2015 Western Pacific Convention pre-registration ending

The final day for pre-registration for the 2015 Western Pacific Railroad Historic Convention in Elko, Nevada is tomorrow, April 18.

This is also the last day to register for the Saturday night banquet and the special Nevada Northern charter excursion and tour.
The convention will be held April 24-25, 2015, at the Red Lion Inn in Elko.  The Nevada Northern event is Sunday, April 26.
Convention goers also get a special discount admission to the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, and a chance to sign up for small group tours of the UP Elko Yard.
Presentations at this year’s convention include histories of the Nevada Northern and the McCloud River and the relationship those roads had with the Western Pacific, a look at the history and modelling of WP’s SW1500s, details of the WP’s construction in the Flowery Lakes area of Nevada, remembering the end of Sacramento Northern’s electric operations, a look at the Deep Creek Railroad, a clinic on model weathering and films from the Virgil Staff collection, as well as personal histories from former WP employees.
Please join us for a great time in Elko!
Discount rooms are still available at the Red Lion for convention attendees.  Discount room rates also end tomorrow.
To register on line, go to http://convention.wplives.org
Eugene Vicknair
2015 WP Convention Chair
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2015 Western Pacific Convention update

Here is the preliminary clinic / presentation schedule for the 2015 Convention in Elko, April 24-26, 2015

2015 WP Historic Convention Clinic and Event List
date time presenter title topic
Friday 10:00 AM Registration / Info Table / Vendor Room Opens
Friday 11:45 PM Doors open
Friday 12:00 PM Introduction
Friday 12:15 PM TBA TBA
Friday 12:35 PM The California Zephyr – 67-68 Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
Friday 1:10 PM Harry Baynes Reminisces of Working for the WP Harry Baynes shares his experiences of working for the Western Pacific
Friday 1:45 PM BREAK
Friday 2:15 PM Mark Bassett – Executive Director NNRy Museum The Nevada Northern and the Western Pacific A look at the history and interaction of the Western Pacific and the Nevada Northern Ry
Friday 3:20 PM Western Pacific’s SW1500s History, operations, preservation and modelling of the WP’s last switchers
Friday 4:45 PM Vendor and Exhibit Room Closes
Saturday 9:00 AM Registration / Info Table Opens
Saturday 9:30 AM Doors Open
Saturday 10:00 AM Introduction
Saturday 10:05 AM Wayne Monger Flowery Lake Pass Tunnel (#43) – Construction and Shoo-fly WP’s construction in the Flowerly Lake Pass area of Nevada
Saturday 11:05 AM The Western Pacific East End Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
Saturday 12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
Saturday 1:30 PM Jeff Moore The Feather and the Bear – the Western Pacific and the McCloud River Railroad History of the relationship between the WP and the McCloud River Railroad
Saturday 2:10 PM Bill Meeker Whether to Weather Model railroad weathering clinic
Saturday 2:45 PM BREAK
Saturday 3:10 PM Eugene Vicknair Western Pacific’s Deep Creek Railroad – The Loneliest Line A history of the Deep Creek Railroad
Saturday 3:50 PM Matthew Vurek and Edward F. Graham Last Days of the Sacramento Northern Electrics A look at the end of SN’s final electric operations
Saturday 4:30 PM BREAK
Saturday 4:45 PM Vendor and Exhibit Room Closes
Saturday 6:45 PM keynote speaker: Michael Kessler, former WP employee Western Pacific Banquet
Sunday 7:30 AM Nevada Northern Excursion and Tour
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CREW TRAINING: April 11-12

Just another reminder that the first crew training this season is in 11½ hours.

Location:  Silver Plate dining car, located at the west end of the diesel shop.

Time:  09:00 to 15:00

It is recommended that you bring a pen and/or pencil.

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2015 Western Pacific Historic Convention update

The Convention in Elko, NV is coming up April 24-26, 2015

We have extended the pre-registration deadline for the convention, and the deadline for the banquet and the Nevada Northern extra fare trip.

The new deadline is Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Please visit http://convention.wplives.org for on-line registration or to download registration forms.  (note the forms currently have the old deadline on them, but the website has been changed)  Mailed registration postmarked by April 17, 2015 will still be accepted.

Also, we are finalizing details for the Elko Yard tours and should be posting those soon.

See you in Elko!

Eugene Vicknair

2015 Convention Chair

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The 2015 Board of Directors Elections have been postponed.  This is due to a legal action taken against the FRRS by FRRS members, James Mason, Robert Reininger, Bill Meeker, and Debra Baer.  Once this issue is settled, a new date for the election will be posted.  Please check our regular website http://www.wplives.org for more details and explanations.

I will post more facts regarding this as soon as I can.

On better news, the WP Convention is coming together for Elko.  Please attend if possible.

Crew Training will be this weekend (5/11).  If you are interested in becoming a member of our operating department, this is the time to attend and begin the qualification process.  We always welcome new and returning members to this vital part of the Museum.

You should have received the latest version of the Train Sheet in the mail or by e-mail.  It has new information regarding the archives and other interesting articles.

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New Addition to WP Convention events

It looks like we may have the opportunity to have small groups receive a guided tour of the Elko Yard and get history on the line change around Elko.

We are still finalizing details, but if you are interested and will be attending the convention and would like to be updated on the tours, please email me at eugene.vicknair@gmail.com.

And we are still taking registrations!  Come join us in Elko on April 24-25 for the shows and the banquet, then April 26 in Ely on the Nevada Northern!  (Nevada Northern is an extra fare event)

For more details and registration information, please visit http://convention.wplives.org.

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More Convention Information!

And now some updates on the 2015 Convention in Elko, NV.

Our guest speaker will be Mike Kessler, retired WP engineer.  Mr. Kessler grew up in Carlin, NV and hired out in Stockton in 1972.  He spent a lot of time working the Highline and the East End of the WP.  He has some great stories and details to share about working the railroad and is also looking to bring some other WP friends along to share their stories.  Should be a great banquet!

We have seats still available for the Nevada Northern excursion and tour!  As mentioned, this will feature a 90 minute STEAM POWERED excursion to Ruth with a photo run-by, plus catered lunch (chicken and beef philly style sandwiches, salad, extras and beverages, plus dessert) and the yard / shop tour.

The following shows / clinics are scheduled for the Convention:

. Nevada Northern and the Western Pacific – by Mark Bassett, NNRy Museum Executive Director

. Western Pacific East End and California Zephyr films from the Virgil Staff collection

. Last Days of the Sacramento Northern Electrics – by Matthew Vurek

. The Feather and the Bear, the Western Pacific and the McCloud River Railroad – by Jeff Moore

. Flowery Lakes Pass – Tunnel Construction and Shoo-Fly – by Wayne Monger

. The Loneliest Line, Western Pacific’s Deep Creek Railroad – by Eugene Vicknair

. Whether to Weather, model railroad weathering clinic – by Bill Meeker

plus we will have a presentation by a retired WP conductor currently volunteering with the Nevada Northern museum on East End operations, and we have a couple more special presentations in the works….

The raffle has received some great prizes from various vendors including Pentrex, Kalmbach, Broadway Limited, Kadee and others.  With the positive response we received from last year’s “Vote by Raffle Ticket” for next year’s convention location, we will be doing it again this year.  The candidates will be Lodi (Central California Traction territory) and San Jose (WP branchline).

We want you to be there with us in Elko!  If you still need to register, go to http://convention.wplives.org and either register on-line or download the mail in form.  If you have questions, please contact 2015 Convention Chair Eugene Vicknair at eugene.vicknair@gmail.com.

Thank you and see you in Elko on April 24-25!

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