potatoes
2. Sun Dried Tomato Basil Risotto
3. Rice Pilaf Blend

- Garden Vegetables
- Chefs' Sweet Table - A Decadent Selection of Cakes and Pie
- Dinner will be served with Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and Assorted Herbal Teas

There will also be a no-host bar at the buffet.

Our keynote presentation at the Saturday night banquet will be announced shortly.

A final count of all meals ordered must be given to the hotel on May 6th, the registration deadline.

All profits from convention registrations go directly to the Arthur Walter Keddie Railroad Library
at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

A. W. Keddie Library

REMEMBER, pre-registrations MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 6, 2011

Pre-registration for the convention is now closed. Walk-in tickets are available for the convention only (no banquet) at the door.

A small block of rooms have been set aside by the hotel for May 18th thru May 21st. The room rate is $105.00 Single/Double. The room blocks are only held until April 15th. A hot breakfast buffet is included in the room rate.

Convention attendees must CALL the local hotel number and mention the "SP&S & WP Historical Societies 2011 Convention" to get this group rate. Online registration using the group code is not available this year. To book by phone, please call the Riverhouse hotel. This special room rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to room availability and does not include applicable taxes.

Convention guests are encouraged to stay at the Riverhouse. The hotel is situated right along the Deschutes River and has some great amenities. Discounted golf will even be offered to attendees. There is a very nice on-site restaurant but there are also many very nice dining establishments within walking distance.

For more information please contact 2011 WPRRHS Convention Chairman Tom Lawler:



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