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Calendar Call – It’s time to put together the 2023 UPHS calendar. Submissions of digital images for the calendar from anyone and everyone are welcome. E-mail small JPEGs of your favorite Union Pacific images to email@example.com with whatever caption information you have and an identification of the photographer. Please do not submit images you do not own. I will accept nominated images until September 15, whereupon I will select the images to appear in the calendar and get back to you to arrange submission of a large TIFF file (or a large JPEG if you do not have a TIFF) of each selected image. The completed calendar will be mailed to sustaining and preservation members along with the Fall 2023 issue of The Streamliner and will go on sale in the Company Store shortly after that time. Many thanks, Rob Leachman
UPHS Archives at the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming – The American Heritage Center is developing a digital library of the images and diagrams in the UPHS Collection at AHC. This is a long-term, gradual process; only a fraction of our images are digitized at this point. A long-run goal is to develop an indexed, searchable digital library of small scans of our images for the benefit of our membership and others. Some of the completed small scans have been posted on-line by AHC. You can take a look at https://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~107~107.
Summer issue of The Streamliner available now! – In this issue Rob Leachman provides an in-depth look at Union Pacific’s Forwarder trains in the 1970s and explains the impact that the transition from boxcar to intermodal equipment had on these operations. After a two year hiatus, the annual convention returned and Cate Kratville-Wrinn gives an overview of this year’s convention held at Cheyenne, Wyoming, in May. The issue concludes with a new feature “From the Archives” that highlights images and documents from the UPHS collections. This issue is available now at 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 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.
Next Convention – Our 2023 Convention will be held in Pasco, Washington, July 19-22, 2023.
American Heritage Center – The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie is featured the UPHS collection on the home page of their web site in February. Go to https://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/ [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]
After two years of cancelled in-person conventions, it was great to reconnect with UPHS members and friends at the Cheyenne convention in May. To those of you who braved the pandemic-era travel restrictions, thank you for being there. Hopefully, the pandemic will continue to abate, allowing us to reconvene in July next year in Pasco, Washington. We are planning a fun convention, including rides on both the Eagle Cap Railroad (former UP Joseph Branch) and the Yakima Valley Transit (former UP electrified subsidiary short line).
With respect to the Cheyenne convention, special thanks are due to John Gray for exhibiting his magnificent live steamers, to Ed Dickens for sharing the U.P. Steam Program details with us, and to Steve Sandberg of Railroading Heritage of Midwest America for communicating his developing plans for restoring historic U.P. equipment using the ex-Rock Island shops in Silvis, IL. Restoration of locomotives 3985, 5511, and 6936, the Stanford ex-SP business car, and the Selma ex-WP business car, is no small effort; it will cost upwards of $7 million. Two anonymous donors have established large matching grants for this project that will provide $2 for every dollar you donate, potentially raising $1.5 million. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, go to https://rrhma.com/double_match/ .
At the Cheyenne convention I started in the role of President of the Society. As I look at the status of our Society: On the plus side, we produce I think a very good quarterly magazine. We offer a good-quality calendar. We have a convenient Company Store. We can put on informative and enjoyable conventions, both in-person and on-line. We receive considerable donated paper and photos of Union Pacific, and we have a relationship with the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming to preserve our archives. On the down side, I think we need to do better at making our archived materials accessible to the membership. We also are a bit weak with respect to the generation of UP history books; I think we should try to do better in that area.
I would be glad to hear your suggestions about how to improve the Society, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best regards, Rob Leachman
The Union Pacific Historical Society Endowment Fund supports the UPHS Archive Collection at the University of Wyoming – American Heritage Center. The UPHS Board of Directors voted in September 2020 to establish this new UPHS Endowment Fund through the University of Wyoming Foundation utilizing their 501(c)(3) non-profit standing. The University of Wyoming Foundation actively manages a portfolio of over 1,500 endowment funds that jointly support a wide range of activities at both the University of Wyoming and the adjoining American Heritage Center at Laramie. The University of Wyoming Foundation has existing staff well trained to handle any tax-deductible donations, plus will also generate and provide tax documentation to all donors. Utilizing the University of Wyoming Foundation staff ensures continuity of the management and specified use of the UPHS Endowment Fund should the UPHS cease to exist.
The targeted purpose of the UPHS Endowment Fund is to permanently fund archival preservation and management activities of the current (and future additions to the) UPHS Archive Collection now at American Heritage Center, as well as support other railroad-related transportation collections at AHC. From its founding, the American Heritage Center at Laramie has prided itself on being accessible to everyone – from the elementary school students learning about primary resources, to the college students researching their thesis, to the professional historians performing primary research for writing up their findings, to a broad cross-section of the public following their passions. The UPHS Archive Collection inside AHC in late 2020 measures more than 300 cubic feet of our physical collection and includes over 100 gigabytes of preserved digital materials. The primary eventual goal is to establish consistent funding for a full-time employee inside the American Heritage Center to manage the UPHS Archive Collection along with other railroad collections held at AHC. Details of the very specific permissible uses of the UPHS Endowment Fund are available on the UPHS.org website.
The strength of the Union Pacific Historical Society has always been the strong involvement and support of the membership. On behalf of the UPHS Board of Directors, as President I am now asking again for your support with contributing toward growing this new UPHS Endowment Fund.
Online Donation Instructions:
- Go to: www.uwyo.edu/giveonline
- Enter the amount you wish to donate.
- Select “Single Payment,” “Multiple Payments,” or “Recurring Payments“
- Select “View Individual UW Funds“
- Select “Other Fund Not Listed (Please Specify)“
- Click “Continue“
- Enter “UPHS Fund” for the name of the fund.
- Enter A21UPHS for the Appeal Code
- Click “Next” and complete checkout
You may mail your donation for the newly-formed UPHS Endowment Fund:
University of Wyoming Foundation
Attn: UPHS Endowment Fund
222 S. 22nd St.
Laramie, WY 82070
Bank routing number and wire transfer information is available should you need it. Contact 307 766-6300 or 888 831-7795 for this information. Make checks out to “University of Wyoming Foundation” with “UPHS Endowment Fund” in memo line.
Greg Gardner, President – Union Pacific Historical Society
Members Area – The Member’s Area on the UPHS web site is an “online archive” of Union Pacific documents provided as a service to our members. Documents include timetables, dispatcher sheets, Form 70s, train consists, and more! Log-in information will be emailed to members twice yearly in the Second Section newsletter. If you are not already a member, please visit the Company Store to join the UPHS!