2022 Western Pacific
Historical Convention

SureStay Plus Reno Airport Plaza Hotel
Reno, Nevada


“Celebrating the Western Pacific Family”
May 12 - 14, 2022 - Thursday, Friday, Saturday
PLUS special Sunday May 15 events at the
Western Pacific Railroad Museum - Portola
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.


  • Historic and Modeling Clinics
  • Archive and Photo Exhibits
  • Rare Films from the Virgil Staff Collection
  • Fundraising Prize Raffle
  • Vendors and Special Guests
  • Model Railroad Tours
  • Saturday Night Banquet Speaker: former WP trainman Tom Hervey

Saturday Night Banquet Speaker: former WP trainman Tom Hervey

Our Saturday Night Banquet Speaker, Tom Hervey, plans to share his first week on the WP and the B & L Local. He will tell us about the Reno Local when it originated out of Portola and then some experiences leading up to the UP merger and aiding of the City of Portola in helping to secure the property for the FRRS in their early years.

Thomas K. Hervey began his railroad career in Los Angeles in 1964 when he hired on as a switchman for the Southern Pacific. In 1971, he came to Northern California and hired out for the Western Pacific as a conductor and trainman working out of Portola. He would remain through the merger and retire from the Union Pacific in 2007.

While living in Portola, he was elected to the city council as a write-in candidate in 1978, becoming Mayor Pro Tem in 1979. Following the city election in 1980, he became Mayor and served in that position until 1984. Mr. Hervey was Mayor when the FRRS was formed and he signed the initial lease for the Portola Diesel Facility on behalf of the city of Portola, allowing the creation of the Portola (now Western Pacific) Railroad Museum. The city held the lease on the property in those first few years until the FRRS had established itself.

From 2007 to 2017, he worked for the California PUC Rail Operations and Safety Branch, retiring as an Associate Transportation Operations Supervisor. From 1965 until 1967 he also served in the US Army and performed a tour of duty in South Vietnam.

Mr. Hervey is a long time member and supporter of the FRRS and we are honored that he has agreed to be our special guest speaker for the 2022 Convention.

Presentations include:

  • UP 6900 Class Centennials on the WP
  • Train Wrecks and Derailments on the Western Pacific
  • Feather River Express
  • Freight Cars on the WP
  • Western Pacific's Enduring Reno Branch
  • Western Pacific Maintenance of Way (modeling) third in a series
  • Time Flies & the Feather Flows
  • Proto-freelanced WP Power
  • Guided Tour of H/A Web pages at WPLives.org
  • and more!

More information will be posted here as it becomes confirmed.

FRRS members and non-members are welcomed!
We hope to see you there!
Note for non-members who want to join the FRRS: Membership discounts ONLY valid when combined with Convention registration, please enter "NEW" for membership number when registering for the convention and pay the member fare.

Downloadable Convention Flier and mail-in registration form available: HERE!

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The hotel address is: 1981 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502
Reservation Code is: WPRM
Hotel Direct Reservation Telephone Number is: (775) 348-6370

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