2014 WP Historic Convention Update

We’re working our tails off getting some last minute details squared away, but we can now give a first look at the clinic line-up for this year’s convention…





Historic Images from the Roger Hepkema collection                       

Modelling the Zephyrettes by David Epling — Modelling and history of the WP’s RDC-2s           

Gould’s Beachhead by Eugene Vicknair — A look at the Boca and Loyalton Railroad and its impact on the WP       

WP’s San Francisco Detours – from the Ken Meeker collection, edited by Wayne Monger — WP trackage rights trains on the Southern Pacific            

SN and TS before and after the UP merger by Dave Stanley

plus a show TBA



Potash Trains on the WP by Wayne Monger

Tidewater Tour by Ken Rattenne — A look at the Tidewater Southern following the merger

Virgil Staff Films from the FRRS Archives               

The Western Pacific and a Lost Opportunity: the Sacramento Northern Railway by Stuart Swiedler — A discussion of the Sacramento Northern   

72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade by Dale Sanders — Overview of the WP from 1972-1982      

Riding the WP 1945 and 1948 by Bob Sims — touring the post war WP from on board the Feather River Express


In addition to the clinics and presentations, we can also announce that advance copies of 72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade, by Dale Sanders, Dave Stanley, Ted Benson and Dick Dorn, published by White River Publications, will be available for review and (most) of the authors will be on hand to discuss the book.  This will be one of the first public looks at this eagerly anticipated book.


There are still openings for the layout tours and operations at Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Richmond and Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society in Napa (free), as well as the Sunday morning breakfast and tour at the Western Railway Museum (extra fare).


Our raffle prize pile also continues to grow.  Prizes have been donated by the Napa Valley Wine Train, Kadee Quality Products, Signature Press, Woodland Scenics, the WPRM Museum Store, the FRRS Archives and others.


Please join us in Fairfield, August 15-17, 2014.  For more information or to register, please visit http://convention.wplives.org


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Director and Secretary for the FRRS. Manager of the Zephyr Project. Funding Chair for FRRS. Vice-President of Driven Innovation LRV, a professional design firm.
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