News at the Top

2022 Convention – Cheyenne, Wyoming: May 11-14. Registration will be $195 until April 1, 2022 and after that, late registration will be $215. The registration form will be inserted in the Fall 2021 Streamliner mailing. This year’s convention will incorporate both historical programs along with model railroading. The convention is being held in conjunction with the Cheyenne Rail Heritage Days, the Sherman Hill Train Show, the Cheyenne Depot events. There is ample parking at the Model train show at the Laramie County Fair Exhibition Hall at Archer, and there will also be a shuttle bus from the hotel to the show. Weather permitting we will also have some vintage equipment on display outside the hotel. A CA-1 Caboose will be on display outside and some live steam models on display in the lobby…. Read More

UPHS Archives at the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming – The American Heritage Center is developing a digital library of the images and diagrams in the UPHS Collection at AHC. This is a long-term, gradual process; only a fraction of our images are digitized at this point. A long-run goal is to develop an indexed, searchable digital library of small scans of our images for the benefit of our membership and others. Some of the completed small scans have been posted on-line by AHC. You can take a look at https://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~107~107.

In Memoriam – James W. “Jim” Watson passed away on May 15, 2021. Jim was one of the founders of UPHS and served as our first president. Art Lockman passed away on May 4, 2021. Beginning his career with UP in 1949, Art was a member of the UP Steam Crew from 1981 until his retirement in 1991. The Steam Crew’s tool and supply car is named “Art Lockman” in his honor.


Spring issue of The Streamliner available now! – In this issue, dispatcher Cameron MacArthur recalls a trip he made on the OME between Salt Lake City and Cheyenne in 1979, and Art Crawford provides an overview of his career on the UP beginning as a student telegrapher through his retirement as a dispatcher in Cheyenne. Art’s career spanned an interesting era, from the last of UP passenger service to the beginning of computer-aided dispatching. In other articles, Jim Ehernberger shares his research on the 815, the only UP locomotive built in Wyoming, and Bob Krieger provides a timely account of the restoration of Challenger 3985, which Union Pacific recently donated for preservation and an eventual return to service. Get your copy at 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 Railroad. This history presents the origins of the unique cooperation between the parent companies Union Pacific Railroad and Northern Pacific Railway, and details the many routes surveyed to the railroad’s namesake Camas Prairie and to the logging camp at Headquarters, Idaho. Includes maps of the many surveyed lines considered in Lapwai Canyon, site of the famous Halfmoon bridge. This 320-page hardbound book is complete with information on operations and equipment, maps of the full railroad and key points, and over 350 illustrations and photographs. Now available at the company store!


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.


 

uphs-logoNext Convention – Our 2022 Convention will be held in Cheyenne May 11-14, 2022.

American Heritage Center – The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie is featured the UPHS collection on the home page of their web site in February. 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]