News at the Top

UPHS Office Closed – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UPHS Office in Cheyenne is now closed to the public at least through April 17. UPHS staff are continuing to answer mails and phone calls, and we will continue to prepare shipments of items ordered from the company store. We will re-evaluate the situation on or before April 17 and post updates as needed. Our prayers and best wishes go to the membership to avoid contracting this virus.

New book on Cheyenne facilities! – A. J. Wolff and Jim Ehernberger have prepared this fine treatise on UP facilities in Cheyenne. This book is an invaluable source of information for modelers recreating UP’s Cheyenne facilities in various eras, and it will be appreciated by UP history buffs seeking to understand UP’s Cheyenne terminal operations over the years. Hard cover, 128 pages containing more than 200 black and white and color images. Historical details are provided in each caption regarding the structures, including shops, roundhouses, servicing tracks, freight yard, stores department, depot, tower A, stockyards, etc.. The book is available now in the company store.

 

 

Winter issue of The Streamliner available now! – Featured in this issue is an in-depth article by James L. Ehernberger and Marc A.Entze on the history of Union Pacific’s last steam rotaries, the 075 and 076 built by Lima-Hamilton. Follow along with trip reports detailing the 075 opening the Yellowstone Branch in March 1956, with accompanying images by renowned photographer Henry R. Griffiths, Jr., and the 900076 when it was loaned to the Rock Island to clear their line to Colorado Springs in March 1977; the last use of a steam powered rotary by a Class 1 railroad. The issue concludes with Rob Leachman’s 1974 study of log traffic on the the Camas Prairie Railroad. The Camas Prairie was jointly owned by the NP/BN and UP, and is the subject of a forthcoming book published by the UPHS. The Winter issue is available now in the company store.

 

New Book on Camas Prairie Railroad!  – Carefully researched from railroad papers and interviews with employees, this book tells the full story of the Camas Prairie for the first time from founding through the present day. This history presents the origins of the unique cooperation between the parent companies UP and NP, details the many routes surveyed to the railroad’s namesake Camas Prairie and to the logging camp at Headquarters, Idaho, including maps of the lines considered in Lapwai Canyon, site of the famous Halfmoon bridge. This hardbound book is complete with information on operations and equipment, maps of the full railroad and key points, and hundreds of photos. Now available for preorder at the company store!

uphs-logoNext Convention – Our 2020 Convention will take place May 13-16, 2020, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the Red Lion Hotel. The convention is timed to be in conjunction with festivities surrounding Depot Days, Cheyenne Heritage Days, and the Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club’s annual show. Click here to download the registration form, or go to the Conventions tab for more information. Watch the Convention tab for updates on whether or not the convention will go forward.

American Heritage Center – The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie is featuring the UPHS collection on the home page of their web site this month. Go to https://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/ [February 4, 2020]

Links have been updated under the Resources tab. In particular, a link has been added directing you to the Union Pacific Steam Club, where you can sign up and keep up to date with the steam program and its excursions. [February 27, 2019]