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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FRRS Spring Fundraiser

The FRRS’ Spring Fundraising Campaign is now in progress.  Members have received their donation letters recently and I have heard we are already seeing returns from it.

This campaign is very special as we are kicking off our first capital campaign aimed at a building.  In February, a steel building company approached us with an amazing deal on a 100′ X 200′ building that had been cancelled by another customer.  We were given a chance to acquire it at less than half of retail value, plus 10 years to pay with no interest and no storage fees.  And they even made modifications to the plans and building kit to suit our needs at no charge!  This is a tremendous opportunity that will give us not only storage for a good number of rolling stock items, but also space for displays showcasing materials from our archives.

In addition, we have two painting projects in the pipeline for this years: Central California Traction caboose 24 and Western Pacific SW1500 1503, the last switcher acquired by the WP.  Assisting us in these projects are retired members of the Union Pacific Steam Crew who bring a lot of experience and historic knowledge to ensure these pieces get the best of care.

We’re also moving ahead with the property fencing project started last year.  While not a project that gets many people excited, this critical improvement to our property will help protect all our collections as well as our members, volunteers and guests.  (And maybe ensure that Steve Habeck doesn’t get any more lunches stolen by bears!)

WP 0-6-0 165 has also been seeing a lot a specialized work as she moves closer to operation.  We’re in the details part of that project and your support is needed.  Steam locomotives run on three things: fuel, water and funds.  Help return WP steam to life!

To help support the FRRS and the preservation of the archives, facilities, rolling stock and artifacts, please consider a gift today.  Donations received in this campaign will be split between the building fund and general funds / projects.

You can donate via mail at FRRS 2015 Spring Fundraiser, P O Box 608, Portola, CA  96122, or via PayPal donation at http://donate.wplives.org.

Thank you for supporting the Western Pacific!

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