2017 Western Pacific Historical Convention

"WP in the Biggest Little City"
May 4 - 7, 2017 - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Hosted by Harrah's Reno - located in Downtown Reno, Nevada


Train Photo


• Historic and Modeling Clinics • Archive and Photo Exhibits
• Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection • Restored V&T Excursion and NSRM Tour
• Party and Tours at WP / N-C-O Depot • Special WP Night at Reno Aces baseball game
• Our Ever Popular Raffle! • Vendors and Special Guests
• Modeling Displays and Layout Tours • Saturday night Banquet and Guest Speaker
Presentations include: Feather River Lumber, Oroville Line Change, Indian Valley Railway, modeling and more!

More information HERE!

Confirmed Shows as of 3/4/2017
The Feather River Lumber Companyby Dan Elliott - Plumas County Museum
Indian Valley Railwayby Eugene Vicknair
California Zephyr filmsby Warren Haack - Catenary Video Productions
Time Flies and the Feather Flows - WP Then and Nowby Steve Cope
Tesla, California, and the Alameda & San Joaquin Railroadby Dan Mosier
WPRM and the City of Portola: present and futureby Robert Meacher - Portola City Manager and Steve Habeck - FRRS President
More Shows added 3/15/17
Orange and Silver Days Gone Byby Keith Ardinger
WP's Oroville Line Changeby Kerry Cochran
The Story of WP Caboose 668by Katy Dickinson
Virgil Staff films 
...with more coming!  Including a special presentation hosted by
ESPN 94.5 radio personality and train fan Todd Bruso.


Kevin Caldwell
Thursday, May 4th 5 PM to 10 PM
Viewing session
Kevin's layout is the N Scale Squirrel Valley Railway Company, a 9' x 13' foot garage layout with plans for a lower deck.  The layout has many different sections (all in various degrees of construction, no formal scenery has been completed) that includes the mountainous Donner Pass, coal regions of DRGW Tennessee Pass, a freelanced brewery section, Southern California citrus region with yards, engine facilities and a passenger station.  A 6.5 coil helix has been constructed for the flight down to the proposed lower level.  All 66 turnouts and diamonds are handmade with Code 55 track.  The main era of focus is late 70s to mid 1980s and include the Western Pacific, Southern Pacific, ATSF, DRGW, UP, and his fictional Squirrel Valley. Squirrel Valley Yard

James Petro
Friday, May 5th 5 PM to 10 PM
Operating and viewing session
Jim's layout is HO scale and models the D&RGW in about 1955.  It is an operation oriented layout with several staging areas.  It starts with the Joint Line, south of Denver, has a large Denver area, then proceeds through Moffat tunnel and goes through Grand Junction.  Car movements are done with car cards.  The layout is dispatcher controlled with CTC and some ABS signaling. Jim Petro Denver Area
Jim Petro Photo 2

More presentation announcements to follow, as well as the reveal of our banquet speaker.  Also coming is a full itinerary for the Sunday excursions and tours.

Convention Registration Form to mail HERE!

Discounted Hotel Information HERE!

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Depot Mixer and Tours

Reno Aces Game and Dinner

V&T Excursion and NSRM Tour

FRRS Join or Renewal
(Convention Discount!)