2017 Denver Convention

Our 2017 convention will be held in Denver, Colorado.

Dates: Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29, 2017. Early registration rate (before June 30): $225. Late registration rate (after June 30): $250. Click here to download the convention registration.

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Denver – Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216, (303) 321-6666. We have a special convention rate from the hotel of $116 per night. The Hilton Hotels booking code is “U57”. You must book no later than June 24 to get this rate. The direct link to book on-line is UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY .

Getting to the hotel from Denver International Airport or from Denver Union Station: RTD (the light rail system in the Denver area) operates the “University of Colorado A Line” between Denver International Airport and Denver Union Station (the Amtrak stop) in downtown Denver, with service operating 3:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. at 15-minute intervals from 5am until 7 p.m. and at 30-minute intervals outside those hours. Along the line is the Central Park station, located less than 0.5 miles from the Doubletree Stapleton North hotel. The fare from the airport to Central Park station is $9 and the ride takes 23 minutes. The fare from Union Station to Central Park station is $2.60 and the ride takes 14 minutes. The hotel operates a courtesy shuttle between the Central Park station and the hotel. (When coming in from the airport or from Union Station, please notify the hotel before you leave the airport so that the shuttle can meet you at Central Park.)

Agenda (subject to change)

On the agenda we have a reception at the Forney Museum of Transportation, an extra-fare tour of the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne and the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley, an extra-fare ride on the Royal Gorge Route railroad, swap meet, clinics and banquet. Our banquet speaker will be Mr. Jerry Davis, past president of UP, SP and CSX railroads. Topics for clinic presentations include Union Pacific and Rio Grande operations and traffic in Colorado, and UP steam fan trips out of Denver.

Wednesday  July 26

  • 12 noon-5 p.m. – Registration desk open at the hotel.
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – Bus departures from hotel to Forney Museum.
  • 6-10 p.m. – Ice breaker reception at Forney Museum and museum tour.

Thursday July 27

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – $65 Extra fare event. First of three buses leaves hotel for tours of UP Steam Shop in Cheyenne and the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Second bus leaves.
  • 9 a.m. – Third and last bus leaves.
  • 6 p.m. – Buses return to hotel.
  • 6-7 p.m. – Dinner on your own.
  • 7-10 p.m. – Clinic presentations: Mark Hemphill, Colorado and Utah Coal Traffic and Operations, 1870s to the Present; Chuck Conway, Non-Coal Traffic and Operations on DRGW Lines, Rio Grande Era into SP Era to UP Era; Rob Leachman, The Last Years of Tennessee Pass Operations

Friday July 28

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – $90 Extra fare event. Buses leave hotel for ride on the Royal Gorge Route railroad. Train departs from Canon City, CO at 1230pm for round trip ride through the Royal Gorge.
  • 6 p.m. – Buses return to hotel.
  • 6-7 p.m. – Dinner on your own.
  • 7-10 p.m. – Clinic presentations: Rob Leachman, A 1970 Steam Fan Trip Out of Denver; Mark Amfahr, UP Facilities, Traffic and Operations in Denver, 1960s and 1970s; Dennis Opferman, Kansas City – Denver Passenger Competition in the Streamliner Era

Saturday July 29

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast & UPHS Business meeting
  • 9 a.m. – Swap meet opens
  • 10 a.m.-12 noon – Clinic presentations: Tim Fornstrom, Modeling UP Passenger Cars; Darrell Ellis, Constructing the Colorado Model Railroad Museum
  • 12 noon-1 p.m. – Lunch on your own.
  • 1-3 p.m. – Clinic presentations: James Ehernberger, UP in and around Denver in the 1950s; Michael Tinetti, Union Pacific Comes to Denver, 1870
  • 5-6 p.m. – Social hour, cocktail reception before banquet.
  • 6-8:30 p.m. – Banquet. Banquet speaker: Mr. Jerry Davis, former president of UP, SP and CSX.

See you in Denver!


UPDATED: May 3, 2017 RCL