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The Southern Pacific Railroad History Center, the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and the National Railway Historical Society welcome all to attend their 2023 joint meeting at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada between May 16 and May 21, 2023.


The History Center is sponsoring a two and one-half day focus of Southern Pacific’s last twenty-five years and this overview will be provided by panels and presentations.  Speakers will be former Southern Pacific officers whose unique observations will fill in portions of the story of this era of Southern Pacific that have yet to be told.  Confirmed presenters include Rob Krebs, Mike Mohan, Rollin Bredenberg, Mike Ongerth, and Ron Batory.

The Pacific Coast Chapter is planning an array of outside events including a steam excursion on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad and a visit to the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Carson City, including more steam; a visit to the former Carson City Mint and the Nevada State Railroad Museum; a tour of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California, with a train ride within its compound, and a visit to Quincy Lumber in Quincy, California; and a trip to the Summit railroad tunnels at Donner Pass.

During the recent past, the Nugget has undergone a $75 million renovation and, as a result, its meeting and guest rooms are excellent.  More than 200 rooms adjacent to the former Southern Pacific yard at Sparks are available.  These rooms are in the Resort Tower, which provides direct access to our meeting rooms by elevator.  Reservations can be made by clicking on the following link: or by phoning the Nugget at 1.800.648.1177 and requesting group code: GSPRHC.  For best room locations, it is suggested that reservations be made early.

Registrations for admission to the panels and presentations, added events at the Nugget such as an informal and intimate Southern Pacific retrospective hosted by several former Southern Pacific officers, and outside events will be posted on this page as they become available. In addition to providing electronic registration, PDF registration forms for all events will be available for downloading so that they can be completed by hand and mailed, together with checks, to the meeting’s registration committee.

Finally, the organizers have developed a May 2023 calendar (  which will allow for immediate updates pertaining to the event.