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The Union Pacific Historical Society was founded September 1, 1984, in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the society is to collect, organize, distribute, and publish information relating to the operation and equipment of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Union Pacific Historical Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Streamliner. Articles cover a variety of topics on motive power, rolling stock, structures, oral history, and operations. With in-depth and award winning articles, The Streamliner is the definitive source for Union Pacific history.

Regular memberships include four copies of The Streamliner, commencing with the quarter in which your membership is received. Membership cannot be back-dated.

Sustaining memberships for those individuals who wish to be recognized as a contributor to the Society will have their name published annually and will receive their copy of the magazine by first class mail, rather than bulk mail, and if in good standing as of October 15th each year, will recieve a Union Pacific Historical Society calendar.

In order to acknowledge those members whose gifts to the Union Pacific Historical Society exceed the sustaining membership contributions, the board of directors created additional membership levels. The Preservation levels are: The Portland Rose ($100), Los Angeles Limited ($250), The Overland Limited ($500), and The Gold Spike ($1000). When you purchase at these membership levels, you are joining a group of generous individuals whose gifts support the preservation of Union Pacific history for future generations. Preservation memberships enjoy the same benefits as sustaining members.

The UPHS board of directors is elected by the membership. The board members are nominated by the membership at large and serve three year terms. The results of the mail ballot are announced at the Society’s annual convention.

The annual meeting of the Society is held during the summer in a city on the Union Pacific system. The convention generally has programs on the UP, tours of facilities, model and photographic contests as well as the business meeting. The meeting dates are announced in THE SECOND SECTION of The Streamliner and there is a mailing to members before the gathering with registration information.

The Union Pacific Historical Society is not supported by, nor affiliated in any way with, the Union Pacific Railroad.

For those of you doing genealogical research or trying to track down a family member’s employment records, the Union Pacific Historical Society regrets that the UPHS DOES NOT have in its possession or have access to past UPRR employment records.


New members may join UPHS through the web store, at one of the levels of support mentioned above. Current members may renew their membership through the same link. You may also download a membership form as a PDF file to be printed out and mailed to the Cheyenne office.