The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society will hold its 2019 Convention in Ogden, Utah, from May 8 to May 12. The convention will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike on the Pacific Railroad. We are planning to participate in this event and there will be tours and a rail excursion on the Heber Valley Railroad as part of the convention.
PLEASE NOTE: The R&LHS annual meeting will run from May 8-11. Unlike previous annual meetings, the R&LHS is a participant in activities scheduled for May 9-10. Therefore, we have no control of the timing, duration or content of the events scheduled on those days. We anticipate very large crowds at all the events and a significant amount of "down time" before and after each event. During the down times we may be asked to stand for long periods of time, perhaps in inclement weather. The May 10th visit to Promontory may require a significant amount of walking over uneven ground. Please consider these possibilities when making your arrangements.
TENTATIVE AGENDA AS OF 11-15-18:
The Agenda is subject to change with little or no notice.
Wednesday, May 8: Welcome reception and R&LHS Board Meeting
Thursday, May 9: R&LHS Annual Meeting at breakfast. Steam locomotive meeting sponsored by UP with Big Boy and 844 at Ogden Union Station. Other activities may be planned for the station area.
Friday, May 10: Golden Spike Ceremony at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. R&LHS members will travel by chartered bus to site. Late afternoon tour of the Golden Spike Chapter's restoration shop and locomotive 223 project. Will be followed by BBQ dinner at Ogden Union Station.
Saturday, May 11: Trip (by chartered bus) to Heber Valley Railroad.
We are pleased to announce the hotels for the 2019 R&LHS National Convention in Ogden, Utah between May 8 and May 12, 2019.
The headquarters hotel for the convention is:
Hilton Garden Inn is now sold out but there are still rooms at the Holiday Inn.
Holiday Inn Express
2245 South 1200 West
The rate here is $160 per night.
Please ask for the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society group rate.
Shuttle service will be provided to convention events.
Given the interest that has been expressed in this event and the limited hotel accomodations available in Ogden, we strongly suggest those of you who attend as single registrants consider sharing rooms to allow as many of our members as possible to enjoy this once in a lifetime event.
If you know someone who is not on the web but is interested in attending, you may want to consider passing along the information to them via a phone call or even reserving a room for them and then allowing them to call on their own and put the room on their own credit card or whatever arrangement would work best for you all.
As of now the convention rate will only be in effect between May 8 and May 12. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay later, you will need to contact the hotel directly, and perhaps even make a separate reservation.
Convention Registration Information will be posted on this website on or about January 1, 2019.
If you have any questions please contact John Atherton at: