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The Western Pacific Railroad was not the largest of the Western Class-One railroads.  It wasn't formed until 1906, with completion in 1909.  However, operating in the shadow of giants like the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and the Union Pacific, the relatively young WP had to work that much harder to survive.  Thanks to the tenacious spirit and dedication of its employees, the WP rolled on in the face of occasional adversity with a spirit, humor, and culture that made them a legendary figure in the annals of railroading.  Come celebrate with us at our annual WP Historical Conventions.  These conventions feature clinics and presentations on models, prototype equipment, lines and structures as well as the people that made the WP famous.  A large banquet with guest speaker rounds out the weekends festivities on Saturday evening.


“Celebrating the WP Family”

2014 WP Historical Convention

August 15 – 17, 2014 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn - located in Fairfield, California

2014 Convention Schedule


Download the 2014 Western Pacific Historical Convention Schedule HERE



• Historic and Modeling Clinics

• Archive and Photo Exhibits
• Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection

• Special Western Railway Museum Tour
• Layout Tours and Operations

• Vendors and Special Guests
• Modeling Display and Competition

• Saturday night Banquet and Guest Speaker
• Book premiers and Author signings

• Our Ever Popular Raffle!
• Presentations include: WP’s Final Decade, Potash Trains, SF Detour Operations and more!


MODELERS - don’t forget to enter our model exhibition and contest. Bring your WP / SN / TS / CCT / OT / ABL / etc. models.

Also, there will be layout tours and operations on Friday and Sunday!  Remember to sign up when you register by emailing us at

SPECIAL EXTRA FARE EVENT on Sunday at the Western Railway Museum! Enjoy a catered breakfast with exclusive ride and tours.



Pre-Registration ending August 1, 2014:


• Combination Fare (convention and banquet): $80 for FRRS members, $85 for BAERA members, $90 for non members


• Convention only: $40 for FRRS members, $45 for BAERA members, $50 for non-members


• Banquet only (available until August 1): $55


• Convention only after August 1 until August 13: $45 for FRRS members, $50 for BAERA members, $55 for non-members


• Convention only at the door: $50 for FRRS members, $55 for BAERA members, $60 for non-members


note: No charge for non-rail spouses to attend the convention, but they need to be registered and have paid fare to attend clinics, banquet and some special events.

Bay Area Electric Railway Association and Non-members
wishing to join the Feather River Rail Society can receive a 1 year Active membership for $25 more over cost of any BAERA /non-member fare.

This is a 50% discount over regular Active membership. As a special bonus, current members wishing to renew their Active memberships can also do so for 50% off ($25 extra) when they register.


Active Membership

Active Renewal



Western Railway Museum Tour
Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 9:45 AM at the Western Railway Museum.
Catered breakfast in the WRM picnic area.
1 hour interurban excursion ride using recently restored Holman-built Sacramento Northern 1005 combine (reserved exclusively for convention guests) and trailing SN 1020.
Guided tour of car barns and workshop.
Price includes WRM admission.
Limited to 50 guests. $36.00 Per Person



Register On-line...

Fare Type: Convention Only
FRRS / BAERA member number

Banquet – Saturday evening, August 16, 2014 Note: The banquet registrations are now closed.

There is no charge for non-rail spouses to attend the convention, but they will need a paid banquet registration to attend the dinner.

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Fare Type
FRRS / BAERA member number


Thank you to the Bay Area Electric Railway Association for being a valued partner in preserving & presenting the history and the legacy of the Western Pacific Railroad and its family of subsidiary railroads.

Download & Mail in

2014 Convention Registrations...


2014 Convention Information

2014 Convention Registration

Mail to: WP Historic Convention

2014, 1500 Ellis Street, Apt. 53, Concord, CA 94520

Information on the Hilton Garden Inn - Fairfield, California



Hilton Garden Inn


2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield, CA 94533

. Within walking distance of Town Center

shopping, restaurants, and nightlife

. Complimentary fitness center, resort-style

outdoor pool and whirlpool

. Complimentary WiFi and 24-hour business center

. Highly rated restaurant


Discount rooms available for convention-goers.  $40.00 discount if you mention booking code "WPHS".  Book your stay HERE.



Call (707) 426-6900 and tell them you are with the Western Pacific Historic Convention (code: WPHS).

King and Double Bed Rooms are reserve priced at $119 + tax until August 1.



Friday - August 15

- Operations and Layout Tour at Golden State Model Railroad Museum - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - FREE

900 Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801 - use registration form or sign up on-line, sign-up closes August 14


Sunday - August 17

- Western Railway Museum Breakfast and Tour - 9:45 AM - 1:15 PM - $36 extra fare

Catered breakfast in picnic area, exclusive ride on newly restored SN 1005, guided workshop and museum tours

Limited to 50 participants - use registration form or sign up on-line, sign-up closes August 12


- Operations and Layout Tour at Napa Valley Model RR Historical Society - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - FREE

Napa County Fairgrounds, 575 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559 - use registration form, sign up on-line or at Convention


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For more information, Email Convention co-chairs Eugene Vicknair & Wayne Monger.

Register here, on-line, at

or mail payments to: WP Historic Convention 2014, 1500 Ellis Street, Apt. 53, Concord, CA 94520


Guest Speaker, Times, Clinic and Event Line-Up to be announced soon.

More info will be posted here as it becomes available.

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