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UPHS Annual Membership and Business Meeting – Because of the pandemic, we will be holding the Annual Membership and Business Meeting on-line this year. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 11-1130am Central time. All members are welcome to attend. If you provided UPHS with your e-mail address when you purchased your membership, you will receive an e-mail containing the link to the Zoom meeting as well as a phone number for the meeting. Using a laptop or other internet device, you can input the link and attend the meeting with both audio and video. (If you have not used Zoom before, I think you will be impressed.) Alternatively, if you don’t have an internet device available to you, you can dial in from your phone and attend the meeting with audio only. If UPHS does not have your current e-mail address and you would like to attend the meeting, please contact the UPHS Office and Mr. Kreiger will provide you with the Zoom link. My Zoom account only accommodates the first 100 attendees to join the meeting. If some find they cannot join, just try again 30 minutes later as we will repeat the meeting immediately afterwards starting at 1130am. Rob Leachman, Vice President and Chair of the Membership Committee.

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 are monitoring the situation and will post updates as needed. Our prayers and best wishes go to the membership to avoid contracting this virus.

Spring issue of The Streamliner available now! – In this issue Mark Amfahr provides in-depth analysis of historic Big Boy operations. Extensively researched from Union Pacific records, including dispatchers train sheets and company correspondence, this is the definitive account of UP’s operations of the famous 4-8-8-4 locomotives. In addition, Bob Odland provides an overview of modifications made to the Ogden roundhouse in 1942 to accommodate the Big Boys, and the issue concludes with Jim Ehernberger’s recollections of photographing the final years of steam power out of Cheyenne, and the host of photographers who made trips to Cheyenne specifically to witness the final trips of the Big Boys. 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 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 for preorder 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 2021 Convention will be held in Pasco, Washington, July 14-17, 2021 at the Red Lion Hotel Pasco Airport, 2525 N. 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99031. More details later.

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 [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]