Historical & Technical Society
2015 Annual Conference
150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The Society's Annual Convention in October will celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Southern Pacific's rich legacy since the corporation's founding in 1865. The well-appointed Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento will host this anniversary convention to accommodate historical presentations, over 30 vendors, a model contest, old timer's panel, and much more.
Sacramento is the perfect location to host this anniversary event for several reasons. Southern Pacific's General Shop Complex was the leading economic force in the Sacramento Valley for more than 50 years, the 1926-built depot and division office building survives and is currently being renovated, and the California State Railroad Museum houses the most historically significant SP artifacts and rolling stock. You guessed right; CSRM will be a focal point of the anniversary with celebrations held at the museum on Thursday afternoon and evening. Plans are underway to transition the convention to CSRM on Thursday afternoon with shuttle busses running throughout the day between the hotel and museum. Special "behind-the-scenes" tours of the SP shop complex will be offered as an additional charge. We will feature an exclusive presentation at CSRM titled 150 Years of Southern Pacific by society member Shirley Burman featuring her photography and images from the late Dunscomb Award Recipient Richard Steinheimer. After the museum closes to the general public, convention attendees will celebrate the 150th anniversary with comments from former SP executives, CSRM staff, and society directors. Afterwards, a special train of historic SP passenger equipment led by recently-restored 0-6-0 Granite Rock No. 10 will pull our anniversary train over the former Walnut Grove Branch. After twilight, you'll be able to attend an extra-fare night photo shoot organized by professional photographers Steve Crise and Shirley Burman.
A list of tentative presentations include:
- 150 Years of Southern Pacific — Shirley Burman
- The Great Salt Lake Causeway — Mike McGinley
- Early Overland Route History — Kyle Wyatt
- Southern Pacific Corporate History — Joe Strapac
- Modeling the San Francisco Overland — John Reuhle
- Southern Pacific in the Owens Valley — Dennis Burke
- Non-Standard SP Depot Buildings — Henry Bender
- Modeling Southern Pacific's Business Train — Scott Inman
- The West Coast — Jeff Cauthen & Don Munger
- Operations with Realistic SP Waybills — Tony Thompson
- Photography of Mac Gaddis — Rod Crossley
- The Gold Coast & Other Overland Passenger Trains — Doug Dirks
Additional extra-fare activities will include several bus tours. On Wednesday afternoon we will travel to Colusa and Yuba City, featuring three SP layouts and the restoration of SP C-9 2602 in The bus will return to Sacramento via Roseville Yard.
Friday will include a bus tour of Southern Pacific's 1926-built Sacramento Depot and the current renovation efforts to restore the division offices. See the SPH&TS 2nd Quarter 2015 Newsletter for a complete article on the renovation efforts by CSRM Docent Jack Seigal. Self-guided layout tours on Friday night will be offered, and a trip "on your own" to the Sacramento Valley Live Steamers on Sunday will be available for your enjoyment.
An excursion hosted by the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad over the former Placerville Branch is being organized for the weekend of the convention. This ride will not disappoint!
We're proud to announce that former Sacramento Division Superintendent Bill Lynch has agreed to be our keynote speaker and will discuss his personal relationship with former President D.J. Russell during the Saturday night banquet.
Mark your calendar for October 7-11 and dial 800-222-TREE to book room reservations at the Southern Pacific rate of $105 per night.
We'd like to emphasize this anniversary convention is being prepared to celebrate a corporation that hasn't existed for more than 18 years, and we hope you'll decide to join us in Sacramento to help preserve the legacy of the Southern Pacific. You may not have another opportunity like this again, so consider booking your hotel reservations now and tell your friends you plan to journey to Sacramento for the party!