News at the Top

uphs-logoCall for Nominations – The UPHS has three Board of Directors positions up for election this year. The three-year terms of Greg Gardner, Cate Kratville and Rob Leachman are expiring. Greg and Rob are standing for re-election, but Cate is leaving the Board due to her time and travel commitments as spouse of the editor of Trains Magazine. (We wish Cate well and thank her for her service on the Board!) So we will have at least one new Board member after the July convention. All three positions are for three years. If you are a member in good standing and interested in a leadership position in the Society, you are encouraged to fill out and mail in the nomination form contained in the following link.  Call for Nominations 2016 The link provides more information about the duties and responsibilities of a Board member as well as the nomination form, which must be returned to the UPHS Business Office in Cheyenne no later than June 10, 2016.

uphs-logoCalendar Call – The UPHS is seeking photos for use in our annual calendar. The calendar is a high-quality product not for sale. Instead, it is distributed to all Sustaining and Preservation level members of UPHS before the end of the year. Here is your chance to help out the Society in one of its yearly projects.

We are looking for high-quality, clean photos of Union Pacific subjects. Action shots, roster shots, and photographs of structures are all of interest.  Black & white prints, color slides, prints and digital images are all accepted.  Color slides must be scanned at a minimum of 3000 dpi. If you are going to scan prints, please do so at a minimum of 400 dpi.  Please include a brief description of each image submitted as well as the name of the photographer. Submitted material will not be returned and is kept by the UPHS unless special arrangements are made. The photographers of the images selected for the calendar will be credited in the captions.

Please submit photos for the 2017 UPHS Calendar no later than May 1st, 2016. You can submit images electronically to or alternatively submit them by US mail to: UPHS Calendar, Attn: Rob Leachman, 245 Estates Drive, Piedmont, CA 94611. [March 1, 2016]

Sacramento Convention – The 2016 Union Pacific Historical Society convention will be held in Sacramento, California July 27-30, 2016.  Details are taking shape and a preliminary schedule including a list of speakers is now available. Click here for more information and start making plans now to join us in Sacramento this summer! [February 9, 2016]


uphs-logoCompany Store – Starting January 1, 2016 we have a new Company Store website. Our informational web site remains the same. You can access the Store the same way as before, from our home page or from any of the links on the web site.

Because of the change in sites, you will have to SIGN UP as a member again at the Company Store site and fill in your shipping information. We are sorry to make you do this, but there was no effective way to move your data from one site to the other. After you have SIGNED UP, you also will have to send an email to and ask to be put on the members list. When you return to the site, please LOG IN at the top, so that your member pricing will show. If you LOG IN at the end, you will get the member prices, but they will not show on the item pages. If you should encounter any glitches please contact us at

Please take a look at the new store and LOG IN. The LOG IN is at the top of the page. Fill it in now so it will be ready to accept your next order and renewal.


Members Area – New this fall from the UPHS is the Member’s Area on the UPHS web site, an “online archive” of Union Pacific documents provided as a service to our members. Documents include timetables, dispatcher sheets, Form 70s, train consists, and more! Log-in information will be emailed to members twice yearly in the Second Section newsletter. If you are not already a member, please visit the Company Store to join the UPHS!  [December 14, 2015]

Asay PNW CoverJPEG500Union Pacific Northwest book errata – Corrections and updates relating to Jeff Asay’s book, Union Pacific Northwest, published by the Union Pacific Historical Society, can be found on the UPHS Publications page. Click here to go directly the errata sheet for this publication.  [May 23, 2015]

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy holiday season from everyone at the
Union Pacific Historical Society


In Memoriam

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Ted Bockman, Santa Cruz, CA
Andrew Ehrlicher, Oakland, IL
Ralph Giebelhaus, Lincoln, NE
D.A. Hanna, Omaha, NE
Tom Lee, Clay Center, KS
Don Nautril, Lafayette, CA
C. Richard Neumiller, Peoria, IL
Clements A. Perschon, Bountiful, UT
Lou Schmitz, Omaha, NE
Don Snody, Omaha, NE
Steve Shutt, LaSalle, IL
Joe Snider, Thornton, CO
Cyril Strijbos, Doveton, Australia

Please notify us of any other members who have recently passed away by contacting the UPHS at

Posted July 2, 2015 reb

The Pre-sale of Union Pacific Northwest Has Ended

Asay PNW CoverJPEG500The pre-sale of the 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 has ended.

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.

Purchase your copy today at the US UPHS members’ price of $76 including shipping. The US non-member price is $93 including shipping. International member price with shipping is $133 and International non-member price with shipping is $150. Go here to purchase your copy today.

 Revised November 24, 2014 reb


UPHS Member News


Thomas Blumberg, Marshfield, MO
Joseph Burgard, Hinesville, GA
George Capps, Yorkville, IL
Mark Chambers, Camby, IN
Keith Cole, Laguna Hills, CA
Gregory Dugan, Indianapolis, IN
Ellwood Ervin, Aurora, CO
Hans Christian Ettengruber, Dubai, UAE
Phillip Cramer, Valencia, CA
David Fell, Jackson, MN
David Fellon, St. Paul, MN
Mardy Gerwig, Greeley, CO
Wellborn Hudson, Green Valley, AZ
Randy Hutcherson, Sidney, NE
G.Brinton Jack III, Soquel, CA
George W. McKinney, Rockford, IL
Michael Krope, Westchester, IL
Joseph Layne, Helena, MT
James Love, Carseldine, Australia
Smokey Merritt, Vancouver, WA
Brent Nelson, Sioux City, IA
Henry Nields, Carlisle, MA
Donald E. Newton, Clackamas, OR
Peter Severson, Moravia, CA
Shelly Shelstad, Boise, ID
Stephen Sprinkle, Marietta, GA
Thomas Stephenson, Villa Park, IL
Mick Sweeney, Cheyenne, WY
Gay Williams, Lisbon, IA

New Members since March 18, 2015  

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