2019 Ogden Convention

Our 2019 convention will be held in Ogden, Utah, joint with the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society.

Dates: Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11, 2019. Early registration rate (received by March 29): $150. Late registration rate (after March 29): $170. There is a $55 extra fare if you wish to attend the Golden Spike re-enactment on Friday, May 10. The Wednesday reception, extra-fare events and the Saturday banquet are now sold out. On-line registration is closed but you can still register in person at the convention and attend all clinics at the reduced rate of $120. You can Click here to download a summary of the convention program. You can Click here for the detailed program of presenters. And you can Click here for the vendor registration form.

Location: Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah. We have a special convention rate from the hotel of $109 per night. Our hotel space at the Marriott is SOLD OUT.

Getting to the Convention: UTA FrontRunner, a high speed commuter train, connects downtown Ogden to downtown Salt Lake City. A quick ride on Trax Light Rail from the Salt Lake City International Airport will connect you to the FrontRunner station in downtown Salt Lake City. From there, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fast, convenient way to get from one to the other without your GPS. It is walking distance from the FrontRunner station in Ogden to either the hotel or the convention center. The trip will cost you approximately $11 round trip per person. Prices subject to change. For more information, go to http://www.rideuta.com/.

General Agenda (subject to change)

On the agenda we have a reception Wednesday evening, presentations during the day and evening on Thursday, an extra-fare motor coach trip to the Golden Spike National Historic Site during the day Friday, evening presentations Friday, presentations during the day Saturday, vendor sales Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning, presentations during the day Saturday, and cocktail reception and banquet Saturday evening. The Union Pacific tentatively plans to have a meeting of two of its operable steam locomotives during the day on Thursday. Our banquet speaker will be Mr. John T. Gray, Senior Vice President of the American Association of Railroads, and a senior manager both Southern Pacific and Union Pacific before that, who will tell us of efforts and maneuvering leading to the final merger of the historic Overland Route partners. Topics for clinic presentations include merger/acquisition negotiations between SP & UP, joint Overland Route operations in the way of passenger, Pacific Fruit Express and auto traffic, abandonment of the original main line via Promontory Summit, and much more.

Wednesday  May 8

  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Registration desk open.
  • 5 – 7 p.m. – Opening Social in the Junior Ballrooms.

Thursday May 9

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Presentations of interest to both UPHS and SPH&TS membership in Peery’s Egyptian Theater on the first floor. (Breaks for lunch and dinner.)

Friday May 10

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. – $55 Extra fare event: Buses leave hotel for the Golden Spike National Historic Site to witness the re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike.
  • 6-7 p.m. – Dinner on your own.
  • 7-10 p.m. – UPHS clinic presentations in second-floor ballrooms B&C. SPH&TS clinic presentations in second-floor ballrooms D&E.

Saturday May 11

  • 7 a.m. – Breakfast & UPHS Business meeting
  • 8 a.m. – Extra fare event (tentative cost is $56, not confirmed yet): Buses leave hotel for a chartered diesel-powered train trip on the Heber Creeper railroad in Heber City. Train departs at 10am. There will be two photo run-bys. Box lunch provided. Bus returns to Ogden at 345pm. ONLY 50 TICKETS AVAILABLE.
  • 9 a.m. – Vendor room open
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – UPHS clinic presentations in second-floor ballrooms B&C. SPH&TS clinic presentations in second-floor ballrooms D&E. (Break for lunch.)
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Social hour, cocktail reception in the foyer outside the Grand Ballroom on the second floor.
  • 7-9:30 p.m. – Banquet. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Banquet speaker: Mr. John T. Gray, Senior Vice President of AAR.

More details will be posted as they are developed.

See you in Ogden!


UPDATED: May 4, 2019 RCL