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. (Registration form will be available in March.)

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 “UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY”. 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 330am to 1am at 15-minute intervals from 5am until 7pm 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 – 5pm Registration desk open at the hotel

5pm – 530pm Bus departures from hotel to Forney Museum

6pm – 10pm Ice breaker reception at Forney Museum and museum tour

Thursday, July 27

7am Breakfast

8am $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.

830am Second bus leaves.

9am Third and last bus leaves.

6pm Buses return to hotel.

6pm – 8pm Dinner on your own.

8pm – 10pm Clinic presentations.

Friday, July 28

7am Breakfast

9am $90 Extra fare event. Buses leave hotel for ride on the Royal Gorge Route railroad. Train pulled by F units departs from Canon City, CO at 1230pm for round trip ride through the Royal Gorge.

6pm Buses return to hotel.

6pm – 8pm Dinner on your own.

8pm – 10pm Clinic presentations.

Saturday, July 29

7am Breakfast & UPHS Business meeting

9am Swap meet opens

10am – 12 noon Clinic presentations.

12 noon – 2pm Lunch on your own.

2pm – 4pm Clinic presentations.

5pm – 6pm Social hour, cocktail reception before banquet

6pm – 830pm Banquet. Banquet speaker: Mr. Jerry Davis, former president of UP, SP and CSX.

See you in Denver!

UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2017 RCL