News at the Top

uphs-logoNext year’s UPHS Convention will be held in Omaha, Nebraska June 4 through June 7, 2015. Click here for more information. UPDATED August 26, 2014 reb


The 2016 UPHS convention will be held in Sacramento, California July 24 through July 30, 2016.  Click here for more information. Posted on October 1, 2014


We are missing about 600 member e-mails for our UPHS direct e-mail list. Please click here for more information and details how to get your e-mail added to the list. Posted August 7, 2014  reb

uphs-logoThe UP Steam Shop has an update on the progress of re-building Union Pacific 4014.  Here is the link. Link posted on August 9, 2014

logo[1]For those of you in the Perris, California area, the UPHS is looking for volunteers to help out at Family Days at the Orange Empire Railway Museum on October 11, 2014.  Click here for more information.

Updated September 30, 2014 reb

Pre-Sale on Two New UPHS Products

The UPHS is proud to announce the pre-sale on two new products.

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The first product is a revised and expanded edition of the history of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company and its predecessors in Oregon, Washington and Idaho by Jeff Asay.

This new edition has nearly 500 pages and over 500 photographs. Over half of these photographs were not in the original edition and most have not been published anywhere before. For more information please click here.

Reserve your copy today at the UPHS members’ price of just $60 plus shipping. The non-member price is $70 plus shipping. This will be available in December for the published price of $85.00 plus shipping.  Click on cover to see bigger image. Go here pre-order your copy today.

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The second new pre-sale  product is the 2015 UPHS calendar.

The 2015 UPHS calendar is a thirteen month calendar with historic pictures by Rob Leachman, E.A. Burrill, William Kratville, Francis G. Gschwind, Lou Schmitz, Josef Brugger, Louis J. Gillotti, Neal Lutyens and Alex Mayes. It makes a great Christmas or birthday present. Purchase an additional copy to have an extra calendar for your office or train room.

PLEASE NOTE: This calendar is free with a UPHS Sustaining membership for just an additional $20 more than the cost of a Regular UPHS membership. Calendar is expected to ship with the fall Streamliner. To see all the images from the 2015 UPHS calendar and pre-order our copy of the 2015 UPHS calendar please click here.

Posted July 26, 2014 reb


BIG BOY and Other Sounds of the Union Pacific CD

CD Cover StoreThe Union Pacific Historical Society is proud to announce a new product for sale to its members.

“BIG BOY and Other Sounds of the Union Pacific” CD, a collection of 26 steam and diesel sound recordings from the late 1950’s, is now available at the UPHS Company store. The digitally re-mastered recordings were made trackside by noted photographer Stan Kistler in Utah and Wyoming in 1957, and in Nebraska in 1958. This CD combines tracks from two of his albums released on vinyl in the 1950’s with the addition of some previously un-released recordings.

Here are a few examples of the action captured by Stan’s sound equipment trackside. Please click on the link to hear the sound recordings. Click on the back arrow to return to this page.

1) UP Big Boy 4010 drifts into Cheyenne with an eastbound freight.
2) Union Pacific 2-8-2 number 2206 whistles through Archer, WY.
3) An 4-8-4 works a train through Grand Island, NE. 

The CD is priced at $15 for non-members and $12 for UPHS members, plus shipping and handling. So add this CD to your collection and support the UPHS.  Please click here to purchase your copy of this fine CD.

Updated July 7, 2014 reb

Thos R. Lee Passes

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December 8, 1933 – July 18, 2014

Thomas Lee, a founding member of the Union Pacific Historical Society and its first Treasure passed away Friday July 18, 2014.  Tom served on the UPHS Board of Directors from the inception until his retirement in 2011.  His tenure as Treasure was from 1985 until 1998.  He continued his UPHS support and work as Publication Committee Chairman and recently Chairman Emeritus.

When it comes to Kansas railroads and their history few can top Tom, especially the Union Pacific and the Rock Island.  He was born and raised in Manhattan Kansas within shouting distance of both railroads and watched a lot of changes run by.  From 7000 and 800 class passenger power, to M-10000 Streamliners, early E units, and the final years of the 9000 UP class locomotives.

He was an accomplished photographer with a large collection of railroad action all around Kansas.  He authored several books covering his favorites, the Rock Island and the Union Pacific.  For the UP his famous “Turbines Westward” has sold untold copies and his latest book “Union Pacific’s M-10000 and the Early Streamliner Era 1934-1941” published by UPHS in 2012, another success.  He had published many articles in the UPHS Streamliner magazine.  See Streamliner Vol. 21 Issue 4 for as good a eulogy as one could hope to present on Tom and his rail history memories and exploits.

Tom is survived by his long time wife, friend and companion Ann and two sons, Mike and Richard and their families.

Tom we will all miss you and wish you Gods speed on your next journey.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry Hochhalter

Fellow UPHS Board Member and friend

Posted July 21, 2014 reb

Two New Union Pacific Books

The Union Pacific Historical Society has added two new UP related books, not published by UPHS, to the UPHS Company Store.

844 book cover001 350The first book is “Building Union Pacific 844, The Birth of the FEF-3 Steam Class” by John E. Bush.

This book looks at newly-discovered information about the engine’s construction by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, N.Y., why it came to be built, and how it survived to become a “living legend” for Union Pacific. Includes 58 black & white illustrations. Cost: $19.95 plus shipping an handing. This book can be purchased here on at the UPHS Company Store.

undriving 350The second addition to the Company Store is “The Un-Driving of the Golden Spike” by Jeff Terry, Thorton H. Waite and James J. Reisdorff. 

This is the illustrated story of the un-driving of the Golden Spike in 1942 and the various personalities involved. It’s also the story of a century-long struggle to have America rediscover the significance of Promontory Summit, which culminated in the establishment of the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Includes 75 historic b&w photographs and one map. Cost: $24.95 plus shipping and handling.  This book is available now at the UPHS Company Store.

Posted on July 7, 2014 reb