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2018 Western Pacific Railroad Historical Convention

Salt Lake City April 19th-22nd


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WP EMD GP-7 713 working the Warner Branch local
"Where the WP Meets the Rio Grande"
April 19 - 22, 2018 - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Hosted by the DoubleTree by Hilton - located near the Salt Lake City Airport

  • Historic and Modeling Clinics
  • Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
  • Our Ever Popular Raffle!
  • Modeling Displays and Layout Tours
  • Archive and Photo Exhibits
  • Guided Tours at the WP / DRGW Depot
  • Vendors and Special Guests
  • Saturday night Banquet Speaker: Steve Lee
Presentations include: Early WP Passenger Service, WP Mixed Train Cars, Tooele Valley RR, WP modeling,
a photo trip across the Western Pacific and more! Watch the convention website for updates.

Early Registration fares ending April 1, 2018: FRRS members RGM&HS members non-members
     ComboFare (convention and banquet) $72 $75 $80
     Convention only $36 $40 $45
     Banquet only (available until April 1 only) $48 $50 $54
Pre-Registration fares April 2, 2018 ~ April 17:
     Convention only $40 $45 $50
Registration fares after April 17:
     Convention only at the door $45 $50 $55

Special Events
(Limited space for some)
  • Guided tours of the Denver and Rio Grande Western / Western Pacific Depot
    - Special tours by State Architect, times to be announced free / max 20 people per tour DRGW / WP Salt Lake City Depot - 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Model Railroad Layout Tours - Dates and times to be announced
  • Sunday - April 22
    - We are working on a possible special excursion to conclude the convention.

Special Guest Speaker Saturday Night - Steve Lee
Steve Lee is the former head of the Union Pacific Steam Locomotive / Heritage Program

  • MODELERS - don't forget to enter our model exhibition and contest. Bring your WP / SN / TS / CCT / OT / ABL and DRGW models.
  • Non-members wishing to join the FRRS can receive a one year Active membership for $25 more over cost of any 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. New members signing up can register for Convention as FRRS members.
  • Clinic and Event Line-Up and more information will be posted to this web page as events are finalized.
Final schedule of presentations subject to change.

Register on-line (below) or mail payments to:
WP Historic Convention 2018, 5643 Sonoma Drive, Apt. 1, Pleasanton, CA 94566


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EARLY REGISTRATION: Combo Fare: convention plus banquet
Available through April 1
  Convention only
Early Registration fare available through April 1 (then pre-registration fares apply through April 17)
  Banquet only
Available through April 1
MEMBERSHIP: FRRS Discount Membership
New or Renewal
2018 CALENDAR: WP Photo Calendar - convention discount
Supplies limited

Hotel Information
Information on the DoubleTree by Hilton - Salt Lake City Airport

DoubleTree by Hilton - Salt Lake City Airport
5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 - phone 775.786.3232
  • Located 2 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and 8.6 miles from Temple Square
  • Complimentary WiFi and 24-hour business center . On-site restaurant and bar / lounge
  • Free parking . Laundry service . Pet-friendly . Smoke-free
CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT - King bed rooms are reserved at a discount rate of $79 / night
This is a 40% discount on regular rates. To reserve, use the links below or call 801.539.1515 and tell them you are with the Feather River Rail Society convention.

To reserve a discount room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, CLICK HERE
~ Discount rooms available through March 31st, 2018 ~
Please note: The DoubleTree has a larger block of rooms for Thursday (Apr 19), Friday (Apr 20) and Saturday (Apr 21) evening blocked out than they do for Wednesday (Apr 18) and Sunday (Apr 22). If you try to get the discount for the Wednesday or Sunday night and the block is full, you will get an error message. If that happens, please contact Eugene Vicknair at convention@wplives.org so he can contact DoubleTree and get more rooms blocked for those days.

To download the Convention Flyer and Mail In Registration Form, CLICK HERE

Questions? Please contact Eugene Vicknair, 2018 WP Convention Coordinator, at convention@wplives.org