2024 Western Pacific
Historical Convention

April 11-14 2024


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“75th Anniversary of the California Zephyr

Breaking News...
Banquet Speaker Announced: Chris Skow will share how he got hired on the WP and the discussions he had with Norm Holmes on the formation of the museum.

$20 day passes will be available on Friday and Saturday, see below for details.

The 2024 convention will be at the Feather Falls Casino and Resort in Oroville April 11-13, 2024. Registration is NOW OPEN - more information will be posted as it becomes available.


  • Archive and Photo Exhibits
  • Buffet Banquet Saturday Night
  • Fundraising Prize Raffle
  • Historic and Modeling Clinics
  • Layout tours Thursday and Friday after convention and Sunday early afternoon
  • Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
  • Saturday night Banquet Speaker: Chris Skow
  • Vendors and Special Guests

Layout Tours!


Three layout tours are planned for Thursday and Friday after the convention events and on Sunday early afternoon. Get the details when you register at the convention.

Presentations and special events to be announced! Watch this webpage for updates and banquet info.

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Confirmed presentations as of 4/3/24:

  • Chris Skow - Work Trains of the Western Pacific
  • Eugene Vicknair - Scanning and Retouching
  • Greg Elems/Alan Barrett - Tidewater Southern Freight Trains
  • Mark Freiberg/Larry Goss - Early 1980's WP with Greg Elems narration
  • Kerry Cochran - WP ACF 3-Bay Covered Hoppers
  • Dale Sanders - Railroads affected by the construction of the Oroville Dam
  • Jeff Asay - SN freight operation in the 1970's
  • Mark Bassett - WP and Nevada Northern worked together
  • Mark Bassett - WP tricked the Nevada Northern at Shafter
  • Jim Atkins - First Five years of service on the WP
  • Clair Phillips - CSRM
  • Stuart Swiedler - SN in Oroville
  • Gus Paoli - WP's interactions with the N-C-O
  • Shane Starr - N-C-O RR

Lake Oroville Visitor Center Tour
Sunday April 14, 2024
Lake Oroville Visitor Center Itinerary (Sunday 4/14/24)

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When discussing the car for the 2024 Convention, we decided on the ACF 3-Bay covered hopper. By using custom decals, you could model the car in the WP version or a fantasy version for the Sacramento Northern or the Tidewater Southern.

With some work this model can be modeled after the actual WP car # 11974 in our collection at the museum in Portola.


These cars were done by Kerry Cochran 2/24-29/24.

The car will be available to individuals (members or public) who are unable to attend the convention in person. The cars will become available when the convention closes.

If you are coming to the convention, order yours today.

Downloadable forms:



Updated - 5/27/24