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.

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 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 [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]